Cathedral of Shit

has taken a well earned GAP year


Posted by cathedralofshit on March 2, 2010

It seems our timimg, if we do say so ourselves, is quite phenomenal. Into our in-boxes just two minutes ago, the official line from the ICA is below. As the ICA crumbles and people begin to rally round (apparently the pre-Lily Allen gig dinner tables sold like hot cakes) or question whether we really need the organisation at all (is it really a vital venue any more?), it seems Eshun is still hanging on. Well, via maternity leave. It seems tragic to us that he hasn’t more grace, and resigned.

Press Release.

Mark Sladen, ICA’s Director of Exhibitions, to leave the ICA

It is with regret that the ICA announces that Mark Sladen, ICA Director of Exhibitions, is leaving the organisation. Mark Sladen has worked at the ICA since January 2007, and in his time here he has overseen a programme that has met with much critical and public acclaim. His position has been made redundant within a review of the ICA’s organisational structure and he is now departing to pursue other projects. Mark is a highly talented curator and the ICA wishes him every success with his future projects.

David Thorp, an independent curator who has been working with the ICA as an external consultant over the last 10 months, will be continuing this role until further notice, advising on the ICA’s artistic programme, supporting the ICA’s programming team and working to Artistic Director Ekow Eshun.

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Mark Sladen at the ICA

Since his appointment in 2007, Mark Sladen has been responsible for solo exhibitions that have featured projects with some of the most important British and International artists of the day. These have included exhibitions reflecting first institutional surveys of artists such Enrico David (2007), Rosalind Nashashibi (2009) and Billy Childish (2010), as well as shows that represent an artist’s first solo exhibition at a British institution, including the projects with Loris Gréaud (2008), Roberto Cuoghi (2008) and Sean Snyder (2009).

Sladen has also curated ground-breaking group exhibitions which have included Memorial to the Iraq War (2007), Double Agent (2008) and Poor. Old. Tired. Horse. (2009). A key feature of Sladen’s programme were specially concieved seasons, the largest being Nought to Sixty (2008), a six-month series of 60 exhibitions and events featuring the most exciting emerging artists from the UK and Ireland. The latter project was timed to coincide with the ICA’s 60th anniversary and was one of the ICA’s most celebrated projects of the last decade.

Date of issue: 1 March 2010.

Please contact Natasha Plowright for further information or queries, on

Many thanks.

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