Manick Govinda is a freelance arts writer, commentator, mentor, artists’ producer and project manager. Prior to stepping into the world of freelance he was Programme Director for SPACE (2018), Head of Artists Advisory Services and Artists Producer for Artsadmin (1998 – 2017) and Projects Officer for Arts & Book Publishing at the Paul Hamlyn Foundation (1993-1996).
He was formerly a trustee/non-executive director for a-n The Artists Information Company, The Showroom Gallery, The Pacitti Company, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company and Akademi.
His specialism is curation, commissioning art for public and commercial spaces, live art programming, film/video production management, project evaluation and artistic assessment, conflict resolution, social media PR, undertaking research and feasibility studies for community engagement and audience development initiatives, diversity issues and governance, license rights for audio, film and video works.
Govinda has excellent networks with emerging and established artists. He worked as a producer for 2007 Turner Prize shortlisted Zarina Bhimji, 2015 Marcel Duchamp Prize shortlisted Zineb Sedira and 2018 Jarman Award shortlisted artists Larry Achiampong & David Blandy, to name a few.
He is currently working as a freelance for Artquest, Bloomberg New Contemporaries and University of the Arts London as an artists’ mentor, and undertakes artistic quality assessments for Arts Council England.
Govinda is also a committed advocate for artistic freedom and expression, and is on the steering committee of the civil liberties campaign group, the Manifesto Club.