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.