Kingston-based curator Nicole Smythe-Johnson was selected as the inaugural Tilting Axis Curatorial Fellow.

The Tilting Axis Curatorial Fellowship is in partnership with CCA Glasgow, David Dale Gallery and Studios, Hospitalfield, Mother Tongue and Tilting Axis and has been supported by the British Council.

The curatorial fellowship is a direct outcome of the Tilting Axis meetings in 2015 at Fresh Milk in Barbados and in 2016 at the Pérez Art Museum Miami. Scotland-based cultural partners CCA Glasgow, David Dale Gallery, Hospitalfield and curatorial collective Mother Tongue produced a structural long-term fellowship for an emerging contemporary art practitioner living and working in the Caribbean.

Nicole Smythe-Johnson was introduced by Tiffany Boyle who gave a presentation on her fellowship experience to date. The Tilting Axis Fellowship is a direct outcome of the Tilting Axis meetings in 2015 at Fresh Milk in Barbados and in 2016 at the Pérez Art Museum Miami. The British Council in partnership with Scotland-based cultural partners including CCA Glasgow, David Dale Gallery and Studios, Hospitalfield and curatorial collective Mother Tongue produced a long-term fellowship for an emerging contemporary art practitioner living and working in the Caribbean. This fellowship focuses on the development of pragmatic and critical curatorial development hailing from the Caribbean region and is research and practice-led.

Designed as a year-long programme between the Caribbean region and Scotland, it offers support for the critical development of curatorial practice and gives a practical base in the partner institutions with visits to Scotland and throughout the Caribbean. During the fellowship, Smythe-Johnson has undertaken research visits to Scotland, Grenada, Barbados, Suriname and Puerto Rico. She will share some of the outcomes of the fellowship experience and role as co-curator in the exhibition, John Dunkley: Neither Day Nor Night at PAMM, which she co-curated with Diana Nawi. Nicole Smythe-Johnson is a writer and independent curator, working from and living in Kingston Jamaica. She has written for ARC Magazine, Miami Rail, Flash Art, Jamaica Journal and several other local and international publications. She is currently Assistant Curator of an exhibition of the work of Jamaican painter John Dunkley at the Perez Art Museum in Miami opening May 2017, and the inaugural Tilting Axis Fellow. Her fellowship research looks at Caribbean curatorial practice, particularly as it occurs in artist-run and other non-traditional art spaces. For more information see below links. 

 

Nicole Smythe-Johnson, Independent Curator and Inaugural Tilting Axis Fellow
Nicole Smythe-Johnson, Independent Curator and Inaugural Tilting Axis Fellow presenting on her Tilting Axis Curatorial Fellowship experience at Tilting Axis 3. ©

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