Melanie Keen is Director of Iniva (the Institute of International Visual Arts). Prior to joining Iniva in September 2015, Melanie was a senior relationship manager at Arts Council England. Previously, Melanie was an independent curator and consultant. Her curatorial projects include Figures of Speech for Film & Video Umbrella; Oscar Muñoz: Mirror Image for Iniva; A Better Place? with Erika Tan and Melissa Bliss for the Bow Festival: 48 Hours with Jacqueline Donachie, Mary Evans, Ella Gibbs, muf, Tomoko Takahashi and Jessica Voorsanger at the Tablet Gallery, London.
She was a curator at Iniva from 1997 to 2003 and projects include Soft: Artist as Curator, Janette Parris’ performance Mezzo Soprano?, Farah Bajull’s Untying the Knot, Yinka Shonibare’s Diary of a Victorian Dandy and Simon Tegala’s Anabiosis. She also curated Necessary Journeys, an Arts Council England / BFI collaboration which included: artists’ residencies with Jackie Kay, Keith Piper, and susan pui san lok; commissioning a live film score by Courtney Pine presented in the Tate Turbine Hall.
She has contributed to several publications including Changing States: A Unique Anthology of Essays and Artworks Celebrating 10 Years of inIVA as well as a monograph on Faisal Abdu’Allah. She also co-wrote and compiled Recordings: a selected bibliography of contemporary African, Afro-Caribbean and Asian British art with Elizabeth Ward.