Jon Blackwood is a curator, lecturer and writer specialising in contemporary art. He has a particular interest in contemporary art in the Western Balkans, having lived both in Sarajevo and Skopje from 2011-14. Now based in NE Scotland, he continues to divide his time between Scotland and the former Yugoslavia.
He has curated exhibitions in Cetinje, London, Sarajevo, Skopje, Zagreb, Tallinn, Aberdeen and Edinburgh, and has experience of working with performance, installation, sound, video and relational art, in addition to more traditional media- painting and sculpture.
Jon has published six books, and numerous articles. Most recently he has published Introduction to Contemporary Art in Bosnia-Herzegovina (duplex 100m2, Sarajevo, 2015) and Critical Art in Contemporary Macedonia (malagalerija, Skopje, 2016). His next exhibition will be an exhibition of six emerging contemporary artists in Aberdeen- called Positive Geographies, part of the Look Again art weekender in Aberdeen, opening on 8th June 2018.
Having taught at various universities in the UK and in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Jon is now a senior lecturer in Critical and Contextual Studies, and Research Leader, at Gray’s School of Art, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.