Diaspora Platform 2016 – 2018

November 12, 2016 § Leave a comment

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Diaspora Platform brings together ten UK-based artists and ten mentors, all from racially and culturally diverse backgrounds and whose work engages with the topic of the diaspora, over the next 22 months. During the length of the project, these practitioners will take part in group forum, mentoring and masterclasses, and will showcase their work in the exhibition Diaspora Platform curated by ICF Director David A. Bailey at the Palazzo Pisani a Santa Marina in Venice from May 13th to November 26th 2017, after which it will be brought to the UK and exhibited locally. This initiative aims to create cross-generational connections and professional development through the practices of mentorship, networking and artistic and discourse production, with the aim of continuing this process in subsequent years around the world. Diaspora Platform is supported by Arts Council England’s International Showcasing Fund.

Selected participants:
Larry Achiampong
Libita Clayton
Kimathi Donkor
Ray Fiasco
Michael Forbes
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Paul Maheke
Khadija Saye
Barbara Walker
Abbas Zahedi

Mentors:
David Adjaye
Sokari Douglas Camp
Ellen Gallagher
Nicola Green
Joy Gregory
Isaac Julien
Dave Lewis
Hew Locke
Vong Phaophanit
Yinka Shonibare


Beyond The Frame

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Beyond the Frame is a 22-month long project tackling the under-representation of curators from racially and culturally diverse backgrounds at senior levels within the visual arts. The participants were selected as the result of an open call and will work closely with ICF Director David A. Bailey over the duration of the project, during which they will have the opportunity to take part in masterclasses and one-on-one mentoring sessions with the listed mentors, will discuss topics and issues in the field of curating together in group forum, will attend conferences that also address relevant topics in the field of curating, will travel to international institutions and events such as the Sharjah Biennial, the Venice Biennale and Prospect New Orleans, and will undertake projects in the UK in partnership with University of the Arts London, Iniva and New Art Exchange. Beyond the Frame is supported by Arts Council England Elevate Fund and will culminate with a public conference on diversity in the arts in the UK in which the experiences and results of this initiative will be discussed.

Selected participants:
Kat Anderson
Lisa Anderson
Azadeh Fatehrad
Enam Gbewonyo
Annie Jael Kwan
Sooree Pillay
Sunil Shah
Armin Shooshtari
Cynthia Silveira
Kasia Sobucka

Mentors:
Adelaide Bannerman
Iwona Blazwick
Paul Goodwin
Skinder Hundal
Melanie Keen
Sally Tallant
Allison Thompson
Carol Tulloch
Zoe Whitley

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