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). Having curated two shows at Summerhall, Edinburgh in 2017, and for Look Again festival in Aberdeen in 2018, he has plans for further exhibitions in Dunfermline, Aberdeen and Skopje in 2019.
Having taught at various universities in the UK and in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Jon is now a Reader in Contemporary Art, and Research Lead, at Gray’s School of Art, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. He is a member of the IKT- International Association for Curators of Contemporary Art, and the Association for Art History.