AWP Conversations between UAL students, graduates, and more established arts professionals, cover how to navigate the art world barriers faced by people 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) and was part of the curatorial team for Artquest’s Artists’ Pavilion project at the 57th Venice Biennale.
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.