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.

British Art Network Seminar Support.

Wednesday 29th March 2023

British Art Network Seminar Support Deadline: Monday 17 April 2023, 12pm BST. Image The Emerging Curators Group at a Liverpool Visit in 2021-22. Would you like to: Work towards developing / challenging / reforming an area of curatorial practice?Explore an issue in British art studies in the context of museums / galleries / collections / heritage settings?Ask questions you feel aren't being addressed in the field of British art curating? Applications are open for funding of up to £1,000 to support a developmental workshop, seminar or roundtable, to be held between July and November 2023. Who can apply? You may be a curator, academic, artist-researcher, conservator, producer or programmer. You may be working independently or in a museum, gallery or heritage setting, or you may be…

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Curating with Care.

Sunday 26th March 2023

We are pleased to announce Pauline de Souza's , director and founder of Diversity Art Forum essay Transcultural Care and the Cultural Sector in the United Kingdom in the book Curating with Care edited by Elke Krasny and Laura Perry. This book presents over 20 authors' reflections on 'curating care' - and presents a call to give curatorial attention to the primacy of care for all life and for more 'caring curating' that responds to the social, ecological and political analysis of curatorial caregiving. Social and ecological struggles for a different planetary culture based on care and respect for the dignity of life are reflected in contemporary curatorial practices that explore human and non-human interdependence. The prevalence of themes of care in…

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Constellations 2023 Open Call 2nd March-9th April 2023.

Sunday 26th March 2023

CONSTELLATIONS 2023 OPEN CALL NOW LIVE. UP Projects (@upprojects) have announced their search for artists, curators, producers, and practitioners active and/or interested in the expanded field of public art to join their free eight-month learning and development programme, Constellations. A group of ten early to mid-career practitioners will be chosen to join the Constellations ° Cohort and will be supported to develop their practice, collaborate with others, access new networks, and contribute to critical debate surrounding the future of public practice. Does this sound like something you would be interested in? If so, head over to UP Projects' website to read more about programme and how to apply click on view more then UP Projects. The deadline to apply is midnight, 9…

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British Art Show 9 Exhibition Review in Third Text.

Thursday 26th January 2023

Here is the exhibition review of the British Art Show 9 in Third Text. Pauline de Souza discusses the four venues and new models of touring in the United Kingdom. Click on view more then on the British Art Show 9 to read the review. Image-Marianna Simnett, The Needle and the Larynx, 2016, 15'17", digital HD video with surround sound, installation view, courtesy of the artist and the Arts Council Collection.

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Woman.Up! Podcast-Series 4.Episode 8. Pauline de Souza.

Friday 13th January 2023

Diversity Art Forum were placed that our director Pauline de Souza was interviewed by Woman Up! WomanUp! podcast speaks too and about artists, academics, writers and activists, midwives, carers and more all (m)others and all woman. Here is the link to the interview. Click on more to open Pauline de Souza.

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Third Text-In the Black Fantastic Exhibition Review.

Monday 12th September 2022

Here is the exhibition review in the Black Fantastic in Third Text by Pauline de Souza Third Text-In the Black Fanstastic. Copyright image Nick Cave, Soundsuit, 2014, mixed media including fabric, buttons, antique sifter and wire, 211 x 60.5 x 67.5 cm, courtesy of the artist. Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, and the Mandrake Hotel Collection.

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Third Text A Century of the Artist's Studio: 1920-2020.

Monday 9th May 2022

Here is Pauline de Souza review of the Whitechapel Gallery's A Century of the Artist's Studio: 1920-2020 published in Third Text.

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Artist Commission Opportunity for Southampton 'a space' arts.

Thursday 3rd February 2022 'a space' arts is looking to commission a global majority artist or illustrator to visually interpret our Anti-Racism Action plan, which consists of a statement and list of commitments. As an organisation, we have been broadening our knowledge and understanding about racism and structural inequalities so that we can make a genuine and positive change in our programming and amongst the visual arts community in Southampton. This commission is vital in enabling us to share this work in a creative and engaging way. The final outcome should be visual, accessible and informed by the artist's perspective as a person of the global majority. Download and read the full brief here The Commission The commission could be a series of drawings, illustrations or collages,…

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Saturday 29th January 2022

We are please to announce Pauline de Souza's involvement with the panel event In Between Spaces: A Panel Discussion on the Representation of Eastern Europeans in the UK Cultural Sector. The event will put a spotlight on the findings from the 2021 In-Between Spaces report and will encourage contributions from experts across arts and culture. It is organised by Centrala Space (Birmingham) and Pushkin House and is part of our ongoing Translocalities programme of exchange between cultural institutions in the UK and Russia. Click on the link for more information In Between Spaces

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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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Pauline de Souza, Director of Diversity Art Forum Speaking on I AM A WOMAN AND THIS IS MY LEGACY

Friday 31st August 2018

We are pleased to announce Pauline de souza will be particpating in I AM A WOMAN AND THIS IS MY LEGACY on 6th of October 2018 ,1PM taking place at the Laura l. Gallery: Talk Show - expert panel made up of women of high profile that includes Tamara Horbacka Cultural Policy and Commissioning Manager from Barking and Dagenham Council, Sarah Jackson, the Director of East End Women Museum, Pauline de Souza ,Director of Diversity Art Forum London, Hannah Kupoluyi the director of All Women Network, and the gallery owner Laura I. Gallery, will discuss related ideas and topics, including the importance of equal access to opportunities and recognising women for their talent and input in society.

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Susan Stockwell: A Blog About Professional Development Mentoring-a-n.

Saturday 26th May 2018

Susan Stockwell spoke to a number of professional women to help her develop and contextualise her practice. She spoke to our director, Pauline de Souza, Rosie `Cooper, Head of Exhibitions at De La Warr Pavillon and Caroline Worthington, Director of the Royal Society of Sculptutors. Click on the link for more information, the blog starts in May 2017 Susan Stockwell.

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Westminster Cross-Party Parliament Forums.

Saturday 26th May 2018

We are pleased to announce that our director continues her work in the Westminster Forums. Recently in a discussion in May 2018 she discussed the problem of discrimination of women by women at an internal panel. This has lead her to having discussions with Dawn Butler MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities and Sue Coe, Head of Employment, Equality and Human Rights Commission. The discussions are focusing on informing women that they can be accused of discrimination under the Equality Act 2010. It is important for women to understand they can be prosecuted for discrimination under this act. It is equally important for women not to tolerate discrimination by any gender and should be encouraged to…

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Suzanne Treister-The Spaceships of Bordeaux.

Saturday 26th May 2018

The Spaceships of Bordeaux Inauguration of part 2, The Spaceship, June 2018, Pier Armand Lalande [Bassins à flot], Bordeaux, France. The Spaceships of Bordeaux, the monumental triptych proposed by Suzanne Treister as part of the artistic command Garonne, is the result of a voyage, understood in terms of exploration, of the geophysical and historical melting pot of the city of Bordeaux. We will meet the resurgence of shipwrecks poured into the port of Bordeaux in August 1944, to curb the progress of the Allies; the Pharaonic flood control system of the metropolis, RAMSES; the Bordeaux philosopher and Christian anarchist Jacques Ellul, thinker of technique and alienation; the hollow earth myth of the key science fiction writer, Edward Bulwer-Lytton; the figures of…

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Director Involved With Westminster Employment Forum.

Saturday 25th November 2017

We are pleased to announce due to Pauline de Souza's involvement with the Westminster Media Forum (please see previous posting) she has now being asked to contribute to the Westminster Employment Forum while still continuing her involvement in the Westminster Media Forum.

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Diversity Art Forum-Academy Now-Leni Dothan's Exhibition in Norway 2017.

Saturday 7th October 2017

Academy Now Artist Winner--Leni Dothan. Leni Dothan | Birth & Death 7 October - 12 November Opening 7 October, 2pm Håvegen 347, 4365 NÆRBØ, Norway  I met Leni Dothan in London, during her final degree show at the Slade School of Fine Art,  in June 2015 and seeing her work blow me away immediately... There were videos, sound and photographic installations: they were poetic, strong, bold and at moments, light and even funny. There were reference to classical biblical iconography but the narrative was new and original, personal and universal. Her work revisits representation of women and motherhood in renaissance paintings and through powerful installations she encourages the viewer to reflect upon the non-spoken.  Leni was there and I interviewed her on the spot. Lots of questions…

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Diversity Art Forum Director Invited To Westminster Media Forum.

Thursday 7th September 2017

Pauline de Souza, founder and director of Diversity Art Forum has recently been invited to participate in Westminster Media Forum. This forum provides engagement with policy makers in Parliament, Whitehall and government agencies who engage with key stakeholders on policy relating to the creative industries.

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Diversity Art Forum-Academy Now Short Listed Artists.

Tuesday 20th June 2017

We are extremely honoured to announce the final shortlist of this year for the Academy Now main section of MA recent art graduates. Before announcing them, I would like to thank all artists who submitted their application showing us that there is a specific need for projects dedicated to recent art graduates. It also shows trust and we take it seriously. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my collaborators, and all the judges. We are trying to create a community where we share our passion for research within visual culture and we try to make a difference supporting each other. I think it is very important, given the digital times we are living, to invest time and energy…

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Diversity Art Forum-Academy Now-Announcing 10 Shortlisted New Graduates.

Friday 28th April 2017

Academy Now is delighted that the 10 shortlisted artists for 2017-2018 are Leni Dothan, Daniel Dressel, Mariana Echeverri, Jabulani Maseko, Nemo Nonnenmacher, Noa Pane, Anouska Samms + Sofia Pancucci-McQueen, Giulio Savario Rossi, Karin Schmuck and Luca Vanello. The 5 finalist will be announced at the opening of the Venice Biennale 57. We would like to thank the President of the Venice Biennale Paolo Baratta and the Curator Christine Macel for inviting Academy Now to the professional preview. Academy Now was formed in 2015, Malgorzata Ludwisiak, was one of the new judges of Academy Now, had become the new Director of the Center for Contemporary Art in Warsaw. The photo is of Malgorzata at Venice in 2015.

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Diversity Art Forum-Announcing New Judges-Academy Now 2017-2018.

Wednesday 15th February 2017

ACADEMY NOW-NEW JUDGES 2017- 2018 I am thrilled to announce the Academy Now new judges for the year 2017-2018. We have invited both young and senior protagonists of the current art scene actively dedicated to support new artists. Their influence is so remarkable that it is really an honour to have them on board. I am immensely grateful to each of them: their time and energy make an incredible difference. Our aim is to create bridges between art institutions (Colleges and University) and the art system (public and private galleries, foundations, festivals, biennials, fairs...) in Europe and possibly beyond and by doing this we are attempting to democratise the current art world. With Academy Now we want to…

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Power Plant Gallery.

Thursday 2nd February 2017

Diversity Art Forum is pleased to announce that we will be supporting the exhibition programme at the Power Plant in Canada. Further details will be added to the website later.

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Partnership with Parasol Unit foundation for contemporary art.

Wednesday 19th October 2016

Since considering the recent changes affecting our economic and cultural environment in the present political climate, Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art has decided to reduce the delivery of its future education programme. Therefore the partnership between Diversity Art Forum and Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art has been concluded this October 2016.

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Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art.

Friday 26th February 2016

The partnership with Parasol Unit is an exciting time for Diversity Art Forum. It is very much an hands on project where we can explore our interests. It allows Diversity Art Forum to look at things from many perspectives and act on them.

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The Power Planet Exhibition- The Unfinished Conversation: Encoding/Decoding 2015 Award.

Monday 23rd November 2015

The Power Plant is pleased to be awarded the Ontario Association of Art Galleries'(OAAG) Award for Exhibition of the Year, Budget over $50,000, for the Winter 2014-145 exhibition The Unfinished Conversation: Encoding/Decoding. The Power Plant thanks the artists for their trust and the powerful message of theirworks, the curators Mark Sealy MBE and Gaëtane Verna, Director of The Power Plant, the entire gallery team, Presenting Sponsors: BAND Gallery and TD Then & Now, and Support Donors: Lonti Ebers, Yvonne & David Fleck, James & Margaret Fleck, Dr. Kenneth Montague & Ms. Sarah Aranha and the Diversity Art Forum - all of whom were instrumental in bringing the project to fruition. Click view for more details.

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