Instagram Residency Open Call: Americas IN Britain—2018 Caribbean Edition


The British Council and the National Portrait Gallery are looking to hire a Caribbean curator who will collaborate with two National Portrait Gallery curators on an Instagram residency to launch the Caribbean edition of the Americas IN Britain project. Together, the curators will work in partnership to respond collaboratively to four significant anniversaries, historic moments, and their legacies, which mark Caribbean-British people as signifiers in contemporary British society [see detailed description below and more information here].

The project will span a 5-month digital program (June-October 2018) and take full advantage of the visibility of National Portrait Gallery’s digital platform (which has 600k followers) supported by a robust social media campaign and mark the launch of the British Council’s Regional Arts Instagram account with this residency. DEADLINE IS May 18, 2018. #ArtConnectsUs #AmericasINBritain

Description: The Caribbean and the UK have been inter-connected for centuries. Four significant anniversaries (The Windrush, the NHS, the Notting Hill Carnival and Black History Month) are being marked in Britain this year, testimony to the impact the Caribbean diaspora continues to have on contemporary British society. The British Council strives to create spaces in which open dialogue between cultures can flourish, by bringing together innovative minds to explore shared ideas and connect diverse cultural identities and artistic expressions.

Working closely with Caribbean and British partners, the British Council, in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery, is creating an opportunity for one Caribbean curator to collaborate with one National Portrait Gallery curator, to co-develop and showcase work selected from the National Portrait Gallery’s archive which will be placed in dialogue with contemporary Caribbean practice, through an Instagram residency that responds to the anniversaries. The suites of images will appear on the National Portrait Gallery’s and British Council’s Instagram platforms from June through August 2018.

The Instagram residency aims to question what these historical moments in Britain’s history mean in its multicultural, pluralistic society. It also looks at its meaning within the Caribbean, a region still grappling with brain drain to highly developed industrialized nations while simultaneously impacting the Global North positively through the power of its creative force evidenced in its contributions to music, literature, film, dance, performance and festival culture. By marking these different moments, the project will explore, through the arts, the subjects of migration, health and the presence of the Caribbean in Black British culture and carnival.

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[Photo by Peter Ferguson – Courtesy of Carolyn Cooper.]

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