Future Assembly is a London based platform for experimentation and peer to peer learning for artists from Africa and its diaspora in England. Each session focuses on one artist who takes part in a bespoke four-week residency and holds their first solo exhibition in London.
The curated residency programme includes networking, gallery visits, research and practical skills development in response to the artists own areas of need and interest. The artist will share their ideas and experiences through two public events and a solo exhibition showcase.
Session one begins April 2016 with Lagos-based photographer Logo Oluwamuyiwa. Public events for this session have been organised in conjunction with the University of the Arts Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation (TrAIN) and Autograph ABP. Oluwamuyiwa's solo exhibition will be held at Deptford gallery, News of the world.
Future Assembly is founded by Hansi Momodu-Gordon who co-curates the programme with Orla Houston-Jibo.
Meet the team
Hansi Momodu-Gordon is an independent curator and writer with recent roles at Stevenson, Cape Town and Autograph ABP, London. As Assistant Curator at Tate Modern from 2011 to 2015 she worked on exhibitions, commissions, live events and collection research for art from Africa and its Diaspora. Before joining Tate Modern she held curatorial positions at Turner Contemporary and the Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos. Her writing on contemporary artists from Africa and its Diaspora has been published by Stevenson, The Walther Collection, Rencontres de Bamako 10th edition, Contemporary And (C&), Frieze and other leading arts publishers.
Orla Houston-Jibo is a curator, creative content producer and arts communications specialist. Most recently the Head of Publicity & Partnerships at Thames & Hudson, previous to this she worked as an Assistant Curator and Project Manager at the Victoria & Albert Museum on a range of exhibitions and events including Decode: Digital Design Sensations, Figures & Fictions: Contemporary South African Photography, V&A Summer Camp, Friday Late Afropolitans, Friday Late Hot Brazil, and The Fabric of India. Orla graduated from the Royal College of Art’s Curating Contemporary Art M.A Programme in 2011 and also holds an MA in the History of Art from The Courtauld Institute.
Support and partnerships
Future Assembly is supported by Arts Council England.
news of the world is a curatorial studio and performance space by The Centre of Attention. news of the world gallery is a curator’s studio allowing artworks to be looked at in an R+D / process setting. Open Saturday and Sunday 12-6pm during exhibitions. enclave 4, 50 Resolution Way, Deptford, London SE8 4NT.
Autograph ABP is a charity that works internationally in photography and film, cultural identity, race, representation and human rights. Established in 1988 with the mission of advocating the inclusion of historically marginalised photographic practices, Autograph ABP produces its own programme of exhibitions and events, commissions and publications, collaborating with artists, scholars and institutions nationally and internationally with the aim of engaging audiences around the world.
The University of the Arts Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation (TrAIN) is a forum for historical, theoretical and practice-based research in architecture, art, communication, craft and design. Central to the Centreʼs activities is a consideration of the impact of identity and nation on the production and consumption of artworks and artifacts in this new global context. Transnational relationships are explored through crossings that traverse different media including fine art, design, craft, curation, performance and popular art forms.
The African Artistsʼ Foundation (AAF) is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the promotion and development of contemporary African art. Established in 2007 in Lagos, Nigeria, AAF serves a significant role in art and academic communities through organising art exhibitions, festivals, competitions, residencies, and workshops with the aim of unearthing and developing talent, creating societal awareness, and providing a platform to express creativity. In addition to a rigorous programme of exhibitions and workshops at its gallery in Lagos, AAF organises two flagship projects annually, the LagosPhoto Festival and the National Art Competition.