The blog allows us to have a voice about some of the projects we support and to discuss connections between some of the projects we support. They are our own thoughts.

Mother Art Prize Online Tour 2020-2021.

Thursday 20th May 2021

Mother Art Prize Online Tour. Procreate-Mother Art Prize 2020. The judges were Niamh Coghlan, Director of Richard Saltoun Gallery, Pauline de Souza, Director of Diversity Art Forum, Elvira Dyangani Ose, Director of The Showroom and Lecturer in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths University, Eva Langre, Artistic Director Frieze London, Claire Mander, Chair of steering Committee of uk friends of the National Museum of Women in the Arts and Director of CoLAB and Frances Morris, Director of Tate Modern. We very happy to finally announce the launch of The Mother Art Prize 2020 Online Tour and Catalogue to complement the group exhibition at Cromwell Place, London, 5-30 October 2020. We are going to officially launch the video today and you can see it here:…

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Tate BAN and Leap into Action Critical Performative Pedagogies in Art and Design.

Wednesday 3rd February 2021

Pauline de Souza joins Tate BAN Steering Group. BRITISH ART NETWORK SHARING EXPERTISE, RESEARCH AND IDEAS ON BRITISH ART WHAT IS THE BRITISH ART NETWORK? The British Art Network (BAN) promotes curatorial research, practice and theory in the field of British art. Our members include curators, academics, artist-researchers, conservators, producers and programmers at all stages of their professional lives. All are actively engaged in caring for, developing and presenting British art, whether in museums, galleries, heritage settings or art spaces, in published form or in educational settings, across the UK and beyond. BAN provides a place for sharing expertise, helps forge connections, and creates time and space for critical exchange and debate. Our activities are defined by our membership and reflect a broad range of…

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Apexart Gallery New York..and the winners are....

Friday 8th January 2021

Dear Pauline, Thank you for participating as a juror in the NYC Open Call. We received 450 eligible proposals from 90 countries, which were voted on by an international panel of over 400 jurors from many disciplines. In addition to many individuals, 23 university classes and 3 specialized high school classes participated as class activity. Jurors were asked to read at least 50 anonymous submissions. Over 16,000 votes were cast to determine the winning four proposals that will become apexart Exhibitions in the 2021-2022 season in NYC. Jurors. The winning proposals are: Recontarnos Rewriting Us curated by La Revuelta. A Thousand Secrets curated by Mae. A. Miller. Trans Dance Revolution curated by After Party Collective. Oh, I Love Brazilian Women curated by Luiza Testa.

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Tate British Art Network Emerging Curators Group/ Arts Council Visual Arts and Philanthropy.

Monday 23rd November 2020

We are pleased to announce that our director Pauline de Souza is one of the Tate Liaison Representative for the Tate British Art Network Emerging Curators Group. She is also involved in making change to funding, vis the Arts Council Visual Arts and Philanthropy, by working with The Beacon Collective and the Black Funding Network.

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Shades of Noir Informal Interview With Pauline de Souza-Director Of Diversity Art Forum.

Wednesday 12th August 2020

Here is the link for the Shades of Noir Interview with Pauline de Souza by Rayvenn Shaleigha D'Clark Shades of Noir-Pauline de Souza. In 2009 Shades of Noir (SoN) was created by Aisha Richards. SoN is an independent program that supports: Curriculum design Pedagogies of social justice through representation Cultural currency Accessible knowledge Additionally, it has created physical safe spaces that offer opportunities to have critical and interdisciplinary discussions that confront some of the items that we see and do that can sometimes be challenging. This is a program that creates opportunities for marginalised groups and their need for safe spaces to articulate self-determination and liberate the struggles from oppressive structures both in education and society. In the first instance Richards designed, developed and supported…

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Black Lives Matter.

Monday 8th June 2020
Pauline de Souza.

Black Lives Matter-I took my time to write because it was important to get the right message across. Even now I hesitate to ensure the right message does come across. I ask people to read and listen carefully what is written in this post. You might be surprised I am asking you to listen but reading is about hearing a voice and not just seeing the words in front of you or what message might be behind the words. Respect is a human right for everyone and I do my best to respect everyone despite the colour of their skin. I have never seen a Black person, the colour black is every different from the dark tones of brown and…

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Art Night Trailers in June 2020.

Thursday 4th June 2020

Art Night presents 'Trailers' online on 20 June 2020 from 7pm BST. // @ARTNIGHTLDN // #ANTrailers #ArtNightLDN Art Night is an annual all-night contemporary art festival which invites a leading cultural institution or curator each year to explore the history, culture and architecture of a different part of London - inspiring a series of new commissions, one off events and premieres by international and local artists from all stages of their careers. The festival will be celebrating its fifth birthday in June 2020 and was founded by Philippine Nguyen and Ksenia Zemtsova. The current edition (postponed to 2021) is curated by Artistic Director Helen Nisbet. To mark Art Night's original 2020 date and to celebrate the Festival's fifth anniversary, Art Night…

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Richard Wentworth-Concertina 2019.

Thursday 14th November 2019

In 2018 the arebyte Gallery asked Pauline de Souza if she would broker Concertina going to the University of East London. After many discussions between the arebyte Gallery and University of East London, Diversity Art Forum along with Balon-Stuart Eveans and John Eveans, Concertina has been reconstructed in to a different format at the University of East London to comply with health and safety issues plus all the other issues universities have to deal with when taking in a piece of functional artwork. Concertina has been reconstructed in the architectural atrium and is used by staff, students and external organisation plus individuals. Richard Wentworth was in conversation with Guy Hetherington and Pauline de Souza about Concertina on 14th Nov 2019.…

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Samoan Queer Lives in Contemporary Hum.

Wednesday 6th March 2019

Published by New Zealand-based Little Island Press in October 2018, Samoan Queer Lives is a collection of 14 personal stories from one of the world's unique indigenous queer cultures. The first of its kind, the book features pieces by fa'afafine, transgender and queer Samoans based in Sāmoa, Amerika Sāmoa, Australia, Aotearoa NZ, Hawai`i and USA. It is co-edited by New York-based artist and poet Dan Taulapapa McMullin and Samoan-New Zealand interdisciplinary artist Yuki Kihara. Read Pauline de Souza's Samoan Queer Lives book review here Samoan Queer Lives.

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Master of Her Own Destiny-Pauline de Souza Chair's the Invited Industry Panel Discussion for International Women's Day.

Monday 25th February 2019

Pauline de Souza, Director of Diversity Art Forum has been invited to Chair the panel discussion Master of Her Own Destiny. On International Women's Day, Contemporary Collective brings together artists, industry insiders and invited guests to Bankside Hotel join us for a round table discussion with artists and industry insiders exploring their practice, roles and experiences in and of the art world. The event is organised by Elinor Olisa and Isobel Beauchamp founding members of the Association of Women Art Dealers and Directors Of We will be joined on the evening by contemporary fine artists Dr Helen Gørrill, Kate Marshall, Victoria Heald and Sophie Derrick.

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