As a curator, exhibition director, writer and teacher, Eloise Sweetman is committed to engender moments and spaces where intergenerational audiences can come together with art, the various ways such encounters come about, and how communities arise from such a meeting. A common thread in her practice is to deliberately engage in hospitality and reconcile the responsibility of putting exhibitions, texts, talks, events into the world. As such her practice intertwines the group exhibition format with a strong emphasis on event-based programming and working within diverse organisational contexts from the Biennale to glasshouse, from the observatory to artist-run space.
Recent Projects and collaborations have been with PUBLICS, Helsinki; MADA Gallery, Monash Univerity, Melbourne; A Tale of A Tub, Rotterdam; Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Turning A Blind Eye, São Paulo Biennial; De Appel, Amsterdam; and Political Arts Initiative. She is theory lecturer at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam and was a researcher at the Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht. She has a Master of Fine Art, School of Missing Studies, Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam and a Master of Art in Arts Management, University of the Arts Utrecht and Open Universities London.
With artist Jason Hendrik Hansma, Eloise is co-founder co-director of Shimmer, an exhibition, events and online platform in the Port of Rotterdam.
Sweetman has worked with (and in some cases continues to work with) include Apichatpong Weerasethakul & Chai Siris, Etel Adnan, Basma Alsharif, Lee Kit, Sofia Caesar, Tamar Guimarães & Kasper Akhøj, K.r.m. Mooney, Nicoline Timmer, Himali Singh Soin & David Soin Tapperser, Mia You, Louwrien Wijers, Charlotte Posenenske, Miyeon Lee, Jo-ey Tang, Anna Maria Luczak, Kornkrit Jianpinidnan, Katie West, Arin Rungjang, Ruth Buchanan, Damon Zucconi, Laurel Schwulst & Sydney Shen (Perfume Area), Timotheus Vermeulen, Ludwig Seyfarth, Matthias Bitzer, Bernd Upmeyer, Lisa Robertson, John Kinsella, Jacob Voorthuis, V.Vale, Lisa Tan, Bernd Krauß, Malin Arnell, Lawrence Weiner, Zarouhie Abdalian, Gwenneth Boelens, Dean Bowen, stanley brouwn, Liu Chao-tze, Theo van Doesburg, Marcel Duchamp, Joseph Grigely, Gordon Hall, Ian Kiaer, Elena Narbutaite, Kate Newby, Shanta Rao, Ma Qiusha, Massimo Grimaldi, et al.
She has a Master of Fine Art, School of Missing Studies, Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam and a Master of Art in Arts Management, University of the Arts Utrecht and Open Universities London. In 2016 and 2017, she was curator-in-resident at the post-academic research centre Van Eyck Academie in Maastricht. Sweetman has been a guest tutor at the Royal Academy of The Hague, University of Amsterdam, Piet Zwart Institute, Columbus College of Art and Design, and Monash University of Art and Design. Currently, she is theory lecturer at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam