News: DRAF welcomes Fatoş Üstek as Director to lead new UK-wide contemporary art programme

“We are thrilled to announce the appointment of Fatoş Üstek as the new Director of DRAF. Fatoş is widely respected for her vision, knowledge and flair and brings UK and international expertise to the position. She will lead DRAF into a new era, building an exciting programme to bring the Foundation to a wider audience.”  David and Indre Roberts, DRAF

We welcome Fatoş Üstek, who joins the team as Director of DRAF in March 2018. Fatoş will oversee the expansion of our presence in London and the development of new initiatives across the UK. In October, she will curate the eleventh edition of DRAF’s Evening of Performances, which returns to KOKO in 2018 with live works by internationally renowned and emerging artists.

“DRAF is one of the most dynamic arts organisations in London today, renowned for its innovative programme. I am honoured to lead and advance its remarkable commitment to art and artists. I am excited to build on DRAF’s values as we start another chapter of engaging artistic and critical agency. 

DRAF is entering a new phase of expansion and exploration. The Foundation will generate projects across the UK, alongside its activities in London. DRAF will investigate fresh ways of supporting art and showcasing artistic positions. We will heighten the significance of collaboration and cross-learning through our programme, initiating a wide spectrum of meaningful relationships nationwide and internationally.”  Fatoş Üstek, Director, DRAF

Fatoş Üstek was born in Turkey, and lives and works in London. Prior to joining DRAF, she worked internationally as an independent curator and writer. In 2017, Üstek was selected for The Evening Standard’s Progress 1000 for her original programme for Art Night, a festival of live commissions by 11 artists in public spaces across East London in collaboration with Whitechapel Gallery. In 2015, Üstek oversaw fig-2, a marathon series of 50 week-long exhibitions in ICA Studio, London. In 2014, she was Associate Curator for the 10th Gwanjiu Biennial.

  • Fatoş Üstek. Photo: Josh Meeks-Rayvon Williams, 2016. Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London.
    1/1Fatoş Üstek. Photo: Josh Meeks-Rayvon Williams, 2016. Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London.