Launch Event: Diaspora Platform and Beyond the Frame

Chelsea College of Art and Design, London

On 9 November 2016 International Curators Forum in partnership with University of the Arts London launched two 22-month long projects tackling the under-representation of curators and artists from diverse backgrounds at senior levels in the visual arts in the UK. Ten curators and twelve artists based in the UK were selected as the result of an open call and will work closely with ICF Creative Director David A. Bailey and Head of Programmes Jessica Taylor. During the project, participants will take part in one-to-one mentoring with leading professionals, have the opportunity to take part in group masterclasses and forum, attend conferences and embark on international site visits. The twelve selected artists will showcase their work in the first ever Diaspora Pavilion during the 57th Venice Biennale (May 13th – November 26th 2017) alongside their mentors. A selection of works from exhibition will then travel back the UK so as to be accessible to local audiences. 

Selected artists: Larry Achiampong, Barby Asante, Libita Clayton, Kimathi Donkor, Ray Fiasco, Michael Forbes, Khadija Saye, susan pui san lok, Paul Maheke, Erika Tan, Barbara Walker and Abbas Zahedi

Mentors: Sokari Douglas Camp, Ellen Gallagher, Nicola Green, Joy Gregory, Isaac Julien, Dave Lewis, Hew Locke, Vong Phaophanie & Claire Oboussier and Yinka Shonibare MBE

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

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

Both programmes were presented in partnership with University of the Arts London and made possible with support from Arts Council England Elevate and International Showcasing grants. Additional support came from Bloomberg Contemporaries and the Art Fund.