Angela Kingston trained in fine art at Winchester School of Art and Leeds Polytechnic, and did an MA in the Social History of Art at Leeds University. During this time she was part of a group of artists and art historians who set up the Pavilion Feminist Photography Centre in Leeds. She then did an Arts Council traineeship in curating at John Hansard Gallery, Southampton (1985). For seven years she was curator at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (until 1994).
She went freelance in 1994 in order to research her exhibitions in greater depth, work in more varied settings, and develop her writing. She also wanted to work on more equal terms with artists.
Since 1994, her exhibitions have been commissioned by, and toured to: Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Angel Row Gallery (Nottingham), the Bluecoat (Liverpool), Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery, Camden Arts Centre (London), CCA (Glasgow), The Centre for Drawing (London), Chapter (Cardiff), Crate/Limbo/Turner Contemporary (Margate), The Douglas Hyde Gallery (Dublin), The Exchange (Newlyn), Ferens Art Gallery (Hull), Ikon (Birmingham), INIVA (London), Kelvingrove Art Gallery (Glasgow), Leeds City Art Gallery, mac (Birmingham), The McManus (Dundee), Ormeau Baths Gallery (Belfast), Plymouth Arts Centre, Pump House Gallery (London), Spacex (Exeter), Towner (Eastbourne), Tŷ Pawb (Wrexham), Tullie House (Carlisle), Turnpike Gallery (Leigh), University of Hertfordshire Galleries.
Curating contemporary art exhibitions was Angela Kingston’s mainstay from 1984 to 2019; however, she combined this with other related work, for example, from 1996 to 1998, she was editor (part-time) of AN magazine, where she brought in a re-design and a new emphasis on artist-led projects and artist-written content. And in 1998, she began to curate art projects in hospitals, primarily at the Cancer Centre, Birmingham.
Between 1999 and 2003, she was Senior Researcher in Art at Wimbledon School of Art (a post that allowed her to continue her freelance curating). There, she devised and ran The Centre for Drawing, an experimental residency, exhibitions and publishing project.
From 2012 to 2017, Angela Kingston was Visiting Lecturer at the University of Westminster, where she taught an MA module called Curating Contemporary Art. She completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education in 2015. She continues to teach occasional sessions at Westminster, Kingston and other universities.
In addition to curating exhibitions and hospital art projects, she gives gallery tours and talks; lectures about curating at art colleges; commissions and edits publications; and mentors artists and curators.
Angela Kingston also writes about art for books, catalogues, magazines and websites. She has undertaken writing commissions for organisations such as the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin and Royal Academy Publications, and she enjoys working directly with artists to produce texts for artist-initiated projects.