Owen Martin is currently Programme Assistant on South Africa Programmes 2014 & 2015 at the British Council, focusing on cultural programming in South Africa and the UK. Before joining the Arts Group of the British Council, he worked as Curatorial Assistant at PUMA.Creative. While at PUMA, he was involved on a variety of innovative projects engaging creatives across Africa, Europe and South America. He is particularly proud of being a part of films4peace (www.films4peace.com), PUMA’s annual short film commission that brought together some of the world’s best video artists and cultural institutions.
His passion is for fostering cross-cultural exchange and collaboration, particularly around the visual arts, moving image, design and dance.
From 2007-2008, he was Curatorial Assistant at the H&R Block Artspace (Kansas City, United States), a hub for contemporary art practice and discourse in Kansas City, Missouri. In 2008 he curated an exhibition entitled "Political Persuasion: Street Posters for Barack Obama."
Owen holds a BFA in Visual Arts and Art History from the Kansas City Art Institute (Kansas City, United States) and an MA in Art History from McGill University (Montreal, Canada). He has completed visual arts research and writing for the Rubell Family Collection (Miami, FL, United States), University of New England Press (Lebanon, NH, USA) and Thames & Hudson (London, UK).