Patrick Lears is an artist and arts professional with over 25 years
experience as an exhibitions and project manager. He worked in the U.S. at the Baltimore Museum of Art, The Philadelphia Historical Society and the Walters Art Museum managing the installation teams and preparing artworks for exhibition.
In the U.K. he was employed for fifteen years at the Whitechapel Gallery as an Operations then Gallery Manager working closely with artists producing a range of site commissions, artist’s retrospectives and historic surveys. Patrick led on all projects in the Gallery’s Education spaces dedicated to community, work and artist’s residencies. He also led on exhibitions in the Whitechapel Archive gallery – presenting rarely seen local and international archives. He has prepared and delivered exhibitions with artists and collectives as diverse as Hannah Hoch, Giuseppe Penone, the Guerrilla Girls, Assemble and William Kentridge.
Patrick has worked and published widely as a photographer contributing to Rises in the East: A Gallery in Whitechapel and A Manual for the 21st Century Art Institution. He has also co-taught courses on How to Handle and Install Art as part of the Inside the Gallery series.
Patrick has a keen interest arts-related archives and art conservation. In 2017 he received an assessment based – Conservation Technician
Qualification from ICON – with a contemporary arts specialisation.
He currently is managing and delivering the exhibitions programme at Japan House London.