The International Curators Forum in partnership with UAL University of the Arts London has been awarded £300,000 for Tactical Interventions: Curating the first ever Diaspora Pavilion. The project will heighten visibility artists from diverse backgrounds working in England. 10 artists from racially and culturally diverse backgrounds will be selected to participate in the programme including mentoring, bursaries, and working with international mentors and curators. They will also showcase their work in the Venice Biennale 2017.
“This support is a great recognition of what ICF has achieved to date. ICF approaches its 10th anniversary in 2017, and this investment from ACE and our partners will make a valuable contribution to the visual art sectors regionally, nationally and globally. In a climate where difference is currently criticized and threatened, this project not only celebrates English/UK diversity, but foregrounds it at the world’s most prestigious event for the visual arts, the Venice Biennale.” David A. Bailey MBE, Director of International Curators Forum, London.
This project will build on success of a 2015 project in which ICF took a group of young artists and curators to the 56th Venice Biennale – below are images of the group at the UAE Pavilion in Venice with curator Hoor Al-Qasimi and at the House of Commons in London with curator Okwui Enwezor, MP David Lammy and artist Nicola Green.