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The Sheffield culture guide written by in-the-know locals

Jade Foster

Umulkhayr Mohamed

This September Bloc Projects is launching Harsh Light, a series of webinars aimed at exploring the changing role and work of the visual arts in unprecedented times. Through conversation and different points of view, Harsh Light will look at the discrepancies between arts sector frameworks and arts worker lives.

"The series feels through reverberations of different kinds in 2020: of pandemic, social insurrections, and arts sector strategy. Just weeks after Arts Council England (ACE) released its 10-year vision for 'a country transformed by culture', life as we knew it came to a halt in the UK. This has been accompanied by political movements worldwide, the most salient of which – for the British art world(s), at least – has been the Black Lives Matter movement. As we are living the throes of interlinking health and social crises, what do ACE’s four investment principles of inclusivity and relevance, ambition and quality, dynamism, and environmental responsibility now mean?"

To kick off the series is a conversation with Jade Foster and Umulkhayr Mohamed, both of whom are part of the recently formed Black Curators Collective. Their conversation will revolve around developing strategies that work towards anti-racist structural change, with and against current systems. As Black practitioners emerging at this specific social and cultural moment, what does transformative work within art worlds look like right now? And how might it be positioned along histories of Black art and political movements in the UK?

Jade Foster is an Artist, Curator and Creative Producer of Caribbean heritage. They are a Founder and Initiator of Black Curators Collective (BCC), Assistant Curator at Primary and Creative Programme Coordinator at New Art Exchange (NAE) in Nottingham. They are the recipient of this years Curating Borders Residency with performingbordersLIVE20 and Never Done.

Umulkhayr Mohamed is a Welsh Somali artist, writer and curator, who is currently an Amgueddfa Cymru Producer at AC-National Museum Wales. She is the guest editor for the first edition of Cynfas, a new Interactive Arts Magazine that will be launching in October, the curation lead of Lates: PITCH BLACK, and holds a number of positions where she consults on a strategic level regarding widening engagement.

Free, open to all. Booking is essential. Accompanied by BSL interpretation.

The Zoom webinar will be recorded and available to view following the event.

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