Ben Urban

Ben Urban is the co-founder and current Director of Flatland Projects, Bexhill-on-Sea, which is a creative-led arts organisation originally based in Hastings, now existing in Bexhill-on-Sea and Battle, East Sussex.

“Through my role as a curator, I am still learning what types of impact I can have…I have taken some time to begin to identify as a curator, as I always considered it to be a role that academically I could not participate in. However through time, and results of projects that I have led and contributed to I now understand my role as a facilitator, organiser, and mentor through my curatorial practice; this then leads me to begin to question how the role of curatorial practice in my home town can contribute to career pathways which support a new generation of creatives to realise that Hastings, Bexhill, and Rother can be viable destinations for creative careers to be explored.”

Before opening Flatland Projects Ben worked on the exhibitions team at the De La Warr Pavilion as interim Assistant Curator / Exhibitions Organiser where he worked on exhibitions such as ‘Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender, Resistance’ with Nottingham Contemporary, and ‘A Tale of Mother’s Bones: Grace Pailthorpe, Reuben Mednikoff and the Birth of Psychorealism’ with Camden Arts Centre, and in 2019 he co-curated the AiRM Festival, Romney Marsh with Phoebe Cripps. Most recent projects include co-founding the Beeching Road Studios Early Career Studio Programme, and solo exhibitions in 2022 of Sophie Goodchild, Carl Gent, Abi Ola, Nina Davies, Rachel Irons, and Francesca Dolor.


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