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Curating Contemporary Art (MA)

Annabel Miller


Focusing on the notion of community in relation to multilingualism in the urban context of London, the project explores different ways of communicating that transcend linguistic barriers among those for whom English is not a first language. How can we stimulate critical thinking to reimagine inclusive forms of communication that operate beyond conventional linguistic modalities?

Our project proposal – developed from an initial response to a brief from Chisenhale Gallery – explores multilingualism through the notion of ‘pidgin’ in the context of an English-speaking art school, where the use of language is highly complex. Pidgin, a term born out of the gap that often occurs in translation, presents a situation in which a way of communicating emerges organically among people speaking different languages. Challenging the predominantly monolingual culture within the Royal College of Art, Pidgin offers a way to think and speak about art critically while foregrounding the cultural diversity of the community that inhabits this international institution. How can we pidginise and decenter International Art English, and multilingualise the art school?

Artists and creative practitioners including Yu Ting Chung and Divya Sharma are invited to explore this question with us through printed matter and ephemera, quintessential forms of visual communication. Comprising a zine-making workshop and a public-facing display, our project questions how multilingualism can be activated in the current system of art education, and how linguistic barriers can be transcended to envision a linguistically diverse community of students.

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Annabel miller (b.1999) is a London-based artist and curator. Annabel’s practice explores collaboration through non-verbal means of communication, connecting community to artist practice within a skill learnt setting. Curating a modality for artist-led workshops, Annabel hopes to dissipate the separation between artist practice and the workshop itself. Creating a space for a non-hierarchical embodiment of creative practices.

By exploring spaces for co-authorship, Annabel’s aim is to curatorially challenge hierarchies, whereby participants and practitioners can collectively learn and create together within a mutual benefiting experience. Under an alternative structure of artist-led workshops her interests also investigate a curatorial support structure designed to give creative agency to both artists and participants. 

Prior to her studies at the RCA, Annabel graduated with a BA in Fine Art at the Arts University Bournemouth. She also completed a Foundation degree in Art and Design at Kingston School of Art.


  • Pidgin: towards multilingualism Workshop, Royal College of Art, UK, 2023
  • Moore and the ubiquitous form at Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth, UK, 2022
  • Moore and the ubiquitous form exhibited in the Education Lab at Hauser and Wirth, Somerset, UK, 2022
  • Becoming the Skin of the Snake Naples, Italy, 2022 
  • Scan the Humane Arts University Bournemouth, UK, 2022
  • Beyond Celestial Arts University Bournemouth, UK, 2021
  • All These Arts university Bournemouth, UK, 2019
  • The Confidant Kingston University, London, UK, 2019


  • Shortlisted for the CVAN South East Platform Graduate Award, 2022
  • Curator of the Education Lab at Hauser and Wirth, Somerset, 2022
  • Assisting curation at 'The Gallery' Arts University Bournemouth, 2022
  • Visualcontainer Vegapunk Videoart Residency, 2022 
  • Shortlisted for the Visual Art Open International Emerging Artist Award, 2021
  • Leader of Promotion for ‘Beyond celestial’ Exhibition, 2021
  • Curator of all these Arts University Bournemouth, 2019
  • Curator of Video at The Kingston School of Art Foundation private view Exhibition, 2019