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 is a recipient of an AHRC TECHNE award for her practice-based PhD in Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art where her research focuses on urban masterplanning, collaborative art practices and notions of the public.  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, 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. She holds an MA in Contemporary Art Theory from Goldsmiths College and has been 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 She has presented her research as Keynote speaker at conferences including PARSE Gotenborg, Giant Step Van Abbemuseum/Vessel.

Laura Guy


Laura Guy was part of Inheritance Projects from 2009 to 2014. She contributed to various projects including Jane Drew (1911-1996): An Introduction, at the ICA, London, Inessential Fathers at Archive Kabinett, Berlin (both 2014), 'Nobody Told Us About It', a symposium on the cultural legacies of British independent photography in the 1970s at the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art (2013) and Intentions - Strategies - Works, with Patrick Staff and Ed Webb-Ingall at TATE Liverpool (2012-13). In Spring 2017 she received her PhD from Manchester School of Art for a thesis titled 'Manifestos: Aesthetics and politics in queer times' and since 2016 has been undertaking postdoctoral research as part of Cruising the Seventies: Unearthing Pre-HIV/AIDS queer sexual cultures at the University of Edinburgh.

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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