Photo by E.E., taken as part of Women for Refugee Women’s A Window Into Our Lives photography project, 2020: https://ourlives.myportfolio.com/ee

AHRC/UKRI Fellowship: Putting Ourselves In The Picture, 2021

Putting Ourselves in the Picture:

EDI Engagement Fellowship by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, part of UKRI (AHRC)

Professor of Photography Anna Fox (UCA) – one of the UK’s leading photographers – has been awarded new funding to continue her pioneering ‘Fast Forward ‘project. Professor Fox is one of ten EDI (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion) Engagement Fellowships awarded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, part of UKRI (AHRC).

This fellowship will build on the Fast Forward project to support a community of marginalized women in collaboration with

Autograph ABP;

Impressions Gallery, Bradford;

National Galleries of Scotland;

Women for Refugee Women and

Work Show Grow.

Through a series of innovative workshops and mentorship activities, the aim is to increase awareness of women’s unheard life stories using photography and story-telling practices.

The AHRC announcement can be found here.

 

Autograph ABP and Women for Refugee Women are working collaboratively in London with:

a few members of Rainbow Sisters, a group of lesbian, bisexual and trans women, and non binary people who are seeking asylum.

Aida Silvestri, Mentor and Workshop Leader

Aida Silvestri is an interdisciplinary artist, activist and educator of Eritrean descent who creates mixed-media artworks that challenge the status quo of stigma, prejudice and social injustice in relation to issues of race, class, identity and health, often combining text, image and experimental techniques to manipulate the photographic surface. Silvestri’s solo exhibitions include Autograph and Roman Road Gallery, both in London, and she has exhibited in international group shows such as African Cosmologies: Photography, Time and the Other (FotoFest, Houston, 2020), and at The Photographers’ Gallery, London; Saatchi Gallery, London; TEAT Champ Fleuri, Sainte-Clotilde; Musée National d’Histoire-aux-Poissons, Ville-Haute; The Hong-Gah Museum, Taipei; Benaki Museum, Athens; Cours de L’Archevéché, Arles; and Centquarter, Paris. In 2021 she was artist-in-residence at Light Work, Syracuse. Her works are held in the collections of the Museum of Fine Art, Houston (USA), Los Angeles Country Museum (USA) and Autograph, London (UK). www.aidasilvestri.com

 Bindi Vora, Mentor

Bindi Vora is an artist, curator and Curatorial Project Manager at Autograph, London. She recently curated Poulomi Basu: Centralia for Rencontres d’Arles – Louis Roederer Discovery Award (2020). Since joining Autograph, Vora has co-curated solo exhibitions including Care I Contagion I Community – Self & Other (2021) Lola Flash: [sur]passing (2019) and Maxine Walker: Untitled (2019) and contributed to a series of in-conversations with multidisciplinary artists including Mónica Alcázar-Duarte, Maryam Wahid and Tobi Alexandra Falade. She has written for publications such as the British Journal of Photography, FOAM and Loose Associations, and participated in public programmes at London Art Fair, GRAIN Photo Hub and The Photographers’ Gallery, among others. 

 Bobby Lloyd, Workshop guest facilitator 

Bobby Lloyd is a visual artist, UK HCPC registered art therapist, supervisor and educator. Since the early 1990s her work has taken place in the NHS and community settings, as well as internationally in contexts of conflict and social upheaval. As CEO of the charity Art Refuge, she led its project with refugees in northern France from 2015-20, and since then has been developing work in Kent with people recently arrived in the UK and seeking asylum, working alongside Aida Silvestri and other members of the team. She has become increasingly interested in the roles of art and art therapy in relation to displacement, crisis support and social justice.www.bobbylloydstudio.com I www.artrefuge.org.uk

 Josephine Carter, Workshop guest facilitator 

Josephine Carter a poet and facilitator based in Folkestone, UK. She was a recipient of the Foyles Young Poets Award in 2015 and has led creative community projects centred around the intersection of racial, climate and LGBTQ justice issues at local, national, and international levels. Josephine has facilitated events, workshops, and discussions at COP26, Climate Week NYC, London Climate Action Week and Folkestone Book Festival, as well as with the organisations a:dress, ArtRefuge and Origins Untold, working with young people and refugees. Josephine writes poetry for performance and for the page, engaging ideas of social marginality, physical borders, and resistance to oppression to inscribe black queer selves on her natural surroundings in South East England. 

 

Impressions Gallery is working in Bradford with:

a group of eight refugee and asylum seeker women from different backgrounds with an interest and passion for learning about photography.

Anne McNeill, Mentor 

Anne McNeill is an experienced curator with over 30 years’ experience. Exhibitions include Facing the Front, unseen wartime fashion photographs by Lee Miller (1998), Seven Years (2004) seminal exhibition by Trish Morrissey, Cockroach Diaries & other stories (2010), first retrospective of Anna Fox’s work, shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Prize, Lost Languages & other voices, major survey of Joy Gregory a key artist emerging from the Black British photography movement on the 1980s. 

Her most recent project In Which Language Do We Dream? (2021) considers the power of authentic representation from the photographic perspective of a Syrian refugee family. This is a co-authored exhibition, with McNeill guiding the photographic selection through collaboration and discussion with socially engaged photographer Rich Wiles and the al-Hindawi family.

She is the editor of numerous publications on photography, recent writings includes Zanele Muholi (Granta 2019), Being Inbetween (Bluecoat press 2020) and most recently a response to Autograph ABP’s commission of Joy Gregory’s work exploring self-care during Covid-19. 

Shanaz Gulzar, Mentor

Shanaz Gulzar is a British visual artist from Keighley in Bradford. Her career spans film, visual arts, theatre, public art and media and established nationally as an artist. She is a producer at Manchester International Festival. In 2019 Shanaz brought a contemporary artist’s perspective to the Yorkshire landscape for the BBC’s Yorkshire Walks TV programme. Other TV programmes she has presented include the documentary Hidden Histories: The Lost Portraits of Bradford. Shanaz is the chair of Bradford 2025. Bidding to become the designated UK City of Culture.

Carolyn Mendelsohn, Workshop Leader

Carolyn Mendelsohn is a photographer, and filmmaker who has lived and worked across the UK. Her passion is making personal work, based on the lives of individuals and their stories. Carolyn’s long-term project Being Inbetween has been exhibited internationally, including at Impressions Gallery, and has been published by The Guardian, The Sunday Times, La Monde, BBC and British Journal of Photography. She was awarded the BJP Portrait of Britain in 2017 and 2019 and won Gold in The Royal Photographic Society International Print exhibition 2017/18. Mendelsohn’s first book, Being Inbetween was published in December 2020 by Bluecoat Press. https://carolyn-mendelsohn.format.com/

 

National Galleries of Scotland are working in Edinburgh with:

a small group of West African women, now settled around North Edinburgh, who are using photography to explore their physical, mental, and spiritual journeys that form each of their personal stories.  

Wendy McMurdo, Mentor

Wendy McMurdo works with photography and digital media. She holds a doctorate by publication from University of Westminster for her photographic work exploring the impact of the computer on our collective identities. Her work is included in a number of major collections and has featured in a wide variety of exhibitions, including The Anagrammatical Body: The Body and its Photographic Condition, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany, Uncanny, Fotomuseum Winterthur and Only Make Believe curated by Marina Warner for Compton Verney, Warwickshire, UK. In 2017 she was commissioned by the Photographers’ Gallery in London to produce a new work for their Media Wall. In 2018 was named as one of the Hundred Heroines by The Royal Photographic Society. In 2021 she was included in ‘Imaging the Future’ at Shanghai Photofair. She is a Senior lecturer on the Masters programme in Photography at Falmouth University in the UK.www.wendymcmurdo.com.

Anne Lyden, Mentor

Anne Lyden is Chief Curator, Photography at the National Galleries of Scotland in Edinburgh where she is responsible for a collection of 55,000 photographs. Prior to joining NGS, Annie was associate curator of photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.  She has curated numerous exhibitions, including the work of Hill and Adamson, Paul Strand, and Diane Arbus. She is the author of several books including, Railroad Vision: Photography, Travel and Perception (2003), The Photographs of Frederick H. Evans (2010), A Royal Passion: Photography and Queen Victoria (2014) and most recently, A Perfect Chemistry: The Photographs of Hill & Adamson (2017).  

Sam Rutherford, Workshop Leader

Sam Rutherford is a digital artist who is passionate about enabling community groups to have their voices heard and sees the arts as the perfect platform for this. She has over 20 years of experience as a teaching artist. Recent projects include working with groups using photography as a means to research, discuss and better understand different themes and issues.Collaborations with a creative collective of freelance teaching artists over lockdown has further developed her approach, delivering workshops and presentations online through Engage https://engage.org/ on sharing practice and ‘bridging the pedagogical gap’.

 

Work Show Grow are working with:

all three groups together from the other partner organisations mentioned above. 

Natasha Caruana, Mentor

Natasha Caruana is an award winning and internationally recognised artist and educator. She works across photography, moving image, and installation. She has had solo shows at the International Center of Photography, New York; Paris Photo; and Rencontres d’Arles, France and has been in group shows at Turner Contemporary, Margate; Institut pour la Photographie, Lille, France; FACT, Liverpool, UK, Nicéphore Niépce Museum, France; Science Gallery, London; and The Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney. 

Caruana is Founder of Work Show Grow. She has been a passionate educator, and for the past 15 years has taught in universities across the world. She is a Senior Lecturer of Photography and holds a part-time post at University of the Arts London. Natasha has an MA in Photography from the Royal College of Art, London and is a member of the Higher Education Academy. She was the first and only one to go to university in her family and has never forgotten the freedom education has brought to her life. She founded Work Show Grow in 2018 to educate and inspire creatives outside of the traditional educational system. Natasha’s speciality is her positive attitude, ability to bring people together, and telling it how it is.

Shaista Chishty, Mentor

Shaista Chishty is a photographer & visual artist interested in identity, representation and the construction of the Other. Shaista’s work often centres her own experiences as a British Muslim woman of Pakistani origin and uses news, popular culture and archival material to explore mainstream narratives. Shaista is a recipient of a prestigious Jameel Scholarship at Cardiff University where she is currently pursuing a practice-based PhD. Shaista’s research is concerned with how dominant and historical visual representations impact current day identity making among Muslim women in Britain.

Jo Tabone, Workshop Leader

Jo Tabone is a Maltese interdisciplinary artist exploring concepts of Intimacy, Body and the Stare. She studied Art for the Community BA (hons) in Roehampton, UK and holds an MFA in Digital Arts from The University of Malta. She has had several exhibitions both solo and collective in Malta and Cornwall. Jo has led workshops for The Eden Project and Newlyn Art Gallery and worked on community theatre projects in Cornwall with companies such as Kneehigh and Wildworks. She has spent the past five years teaching Art at San Anton School, Malta, prior to that she has worked on films in the Art Dept as a Scenic Artist, props maker, dresser and painter in Malta. www.jotabone.com

Ramat Tejani, Workshop Leader

Ramat Tejani is the heart behind The Inspiration Box, which is creating spaces online and offline to encourage people to keep growing through the good and the bad times that life can throw at us. Ramat is known as the Chief Encouragement Officer and wants The Inspiration Box to act as your pocket cheerleader whatever stage of life you are at. Her experience across a variety of sectors including technology, education, recruitment, charity and design has helped her develop a unique understanding of the best way to tell stories. Ramat helps individuals and businesses to understand how best to share their stories.