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Biography, Cécile Bourne-Farrell

Based in London since September 2013, Cécile Bourne-Farrell is a curator and advisor for public and private structures. She has excellent connections in the field of contemporary art, she is fluent in English and Spanish, and has a good understanding of German and Italian.

Advisor for AIC in 2004, in AIA 2006 and from Oct. 09 till Jan. 2010; Coordinator at Drac Ile de France & for the CNAP (2002-08); Committee member of the Fondation Nmac/Montenmedio, Spain (2003-01) and Le Pavillon, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2008-07). Teaches regularly at Paris School of Art, Paris. Aica and C-E-A active member.

Cultural mediator for the Fondation de France for the implementation of the New Patrons from 2003-08 in Spain, and since 2013 for the suburb of Paris, in collaboration with Mari Linnman, accredited mediator for the Ile de France region.

2018 Invited by AIR351 residency program to make some research on post-colonial issues in Portugal.http://www.cecile-bourne-farrell.com/wp-admin/edit.php

2019 Curator Special projects and advisor of Arts Cabinet, London


2020 to date







  • Curator of “This is Now, 1& 2“, for L’appartement22, Rabat for Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg, South africa and Rabat, with the financial support of Artlogic, AMC and Cultures France.
  • Conception and edification of a “Interpretation Centre of the Wind” in the Province of Cadiz, conceived by Doctor Aurora Herrera Gomez, Architect, Madrid (with Feder funds and regional supports) according to the Methodology of the New Patrons.


  • Co-curator of “Copresences“, with Abdellah Karroum and Anne-Marie Morice for one year multidisciplinary projects between Saint-Denis (Synesthésie), Rabat (L’appartement22) and Vejer de la Frontera (AMC), production of the film «Hermanados» by Bouchra Khalili.



  • Curator of the exchange residency programme “RondPoint” between the fine arts school of Nantes and Kinshasa (Démocratic Republic of Congo), with the support of Afaa and the Prins Claus Foundation.


  • Curator of Ken Lum public project for the Mois de la Photo de Montréal, in collaboration with Museum in Progress, Vienna.


  • Curator of the travelling show “+8+7+3+1-1-5” based on time differences, according to where the artists are living. The project took place at: the Malinki Manege in Moscow Glassbox , in Paris; Project 304, Bangkok, Thailand; San Casciano dei Bagni in Toscani, Italy. (tri-lingual leaflet+ www.chooseone.org).


  • Curator of ‘You Talked/I Listen’, a project that included 10 artists living in Europe and 10 living in Taiwan. Artists were invited to come first to Taiwan for 3 weeks and then to France to produce site-specific projects. She also organised a film programme with young Taiwanese filmmakers at The Taipei Fine Arts Museum and the Ferme du Buisson, with the support of AFAA/DAP/DAI/Goethe Institut/Fondation Merian, Ministerio de asuntos exteriores and Shiseido, Taiwan. (tri-lingual catalogue).


  • Exhibitions and Communications Coordinator at Arc/Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris for the following shows: ‘Lieux Communs/Figures Singulières’, (J.F.Chevrier, curator); ’Ateliers 94’ ; ‘La Belle et la Bête’(L.Gumpert, curator ); ‘Life/Live’; Annette Messager ; Koo Jeong-A, Agnès Martin, Jean-Luc Moulène, ‘Migrateurs’, by Hans Ulrich Obrist (on Gabriel Orozco, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Mika Vaino…), ‘Instants Donnés’, etc.


  • Antoher connection to colonial time“, (Convocarte, n°8 p. 91-106), research made at the occasion of a residency at AIR351, Cascais, Portugal on the “Retornados” and specifically on the works of Manuel Botelho, Daniel Barroca, Monica de Miranda, Nuno Nunes Fereira, Ana Vidigal and Yonamine
  • Interviews related to the notion of Sugar with Llona Nemeth, Zineb Sedira, Julian Germain, on https://www.artscabinet.org/contributors/cecile-bourne-farrell
  • Union Jacking, the Voice of the Voice£ess, Yonamine, Cristina Guerra Gallery, Lisbon, JulyOct.2019.http://www.cecile-bourne-farrell.com/union-jacking-the-voice-of-thevoies/?lang=en
  • Yapci Ramos, “Nothing is true, everything is living”, Caac Las Palmas and Casa Africa, Gran Canarias, 2019
  • Douglas Gordon, Frac Montpellier, 2018




  • Ecole du Louvre (1984-1987), Ecole des Médiateurs du Centre National d’Art Contemporain de Grenoble (1987-88). 1991/88 Coordination of F.Armaly show in Saint-Etienne (Y. Aupetitallot, curator) and of ‘Le Diaphane’, Tourcoing (D.Zacharopoulos, curator). Coordination and production of artist’s works of ( Rodney Graham, Juan Muñoz, Antoni Muntadas,…) for the Marga Paz gallery , Madrid. Assitant of F. Kaiser for the exhibition ‘Meltem’ (L.Baumgarten, J. Kounelis, S.Lewitt), in Oiron castle.


Cécile Bourne Farrell | 10 Camden Square NW1 9UY London | T. 07949959726 | cecile.bourne@orange.fr