top of page

Claire Wearn


Claire started her career in community arts in the West Midlands. Cutting her teeth in West Bromwich amidst large scale regeneration programmes in a post-industrial landscape, she was part of a team committed to embedding creative practice in the consultation process. Out of advocating for the role of artists and community voice in the process of neighbourhood development grew an understanding of the value arts and culture have in supporting well-being.


Mainly working as a freelance creative producer for the past 15+ years, Claire has worked with a portfolio of artists, commissioning organisations and visual arts festivals.  In 2010, Claire started working with some of the world’s best known documentary photographers and since then developed her practice with a focus on photography to support lens-based artists in varied capacities. This ranges from producing large scale documentary projects with veteran photographers through to artist development programmes for emerging talent.


In 2017, Claire started working with Photoworks which grew into maternity cover for the curator before leaving in 2020 to embark on her current role with Photo Fringe as festival director. 

Claire's portfolio includes: Re:location (2003), Longhouse artist development programme (The Public, 2004-2008); Karavan Ensemble (2009-2011); Black Country Stories with Martin Parr (Multistory, 2010-2014); Open for Business (Multistory and Magnum Photos, 2011-2012); Pictures from America: Rochester with 10 Magnum photographers (Magnum, 2012); Ex-offenders with David Goldblatt (Multistory, 2012-2013); three editions of HOUSE Biennial featuring Yinka Shonibare MBE, Gillian Wearing, Nathan Coley and Laura Ford (2015 - 2017); Brighton Photo Fringe (2016); two editions of the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards (Photoworks, 2017-19); Whilst the Rest Were Sleeping (Circa69, 2018); Brighton Photo Biennial (2018); Peckham 24 (Photoworks, 2019); In Focus with Explorers (2019); Festival Director, Photo Fringe (2020).

bottom of page