New Placement

Whitechapel Gallery, London

Image courtesy of Eugene Cheung

We are excited to announce that writer and cultural worker Eugene Yiu Nam Cheung has been awarded the 2023 Asymmetry Curatorial Fellowship at Whitechapel Gallery, London. The six-month Fellowship will begin on 3 April 2023.

The Curatorial Fellowship at Whitechapel Gallery is one of four Asymmetry initiatives taking place in London in partnership with leading UK institutions, including Chisenhale Gallery, Goldsmiths, and The Courtauld Institute of Art.


The Asymmetry Curatorial Fellowship at Whitechapel Gallery is offered to one mid-career curator who identifies to any extent with Greater Chinese and Sinophone cultures and heritage, based in the regions or internationally. The programme provides the curator with a unique opportunity to gain training, skills, and experience in the curatorial workings of Whitechapel Gallery, which has a strong track record of providing training for curators. Additionally, the Fellow will join Delfina Foundation’s renowned residency programme, which will offer further professional opportunities, such as mentoring, peer-to-peer exchange and access to a wide network of arts practitioners alongside accommodation.

Selected from a high-quality shortlist following an international Open Call, Eugene Yiu Nam Cheung’s curatorial practice centres on anarchist and dissident publication practices, utopian thresholds in language, and literary expressions of the revolutionary consciousness.

'Eugene’s rigorous engagement with intellectual history, decolonial texts, curatorial methods, and art criticism, has set him up to be a serious thinker and burgeoning cultural worker. Furthermore, his belief in the public and civic potential of public programmes in reinvigorating everyday relationships articulates a core value we share at Asymmetry. We are excited to welcome Eugene as the next Curatorial Fellow at Whitechapel Gallery and look forward to learning where his ambitious vision takes him.'

– Yan Du, Founder and Director of Asymmetry

'We are thrilled to have Eugene join the Whitechapel Gallery team as Asymmetry Curatorial Fellow. His strong programming experience and compelling research interests - especially his focus on East End histories - will add new dimensions to our upcoming activities. During his fellowship at Whitechapel, Eugene will be a key part of a collaborative, cross-departmental team developing and delivering our exciting new summer programme, which will include exhibitions, installations, high-profile talks and live performances.'

– Richard Martin, Director of Education and Public Programmes, Whitechapel Gallery

Whitechapel Gallery
Delfina Foundation


Eugene Yiu Nam Cheung (b. Bowral, Australia) is a writer and cultural worker particularly interested in anarchist and dissident publication practices, utopian thresholds in language, and literary expressions of the revolutionary consciousness. He holds degrees in art history, gender studies, and law from the University of Sydney.

In 2022, Eugene was part of the lumbung programme (public programmes) team at documenta fifteen. From 2020-2022, he worked on the discursive development of thematic exhibitions, public programmes, and publications as part of the curatorial team at the Julia Stoschek Foundation. He has given lectures and organised public programmes with institutional partners such as Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, RMIT’s School of Architecture and Urban Design, and LE 18 Marrakech.

Eugene is the founding editor of the online publication Decolonial Hacker. In 2021, he won the International Award for Art Criticism administered by The International Association of Art Critics. His writing has been published in Third Text, Griffith Review, Running Dog, Art+Australia, and 4A Papers, amongst others.