Introducing the GI2021 BCC Bursary Recipients

The bursary scheme, supported by Art Fund and developed by Black Curators Collective in partnership with Glasgow International, offered a maximum of three bursaries to Black curators to attend GI in June 2021. The Continuing Professional Development opportunity supported a period of research and rest, which enabled the recipients to deepen further and explore their individual research practices, see international art, and engage with practitioners across the UK during BCC's inaugural public programme 'Meandering Networks, Mapping Nations'.

We were delighted to award bursaries to three exceptional curators: Cat Dunn, Beulah Ezeugo, and Dominique Nok. Learn more about the recipients below and read their reflections on the experience.

Cat Dunn

Cat is currently a doctoral candidate at DJCAD University of Dundee. She is an emerging black social justice curator who is an International Fellow with the AAMC Foundation Engagement Program for International Curators (EPIC), a committee member for Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, and a mentor with Empower Women for Change-Thistles & Dandelions Heritage Project, Glasgow. Cat graduated with a master’s with Distinction and has just completed an upskilling Contemporary Curating in Art & Design course at DJCAD Dundee.


She practices as a freelance social justice researcher and producer, activist, and artist. Her work seeks to engage and create dialogue about social identity as seen through the lived experiences of marginalized women, and engages additional divisive subjects such as colonialism, slavery, racism, and feminism, often investigating those aspects that are all too frequently hidden or misrepresented. The overall basis of her practice is grounded on creating or adding to Marginalized Space and giving a voice to those communities. Cat’s current research project and exhibition Harbinger, investigates the impact of the climate crisis on marginalised communities living in urban areas.


Reflection


"I applied to Black Curators Collective, never once thinking that I would be successful. The grant allowed me to attend the BCC conference, which sparked so many ideas, acted as reflective research for my practice, and was a potentially significant source of professional networking. I was able to really commit to viewing events for Glasgow International. Art is most definitely a reflection of society. From the ‘beach type’ scene to watch Alberta Whittle’s 'Business As Usual: Hostile Environment: A Remix' at The Whisky Bond to watching Georgina Starr’s 'Quarantine' to viewing the fantastic images of 'Body of Land' by Sekai Machache and Awour Onyango to viewing the beautiful placemats and online discussion by Tomoko Konoike and Mayako Murai. Additionally, I physically supported some of the artists with small purchases of a book or a poster. Overall, my practice benefitted as I saw possibilities of curating, of showcasing artworks, not in a white cube. I cannot thank BCC enough for allowing me this opportunity."



Beulah Ezeugo

Beulah Ezeugo is an Igbo artist, curator, and researcher currently based in Glasgow. Her work centres Black postcolonial dreaming using collective memory and myth. Her practice is informed by a Social Science background from University College Dublin and an MLitt in Curatorial Practice from Glasgow School of Art and the University of Glasgow.

Reflection

"Meandering Networks, Mapping Nations felt like an invitation to exhale in the midst of a very precarious and demanding art world. For me the pandemic brought on a personal sense of loneliness as well as demand from art institutions for a certain type of work and depiction of blackness. It’s easy to forget that the antidote for these things aren’t found in isolation but reveal themselves through dialogue with others. Being amongst other Black curators was a very necessary intervention. I gained both friends and accomplice and I was honoured to be in such an abundant and generous learning environment."

Dominique Nok

Dominique Nok is an independent portrait photographer and a MA Curating and

Collections student at Chelsea College of Arts.


Dominique was born in Surinam and raised in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She is

married and a mother of two teenage girls. Sixteen years ago, she graduated from

the University of Journalism in Utrecht, the Netherlands. As a new mother she

continued working part-time as a freelance portrait photographer and writer. Since

moving from Amsterdam to London in 2012, she started her journey of (re)discovery.

One of the outcomes of this journey has led her to pursue mastering the practice of

curating. 


“As a storytelling portrait photographer, I have identified the industry-wide absence of

the recognition of Black female photographers. Therefore, I am passionate and

compelled to contribute to the discourse of equal representation within the canon of

British photography.”


As an artist-curator she recently took part in and curated a touring exhibition titled

‘WE ARE HERE’ for the vibrant community UKBFTOG -UK Black Female

Photographers- of which she is an active member. ‘WE ARE HERE’ has been

exhibited in: Blank Canvas in Walsall, Midland Arts Centre in Birmingham, and Harris

Museum in Preston.


Dominique aspires her curatorial practice to create a platform for talented, yet

marginalised Black female photographers and to display their stories in the most

authentic and compelling way. Through incorporating sound, rhythm and by

encouraging curiosity, she invites audiences to a holistic experience. She also hopes

her practice will give access to a healthy and balanced narrative of life and unlock

essential dialogue.


Click below to download Dominique's reflection on 'Meandering Networks, Mapping Nations'.


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