About the residency

The residency will offer opportunities to gain training, skills and experience, while embedded in the curatorial workings of Metroland Cultures for 3 days/week. Metroland Cultures’ programme sits at the intersection of art and community, testing and pioneering new approaches that centre partnerships, strategies and approaches for community and artist collaboration. The residency will provide unique professional development opportunities related to exhibition organization, project management, artist liaison support, research and public programming.
 
For the balance of the week, the successful applicant will pursue their own research through a bespoke programme delivered by Delfina Foundation as part of their ‘open’ Spring 2023 residency season. This programme will include guided visits to museums, galleries, non-profits, artist-run spaces and studios, as well as trips to institutions outside London; opportunities to meet and engage with artists, curators, academics and researchers through organised presentations, studio visits, events and meals; and professional development activities including: presentations and crits, portfolio reviews, and mentoring activities. Situated within Delfina Foundation, the resident will also benefit from career growth, mentorship as well as peer-to-peer exchange with other practitioners in residence.  

About Delfina Foundation

Founded in 2007, Delfina Foundation promotes artistic exchange and experimentation. Delfina Foundation creates opportunities for emerging and established artists, curators and writers to reflect on what they do, position their practice within relevant global discourse, create career-defining research and commissions, and network with colleagues. Delfina Foundation forge international collaborations to build shared platforms to incubate, to present and to discuss common practices and themes.

About Metroland Cultures

Metroland Cultures is an arts charity based in and serving the London Borough of Brent. Metroland Cultures' vision is that Brent is known globally for its arts and culture, and its people and communities are recognised and celebrated for shaping it. Their mission is to build, share and support art and culture in Brent: supporting communities to amplify stories of Brent life, and working with artists to tell new stories.

Four building blocks inform our approach:

  1. We start with Brent people and celebrate what’s already here. Our work is grounded in the stories, needs and histories of people. We listen, learn and act with our community. A big part of Brent cultural life is people doing it for themselves. We find ways to support people who are doing this.
  2. We connect artists with communities. We bring artists and grassroots organisations together, to hold conversations about what the borough needs, and use art to make it happen.
  3. We stand for social justice. We make space for difficult conversations, and work towards dismantling inequality anywhere we find it including at Metroland. We want everyone to be able to access the culture we make.
  4. We’re on the side of the future. Brent has one of the youngest populations in London so our work has to equip young people with the skills and confidence that they have the right to make art and culture.

Our intention is for our programme to sit at the intersection of art and community, testing and pioneering new approaches that centre partnerships, strategies and approaches for community and artist collaboration. We do this through music and visual arts with: an annual festival, young people’s programme and artist development programme. At the heart of everything is a culture of learning, development and transparency with our constituencies.    

About Te Tuhi

Te Tuhi is a leading platform for contemporary art in Aotearoa New Zealand, with a programme consciously and continually shaped towards rigorous, adventurous, and socially engaged artistic experimentation. Alongside the gallery in Pakuranga, Te Tuhi studios offers artists spaces to work in Parnell, adjacent to the Parnell Project Space, an exhibition, performance and event space located on the platform at Parnell Station, Tāmaki Makaurau. Te Tuhi also works extensively with multiple communities in East Auckland.  Te Tuhi is pleased to be the New Zealand arts organisation instigating this new residency for a curator interested in how art can work outside of the traditional gallery setting and is extremely grateful to Kent Gardner and British Council Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific for making it possible.

About British Council Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific

British Council builds connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and countries worldwide. Through arts and culture, British Council Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific works to connect the people of Aotearoa New Zealand and the UK. The Culture Connects programme links UK cultural professionals and organisations with their international peers and audiences. British Council are delighted to support a New Zealand curator as part of this unique residency, connecting with UK cultural professionals and helping to build curatorial capacity in the Aotearoa New Zealand visual arts sector.

About Kent Gardner

Kent Gardner is a philanthropist and businessmen and has spent over 20 years working between London and Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland.  He is passionate about art, education and sport and supporting New Zealanders and New Zealand causes.  He is Co-Chair of the Arts Foundation, Chair of Putahi Manawa – Healthy Hearts for Aotearoa New Zealand, CoRE and a former trustee of the Te Papa Foundation.  He is Co-Founder of Evans Randall Investors and Founder and CEO of Arc Residential and Chairman of Jasper.

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