UP:RISE In Conversation // UP:RISE Study Day an interrogation of the artwork

An interrogation of Baff Akoto’s Augmented Reality artwork with International Curators Forum

ICF hosted a study day at Birmingham Open Media (BOM) as part of the public programme during the nationwide UP:RISE art exhibition.
The study day at BOM was curated by Candice Nembhard and featured presentations by Harun Morrison and Taiwo Ogunyinka.
When: Sat 14th August 2021
Where: BOM,1 Dudley St, Birmingham B5 4EG
Who: Candice Nembhard, Curator

– Adelaide Bannerman – Curator, ICF
– Anthea Lewis – Movement Artist, producer Blulilli Projects
– Professor Clifford Thornton Stott MBE – Dean for Research, Social Psychology, Keele University
– Holly Turpin – PhD candidate: Digital Storytelling/Urbanism, Loughborough University
– Jessica Taylor – Head of Programmes, ICF
– Kaysha T Omole – Artist
– Liam Brolan – Lecturer in Criminology, School of Social Sciences, Birmingham City University
– Louise Latter – Curator, BOM
– Dr Nathan Kerrigan – Course Director Sociology, School of Social Sciences, Birmingham City University
– Nina Ma – Cloud Solution Architect, Microsoft
– Petra Johnson – Artist
– Rich Clifford – Senior Programmer Analyst at University of Birmingham
– Dr Sara Vestergren – Lecturer in Social Psychology at University of Salford, Manchester
– Skinder Hundal MBE – Director of Arts, British Council
– Susan Jones – Researcher and Lecturer in Sociology, School of Social Sciences, Birmingham City University
– Zaiba Jabbar – Artist, curator, founder of Hervisions

About the Curator & Presenters:
Candice Nembhard is a writer, poet, artist-curator and producer based in Birmingham, previously Berlin. They are the founder of the queer film series ALL FRUITS RIPE, co-producer of The R.A.P Party Berlin and co-founder of the arts collective Poet & Prophetess. They have presented and exhibited work internationally and their writing has appeared in Frieze, Sleek Mag, Poetry London and others. Candice is currently an artist-curator at Eastside Projects and an alumna of the Black Curators Collective.
Harun Morrison is an artist and writer based on the River Lea and Regent’s Canal. He is the current recipient of the Wheatley Fine Art Fellowship, hosted by Birmingham School of Art, Birmingham City University and Eastside Projects. His forthcoming novel, The Escape Artist will be published by Book Works in 2022. Since 2006, Harun has collaborated with Helen Walker as part of the collective practice They Are Here. He is also a trustee of the Black Cultural Archive (est. 1981).
Taiwo Ogunyinka is a poet, collective arts organiser, and activist based in Leeds. His work is defined by the desire and necessity to radically imagine how society is organised. From a speculative position, incorporating the wisdom of experience, acquired knowledge, and shared truths, his writing examines solutions for the urgency of the human condition. He has developed and delivered workshops exploring poetry and poetics as a source of resistance and transformation in the face of colonialism and imperialism.