Ben is the Founder and Director of the curatorial art PR company Fluff PR. He is a regular contributor for Artlyst, where he covers exhibitions and the international art fairs. He studied History of Art at University, grew up in the art world, and cut his teeth in his mother gallery, the Catto Gallery, Hampstead. He went onto to run the sister gallery, Catto Contemporary in Shoreditch were he was responsible for helping to launch the careers of many artists and showed Anthony Micallef and Banksy in a curated exhibition entitled ‘Perverse Pop’ back in 2001.
Ben Austin then worked at Art Review, before setting himself up as an independent curator and through Austin Enterprises he staged the infamous Frieze opening night House in 2007, which featured art on loan from the Saatchi Gallery. Other curated shows include, ‘Light Divided’ at The Blouin Institute (Aug 08), ‘Unnatural Selection’ at The London and Newcastle Project Space (July 10) and ‘Art Britannia’ – The Design District – Miami Basel (Dec 13). This show featured artists shown in New Order at the Saatchi Gallery, such as Charlie Billingham, James Capper and Mary Ramsden. The exhibition also featured a ‘mini show’ within a show, showcasing a ‘Salon’ wall taken from the Lion & Lamb pub in the East End of London; the star piece in this ‘Salon’ show was a Fiona Rae.