Widening Participation Conversations
The Artquest Widening Participation Conversations are a series of recorded interviews by University of the Arts London students or recent graduates and more established arts professionals about how they navigate the art world and the various barriers it presents to those from backgrounds that are under-represented in the sector.
Conversation 1 – Becky Buckman and Natasha Tebbs
This first conversation in the series sets the scene with AWP internship Alumni Becky Buckman speaking with Natasha Tebbs from The Showroom, the organisation that hosted her internship. This interview introduces the thinking behind the AWP internship scheme and some of the fundamental issues around diversity within the sector.
Becky Buckman is a London-based artist/ designer and administrator who graduated from Interactive Design Arts at London College of Communication in 2016. She completed two Artquest Widening Participation internships at non-profit arts organisations Cinenova and The Showroom. Most recently Becky co-curated Occupying Space x Antiuniversity Now 2017, a program of films screening works from the Cinenova feminist moving image collection. Her current personal areas of interest are researching ideas around the self/ identity, existence and decolonisation.
Natasha Tebbs is Gallery Manager at The Showroom, a not-for-profit contemporary art space focused on collaborative approaches to production. She works on the day to day running of the organisation and producing artists’ projects, recently working with Laura Oldfield Ford, Koki Tanaka and Chimurenga. Natasha has managed the AWP internships at The Showroom since the scheme began in 2012. She previously worked at the Hayward Gallery and is a graduate of the Slade School of Fine Art.
Conversation 2 – Annie-Marie Akusah and Hansi Momodu-Gordon
Annie-Marie Akussah talks to Hansi Momodu-Gordon about the opportunities that have shaped her career, obstacles both internal and external that are often encountered working in the art world for people of colour.
Born in Ghana – Annie-Marie Akussah is an emerging artist and the current Activities Sabbatical Officer responsible at University of the Arts London where she programmes developmental and creative activities for students. A recent Wimbledon graduate, she has exhibited at Mall Galleries, One Thoresby street and South London Gallery as part of New Contemporaries (2018).
Akussah was also part of the curatorial team for Artquest’s Artists’ Pavilion project at the 57th Venice Biennale. Her forthcoming workshop ‘The uprooted, the unrooted and those who remain in transit’ in Ghana will introduce Ivorian refugees to travel documents post- independence from Ghana’s archive – creating a space to consider what inter-African migration looks like today, the ontology of archives and art as a tool to drive policies that lobby governments. The workshop is funded by the Mead Fellowship and supported by Ghana Refugee Board, UNHCR and International Organisation for Migration (Ghana).”
Hansi Momodu-Gordon is a curator, writer and producer living in London. Working independently since 2015 she founded artists professional development platform, Future Assembly, co-curated “UNTITLED: art on the conditions of our time” with Paul Goodwin and works on the curatorial team at Culture + Conflict. She has also developed curatorial and writing projects with Stevenson, The Showroom, Autograph ABP, Rencontres de Bamako 10th edition and The Walther Collection.
Previously Momodu-Gordon worked as Assistant Curator at Tate Modern and held curatorial positions at Turner Contemporary and CCA, Lagos. She was the winner of the Alice Emerging Curator Award in 2012 and nominated for the 6th Lorenzo Bonaldi Award for Art – Enter Prize Award in 2011. Her writing on contemporary art has been published by Stevenson, The Walther Collection, Rencontres de Bamako 10th edition, Albertina Museum, Contemporary And (C&), Frieze and other leading arts publishers.