Adelaide Bannerman

Adelaide Bannerman


Adelaide Bannerman is a freelance project manager and curator based in London. Since 1998, Bannerman has worked for a number of renowned UK arts institutions that have included Autograph ABP, Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts), African and Asian Visual Artists Archive (AAVAA), Tate, Live Art Development Agency, Platform London, Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, 198 Gallery and Arts Council England. 

She currently works for International Curators Forum and in partnership is developing an international residency programme amongst other activities. She is currently a trustee of Idle Women, an organisation that initiates and creates contemporary art with women and Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhall an artist-run laboratory and presentation space for contemporary art. 

Adelaide’s independent research interests valorise performative gestures and engagements with live and visual performance art and privileging the developmental process behind individual and group practices. Bannerman is also interested in exploring, noting and co-opting movement and improvisatory methods as part of her curatorial practice.

Jessica Taylor

Jessica Taylor 

Head of Programmes 

Jessica Taylor is a Barbadian curator and producer based in London. As the Head of Programmes of ICF, Jessica managed the Beyond the Frame and Diaspora Pavilion professional development programmes, and co-curated the ‘Diaspora Pavilion’ exhibitions in Venice and Wolverhampton and the Diaspora Pavilion 2 exhibition ‘I am a heart beating in the world’ in Sydney. She has co-curated film and performance programmes such as ‘Migrating Cities’ as part of the Spark Festival in Hong Kong, ‘Sensational Bodies’ as part of the Jerwood Staging Series, and ‘Monster and Island’ with artist Sheena Rose at the Royal Academy London. Jessica also produced the exhibition ‘Arrivants: Art and Migration in the Anglophone Caribbean World’ at the Barbados Museum and the multi-site programme ‘Curating the International Diaspora’ in Sharjah, Barbados and Martinique. 

Jessica’s curatorial practice stems from an interest in testing and developing contemporary exhibition models for exploring matters of cultural contact and exchange, migration and movement, and transnationalism. She received a BA in Art History and Philosophy from McGill University in Montreal and an MA in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art in London, the dissertation for which is part of an ongoing research project on the development of national art institutions in the English-speaking Caribbean. Her research at the RCA was linked to her work around collections and archives at the Barbados Museum, which aims to underscore both the continued relevance and renewed tasks of national art institutions, as well as the importance of constantly re-developing infrastructures to support and complicate local, regional and global narratives around national identity. 

David Bailey

David A. Bailey MBE

Artistic Director

David A. Bailey MBE is a photographer, writer, curator, lecturer and cultural facilitator who lives and works in London. David’s practice is focused on the issues that relate to black representations in the areas of photography, performance and artists’ film. There interests have informed his appointment as an advisor and subsequent curator with Autograph (ABP) and the Institute of International Visual Arts (Iniva) in 1994.

One of David’s main concerns is the notion of diaspora and black representation in art. He co-curated the groundbreaking exhibitions Rhapsodies in Black: Art of the Harlem Renaissance with Richard J. Powell at the Hayward Gallery in London in 1997, and Back to Black: Art, Cinema and the Racial Imaginary with Petrine Archer-Straw and Richard J. Powell at Whitechapel Art Gallery in London in 2005.

David has written extensively about photography and film. From 1996 to 2002, he was Co-Director of the African and Asian Visual Arts Archive (AAVAA) at the University of East London. From 2005 to 2011 he was a Curator at Platform for the Remember Saro-Wiwa Living Memorial.

Since 2006 David has been overseeing the growth and development of the ICF, and between 2009 and 2010, he was the Acting Director of the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas in Nassau.

David was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2007, for services to art.