DAVID ADJAYE, SOKARI DOUGLAS CAMP, ELLEN GALLAGHER, ISAAC JULIEN, HEW LOCKE, VONG PHAOPHANIT AND YINKA SHONIBARE MENTOR YOUNG ARTISTS FOR VENICE

FIRST EVER DIASPORA PAVILION AT VENICE BIENNALE FEATURING
BRITAIN’S EMERGING BAME ARTISTS AND THEIR MENTORS

Palazzo Pisani S. Marina
Calle de le Erbe (off Campo Santa Marina), Cannaregio, 6104
Nearest vaparetto stop: Rialto

Venice, Italy
13 May to 26 November 2017

The Diaspora Pavilion showcasing the work of eleven emerging UK-based artists, with ten leading artists acting as their mentors, all from racially and culturally diverse backgrounds, will go on show at the Palazzo Pisani a Santa Marina for the 57th Venice Biennale from 13 May to 26 November 2017. Following its presentation in Venice, the exhibition will be shown around the UK including at the 2018 Liverpool Biennial.

The Pavilion will be launched in Venice on Thursday 11 May by The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Minister of State for Digital and Culture and Sir Nicholas Serota, Chairman, Arts Council England.

The project is presented by International Curators Forum (ICF) in partnership with University of the Arts London (UAL) with the support of Arts Council England’s International Showcasing Fund. The Pavilion is co-curated by David A. Bailey, Director of the International Curators Forum, and Jessica Taylor.

Diaspora Pavilion, together with a parallel scheme for emerging curators, Beyond the Frame, challenges the under-representation of artists and curators from minority backgrounds in the visual arts. Each scheme lasts for 22 months and offers the emerging artists and curators the opportunity to take part in forums and masterclasses with their mentors. The aim is to create cross-generational connections that will support professional development.

The ten emerging curators for Beyond the Frame were selected as the result of an open call and are working closely with ICF Director David A. Bailey and leading curators including Paul Goodwin, Whitechapel Director, Iwona Blazwick and Sally Tallant, Director of the Liverpool Biennial.

Beyond the Frame is supported by Arts Council England’s Elevate Fund and will culminate with a public conference on diversity in the arts in the UK, which will reflect on the experiences and results of this significant initiative.

Diaspora Project Emerging Artists:
Larry Achiampong, Libita Clayton, Kimathi Donkor, Michael Forbes, susan pui san lok, Paul Maheke, Barbara Walker, Abbas Zahedi, Khadija Saye, Barby Asante, Erika Tan.

Artist Mentors:
David Adjaye, Sokari Douglas Camp, Ellen Gallagher, Nicola Green, Joy Gregory, Isaac Julien, Dave Lewis, Hew Locke, Vong Phaophanit, Yinka Shonibare MBE.

Beyond The Frame Emerging Curators:
Kat Anderson, Lisa Anderson, Azadeh Fatehrad, Enam Gbewonyo, Annie Jael Kwan, Sooree Pillay, Sunil Shah, Armin Shooshtari, Cynthia Silveira, Kasia Sobucka

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