Pau Catà i Marlès

C/ Magalhaes 63 B1, 08004 Barcelona, Catalunya.
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  • From 2016: Art Research PhD at University of Edinburgh (Scotland).
  • 2008 - 2010: MA Critical Arts Management and Media Cultural Studies at London South Bank University (London – UK).
  • Dissertation: “Theory as practice: A creative practitioner based research on CeRCCa’s local context’ and experimental video documentary ‘A Winter Ritual’. Mark: Distinction and Course Director Prize for Outstanding Achievement.
  • 2006 - 2007: Diploma in Arts Management at Birkbeck College-University of London.
  • 2006 - 2007: Creative Curating as a Critical Practice at Birkbeck College-University of London.
  • 2005 - 2006: Introduction to Curating at Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design in London.
  • 1995 - 2003: Degree in History by Universitat de Barcelona.
  • Erasmus Scholarship at Università degli Studi di Firenze (Italy), Experimental Anthropology Democrit University (Greece).

Work Experience

  • 2018: Tutor at PEI Program of Independent Studies at MACBA Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona.
  • From 2017: Co-Coordinator KIBRIT and Platform HARAKAT.
  • From 2016: Coordinator NACMM_North Africa Cultural Mobility Map.
  • From 2009: Director of CeRCCa_Centre de Recerca i Creació Casamarès.
  • 2013 - 2015: Didactic Tours for Itinera Plus and Riosta, Barcelona.
  • 2007 - 2009: Audience Developer and Information Manager at White Cube Gallery, London.
  • 2005 - 2007: Audience Developer at The British Museum, London.
  • 2002 - 2004: Development and delivery of art and culture tours in the main museums of Barcelona and Catalunya for Bloc Serveis Culturals, Barcelona.


  • Beyond Qafila Thania at Interartive (due in dec 18).
  • Towards de post-digital in the Digital Humanities. Artnodes and TCE (due in dec18).
  • The Art of Getting Lost _ Tandem Shaml Project publication.
  • NACMM and KIBRIT and interview at Marratat SouthMed CV Publication.
  • Rethinking decolonial dualism in Re_visiones. Dec 2017.
  • NACMM at ‘Building the Future: Pathways to Cultural Diversity – Practices and Projects from around the MENA Region’ by the German Commission for UNESCO.
  • 5th Anniversary Publication CeRCCa 2009-2014
  • Nomadism and Commodification: New challenges and proposals for an alternative conception of AIR networks at On AIR Trans Artists publication.
  • Interdisciplinary Activism': Naz Cuguoğlu in conversation with Pau Cata’ published in ArtSouthAfrica Magazine.
  • Publication of the research paper ‘Theory as Practice’ at SCCA World of Art Series Ljubljana.
  • Art review at the WhiteHot Contemporary Art Magazine (Canada).

Presentations and conferences

  • NACMM Round table ‘Performing Mobilities’ with invited speakers Le18, Space Darja and Hammana Artist House as part of Fira B in Palma de Mallorca.
  • Curatorial School V18 ‘Social Practices in Curating and Contemporary Art’ in Valletta (Malta).
  • Presentation of Beyond Qafila Thania a Trading Places? Empathy in Material Culture and Critical Methodologies at SOAS, London.
  • Presentation of Platform HARAKAT and KIBRIt at Es Baluard Centre d’Art Modern Contemporani de Palma.
  • Presentation of NACMM at the Transcultural Exchange Conference in Quebec City.
  • Decolonizing Knowledge and Power Summer School in UAB in Barcelona.
  • SouthMed CV Meeting in Tunis (Tunisia)
  • Tandem Meetings in Marseille (France), Beirut (Lebanon) and Odessa (Ukraine).
  • AGI I International Research Seminar organized between AGI and Goldsmith College at Tapies Foundation.
  • Critical Muslim Studies: Decolonial Struggles and Liberation Theologies Summer School in Granada, June 2016.
  • Tandem Meeting in Amman (Jordan).
  • Presentation of NACMM as part of "Fronteras y movilidad. Artistas en el Mediterráneo" as part of Mostra Viva in Valencia.
  • Presentation of NACMM at of Focus Maghreb SWAB Barcelona International Art Fair.
  • Presentation of NACMM at Trans Cultural Exchange 2016. International Conference on Opportunities in the Arts: Expanding Worlds. Boston University. USA.
  • Presentation of NACMM at Kawkaw fil-kawkawa talks at Le18, Marrakech, Morocco.
2014 - 2015:
  • Participation at the conference and workshop ‘AIR ARRAY: Meeting of AIR Programs and Mobility Workshop for Artists’ organized by Art Motile in Madrid.
  • Participation at the conference and workshop ‘Artistic Networking in the Mediterranean’ organized by Jizer Reflexions Mediterraneas and the Goethe Institut in Barcelona.
  • Participation at the DAWRAK Workshop and Conference in Alexandria (Egypt).
2012 - 2013:
  • Youth in times of Crises conference in Sousse, Tunisia. ALF Egypt National Network Meeting in Cairo and Alexandria, Egypt.
  • Presentation CeRCCa at the ‘Art and Landscape Congress’ in Vilafranca del Penedes.
  • Publications of the research paper ‘The Hypermobile Icarus’ as part of the Project On-AIR/Transartist.
  • Presentation of the research paper ‘Nomadism and commodification: New challenges and proposals for an alternative conception of Artists Residency Networks. The Transitory Network as study case‘ at the Res Artis Regional Meeting in Debrecen (Hungary).
  • Member of the ZVONO Jury 2011 Award for the Young Visual Artists of Bosnia and Herzegovina organized by Sarajevo Center for Contemporary Arts (Bosnia-Herzegovina) together with Foundation for Civil Society and Trust for Mutual Understanding, New York (U.S).
  • Lecture on Res Artis at Factoria Cultural Aviles (Spain)
  • Participation at the 5th International Summer Seminars for Art Curators ‘Aesthetic Communities and Contextual Translation of Communal Art’ in Yerevan and Ijevan, Armenia.
  • Participation at the Anna Lindh Foundation Forum ‘ Euro-Mediterranean strategies for multicultural understanding and cooperation’ in Barcelona.
  • Presentation of CeRCCa and Furnish Me! Workshops at ‘en passant’ Gallery in Berlin.
  • Presentation of Nomadic Projects curatorial partnership at in/flux Project Space in London.
  • Participation at the International conference ‘Global Modernities’ and ‘TATE Encounters’ TATE Britain. London.
  • Participation at the ‘Res Artis General Meeting: Artists in dialogue, transforming communities’ Amsterdam.
  • Participation at Mundos Locais, Shared Worlds Seminar ‘Collaborative and Participatory art’ curated by Lucia Marques and Paula Roush. Lagos, Portugal.

Artistic and Research Residencies

  • Research visits at Glycines (Algiers).
  • Research visit at the CCSD - Cultural Center of Documentation of the Sahara (Ghardaia).
  • Research visit at Art Rue (Tunis).
  • Research Residency at Le18 (Marrakech).
  • Research Residency at Maumau (Istanbul).
  • Research Residency at MoTa Museum of Transient Art (Ljubljana).


  • OSIC Projectes de caràcter professional en l'àmbit de les arts visuals.
  • Roberto Cimetta Fund travel grant.
  • University of Edinburgh College Research Award.
  • OSIC Projectes de caràcter professional en l'àmbit de les arts visuals.
  • South Med CV Project Grant for KIBRIT.
  • University of Edinburgh College Research Award.
  • University of Edinburgh Student Development Fund.
  • TANDEM Shaml.
  • SGSAH Student Development Fund.
  • Study Visit Home or Overseas – AHRC Fund.
  • Anna Lindh Foundation Project Grant for NACMM.
  • University of Edinburgh College Research Award.
2014 - 2015:
  • OSIC Beques per a la formació i el perfeccionament.
  • DAWRAK Citizen Exchange Program funded by Anna Lindh Foundation.
  • British Council Grant for Syrian Artists living in Egypt.
  • ALF Grant DAWRAK Workshop and Conference in Alexandria (Egypt).
2012 - 2013:
  • DAWRAK Citizen Exchange Program funded by Anna Lindh Foundation.
  • CoNCA Projectes de caràcter professional en l'àmbit de les arts visuals.
  • Step Beyond Award by European Cultural Foundation.
  • Roberto Cimetta Fund Travel Grant.
2010 - 2011:
  • Erasmus Young Entrepreneurs Program with MoTA _ Ljubljana, CoNCa Research Grant.
  • Step Beyond Mobility Fund by European Cultural Foundation.
2008 - 2009:
  • Ajuts per a la Formació. Fons de Creacio i Pensament Contemporani CoNCa 09.
  • Ayudas para la Formación de Jóvenes Profesionales de la Cultura by MUC 09.
  • Ajuts per a la Formació. Fons de Creació i Pensament Contemporani CoNCa 08.
  • Ayudas para la formación de Jóvenes Profesionales de la Cultura by MUC 08.

Curating experience

  • Final event of the Transformer network in Malta.
  • Platform HARAKAT and KIBRIT at Platform HARAKAT and KIBRIT at Es baluard Centre d’Art Modern i Contemporani de Palma.
  • Beyond Qafila Thania at In Between Wells _ Reloaded at Le18, Marrakech.
  • Barcelona International Art Fair SWAB 2017 Focus Mediterrania: KIBRIT and Platform HARAKAT.
  • Kibrit_NACMM Final event in Jiser, Barcelona.
  • Barcelona International Art Fair SWAB 2016 Focus Maghrib: NACMM
  • As Coordinator and Curator of CeRCCa AIR I have curated more than 15 exhibitions. The documentation of all this work can be found at CeRCCa 5th Anniversary Publication 2009-2014 funded by the OSIC.
  • The Museum of Hackney Wick at Hackney Wicked Festival 09. London.


  • Catalan and Spanish: Mother tongues.
  • English : 100/120 TOEFL December 2015
  • Arabic: Intensive courses in Les Glycines (Algiers) and Barcelona.