Inheritance Projects



Inheritance is a small group of independent curators and researchers that organise exhibitions, events, new commissions, publications and research projects.

Initiated in 2007 as a vehicle to interrogate museological schemata, the narrations of history and personal and national heritage Inheritance has developed into wider territories of investigation. Inheritance works with artists, musicians and writers in collaboration with institutions to produce new knowledges and develop politically informed, critical discourses around particular topics or situations. These situations are often defined by their histories (National Trust Properties and heritage spaces) or their relative newness (New Towns internationally) and are the contexts for long-term research projects. Inheritance is always interested in starting discussions and activating new publics through projects, artworks or exhibitions.

One ongoing Inheritance project is an investigation into ‘newness’ through the visual culture of intentionally planned urban areas (New Towns) and their migrant populations. This research project has instigated multiple activities, a growing imaginary archive, a project space in Shenzhen and more recently an exhibition and ‘Research Lab’ at MK Gallery, Milton Keynes. Other key project areas include the destabilisation of heritage through artists’ activities often redressing colonial, feminist and wider political histories in the contemporary. This has included a residency programme with the National Trust, a radio show and exhibitions in traditional museum spaces.


Claire Louise Staunton


Claire Louise Staunton is a curator and researcher based in London. She is currently Research Curator at MK Gallery, Milton Keynes and will be working alongside Marion von Osten and Grant Watson on Bauhaus Imaginista in 2018/9. Claire Louise was Director of Flat Time House an institute, gallery and archive in the former home and studio of artist, John Latham between 2012-2016. Claire Louise is also Curator with Inheritance Projects. Her interest in heritage and the politics of history-making led her to establish Inheritance in 2007. Inheritance is a curatorial group working with artists and writers to explore specific contexts where research can act as a mode of practice. Claire Louise's early projects involved music in the art context and she was Music Co-Curator at Whitechapel Gallery from 2005-2007. Following a PGDip and MA in Contemporary Art Theory at Goldsmith's College London she has curated exhibitions and intitiated projects inside and outside institutions internationally. She is a visiting lecturer at UCL Museum Studies, a guest lecturer at Central St Martin's, Goldsmith's College, Linkoping Universitet and Guangzhou Fine Art Academy. Claire Louise writes for a number of paper and on-line publications including Art Monthly, Frieze and Her research interests focus on the new and zone cities, community building, migrancy and newness as a condition for art making. She has presented her research as Keynote speaker at conferences (e.g. PARSE Gotenborg, Giant Step Van Abbemuseum/Vessel) and tutored or taught on art and curating courses around the world (e.g. CSM, UCL, Guangzhou Art Academy, Linkoping Universitet).

Laura Guy


Laura Guy is a curator and researcher based between London and the North of England. She holds an MA from Durham University's Centre for Advanced Photography Studies and is currently undertaking funded PhD research at Manchester School of Art. Her interests include histories of the avant-garde and the manifesto form; photography and its communities in 20th century Britain; and the new british photography and TEN.8 magazine 1979 - c. 1993. She lectures in Art History and Critical Theory at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Becky Ayre


Becky joined Inheritance Projects in 2010 as Research and Projects Assistant. She is a writer and reseacher of visual cultures with a specific interest in art and literature that engages with cultural histories of the built environment. She gained her BA in Photography from Nottingham Trent University and an MA in Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths College, London, for which she completed a thesis that gave a philosophical reading of modes of spectatorship and engagement with photographs.


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