Swapnaa Tamhane is a storyteller: she is an artist and curator. She has been working in the arts since the mid 1990s, working across several platforms in contemporary art and design. She was an Editor at Phaidon Press, London, from 2002-2006, Assistant Curator at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, 2007-2008, guest curator at Städtisches Museum Abteiberg Mönchengladbach, Germany, 2013-2014, as an International Museum Fellow, Kulturstiftung des Bundes. She recently curated a large group exhibition of contemporary Canadian artists at the Aga Khan Museum, in Toronto, Canada.



MA Contemporary Art, Distinction, The University of Manchester, 2000-1

BA Art History, High Honours, Carleton University, Ottawa, 1995-99,



Producer, Contemporary Art Projects, Luminato Festival, Toronto, 2015 to 2016

School Hop Facilitator, Canadian Art Foundation, Toronto, 2010-2012

Assistant Curator & Editorial Manager, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, 2007-2008

Editor, Phaidon Press, London, 2002-2006

Artist Liaison, Andrew Mummery Gallery, London, 2001-2002

Assistant to Director, Gallery 101 Artist-run-centre, Ottawa, 1998-1999


Lectures & Symposia

2017 ‘Being Here’, Panel with Jaret Vadera, Sukaina Kubba, Dawit L. Petros, Babak Golkar, and Nep Sidhu, Aga Khan Museum, Toronto

2016 ‘Site Specific’, SAVAC AGM, Toronto

2015  ‘Posters’, Home Ground: Canadian Perspectives, Aga Khan Museum, Toronto

‘Rummana Hussain & Performance’, Goethe-Institut, Mumbai

2014  ‘In Order to Join: Feminist Perspectives and Rummana Hussain’, Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach

2012  ‘Performance Art: Contemporary Indian Artists and Histories of Political Street Theatre’, University of Toronto, Toronto

2010  March Meeting, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah



Ranjit Hoskote, ‘The Afterlife of the Classical’, DOMUS India, April 2015

Karanjeet Kaur, ‘Taking a Part’, Caravan Magazine, March 2015

Rema Gehi, ‘Lady-like Politics’, Times of India, February 27, 2015

Christiane Hoffmans, ‘Frauen für die Freiheit’, Welt am Sonntag, January 12, 2014

‘In Order to Join’, Rheinische Post, January 3, 2014

Nana Oforiatta-Ayim, ‘Frieze Highlights 2013’, January 2, 2014 – http://blog.frieze.com/highlights-2013-nana-oforiatta-ayim

Dirk Richerdt, ‘Weibliche Kunst – als globales Anliegen’, Rheinische Post, December 6, 2013

Sigrid Blomen Radermacher, ‘Künstlerin arbeitet mit Flüchtlingskindern’, Rheinische Post, December 5, 2013

Annelie Pohlen, ‘In order to join – Politisch in einem historischen Moment’, Kunstforum International, March – April 2014


Fellowships & Grants

2016 Exhibition Assistance, Ontario Arts Council

2015  Project Grants to Critics and Curators, Canada Council for the Arts

2014  Kunststiftung NRW (with Aman Sandhu, research on Asha Puthli)

2013  International Museum Fellowship, Kulturstiftung des Bundes, Germany

2012  Visual Arts Projects, Ontario Arts Council

2008  Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute Arts Fellowship