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This site is a response to the recent COVID-19 pandemic.

While the pandemic has meant that we have had to shift a majority of our operations online, we are continuing to think and act in line with a redistributive and decolonial ethos.

Community

Autonomous Groups
Resource List

Programme

What’s Ahead, What’s Known
Free School
Fi Dem III
Crossing Waters x Everyone Knows

The sudden absence of material social space has meant that we’ve had to rethink the ways we can support the mutual dependencies that allow us to learn, grow, operate and cohabitate. We undertand the arts to be a site in which social discourse and criticism can be encouraged to this effect and wish to continue those efforts here.

On this site you can find our more about the groups we work with, what they’re up to, as well as ways to support and to be supported by them. There’s also a list of funding resources that have been available in response to COVID-19, access to materials from our digital programme and a space to watch our live streamed events.

Residency Mentors

INFORMATION

An intergenerational residency programme pairing artists with mentors

Transmission has  partnered with Bothy Projectto develop a framework centring intergenerational dialogues via mentorship. Artists Najma Abukar, Adebusola Ramsay, Clarinda Tse and Matthew Arthur Williams, will each undertake a two-week residency at Sweeney’s Bothy on the Isle of Eigg.

We are pleased to announce the mentors are Ingrid Pollard, Alberta Whittle, Ajamu X, and Lubaina Himid.

INGRID POLLARD

Ingrid Pollard is a photographer, media artist and researcher. She is a graduate of the London College of Printing and Derby University.

Ingrid  has developed a social practice concerned with representation, history and landscape with reference to race, difference and the materiality of lens based media. Her work is included in numerous collections including the UK Arts Council and the Victoria & Albert Museum. She lives and works in London UK.

ALBERTA WHITTLE

Alberta Whittle is an artist, researcher and curator. She was awarded a Turner Bursary, the Frieze Artist Award and a Henry Moore Foundation Artist Award in 2020. Alberta is a PhD candidate at Edinburgh College of Art and is a Research Associate at The University of Johannesburg. She was a RAW Academie Fellow at RAW Material in Dakar in 2018 and is the Margaret Tait Award winner for 2018/9.

Her creative practice is motivated by the desire to manifest self-compassion and collective care as  key methods in battling anti-blackness. She choreographs interactive installations, using film, sculpture and performance as site-specific artworks in public and private spaces.

Alberta has exhibited and performed in various solo and group shows, including at Glasgow International (2020), Grand Union (2020), Eastside Projects (2020), DCA (2019), GoMA, Glasgow (2019), Pig Rock Bothy at the National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh (2019), 13th Havana Biennale, Cuba (2019), The Tyburn Gallery, London (2019), The City Arts Centre, Edinburgh (2019), The Showroom, London (2018), National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (2018), RAW Material, Dakar (2018), FADA Gallery, Johannesburg (2018), the Apartheid Museum, Johannesburg (2017), FRAMER FRAMED, Amsterdam (2015), Goethe On Main, Johannesburg (2015), at the Johannesburg Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale, Venice (2015), and BOZAR, Brussels (2014), amongst others.

Her work has been acquired for the UK National Collections, The Scottish National Gallery Collections, Glasgow Museums Collections and The Contemporary Art Research Collection at Edinburgh College of Art amongst other private collections.

Alberta is representing Scotland at the 59th Venice Biennale in 2022. And over 2021, Alberta will be sharing new work as part of Art Night, British Art Show 9, Liverpool Biennial, An infinity of traces  at the Lisson Gallery, business as usual : hostile environment at Glasgow Sculpture Studios, An apology, a pill, a ritual, a resistance at Remai Modern, Right of Admission at the University of Johannesburg and A Miraculous Noise  at Viborg Kunstal.

AJAMU X

Ajamu is a darkroom/fine art photographer, archivist and radical sex activist with over 25 years of experience of exhibiting in museums, galleries and alternative spaces worldwide.

His work includes portraits/self-portraits, which unapologetically celebrate black queer bodies, the erotic and pleasure activism. Ajamu’s upcoming exhibition Archival Sensoria will be presented by Cubitt, London and is curated by Languid Hands.

LUBAINA HIMID CBE

Born in Zanzibar in 1954, Lubaina Himid is a British painter who has dedicated her four-decades-long career to uncovering marginalised and silenced histories, figures, and cultural expressions. She studied Theatre Design at Wimbledon College of Art and went on to receive an MA in Cultural History from the Royal College of Art. Himid currently lives and works in Preston, UK, and is a professor at the University of Central Lancashire. She was the winner of the Turner Prize in 2017.

In 2021 Himid will present a major monographic exhibition at Tate Modern, London. Current exhibitions include Risquons-Tout, WIELS, Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels.