The female voice in art, design and public spaces

EMST in Athens (National Museum of Contemporary Art) - copyright Tita Bonatsou. EMST was originally the FIX Brewery.

As art galleries and museums begin to open in the UK and other countries post lockdown, Future Cities Forum is this week providing a focus on the 'female voice in art. We feature the appointment of the curator Katerina Gregos to the position of the city of Athens' National Museum of Contemporary Art and the work of contemporary and often excluded female voices in architecture and design, in a new installation project at the Barbican Art Gallery in London.

Some critics argue that Athens National Museum of Contemporary Art has had a difficult recent history with delays in opening during lockdowns and two artistic directors leaving their posts.

Now Katerina Gregos has been appointed as artistic director of the museum. The Greek -born, internationally recognised curator will take up her post in July this year, marking a new era for the museum.

Educated in London at the Courtauld Institute of Art, King's College and City University, she has curated numerous international exhibitions and biennials including more recently the first Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art, the Goteborg Biennial, Manifesta, Contour - Biennial of Moving Image and EV+ A - Ireland's Biennial, among others.

She has also curated three critically acclaimed national pavillions for the Venice Biennale, firstly for Denmark with the international group exhibition on freedom of speech, Speech Matters (2011), Personne et les Autres: Vincent Meessen and Guests, also an international exhibition which explored colonial modernity and Belgium's colonial history (2015) and Traces of Disappearing in Three Acts, a solo exhibition of Igor Grubic for the Croatian Pavillion (2011).