City & country
Editorial Board & Managing Editor; German Language Panel
Research interests
Socially engaged art
community arts
Climate Change
Environmental art
exhibitions history
Conceptual art
Visual art

Barnaby Drabble is a freelance writer, editor and educator with a background in curating contemporary art. His work focuses on issues of ecology and environmentalism, activism and social movements, community and sustainability, exhibition practice and artistic research.

His most recent research & book project Along Ecological Lines – Contemporary Art and Climate Crisis (2016-2019), relates both to his long-term focus on the social and political relevance of artistic practices and to his engagement in the environmental and social innovation taking place in intentional communities and eco-villages.

He graduated from the Curatorial program at Goldsmiths College London in 1998 and has curated numerous independent & institutional projects including exhibitions, screenings, discursive events and events in the public space. He was awarded a PhD in Visual Culture from Edinburgh College of Art in 2010.

He has lectured and run workshops at art academies and art institutions world-wide, most notably as senior lecturer on the Master of Art in Public Spheres at the édhéa in Sierre, Switzerland (2009-2020) and co-founder and director of the Postgraduate Program in Curating at the ZHdK in Zurich (2005-2007).

He has produced several influential publications on environmental art, curatorial issues and artistic research and regularly contributes to journals and publications on a range of topics.

He is managing editor of the Journal for Artistic Research, and a member of its editorial board since 2010.