May 16 – July 30, 2016
William Wells is the co-founder and Director of Townhouse, a nonprofit art institution combining three uniquely different galleries, performance space, library, and residency program with a parallel extensive outreach project. Its overarching mission is to make the arts accessible to everyone without compromising creative practice. William Wells started his career in the arts in 1980, as one of the co-founders of London-based Unit Seven Studios, a multi-disciplinary artist-run collective. He also served as an educational advisor to Britain’s Arts Council and Crafts Council. Wells moved to Cairo, where he worked for development agencies before returning to the curatorial and arts management fields, setting up art programs and agencies throughout the Middle East. In 1998, Wells established the Townhouse Gallery of Contemporary Art. The focus was—and remains—younger Egyptian artists with socially engaged artistic practices.
William Wells’ residency is made possible by a gift from Bronya and Andrew Galef.