Owen Craven is an independent art writer, editor and curator, facilitating platforms and opportunities for artists to create and present their work.
Owen has worked in the visual arts industry for a decade, developing a mixture of curatorial and artist project management experience. Currently, he is a Curator with Urban Art Projects (UAP), and immediately prior to joining, he was the Editor of Artist Profile and Art Almanac magazines. In these roles, Owen led numerous initiatives that created platforms and opportunities for both emerging and established artists to create and present their work.
Craven has organised a number of artist expeditions and curated the resulting exhibitions, including; On This Island, Meeting and Parting (2010), which included artists creating work in response to a tour of New Zealand’s South Island; and Not the Way Home, which saw him lead 13 prominent Australian artists to Fowlers Gap, part of the Arid Desert of north-west New South Wales. The final installment of the project was a national, touring exhibition throughout 2012 and 2013.
Owen was the Project Manager for Your Friend the Enemy (2015), a touring exhibition which featured artwork by 16 leading Australian and New Zealand artists to commemorate the ANZAC legend and the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign. Most recently, Owen curated Antipodean Inquiry: an exhibition providing a snapshot of Australian and New Zealand contemporary art for Yavuz Gallery, Singapore.