Artist. Founder/ Curator at Zellij Arts
Sept 2018- Sept 2019 ‘Surveying the Land: Legacies of Slavery’ is a practice based research project hosted by The International Slavery Museum Liverpool. Collaborating with Choreographer/ Producer Magdalen Bartlett Kwant will facilitate a socially engaged project with female survivors of modern slavery. The project will be supported with artist professional development and mentoring by Mark Devereux Projects and film production mentoring by Armadillo Productions. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
MA Fine Art, 1st Class Honours with distinction. Edinburgh University/ Edinburgh College of Art 2001- 2006.
MA Thesis: "Translating Exile: Identity and Representation in the work of contemporary Iranian Artist Shirin Neshat." Awarded a 1st Class Honours, Edinburgh University 2006.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2018 In Transit Canada House Manchester, Supported by LJ Partnerships, sponsored by Ministry to Business. 14th - 21st September.
2017 Mediterranea, Nomas Projects, Dundee, 16th March- 20th April curated by Cully Mc Cullogh.
2012 Transition, Departure Gallery, London (now HUSK).
2008 Visages, Galerie d’ Art Nouiga, Rabat, Morocco.
2019 Print: A Catalyst for Social Change Bury Art Museum curated by Jez Dolan.
2019 Displaced The Travelling Gallery, Scotland.
2018 Air Gallery OPEN 2018, Altrincham.
2018 Radical and Real Film Shorts HOME Manchester, part of Refugee Week Festival, Saturday 16th June 12.45pm, followed by Q&A with filmmakers
2018 Waiting group exhibition, 35 Chapel Walk Sheffield in association with Migration Matters. 16th- 21st June
2018 In Transit, Genesis Centre, 15 Rue des Lavandières Sainte-Opportune, 75001 Paris. 25th May- 8th June 2018.
2018 Across the Seas, Sam Scorer Gallery, Lincoln - A Time and Tide Bell Art Exhibition, part of a Continuing Arts Programme facing Lincolnshire's Coast. May 7th- 20th.
2017 Still No Longer At Ease, IWAYA Community Arts Festival, Lagos, Nigeria, curated by Aderemi Adegbite, ICAF Lagos. 6-12th December.
2017 Utopia Beckons, Add Art UK, Installed in the Public Space, Oldham Road, Manchester.
2017 Greater Manchester Arts Prize, Group exhibition selected by Helen Wewiora (Director of Castlefield Gallery), Paulette Terry Brien (Co-director of The International 3, and Co-curatorial co-ordinator of The Manchester Contemporary), Rachel Goodyear (Artist), Louise Durose (Collector), Andrew Brooks (Photographer).
2017 Framing the Crisis, Group exhibition curated by Vault Collective at System Gallery Newcastle accompanied by a public seminar "Re-imagining the Nation: Togetherness, Belonging and Mobility" led by Dr Claire Sutherland (Durham Univeristy).
2016 Be Welcome, St Ann's Church, Curated by Lesley Sutton of PassionArt. Manchester | Oct- Nov 2016
2016 Rogue 21, Waterside Art Centre, Sale | Sat 23 July - Sat 22 October 2016.
2016 Europa, Group show at Transition Gallery London, curated by Cathy Lomax. 17th- 25th June.
2015 Colloquies The Wall @ The Hillary Step, Chorlton, Manchester. Curated by Rosalind Sandhu- Cartlich. October 8th-Nov 15th.
2015 New and recent works. The Alexandria Library, Manchester. July- Sept.
2015 Art Battle Manchester, The Soup Kitchen, Manchester. 5th June.
2013 Tracing Presence, Z-Arts, Manchester. A group show in partnership with Virtual Migrants, Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit, and Asylum Support Housing Advice produce for Refugee Week, a national Festival of Refugee Arts.
2013 Creative Hands Foundation Open Exhibition, Manchester.
2013 Electric Picture House Open, Congleton, Cheshire.
2013 Tracing Presence, St. Peter's Church, Manchester.
2012 The Cube Open 2011, Cube Gallery, Manchester.
2011-2012 13th Annual Photographic Processes Juried Online International Art Exhibition, Upstream People Gallery. Omaha, USA.
2011 We Are All In This Together, Bureau Gallery, Manchester.
2011 SOLAS, St. Peter's Church, Dundee.
2011 Passage, Nexus Art Cafe, Manchester.
2009 Treasures of Beni Mellal, Moroccan Ministry of Culture, Beni Mellal & Culturelink International. Morocco.
2008 Stories of Beni Mellal, Moroccan Ministry of Culture, Beni Mellal & Culturelink International. Morocco.
2007 Exposition par les Autres, Université Sultan Moulay Slimane, Beni Mellal. Morocco.
2018 Saima Rashid “On Being” produced in partnership with Asia Triennial Manchester 2018. Supported with funding from Arts Council England. The Alexandria Library, 6th- 20th October 2018. Accompanied by a specially commissioned workshop “An Intoduction to Indo- Persian Miniature Painting” led by Saima Rasheed.
2018 "A Room of One's Own" by The Travelling Heritage Bureau, co- curated in partnership with Digital Women's Archive North [DWAN] and Zellij Arts. Supported by The Heritage Lottery Fund. The Alexandria Library, Manchester. 4th August - 28th Sept 2018
2018 "Me, Myself and I: Relocate the Multi- Layered Identity" Fatemeh Takht Keshian. Curated in partnership with Zellij Arts and The Alexandria Library, Manchester. 27th April- 28th July 2018,
2018 "Tilted Plane" an exhibition by Lesley Halliwell. Curated in partnership with Zellij Arts and The Alexandria Library. 3rd Feb- 21st April.
2017 Paradise Lost: Curatorial-Art Lab for Asia Triennial Manchester 2018. Hosted by The Alexandria Library, Manchester. Co- curated by Alnoor Mitha and Elizabeth Kwant. 21st November 2018
2017 "Personal Maps" George Sfougaras, The Alexandria Library, Manchester. Oct - Dec 2017.
2017 "Fabric of Time, Seas of Space" an exhibition by Lori K. Gordon. The Alexandria Library, 1st July- 30th September 2017.
2017 "This Cloth: An Archaeology of Identity" an exhibition by Saffina Bhatti. The Alexandria Library, Manchester. 30th March- 24th June.
2016 Ahmed ElHassan. The Alexandria Library, Manchester. October 22nd- Nov 25th 2016.
2016 "In Search of the Promised Land" by Ashleigh Beattie. The Alexandria Library, Manchester 17th June- 24th Sept.
2016 Amang Mardokhy. The Alexandria Library, Manchester.
2015- 2016 Rachel Pearsey "The Coming". The Alexandria Library, Manchester.
2015 Hazel Burns Photography. The Alexandria Library, Manchester.
2013 Angels and Demons, by Graham Husdon. The Life Centre, Sale.
Sept 2011 Curatorial Intern, Mathaf: The Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha Qatar.
2011 No. 1 Paint. Exhibitions Curator; Blank Media Collective, Manchester.
2009 Treasures of Beni Mellal. Moroccan Ministry of Culture, Beni Mellal.
2008 Visages, Galerie d Art Nouiga, Rabat, Morocco.
2008 Stories of Beni Mellal. Moroccan Ministry of Culture, Beni Mellal.
2007 Exposition par les Autres. Université Sultan Moulay Slimane, Beni Mellal. Morocco, May– June.
RESIDENCIES/ TALKS / LECTURES
Sept 2018- Sept 2019 Research Residency, The International Slavery Museum/ Maritime Archives and Library. Supported by Curator Jean- Francois Manicom.
Sept 2018- ongoing. Artist in Residence, The Castlefield Gallery New Art Spaces Trafford Centre.
2018 Panel Discussion, ‘Radical and Real Film Shorts’, led by Anne Louise Kershaw, HOME Manchester.
2017 Artist’s Talk, In Nothing Flat, curated by Mark Devereux Projects- part of StudioBook17.
2017 Artist's Talk, Nomas Projects, Dundee.
2016 Artist's Talk Be Welcome, St. Ann's Church, Manchester. Nov 2016.
2016 Artist's Talk Nazarene Theological College, Manchester.
August 2015- Sept 2016 Artist in Residence, The Castlefield Gallery New Art Spaces, Chorlton.
2016 Visiting Speaker, Community Arts Course: Incarnate School, Italy.
2013 Visiting Speaker, Nazarene Theological College, Manchester.
2013 Workshop Leader & Project Planner: "Belonging/s" Artist led workshops, with Rolls Crescent Primary School and Z-Arts, Manchester.
2013 Artist's Talk Z-Arts, Manchester.
2012 Visiting Speaker on the topics of "Immigration" & "A Sense of Place", Canon Slade School, Bolton.
2012 Workshop Leader & Project Planner: "Meaningful Lives" Produced as part of "5 Ways to Wellbeing". A series of Participatory art workshops with The Boaz Trust, Manchester.
2012 Guest Lecturer on the topic “The Cross Cultural Artist”, Incarnate School, Italy.
2011 Workshop Leader & Producer: “Belonging/s Project” The Boaz Trust, Manchester.
2011 Workshop Leader & Producer: “Passage Project,” Nexus Art Cafe & The Boaz Trust.
VIVID "Making it as Mom, Artist and Curator" Artist Interview by Lydia Borg, published by OM ARTS, May 2018. p 10-13
"Be Welcome" exhibition catalogue published by PassionArt designed by Micah Purnell. 2016
"Settimo Tamanini: Trees of Great Mothers" by Elizabeth Kwant. ArtWay Visual Meditation April 17 2016.
“Un appel à la vie et à la sagesse” La Matin, Morocco. October 26th
“Snarling dogs, tattooed pigs, a live robot lesson and other degree show highlights.” The Scotsman. June 20th 2006.
2018- 2019 National Lottery Project Grant, Arts Council England.
2017 Selected for StudioBook17- A national artist professional devlopment and mentoring course curated by Mark Devereux Projects.
2017 Seedbed Grant.
2015 Seedbed Grant.
2011 Special Recognition Awards by Upstream People Gallery. Omaha, USA.
2006 The Andrew Grant Bequest- Travel Scholarship. Edinburgh College of Art.