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Syllabus V – Artistic Advisors Announced!

Posted: 29 Apr 2019

Syllabus V – Artistic Advisors Announced!

We are delighted to announce that artist, curator, researcher and occasional DJ Barby Asante and curator Louise Shelley will be the Artistic Advisors for Syllabus V, a collaboratively produced alternative learning programme in its fifth year that will support ten artists across ten months. The programme is a collaboration between Wysing Arts Centre, Eastside Projects, Iniva, The NewBridge Project, S1 Artspace and Spike Island.

The deadline to apply for Syllabus V is 13 May, see full details here.



Barby Asante is a London based artist, curator, researcher and occasional DJ. Her work is concerned with the politics of place and the histories and legacies of colonialism making work that is collaborative, performative and dialogic. Her artistic practice explores the archival, makes propositions, collects and maps stories and contributions of people of colour using storytelling, collective actions, and ritual, to excavate, unearth and interrogate given narratives.  She resists the idea that the stories of “Other-ness” are alternatives to dominant given narratives, but are interruptions, utterances, presences that exist within, that are invisible, unheard, missing or ignored. By making these narratives visible, asking questions and making proposals she is interested in what these possibilities offer as we examine our present and envision our futures. Her current artistic research As Always a Painful Declaration of Independence : For Ama. For Aba. For Charlotte and Adjoa, is being realised in a series of project episodes. The project explores the social, cultural and political agency of women of colour, as they navigate historic legacies of colonialism, independence, migration and the contemporary global socio political climate, to think about propositions for their futures existence in a just world.

Barby’s recent exhibitions include, Intimacy and Distance,Diaspora Pavilion, Venice (2017), The Queen and The Black Eyed Squint, Starless Midnight (2017/18) and Declaration of Independence(2019), BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Arts. She is LADA’s first Library of Performing Rites Commission (2018). She is currently a Doctoral Candidate in CREAM (Centre for Research in Education, Arts and Media) at Westminster University.  Barby has also taught on fine art programmes in London, Berlin, Gothenburg and Rotterdam and is currently Visiting Lecturer on Contemporary Practice at the RCA and teaches a programme on decolonial arts practice called How We Get Free on the BA Fine Art Critical Practice at Goldsmiths. She is a PhD co founder of agency for agency a collaborative agency concerned with ethics, intersectionality and education in the contemporary arts who are mentors to the sorryyoufeeluncomfortable collective. Asante is also on the board of the Women’s Art Library and 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning.

Louise Shelley is the Cubitt Curatorial Fellow for 2018/19 where she is running a 15-month public programme working from the structure of Cubitt as an artist-run co-operative and how a gallery in this context can develop politicised and collective ways for working, pedagogy and presentation. Previous to Cubitt she was the Collaborative Projects Curator at The Showroom, London where she ran the Communal Knowledge programme. Communal Knowledge was a series of collaborative projects to propose and activate approaches to critical engagement with The Showroom’s social and cultural surroundings. Louise is also a member of the Cinenova Working Group, a non-profit, volunteer-run feminist film distributor.


Image 1: Barby Asante, “Intimacy and Distance”, Diaspora Pavilion, 2017

Image 2: Louise Shelley Portrait