Grace Acton Roberts is a curator, visual artist and producer. She has worked in the creative sector for the last 17 years. She has a background in visual arts having trained as a visual artist at Keele University. On leaving university she co-curated the first UK Gypsy, Roma, Traveller art exhibition, Second Site, at the Stephen Lawrence Gallery, Greenwich, which went on successfully to secure Arts Council, England funding to commission new works and tour around England in 2006.
She subsequently worked for a number of multidisciplinary arts organisations including Metal Culture Ltd, providing project, events and finance management. In 2011, whilst at Metal, she organised Showflat, a series of site-specific exhibitions in artists’ homes and its accompanying publication. From 2011 to 2016 she was the coordinator for the visual arts programme at Greenbelt Festival, exhibiting artists such as Willie Williams, Anthony Green RA, Simone Lia, Michael Leunig, Nicola Green, Sokari Douglas Camp CBE, Guler Ates, Hollie McNish, Nicola Canavan and Sinéad Bligh. In 2015 she completed her MA in Curating and Collections at Chelsea School of Art, UAL, her research interests centre on feminist maternal art practice and curating the personal.
Grace is currently the Director of Operations and Project Manager of Applecart Arts, an arts organisation based in East London. Applecart Arts is currently developing the old Passmore Edwards Library into a multidisciplinary arts centre, with a theatre and rehearsal space; exhibiting space; studio and office space; and a cafe.