My research focuses on the intersections of art, education and curatorial practice with an emphasis on socially engaged methodologies that reflect how art is experienced and mediated by cultural institutions. As Director of Education and Public Programmes at Whitechapel Gallery I have been responsible for a programme of artists’ commissions, exhibitions, education and community projects, discursive and performative events. From 2002 to 2011 I served as Head of Education and Public Programmes at Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves, Porto. I have a Masters in Contemporary Cultural processes: Communication, Culture and Society, Goldsmiths, University of London, with a scholarship by Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia. Previously, I studied Culture and Communication at Universidade Católica Portuguesa. I am on the advisory board for the Documents of Contemporary Art series, co-published by Whitechapel Gallery and MIT Press, and on the Advisory Committee for the William Townsend Memorial Lecture Series at the Slade School of Fine Art, London. I have lectured on the MA in Curating the Contemporary (London Metropolitan University) and the MA in Contemporary Art and Education (Goldsmiths, University of London).

Personal identification

Full name
Sofia Victorino

Citation names

  • Victorino, Sofia

Author identifiers

Ciência ID

Email addresses

  • svictorino73@gmail.com (Personal)

Knowledge fields

  • Social Sciences - Other Social Sciences - Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary


Language Speaking Reading Writing Listening Peer-review
Portuguese (Mother tongue)
English Proficiency (C2) Proficiency (C2) Proficiency (C2) Proficiency (C2) Proficiency (C2)
French Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Upper intermediate (B2) Advanced (C1) Upper intermediate (B2)
Spanish; Castilian Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Elementary (A2) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1)
Italian Beginner (A1) Upper intermediate (B2) Beginner (A1) Advanced (C1) Elementary (A2)
Degree Classification
1998/09/07 - 1999/09/07
Contemporary Cultural Processes: Communication, Culture and Society (Master)
Goldsmiths University of London, United Kingdom
1992/09/15 - 1997/07/15
Comunicação Social e Cultural (Licenciatura)
Universidade Católica Portuguesa Faculdade de Ciências Humanas, Portugal

Other Careers

2000/01/05 - 2001/01/05 Técnico Superior (Técnico Superior)
Ministério da Cultura, Portugal

Positions / Appointments

2011/07/04 - Current Director of Education and Public Programmes
Whitechapel Gallery, United Kingdom
2002/09/01 - 2011/06/01 Head of Education and Public Programmes
Fundação de Serralves, Portugal
1997/09 - 1998/09 Programme Manager
European Commission, Brussels, Belgium


  1. Victorino, Sofia; Leite, Elvira. Serralves: Projectos com Escolas. Porto, Portugal: Fundação de Serralves. 2009.
    Published • 10.24824/978854440586.4
  2. Victorino, Sofia. Arte e Paisagem: Obras da Colecção da Fundação de Serralves. Porto, Portugal: Fundação de Serralves. 2008.
Book chapter
  1. Victorino, Sofia. "In a Moment of Tenderness the Future Seems Possible". In Making Time: A Postscript, edited by Omar Kholeif. Sharjah, United Arab Emirates: Sharjah Art Foundation, 2020.
  2. Victorino, Sofia. "To Hold My Breath". In Making New Time, Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber, edited by Kholeif, Omar, 253-256. Sharjah, United Arab Emirates: Prestel, 2019.
  3. Victorino, Sofia. "Rivane Neuenschwander: Por Uma Pedagogia do Afecto". In O Nome do Medo, edited by Lagnado, Lisette, 100-111. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Museu de Arte do Rio / Instituto Odeon, 2017.
    Published • 10.36470/famen.2020.l4c9
  4. Victorino, Sofia. "From Material to Abstract: Kader Attia". In Transfigurations: Curatorial and Artistic Research in an Age of Migrations, 73-76. London, United Kingdom: Royal College of Art, London, 2014.
Exhibition catalog
  1. Victorino, Sofia. Theaster Gates: Soul Manufacturing Corporation. Art and Theory Publishing, BonniersKonsthall, Stockhom, Sweden, 2019.
  2. Victorino, Sofia. Peter Liversidge: Notes on Protesting. Art and Theory Publishing, BonniersKonsthall, Stockholm, Sweden, 2019.
Online resource
  1. Victorino, Sofia. Next Stop: Irkustk, Travel Diary: Nemoskva. 2018. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1G66lQnCM4gL0bZqUPPUXjla7M3xfc9Qi/view.
  2. Victorino, Sofia. A Road Made by Walking. With Love. Claire Pentecost in Conversation. 2013. https://www.academia.edu/37596843/A_Road_Made_by_Walking._With_Love._Claire_Pentecost_in_Conversation.

Artistic / Performance

Curatorial / Museum exhibition
  1. Wapke Feenstra; Kathrin Bohm; Antje Schiffers. 2019. "Setting the Table: Village Politics".
  2. Mikhail Karikis. 2018. "No Ordinary Protest".
  3. Emanuel Almborg. 2017. "Learning Matter".
  4. Assemble with Granby Workshop. 2017. "Brickfield".
  5. 2016. "Mimeographica Alphabetica".
  6. 2016. "Introduction to Nyau Cinema".
  7. Luke Fowler & Mark Fell. 2015. "Computers and Co-Operative Music-Making".
  8. Rivane Neuenschwander. 2015. "The Name of Fear".
  9. Peter Liversidge. 2015. "Notes on Protesting".
  10. Heather and Ivan Morison. 2014. "Smile all the While".
  11. Bart Lodewijks. 2014. "White Li(n)es".
  12. Francis Uprichard. 2014. "Do What You Will".
  13. Yto Barrada; Theaster Gates; Ha Za Vu Zu; Peter Liversidge; Pedro Reyes; Superflex; Time/Bank; Wayward Plants. 2013. "The Spirit of Utopia".

Event organisation

Event name
Type of event (Role)
Institution / Organization
2019/07/06 - 2019/07/06 Seminar: '(G)hosting:Michael Rakowitz'. Exploring concepts of history and narrative, cultural heritage and appropriation, postcolonial displacements and the rehabilitation of archaeological sites in Iraq. Speakers included artist Michael Rakowitz, Gareth Brereton, British Museum Curator and trustee of the The British Institute for the Study of Iraq, and Eleanor Robson, UCL Professor of Ancient Middle Eastern History and Director of the Nahrein Network. (2019/07/06 - 2019/07/06)
Whitechapel Gallery, United Kingdom
2019/06/20 - 2019/06/22 Conference: 'The Rural Assembly: Contemporary Art and Spaces of Connection', co-organised with Jane Scarth and with partners nationally and internationally. This conference looked at artists and creative practitioners who are challenging the assumptions made about rural life and culture, providing a new vision grounded in everyday experience and a critique of the rural-urban binary. Connecting the local to the global, it invited an international and transdisciplinary conversation on art and the rural. (2019/06/20 - 2019/06/22)
Conference (Co-organisor)
Whitechapel Gallery, United Kingdom

Aberystwyth University Institute of Biological Environmental and Rural Sciences, United Kingdom

Manchester Metropolitan University Department of Art, United Kingdom

Wysing Arts Centre, United Kingdom
2017/12/03 - 2017/12/03 Symposium: 'Time, Technology, Self', organised in association with Tamar Garb, Briony Fer and UCL’s Centre for the Study of Contemporary Art, to coincide with William Kentridge's exhibition: "Thick Time" (Whitechapel Gallery, 21 September 2016–15 January 2017). The symposium addressed concepts of history and temporality, embodiment and subjectivity, technology and tactility. Speakers included: Ian Christie, Briony Fer, Tamar Garb, Margaret Iversen, Ed Krcma, Michael Newman, Griselda Pollock and Richard Taws. (2017/12/03 - 2017/12/03)
Symposium (Co-organisor)
2016/10/22 - 2016/10/22 Conference: 'Tracing an imperfect chronology', organised with the Barjeel Art Foundation. From the concept of an ‘Imperfect Chronology’ to the debate on Modernism’s alternative histories and how they have shaped contemporary artistic practice in the Arab world, this conference debated definitions of ‘Arab art’, considering its diasporic and multiple identities. Featuring curators, academics and writers, Reem Fadda, Hannah Feldman, Omar Kholeif, Dina Ramadan, Kaelen Wilson-Goldie, among others. (2017/11/22 - 2017/11/22)
Conference (Co-organisor)
Whitechapel Gallery, United Kingdom
2015/11/06 - 2015/11/07 Conference: 'Artists' Moving Image Practice in Britain: From 1990 to today', organised with the Paul Mellon Centre. Lectures and roundtables with artists, curators, film and art historians and critics. The conference mapped the recent history of this dynamic strand of visual culture within a British context, through thematic discussions and close readings of selected works and artists. Erika Balsom, George Barber, Iwona Blazwick, James Boaden, Maeve Connolly, Nina Danino, TJ Demos, among others. (2015/11/06 - 2015/11/07)
Conference (Co-organisor)
Whitechapel Gallery, United Kingdom
2015/03/13 - 2015/03/14 Symposium: Abstract Art and Society', organised in collaboration with the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Art at UCL. Charting a chronological path through abstraction, this symposium explored the concept’s beginnings in the work of Malevich, its global dissemination through the technologies of photography and graphic design, its political implications and its unravelling across multiple geographies. Speakers included artist Doug Ashford, Hassan Sharif, Lis Rhodes, Melanie Smith; curators Tanya Barson, Adrienne Edwards, historian Sarah James. (2015/03/13 - 2015/03/14)
Whitechapel Gallery, United Kingdom
2012/03/20 - 2012/03/20 Conference: 'Art Schools: From Lahore to Dhaka and Beyond'. Artists, curators and researchers discussed the experience of art schools in Pakistan and Bangladesh, making links with teaching in art schools in the UK. What challenges does a globalised art world present for an art school? In what way do these histories overlap? The event expanded the debate on the future of art schools considering multiple geographies. Featuring Shreela Ghosh, Sumbul Khan, Naazish Ataulla, Shahidul Alam, Susan Collins and Aziz Sohail. (2012/03/20 - 2012/03/20)
Whitechapel Gallery, United Kingdom

Event participation

Activity description
Type of event
Event name
Institution / Organization
2020/01/22 - 2020/01/23 Seminar: Malmö Konstmuseum. Focusing on education and curatorial practice, highlighting case studies from my professional work, and responding to the exhibition that Malmö Konstmuseum's team had been developing for their new displays of the collection.
Art, Collaboration, Social Practice
Malmo Konstmuseum , Sweden
2019/11/16 - 2019/11/17 Roundtable discussion (moderator): Artist Mikhail Karikis discussed his work with activist and carer Kate Adams and writer Salomé Voegelin, as part of the Film London Jarman Award Weekend. This followed the screening of Karikis 'I Hear You', commissioned by the De La Warr Pavillion and Project Artworks, and developed with non-verbal people with complex needs and their carers.
Round table
Film London Jarman Award Weekend
Whitechapel Gallery, United Kingdom
2019/09/09 - 2019/09/15 Seminar: 'microLAB ENTORNO A LA CURADURÍA EXPANDIDA.' The aim was to develop an understanding of the curatorial as a porous practice with multiple ramifications. Three seminars took place across different venues in the city of Bogotá: Universidade Tadeo Lozano, Museu de Arte de Bogota (MAMBO) and Museu Nacional de Bogota.
Entorno a la Curaduría Expandida
NC Arte, Colombia
2019/07/15 - 2019/07/16 Workshop: 'How to Curate with Communities', co-led with Renee Odjdja and Elinor Morgan. The session looked at how to create and sustain meaningful collaborations with communities: exhibitions, residencies, commissions and events. It explored approaches that enable spaces for access and insight into the institution, using both Whitechapel Gallery and MIMA (Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art) as case studies.
How to Curate with communities
Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, United Kingdom
2019/06/22 - 2019/06/22 Roundtable (moderator): ‘Embedded Practice: Audience, Site, Exchange’. Part of 'The Rural Assembly : Contemporary Art and Spaces of Connection.' Discussion around projects that have reimagined how art engages with rural areas where audiences are not traditional viewers of contemporary art. Featured artists Heather Peak (Studio Morison), Richard Saxton (M12 Studio) and Curator Fulya Erdemci.
Round table
The Rural Assembly : Contemporary Art and Spaces of Connection
Whitechapel Gallery, United Kingdom
2019/04/22 - 2019/04/24 Roundtable discussion (participant): 'Arte en el espacio público: ¿medio de consenso o provocador de crisis?' Participants in this debate included Aida Sánchez de Serdio (Professor, Artes y Humanidades UOC, Barcelona), Isaac Marrero (Professor, Anthropology, Goldsmiths, University of London) and Toxic Lesbian (artista). This was part of the symposium IMAGINA MADRID: Jornadas de pensamiento en torno al arte y la ciudad.
Entre la Celebración y el Conflicto - Jornadas de pensamiento en torno al arte y la ciudad.
Intermediae Matadero, Madrid, Spain
2019/03/09 - 2019/03/09 Panel discussion (moderator): ‘Africa is not a country, the Middle East is not a continent’. This event was part of the Symposium 'Create Dangerously' programmed during the Sharjah Biennial 14 and convened by curator Omar Kholeif, at the Sharjah Institute for Theatrical Arts. Speakers included artists Otobong Nkanga, Akram Zaatari, curator Koyo Kouoh and scholar Hannah Feldman.
Create Dangerously
Sharjah Art Foundation, United Arab Emirates
2019/02/15 - 2019/02/18 Workshop: ‘Political Love: Questioning Contemporary Art’s Encounters with Communities’, co-developed with artist Mikhail Karikis. This weelong workshop raised questions around the ethics and politics of socially engaged art, and discussed practical methodologies from Augusto Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed, to Pauline Oliveros' Deep Listening. This was part of a wider programme with a group of associate curators at Fondazione Sandretto, organised by The Institute of Things to Come.
Political Love: Questioning Contemporary Art’s Encounters with Communities
Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Italy
2018/08 - 2018/08 Conference paper: 'Art, Collaboration and Social Practice', Omsk, Russia. Delivered as part of the NEMOSKVA: International Curatorial Expedition and Symposium, across six cities in Siberia. This was a project of interregional cooperation in the field of contemporary art organised by the National Center for Contemporary Art, Ministry of Culture, Russian Federation.
NEMOSKVA - Interregional cooperation in the field of contemporary art
Ministry of Culture, Russia
2018/05/14 - 2018/05/15 Conference paper: ‘Soul Manufacturing Corporation: The work of Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates. This was part of IMMER #2 – International Meeting on Museum Education and Research organised by Faculdade de Belas Artes, Porto, and taking place at Museu do Douro, Peso da Régua.
Museum education and Research
Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade do Porto, Portugal
2016/04/13 - 2016/04/17 Seminar: 'Collaboration: Art, Politics, Practice' at MASP, São Paulo, to coincide with their exhibition and conference titled ‘Playgrounds’. Drawing on a series of case studies from Whitechapel’s past and recent history, I discussed the intersections between collaborative art practices and the politics of institutional programming, within and beyond the space of the Gallery.
MASP, Museu de Arte de São Paulo, Brazil

Committee member

Activity description
Institution / Organization
2016/01/01 - Current Advisory Committee for the Documents of Contemporary Art series, co-published by Whitechapel Gallery and The MIT Press. Each volume in the series addresses a particular theme, practice, or concern that is of central significance to contemporary visual culture. The artists and writers included represent the diversity of perspectives, generations, and voices defining art today.
Whitechapel Gallery, United Kingdom
2014/10/01 - Current Advisory Committee for The William Townsend Memorial Lecture Series at the Slade School of Fine Art, London. This public lecture series have been hosted by the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL since 1974. Speakers have included eminent art critics, art historians, theorists and curators.
University College London Slade School of Fine Art, United Kingdom

Course / Discipline taught

Academic session Degree Subject (Type) Institution / Organization
2012/10/10 - Current MA Arts and Learning, Goldsmiths / Module: Spaces of Practice. This Module engages with the study of contemporary art in order to develop pedagogical and artistic knowledge. It is aimed at initiating and extending practical, critical and contextual understanding of contemporary practices and how these can be used to explore social and cultural issues. Arts and Learning (Master) Goldsmiths University of London Department of Educational Studies, United Kingdom