“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.”
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.
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.