Michael Forbes has been a successful practicing artist for many years, developing his work, alongside a growing interest in curation, artist professional development and Architecture. After graduating with BA Hons Photography in 1998 from Nottingham Trent University, he became the Visual Arts Officer for EMACA (East Midlands African Caribbean Arts).
Forbes was involved with the early stage development work for the New Art Exchange, Nottingham (1999 -2010) and is a board member of PRIMARY (trading as Nottingham Studios), (Chair from 2006- 2011) and now the Chair again from January 2017. Forbes has curated many exhibitions including work at the Bonnington Gallery, Primary and Yard Gallery in Nottingham. In 2010 Forbes co-curated a Pop-Up presentation in the Nottingham Exchange Building and has delivered eight major exhibitions at the Art Exchange and New Art Exchange over a number of years. In 2011, with Arts Council England support, Forbes undertook a twelve-month residency and development project at the International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York (leading to exhibitions and other professional development opportunities in the city and elsewhere).
Currently Forbes has a studio at Primary in Nottingham, and is working on arrange of projects including photography, painting and sculpture. He also has a strong interest in architecture and the design of exhibition space.