Kihlberg & Henry, Slow Violence, 2018. Image courtesy of the artists.

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Jerwood WB Artist Attachments

We are delighted to be working with three exceptional early-career artists Sarah Craske; Anna-Maria Nabirye; and nnull, on the Jerwood WB Artist Attachments programme. Starting in September 2020, each artist will receive £8,000 and a personalised development programme of mentoring and peer support, will have the opportunity to showcase their ideas and work at the next edition of Whitstable Biennale.

Sarah Craske works in the liminal, transdisciplinary space between art, science and technology. Their work explores the Anthropocene through philosophical enquiry into our relationship with various forms of climate breakdown, drawing on specialist expertise and technologies and taking part in research collaborations across the world. Craske exhibits in interdisciplinary places of histories, knowledge, narratives and context, including libraries, museums, and laboratories, purposefully prioritising their rich contexts over white cube galleries. These sites, buildings and organisations provide materials to work with and become a structural part of the work.

Anna-Maria Nabirye is a multidisciplinary artist working across visual arts, live art, social practice, theatre, film, TV and fashion. Her work is focused on the narratives of Black Women within the African Diaspora. Anna-Maria’s work combines and layers elements from the different creative worlds she inhabits. Working in service of the subject material and intended audience Anna-Maria allows those elements to guide the main medium within which the work is presented. Anna-Maria is currently occupied with creating joy and how that intersects with the experiences and cultural representation of Black women. Without Joy there can be no revolution. 

nnull (they/them, he/him) is a researcher, writer and artist based in London, UK. As both transgender and a migrant, their work investigates the embodied experience of these processes of transition and how they interface with political and bureaucratic structures. They also research colonial legacies in the global south and intergenerational trauma. Despite their work being explorations on identity, they would like to remain anonymous. The name ‘nnull’ emerged from the desire to be free to identify as nothing which in our current world, as a world that assigns identities and punishes deviants, is impossible.

The Jerwood WB Artist Attachments are supported by Jerwood Arts.

Associate Curators

Associate Curators working with us on the next edition of Whitstable Biennale include:

Keira Greene is an artist whose work spans moving image, performance, and writing. She is currently undertaking a practice-based PhD at Kingston School of Art. Her research is critically engaged with observations of intimacy and resistance, explored through poetic narrative, oral history, non-verbal language and the body. She teaches on the BA Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art, and she has recently been a guest tutor at the Royal College of Art, London; Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola, San Sebastian; and Belas Artes da Universidade do Porto. Keira has screened her work widely with recent exhibitions and screenings including Stanley Picker Gallery, London; Cubitt, London; Jerwood Space, London; Cafe OTO, London; Tate, London; LUX, London; Alchemy Moving Image Festival, Hawick; The Commons Bolinas, San Francisco, CA. Her moving image work is distributed by LUX. She was a founding member and trustee of the Stuart Croft Foundation.

Emma Leach has a background as a visual artist, having studied Fine Art in Canterbury at the Kent Institute of Art & Design. Over the last 15 years, she has worked with artists to help realise their ideas. In doing so, she enjoys testing out other mental spaces and conceptual frameworks, aiming to work with curiosity, sensitivity, energy and humour to deliver projects that are in tune with each artist’s wishes. Works have included performance, sound, dance, film, sculpture and installation as well as the productive spaces where these disciplines meet. Working with Cement Fields as Associate Curator, Leach has curated programmes for five editions of Whitstable Biennale since 2008 and has worked with artists Esther Collins and Kieren Reed on projects for Sittingbourne.

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