Ellen Mara De Wachter is a writer based in London. She is a contributor to Frieze, Art Quarterly, Art Monthly, World of Interiors and The White Review, and her columns, exhibition and book reviews, profiles, interviews and essays have featured in a range of other publications. Her video essays have featured on frieze.com, and in 2017 she presented a programme about her research into artistic collaboration on BBC Radio 4.
De Wachter’s 2017 book ‘Co-Art: Artists on Creative Collaboration’ (Phaidon) explores the phenomenon of collaboration in the visual arts and its potential in society at large. It includes a historical survey of artistic co-production and co-authorship as well as chapters on 25 international contemporary co-art groups. Her writing is included ‘
Great Women Artists’ (forthcoming) and several medium-specific anthologies published by Phaidon. She has contributed essays and interviews to exhibition catalogues about the work of Fiona Tan, Melanie Manchot, Rachel Maclean and Sora Kim. From her base in London, De Wachter regularly travels to write about exhibitions and artists across the United Kingdom, Europe and further afield. She maintains close links to Belgium, where she spent part of her childhood, and frequently writes about art in Belgium and artists based there.
De Wachter is Associate Lecturer on BA Culture, Criticism and Curation at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London and she has taught at the Royal College of Art, London College of Communication, Royal Academy Schools, Goldsmiths College, Brighton University and Newcastle University.
In 2013-15 she was Curator of Public Collection Development at the Contemporary Art Society, where she was responsible for CAS’s acquisitions scheme for museums across the UK. Prior to that, she worked at various arts organisations in London, including the Barbican Art Gallery and the British Museum. De Wachter mentors artists and writers through various publicly funded creative development schemes.
Read an interview with her here.
Email: ellendw [at] gmail.com