Artists-in-Residence

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We provide a welcoming community of academics, artists and activists working in the London area as well as a number of useful facilities at our residents’ disposal.

Image credit: Pablo Vitale in Buenos Aires

Our open call for Artists-In-Residence is posted twice a year on July 1st and December 1st.

Residency duration varies between one, three and six months. The residency program offers opportunities to contribute to The Centre for Postcolonial Studies programme of events and more importantly to develop original work. At the end of the residency, artists are invited to share advances of their work to the wider Goldsmiths community and beyond.

Applications should be addressed to both Dr David L Martin and Dr Francisco Carballo, specifying the period of appointment sought, a brief description of the project to be worked on during residency at Goldsmiths, and a curriculum vitae/portfolio.

Current Artist in Residence

Patrice Naiambana is an award-winning African-Performing Artist/Animateur Sierra Leonean-Bermudan. He apprenticed with African Theatre Masters Yulisa Amadu Maddy Artistic Director of Gbakanda Tiata in Leeds and Dele Charley Artistic Director of Tabule Tiata in Freetown

Current projects include facilitating a lab space, The Decolonial Salon; a digital performance piece on migration and exile entitled 'Perception Gap' and 'Fresh Conversations for Diversity in the NHS.'

He has been facilitating diaspora performance, post-colonial literacy, theatre process and training for over 25 years. He initiated Tribal Soul – a diaspora learning and creating space, in 1991. His lab facilitation and ensemble work on Shakespeare as a lingua franca and The Gospel of Othello diaspora canon spans 11 years in several countries in diverse environments.

His story-making vocation has been enriched by professional performing experience with world-leading practitioners and companies including Kwame Kwei-Armah (TREE), Bijan Sheibani (Barbershop Chronicles), Marcello Magni (Tell Them I am Young and Beautiful), Kathryn Hunter (Pericles), Steven Berkoff (Coriolanus), The Royal Shakespeare Company (The Histories, Othello), Adrian Noble (The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe), Film, Television, Radio and voice-overs.

His Edinburgh Fringe First award-winning solo show The Man Who Committed Thought toured internationally, facilitating artists and citizen labs creativity for social transformative action. He uses the story space to put ‘flesh on silences’ whilst developing community collaborations, craft, critical thinking and leadership skills.

His conceptualisations and directorial work include 'The Accused', 'Swarte Piet Speaks', 'Gravediggers', 'The Sacrifice' and 'Chapeltown Blues.' Underpinning his work is the creolisation aesthetic and exile heritages that characterise the Diasporic imagination.

Past Artists

Gala Knörr

Ningún hombre es una isla (Nessun uomo è un’isola) is a project conceived as an act of resistance in post-Brexit Britain.

Inspired by classic objects that are part of the permanent collection of the British Museum, through their re-appropriation and resignification in a contemporary narrative, using painting, video and performance as means to create an idea of a counter-Empire that seeks to protect narratives of solidarity, inclusion and multiculturalism within public and intimate domains. 

Gala Knorr Website

Felipe Castelblanco

The aim of this residency was to expand the reach of the ParaSite project by infiltrating the university through its research environment.

After 2016, the political discourse available in Western societies fails to explain the present. This residency is a direct response to a volatile political time, which directly undermines any option for progressive, postcolonial and future-facing political attitude.

Therefore, during this residency, we will set in motion a new approach to political discourse by provoking speculation, future thinking and wide participation.

We want to reverse the balance and put the big decisions about policy, budgets, strategy, etc., in the hands of those political amateurs, you, perhaps? Felipe Castelblanco is a multidisciplinary artist working at the intersection of socially engaged and Media art.

His work explores new frontiers of public space and enables coexistent encounters between unlikely audiences. Felipe holds an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University and in 2012 attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.

He has exhibited at museums and galleries in Europe, USA, and South America and is the recipient of several awards including the Starr Fellowship at the Royal Academy Schools in London.

Felipe Castelblanco Website

Nina Feldman and Deborah Mina

In 2013 Nina Feldman and Deborah Mina worked on No Feedback with the help of The Centre for Postcolonial Studies.

No Feedback is a continuing interdisciplinary collaboration focused on how, in London today, we can engage with the process that leads to genocide, and why we should.

Taking as a starting point the document, “The 10 Stages of Genocide” by Genocide Watch, which outlines the degrees through which all genocides progress, No Feedback developed an interactive performance which takes audience members through these stages, highlighting how everyday social processes of identifying difference can easily lead to prejudice, discrimination and persecution.

The show is an engaging mix of theatricality, playfulness and participation, all developed by the 6 female performers who guide the journey.