Month: August 2019

Constance Allman

Constance Forde Allman

Board Member

Constance Forde Allman was formerly Manager of Market Development for IBM and worked for the company for 30 years.  She is based in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. Allman has a BA in Mathematics from Queens College of the City of NY, New York, United States. Her voluntary and community service activity includes the following: Volunteer Docent Emeritus at the Atlanta High Museum of Art, Leadership Atlanta Alumna, Advisory Board Member of H.O.P.E. Ministries, Board Member of United Way of Atlanta, Advisory Board for the Georgia Alliance for Children and Board President of the Council on Battered Women. 

Osei Bonsu

Osei Bonsu

Board Member

Osei Bonsu is a British-Ghanaian curator and writer based in London and Paris. His activities encompass exhibition programming, publishing and cultural strategy in the field of visual arts. He has developed projects focused on transnational histories of art, collaborating with museums, galleries and private collections internationally. In 2017, he curated the 10th edition of Satellites, an exhibition co-commissioned by Jeu de Paume and CAPC: Centre for Contemporary Art, Bordeaux. He has also worked on the development of a number of projects focusing on African art, including ‘Pangaea II: New Art from Africa and Latin America’ (Saatchi Gallery, 2015) and 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair (2013-14). As a specialist in modern and contemporary art, he has lectured widely in institutions across Europe, Asia and Africa. Bonsu is a contributing editor at frieze magazine.

Mark Waugh

Mark Waugh

Chairman

Mark Waugh is the Business Development Director at DACS. Before joining DACS in 2014 he worked extensively in Korea and South East Asia as Commissioner for emerging artfairs; Art Gwangju and G-Seoul 13 and as Associate Director of SUUM; Commissioning a number of projects in collaboration with Samsung Electronics including the media art focused award, The Samsung Art+ Prize and IOC commissions. He is Chair of the International Curators Forum and previously Director of the iconic A Foundation in London and Liverpool, and Head of Visual Arts, South East Arts Council England. He has curated numerous group and solo exhibitions and contributed to publications, catalogues and magazines including most recently a chapter in the acclaimed 2017 book; Artists: Rethinking the Blockchain. He is also the author of the novels Bubble Entendre and Come.

Joy Gregory

Joy Gregory

Board Member

Joy Gregory is an artist and educator based in London. She is presently a trustee of the Kraszna Krausz Foundation, UK, Honarary Research Associate in Fine Art at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, and Associate Lecturer Fine Art Photography at UAL: Camberwell College of Arts. She has developed a practice concerned with social and political issues in particular, reference to history and cultural differences in contemporary society.

 In 2002, Gregory received the NESTA Fellowship, which enabled her the time and the freedom to research for a major piece around language endangerment. The first of this series was the video piece Gomera, which premiered at the Sydney Biennale in May 2010. She is the recipient of numerous awards and has exhibited all over the world showing in many festivals and biennales. Her work included in many collections including the UK Arts Council Collection, Victoria and Albert Museum, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia, and Yale British Art Collection. She currently lives and works in London.

George Blacklock

George Blacklock

Board Member

George Blacklock is a painter, writer, and musician. He was Dean of College at Wimbledon and Chelsea Colleges of Arts within the University of the Arts London. He held these roles for a period of ten years and is now retired (from September 2017). He has exhibited his artwork in a number of countries around the world, from Mongolia to Mexico, but most extensively in Europe and the USA. He has been represented by Flowers Galleries since 1996.

George has received various awards for his paintings from the Arts Council, the Greater London Arts Association and as a prize-winner at the John Moores contemporary painting competition. He has work in many collections including the Arts Council of Great Britain. He has written the illustrated book, Colour and Abstraction, which charts how colour was liberated from its former and traditional role as a pictorial element subservient to drawing, and how abstraction was consequently born and developed. This book also focuses on his own pictorial methodologies, demonstrating how these developed. He has extensive experience in all aspects of Art education at the highest levels, has a significant reputation as a painter, and commentator on art. He has worked with companies in the UK and USA on how pictorial decision making can positively influence clear thinking in the business world. He is a musician within a band called Country Dirt (CD release, ‘Rodeo Free Europe’).

Thirteen Ways of Looking / NAWM x ICF Curatorial Residency

An animation of a butterfly between two heads

Thirteen Ways of Looking

An exhibition by Dr Sylvia Theuri, the New Art West Midlands & International Curators Forum Curator in Residence

at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry (2 October – 13 December 2020)

An animation of a butterfly between two heads

Image courtesy Shiyi Li (2020)

The title of this exhibition is inspired by Wallace Stevens’ poem ‘Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird’ (1917). The thirteen verses of the poem each describe the presence and movement of a blackbird in a different way – creating multiple perspectives and viewpoints of the bird. The blackbird in the poem symbolises the importance of flexibility and fluidity in order to create space for multiple forms of experience, knowledge and understanding.

This exhibition borrows from Stevens’ approach, bringing together existing and newly commissioned artworks by thirteen artists and curators. Their working practices bring forward international, multicultural, multi-faith and feminist perspectives which shift very much like those of the blackbird in the poem.

Thirteen Ways of Looking explores different strategies of resistance that overlap and intersect in the physical spaces of the gallery and digitally online. They challenge where art belongs, where it’s experienced and who is being addressed.

The participating artists and curators are: Hira Butt, Eddie Chambers, Sonya Dyer, Andreana Fatta, Hyphen-Labs, Navi Kaur, Shama Khanna, Roshini Kempadoo, Shiyi Li, Farwa Moledina, Keith Piper, Donald Rodney and Matías Serra Delmar.

An exhibition curated by Dr Sylvia Theuri.

A New Art West Midlands and International Curators Forum Curatorial Residency in partnership with and hosted by Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, in association with Coventry Biennial.

Images courtesy Garry Jones

The NAWM & ICF Curatorial Residency at the Herbert (August 2019 – December 2020):

Dr. Sylvia Theuri was appointed as New Art West Midlands and International Curators Forum Curator in Residence in partnership with and hosted by the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum in association with Coventry Biennial in August 2019.

Sylvia was selected for the post by a panel of arts professionals through an open call to curators based in and affiliated with the West Midlands. The post was made possible through partnership with the Herbert Art Gallery and International Curators Forum, as part of a New Art West Midlands programme supporting new talent and perspectives funded by Arts Council England. The partnership with International Curators Forum provided professional development support and mentorship for Sylvia, as well as access to international networks and contexts – part of a distinctive professional development package that aims to create pathways into future opportunities for Sylvia and for the artists involved.

At the time of the appointment Sylvia noted: “I am excited to have taken on the role of Curator in Residence and to be a part of shaping the developing arts and culture in the city of Coventry where I live and call home. It is of great importance that we foster the visibility of and engagement with the visual arts to new and varied audiences, by ensuring that visual art spaces are not seen as ‘uninhabitable spaces’ but rather as welcoming and comfortable”.

The exhibition features 6 artists who were part of a cohort of 20 early-career artists selected by ICF and NAWN to exhibit as part of the 2019 Coventry Biennial. Talking about working with those artists to produce new work relating to Coventry, Sylvia says: “I am very much looking forward to working with a cohort of New Art West Midlands 2019 artists to help shape their professional development across the course of the next year towards a new exhibition in 2020”.

Craig Ashley, Director of New Art West Midlands, said: “We are delighted to announce Sylvia’s appointment and look forward to working with her over the next 12 months. She brings a distinctive approach and perspective, with ambitions to support and reflect the region’s very best talent.”

 

 

 

All of the logos for the organisations involved in the project