Making Time For Equitable Change

Creating Equitable Partnerships Workshopwith RESOLVE Collective and Black Blossoms As part of CVAN’s Making Time For Equitable Change Programme  Image: ICF’s Curating the International Diaspora …

Liberation Begins in the Imagination: Writings on Caribbean-British Art

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Diaspora Pavilion 2: Artists in Conversation

Diaspora Pavilion 2: Artists in Conversation Daniela Yohannes, A Gathering in God’s Land (2018), digital collage. The curators of the exhibition I am a heart …


International Curators Forum (ICF) was founded by artists and curators in 2007 to offer a dynamic and evolving programme that responds to the conditions and contexts impacting creative practitioners through commissions, exhibitions, projects, publications and events. We provide tools and platforms for professional development and facilitate an open peer-to-peer network inviting participants to be part of a generative system of skills and knowledge transfer. Across all of our work, both critically and practically, we aim to challenge the barriers to equality and inclusivity within our industry. 

Through all aspects of our programme we engage with diaspora as a critical framework through which we can address and complicate public discussion, test and explore new innovative curatorial models, and create space for artistic and discursive interventions into historical narratives and systems of representation. Based in London, ICF has conceived and produced projects with artists, curators and thinkers who engage with diaspora across the UK, Europe, the Caribbean, Asia, the Middle East and Australia.

The 2016-18 programmes Diaspora Pavilion and Beyond the Frame were nationally and internationally notable for their innovative proposals and approaches to addressing professional development and cultural diversity. The organisation also curates exhibitions and events that address diasporic culture in a global context, examples of which include: Tactical Interventions (Venice, Kassel, Munster, Istanbul in 2007), The Beauty of Distance: Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age (Sydney Biennial in 2010), Caribbean Pavilion (Liverpool Biennial in 2010), Black Diaspora Visual Art (2011-2), Curating the International Diaspora (London, Gwangju, Sharjah, Barbados and Martinique 2016-7) and Diaspora Pavilion (Venice, Wolverhampton 2017-8), Diaspora Pavilion 2 (Sydney, London, Venice 2021-3). 

ICF’s founding members were David A. Bailey, Axel Lapp and Mark Waugh with support from Decibel. ICF now is a registered charity (1189228) and an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation. 



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