What kind of a year has 2016 been for you?
Challenging, draining, sometimes thrilling, often disappointing.

What has changed for the better and what, if anything, has changed for the worse?
See below.

What do you wish hadn’t happened this year?
Where to start? Trump, Brexit, the rise of populist nationalism, the catastrophe of Syria, increasing division and inequality…

What do you wish had happened this year, but didn’t?
See above.

What would you characterise as your major achievement this year and why?
Well, I’m thrilled to have started a new position, at Nottingham Contemporary in the spring, and very excited about projects that we’ve been developing for next year. And a book that I was working on for most of 2015, on self-organised art schools, will finally be out in February.

Is there anything you’d like to have done this year but haven’t?
I’d like to have spent more time writing and cooking.

What would make 2017 a better year than 2016?
At this point, just about anything. We have much to do!


1. Sam Thorne
2. Marguerite Humeau, ‘FOXP2’, 2016. Exhibition view, Nottingham Contemporary. Courtesy the artist, Clearing New York/Brussels, Duve Berlin. Photo: Stuart Whipps
3. Otobong Nkanga, ‘The Encounter That Took a Part of Me’, 2016. Installation view, Nottingham Contemporary. Photo: Stuart Whipps

Watch out for more in our ‘2016 – How was it for you?’ series & catch up with what we’ve published so far by using the #hwify2016 tag

More on a-n.co.uk:

Best exhibitions of 2016: a-n writers pick their top five shows


Paloma Proudfoot and Aniela Piasecka, performance of Made To Be Broken as part of the Platform exhibition at Edinburgh Art Festival 2016.

2016 in view: Director Jeanie Scott reflects on a busy and challenging year


Asya Gefter, photo of Tatiana Leonidovna, one of the people Gefter met undertaking research into the life and work of Polish Yiddish writer Debora Vogel. Supported by an a-n Travel bursary 2016.

a-n bursaries 2017: open for applications from artists