Colin Keays (1994) is a writer, editor and curator based in Rotterdam, working across a number of international cultural projects. He was commissioned by Nieuwe Instituut to curate the Dutch Pavilion at the 2023 London Design Biennale, which was awarded with a special mention from the professional jury. He has collaborated with architecture and design studio Cookies since 2021 and is editor of OtherNetwork, a global platform researching independent cultural production. In 2023 he co-founded and edited the first issue of W’AHU, a new magazine celebrating queer creatives in Accra, Ghana. Colin holds a BA in Architecture with First Class Hons. from the Manchester School of Architecture (2016) and an MA in Contextual Design from Design Academy Eindhoven (2019), where he currently teaches in the BA Studio Digital-Native.










Year
Project
With
Type/Role

2024
PIN–UP
Writing

2024
Reclaiming Desire
DAMNº Magazine
Writing

2024
OtherNetwork
Editor

2024
Efia Serwah, Abraham Tettey, Federico Martelli
Editor

2023
BUTT Magazine,
Cookies,
Nieuwe Instituut
Cultural Programming

2023
Nieuwe Instituut,
Embassy of the Netherlands
Curator

2023
Cookies,
ifa
Editor

2023
DAMNº Magazine
Writing

2023
Workwear
Cookies,
Nieuwe Instituut
Exhibition Design

2022
e-flux Architecture,
OtherNetwork
Editorial, Writing

2022
Cookies,
FCA – Ghana, 
ifa Gallery Stuttgart
Art Direction, Production,

2022
Righting the Wrong
DAMNº Magazine
Writing


2022
“I didn’t learn all that much of a practical nature” – 75 Years of DAE [Upcoming]
Design Academy Eindhoven
Research

2022
Queerness in the City: Ghosts at Day’s End
IABR,
Het Nieuwe Instituut
Lecture

2022
Club Extra Extra #4 – ‘A Romantic Night with Martin Malibu’
Extra Extra Magazine, Dutch Pinball Museum
Cultural Programming

2022
Club Extra Extra #1 – Night Walk
Extra Extra Magazine
Cultural Programming


2021
Metropolis M
Writing

2021
In Light of Recent Events (preface)
Ward Goes
Writing

2021
gaybar.archive
Creative Coding Utrecht
Online Exhibition

2021
Design Academy Eindhoven
Writing

2021
Arcam
Research

2020
“What if all the August projects end up being about coronavirus?” Design Academy Eindhoven Graduation Catalogue
Design Academy Eindhoven,
Anastasia Kubrak,
Joseph Grima
Research, Editing

2020
A Nostalgia for the Mud? Awakening Queer Potential to Challenge the Smooth City
Failed Architecture, Independent School for the City
Lecture


2020
“Soon All This Will Be Picturesque Ruins”
TAC Eindhoven
Solo Exhibition

2020
GEO–DESIGN
Online Exhibition

2019
Learning from Efteling: The Complicit Designer and Attraction-Based Urbanism
Contextual Design Department, DAE
Writing

2019
Design Academy Eindhoven Graduation Show
Design Academy Eindhoven,
Tamar Shafrir,
Joseph Grima
Editing, Curation

2019
Dutch Design Week,
Design Academy Eindhoven
Cultural Programming, Moderation

2019
Back Gate Film Club – Screening of Arch Brown’s Pier Groups (1979)
Self-initiated
Art Direction,, Cultural Programming

2018
Dutch Design Week,
Design Academy Eindhoven
Cultural Programming, Moderation


2018
Eindhoven Footnotes: Tales from a Technocratic City
Onomatopee 
Research, Writing



© Colin Keays 2024