CURATORIAL ACTIVISM

Disability Arts Online | 2021- 2022, UK / International. Disability Arts Online is a UK-based non-profit organisation occupying a unique global position championing the development of disability arts from an intersectional disability-led position. The Onyx Pilot Project established a UK-wide interseccional artist-led collective which, articulating their own leadership, were commissioned to create new work culminating in a publication – supported by a launch event at Autograph ABP in London in the summer of 2022 with the support of media such as Primary and Gal-dem – stocked in art galleries, radical bookshops and cultural organisations across London and the UK. Onyx Collective members were also employed as freelance publication editors, as well as freelance artists mentors to deliver artist development webinars and one-on-one sessions. And the Onyx Collective also delivered, as well as commissioned other artists to deliver, accessible artist presentations for a global audience.

Freelance Project Manager | Onyx project co-planning with artists, administration, financial monitoring and evaluation reports in collaboration with the CEO. Coordination, co-facilitation and minuting of online and live artist collective meetings. Communication and coordination of artist collective, core team, finance, marketing, and partners. Project managing the completion, edition, design and delivery of the collective debut publication sticking to timeline and budget. Production of the collective launch event sticking to timeline and budget in collaboration with artists and DAO. Research of mentors and partnerships. Recruitment of external facilitators, editors, and mentors for artist development sessions in liaison with the CEO. Partial co-planning of artist presentations. Artists support in collaboration with DAO. Key achievements: Facilitating the foundation and launching of a UK-wide intersectional artist-led collective. Fostering intersectional diversity in the disability arts sector.

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Counterspace's cultural strategy by Cristina Morales
Counterspace’s cultural strategy by Cristina Morales

Counterspace | 2019 – Present, International.  Counterspace is an independent curatorial platform functioning as the first decolonial thinktank mapping cultural activism worldwide, as well as proposing decolonial toolkits to unlearn and relearn.  Counterspace’s unlearning toolkit proposes common resources and experiences to unpack and redefine so far consisting of decolonial publications, a decolonial library, decolonial labs and forum talks. And Counterspace’s relearning toolkit proposes common resources and experiences to reconnect holistically so far consisting of a radical imagination library,  a mutation school,  a mutants podcast, and a cultural activism global directory browsable by continent, praxis and social construct. A Beuys-inspired ‘social sculpture/organism’ network which by connecting the dots, links the experiences and culture shakers creatively decolonising culture, while inspiring others to join the collective machinery towards change. 

Founding Curator | Researcher. Curator. Editor. Author. Speaker. Decolonial Labs Facilitator / Critical Pedagogue. Communication. Fundraiser. Key achievements: Founding curator of the first decolonial thinktank mapping cultural activism worldwide. Founding curator of the first Decolonial Lab. Community organising fostering the first social practice art global network, and unity bridging neocolonial and hierarchical gaps, as a key collective liberation factor in a – still dividing – identity politics activism scene. Winning an art residency at Design Science Studio by Buckminster Fuller Institute (San Francisco) as part of a global cohort of what they called ‘120 revolutionaries through art’ in 2021.

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Haringey Arts | 2016-2017 – London, UK. Haringey Arts was a community interest company developing the converted (living/working) creative warehouses district of Haringey in North London, connecting the creative talent in the area through events, workshops and collaborations creating profile.

Assistant Curator | Co-curation of commissioned artwork for warehouse-related projects. Social media manager of Tottenham Creative Warehouse District. HA website updates & newsletters. Art programme curation for Haringey primary schools with HA artists. Key achievements: Neighbourhood-based platform for displaced-by-gentrification artists and neighbours, creating contexts of care / dissent / liberation as well as intentional intersection spaces for community development.

Black Cultural Archives | 2015 – London, UK. BCA is the first public institution collecting, preserving, and celebrating the histories and culture of people of African and Afro-Caribbean descent in the UK.

Relationship & Development Assistant | Assisting the relationship & development department focused on communication and digital marketing. Key achievement: Revealing hidden history based on social and political topics through art.

Peckham Platform | 2015 – London, UK. Peckham Platform is a social art gallery in South London connecting people, art, and place, believing that communities can inform and shape their engagement with their locality by working with contemporary visual artists bringing meaningful contemporary social practice alive, influencing policy making in the area and beyond.

Social Art Gallery Assistant | Assisting ‘Twelve’ exhibition by Melanie Manchot, ‘Cuming: a Natural Selection’ exhibition by Janetka Platun and ‘Doing Nothing is Not an Option: in Memory of Nigerian Writer and Activist Ken Saro-Wiwa’ exhibition by Michael McMillan. Key achievement: Fostering social practice art in the disenfranchised and gentrified Peckham neighbourhood.

Interarts | 2014 – Barcelona, Spain / International. Interarts is a private agency which specialises in human development through culture via cultural policies and cultural cooperation.

Project Assistant  – Content Curator | Curator of Fomecc – Creative Industries Networking Platform in Spain, South America and West Africa. Research, content curation, community building and follow-up. Key achievement: Community organising fostering tricontinental creative industries networks.

Ribermusica |  2007-2009 – Barcelona, Spain. Ribermusica is a non-profit organisation with a long trajectory working on social art using music as a tool for cohesion, in Barcelona’s neighbourhood La Ribera, through several community-based projects. Among them, Ribermusica Festival which brings music performances into unusual places.

Freelance Assistant Curator | Liaison and booking of unusual concert venues (shops, libraries, barbershops, parks, restaurants, hotels …) for Ribermusica Festival’s editions 2007, 2008 and 2009. Key achievements: Democratising art creating different art circuits and horizontal performances. Creating contexts of care / dissent / liberation as well as intentional intersection spaces for community development.

HostelArt | 2005-2013 – Barcelona, Spain / International. HostelArt was a groundbreaking platform creating an alternative room for arts & culture within the independent backpackers hostel sector by developing a non-profit project where Barcelona’s artists,  Barcelona’s audience, and Equity Point hostels/travellers, benefited from a free monthly cultural programme including international art residencies.

Founding Curator / Project Manager |  Production, programming, organisation, administration and communication of ninety-six art exhibitions, four hundred concerts, four hundred Dj sessions, four hundred screenings, two festivals, a fashion catwalk, one hundred design markets, five outdoor live graffiti paintings, five big decoration projects and three international art residencies in other European independent backpackers hostels.  Key achievements: Democratising art creating different art circuits, providing space for Barcelona’s multidisciplinary underground arts scene. Creating contexts of care / dissent / liberation as well as intentional intersection spaces for community development. Inspiring following independent backpacker hostels to bring arts & culture to their spaces worldwide.


Featured image: Fluxus Manifesto, 1963.