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Curating Contemporary Art (MA)

John Dougan Nealon

John Dougan Nealon (b.1992) is an artist-curator from Glasgow, Scotland.

He holds an undergraduate degree in Photography from the University of the Arts London, having attended London College of Communication for his bachelor’s year. Before this he attended Edinburgh Napier and Virginia Commonwealth Universities. John graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2023, with an MA in Curating Contemporary Art.

Through his career, John has partnered and worked with a variety of individuals and organisations internationally. These have included Gasworks, BBC, The Scottish Government, The Coalition for the Homeless, Aardman Animations and Taschen. He has also been the recipient of various other awards, including a Creative Edinburgh Award for Best Collaboration, The Charlotte and Dennis Stevenson Award and was granted support for his masters studies through The Cross Trust.

Title Image by Peter Clark; featuring work by John Dougan Nealon shown at the launch of Tamagotchi Kids at The Alchemy Experiment in Glasgow (Jan 2023). This event was part of a collaborative programme curated by John as part of The Network Project. 

Photo by Peter Clark

John's work is situated at the intersection between contemporary art and curatorial practice. With this, he moves between creating cross-discipline pieces as a solo artist and organising collaborations or curatorial programmes.

Collaboration and network creation are central to the motivations behind John's ventures, and in January 2023 he begun The Network Project. This is a career-project that aims to give collection to the foreseen series of collaborations that will define much of his practice moving forward.

In 2020, John set up The Kube Gallery. This was an online platform that produced shows and content which focussed around contemporary photography and mixed media. This now exists as The KG, which is a curation house and dealership that specialises in delivering art programmes and promoting the works of a wide-range of artists, including those from non-creative majority backgrounds.

As part of his master's studies at the RCA, John worked alongside a group of fellow students and the London-based art organisation Gasworks to produce Blue Space. The Blue Space was an exhibition, featuring the artists Priysha Rajvanshi and Elise Guillaume. You can watch John discuss this project via the video below.

Image by Peter Clark.

Blue Space at Gasworks
Photo by Gregor Petrikovic
Video by Gregor Petrikovic

Supported by The Cross Trust