Ying-Hsuan Tai


Independent curator, art critic and writer Ying-Hsuan Tai was born in Taiwan and based in London. She holds an MFA in Curating from Goldsmiths, University of London. She is the former chief curator of “Between Borders” from 2016 to 2017. Her most recent independent curatorial projects were “The Xenophobia of Time?” (2017) – an exhibition exploring the pertinent issues of migration and time at Clerkenwell Gallery London; “Create Syria: The Future Constellation” (2016) – a joint project by International Alert, the British Council and Ettijahat – Independent Culture. It was part of the Talking Peace Festival 2016 which aimed to support dialogue and resilience between refugees and communities across Lebanon. Her writing has been included in numerous magazines and publications, and she has been writing for the Artist Magazine as art critic since 2015.




Sep. 2014 Sep. 2016

Master of Fine Arts in Curating

Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom

Sep. 2009 Jun. 2013

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Curating and Theory of Art

Tunghai University, Taiwan


Curatorial Experiences (Independent)


“The Xenophobia of Time?”

Clerkenwell Gallery

London, United Kingdom

 ‘The Xenophobia of Time?’ was a week-long exhibition curated by Ying-Hsuan Tai exploring the pertinent issues of migration. It took place in Clerkenwell Gallery, London from 30th May to 4th June 2017. Works by the artists Edwin Mingard, Nele Vos, Shao-Jie Lin and Ting-Ting Cheng examine the intricacies of a particularly uncertain future created by the processes of obtaining entry to a state, renewing a visa or gaining citizenship.


Create Syria: The Future Constellation”

House of Vans

London, United Kingdom

“Create Syria: The Future Constellation” was a joint project by International Alert, the British Council and Ettijahat – Independent Culture. This exhibition was part of the “Talking Peace Festival 2016” which aims to support dialogue and resilience between refugees and communities across Lebanon.


Post-Seeing Generation”

The Bopiliao Historical Block Art Space

Taipei, Taiwan

“Trans-information Carrier”

Tunghai No.43 Art Space

Taichung, Taiwan


“Our House- The Possession of Image”

Tunghai No.43 Art Space

Taichung, Taiwan


Curatorial Experiences (Institution)

Curator at Between Borders

Oct. 2016 – July. 2017

London, United Kingdom

Between Borders is a non-profit practitioner-led research organisation that focuses on forced displacement and MHPSS (mental health and psychosocial services.) A global platform for knowledge sharing, innovative thinking, and collaborative partnerships, aiming to highlight and mainstream MHPSS-related concerns, challenges, and solutions into humanitarian contexts. During my place as curator at Between Borders, I curated the inaugural event “Journey of Storytelling”, highlighting the world of culture and the arts and its ability to facilitate thinking on how we understand and respond to humanitarian crises. This event consisted of three presentations by the artists Daniel Cotterrell, Edwin Mingard and Mohsin Mohi-Ud-Din, each of which shared their projects on migration issue and proceeded by a panel discussion.


Professional Work Experiences

Gallery Assistant

The Koppel Project

Sep. 2017 – Jan. 2017

London, United Kingdom 


Artist Assistant

“Nostalgia For the Future: Yu-Chen Wang solo exhibition”

Oct. 2015 – Mar. 2016

London, United Kingdom

Curatorial Workshop Volunteer

“Now You Can Go: On Feminist Generations, Affective Withdrawal, and Social Reproduction” at ICA, Raven Row, The Showroom

Oct. 2015 – Dec. 2015

London, United Kingdom

Assistant Curator

“Film Festival of Relaxation” at Stock 20

Mar. 2011 – Jun. 2011

Taichung, Taiwan

Workshop Assistant

“Who is Speaking?” at Old community building in Gaomei Wetland

Mar. 2011 – Jun. 2011

Taichung, Taiwan

Art Collection Intern

National Taiwan Museum

Jul. 2010 – Sep. 2010

Taipei, Taiwan


Writing Experiences

Art Critic

The Artist magazine

London, United Kingdom and Taipei, Taiwan

May. 2015 – Current

Art Column Co-Editor

“The Route to the Nordic” on PASSAGE Online Publication

Taipei, Taiwan

Sep. 2015

Art Column Writer


Jul. 2015 – Current

London, United Kingdom and Taipei, Taiwan

PASSAGE Online Publication

Jun. 2015 – July. 2016

Taipei, Taiwan

TdAic (Taiwan Digital Art and Information Centre)

Mar. 2015 – Sep. 2015

Taichung, Taiwan

WE PEOPLE magazine

Taipei, Taiwan

Oct. 2015 – July. 2016


Lecture Experiences

2017, “INTERSECTIONS” organised by HAGAI, UCL, London, United Kingdom

2017, “Curator and Artist Talk: Art and Social Responsibility” organized by AMP Art Collective and BALTIC Centre For Contemporary Art, Newcastle, United Kingdom


Exhibiting Experiences

2016, “Our Future is Elsewhere” (Goldsmiths Postgraduate Art Degree Show), Goldsmiths, University of London, London, United Kingdom

2014, “Re Writing” curated by Ming-Juin Tsai, FreeS Art Space, Taipei, Taiwan



 2015, Interview in “The Cultural Map of London” by Vicky Niu Pei Ning, HOW Publication, Taipei, Taiwan


Academic Research

History, Memory and Identity in Images: Analysing Wu Tien-Chang’s Works in 1990s

Bechalor thesis, Tunghai University.



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