This is a selective overview of work from the past 7 years.  A full pdf CV with images and links available on request by email. 


CURRENTLY:

Artist Mentor
Real Creative Futures 

Contributing writer 
Various

Advisory Board member
UK New Artists

Event Coordinator & Head of Research
The Drill

Co-Director
Young Hustlers

Creative Director
The Anti Gallery



2022


Judge/Selector for 2D, 3D, video and live performance entries for New Art Exchange’s NAE Open 22 open call

Led on the curation and install of exhibitions at Attenborough Arts Centre, Two Queens, studionAme, LCB Depot, Leicester Contemporary and DMU Art Gallery and John Lewis for UK New Artists’ biennial in Leicester.


Curated the Nottingham itiration of Trinity by Hetain Patel at New Art Exchange, the artist’s largest solo exhibition to date.



2021


Exhibition producer for Laced: In Search of What Connects Us, curated by Loren Hansi Gordon at New Art Exchange. The exhibition recieved a 4 star review from The Guardian.

Curated BLACK: Yesterday, an exhibition featuring a survey of works by Honey Williams at City Arts Nottingham.

Visiting lectuturer for 2nd year BA Fine Art course at Sheffield Hallam University.

Co-produced Meet Your Neighbour, an interactive installation and exhibition with the Maison Foo theatre company.

Co-curated the group show, In reality, these things need to be said with Jazz Swali at Backlit Gallery. Co-produced the accompanying programme for the exhibition. 

Partnered with British Council to co-organise and deliver an online webinar focusing on networking and building professional relationships for creatives living and working in the UK and Nigeria.

Partnered The Drill with QUAD to deliver a series of webinars for Africa-based creatives called Art x Money.

Co-produced 4UBU at New Art Exchange, a programme which included two artist residencies, a community space, workshops and live music.

Two texts published by ArtReview as part of the Remark art writers programme at Backlit Gallery.


Designed and delivered a workshop for artists on the Syllabus V learning programme centrered around engaging outside of gallery spaces at Wysing Arts Centre.



2020


Appointed as curator in residence at City Arts, devising and producing CATALYST, a programme featuring the Community Conversations podcast series, exhbitions and two artist residencies. 

Delivered a presentation for artists on the Freelands Artists Programme, a development programme by the Freelands Foundation, and in collaboration with S1 Artspace.

Worked for Sabato Studio as a producer for Postcards from Isolation, a digital installation. I led on the PR and marketing for the installation, and secured features in various online publications, which include Hypebeast and Artplugged.

Selector and co-curator for An Exhibition of URLs, a digital exhibition with East Midlands based No Jobs in the Arts, also co-hosting an online presentation and talk to coincide with thel launch the project. 

Curated Blessings, a street art mural part of The Anti Gallery’s ongoing Hockley Wall Residencies and print release in collaboration with MOBO nominated singer-songwriter Yazmin Lacey.



2019


Co-production and event coordination for the annual Nuart Plus academic conference and events programme, part of Nuart Festival in Stavanger, Norway and Nuart Aberdeen in Scotland.


Gallery and exhibition management for the MK Skate Exhibition, showcasing and presenting Milton Keynes’ rich skateboarding history.

Producer for Migration Matters Festival in Sheffield, leading on marketing, PR and content creation. 

Co-organised and hosted a communal lunch and discussion for Mansions of the Future programme of community-led events.

Organised and managed the Format Photography Festival edition of the PARALLEL Curatorship.



2018


Assistant curator for the exhibition Covers: Retracing Reggae Album Sleeves in the UK, at New Art Exchange and Rough Trade Nottingham curated by Al ‘Fingers’ Newman and featuring work by Alex Bartsch. Coordinating and organising the special reunion concert by The Naturalites to coincode with the show.

Assistant curator for Digging Deep, an exhibition, curated by Norma Gregory at New Art Exchange.

Designed and delivered Seeds, a 4 week workshop series and digital exhibition on art and protest for 15-25 year olds at Nottingham Contemporary.

Partnered with Juxtapoz and to present an exclusive screening of Stick to It, a docuseries on sticker culture at Rough Trade Nottingham.

Produced the second edition of the then annual Young, Black & Present programme at New Art Exchange, featuring a panel discussion chaired by Kelechi Okafor, and featuring Magid Magid, and Ola.

Co-production and event coordination for the annual Nuart Plus academic conference and events programme, part of Nuart Festival in Stavanger, Norway and Nuart Aberdeen in Scotland.

Hosted and led an in conversation with artist Joy Labinjo for the The Accumilation of Things group exhibition at Bonnington Gallery at Nottingham Trent University.



2017


Curated The Social Medium, an interactive exhibition for Frequency Festival.

Co-organised the first Nottingham African Market at Rough Trade.

Co-founded SHEAfriq, a Nottingham-based collective of women creatives of African descent. We launched with Black Futures, a series of events looking beyond ‘Black History Month’.

Co-production and event coordination for the annual Nuart Plus academic conference and events programme, part of Nuart Festival in Stavanger, Norway and Nuart Aberdeen in Scotland.

Co-produced a series of artist VR residencies with Near Now at Broadway Cinema.

Delivered Get out of the Gallery, a public talk and presentation about social practice outside of galleries for Nottingham Contemporary and University of Nottingham’s annual October Dialogues.

Devised the Young, Black & Present programme at New Art Exchange, featuring contributions from Vanessa Sanyauke and Paula Akpan.

Initiated All Black Connect, a young person’s collective based at New Art Exchange.  

Co-produced A Collective Voice, an artmaking course and exhibition at Nottingham Contemporary with Cindy Sissokho.



2016


Production and event assistant for Nuart Festival in Stavanger, Norway.

Curated re:MIXED, an interactive exhibition by painted Isaac Waring-Thomas in the Henderson Gallery at Malt Cross.

Curated the  A Hip-Opsession exhibition for Breakin’ Convention at Nottingham Royal Theatre.

Launched The Anti Gallery, a pop up gallery creating, engaging and exhibiting art outside of traditional art gallery environments. The launch including Mighty Fine Art, a group exhibition at Rough Trade Nottingham.


© Saziso Phiri 2022