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Stacey Hunter

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Stacey Hunter
(b.1979 in Scotland, lives and works in Edinburgh)

Stacey Hunter is a British curator and producer based in Scotland. Her expertise lies in developing programmes to promote design locally and internationally through exhibitions, events, symposia and cultural projects. In 2007 she co-programmed and delivered "The Six Cities Design Festival", a "£3M national festival of design" in Scotland. Her doctoral thesis in architecture is the first major review of Scotland's emergent New Urbanism (University of Edinburgh, 2015).
In 2015 she founded Local Heroes, a curatorial agency - based in Edinburgh - that connects audiences with exceptional Scottish design. Local Heroes is an ongoing cultural project promoting and supporting design culture in Scotland and abroad through exhibitions and events providing unique opportunities for people to appreciate Scotland's contemporary design landscape. In August 2016 Local Heroes produced a major exhibition of newly commissioned Scottish design souvenirs at Edinburgh Airport. A key part of Scotland's Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, Local Heroes presented contemporary design to a global audience spanning 120 different locations and three continents. In 2018 Local Heroes curated and produced a major exhibition called "Made in Glasgow" by Local Heroes which brought together the city's leading designers to coincide with the hosting of the Berlin / Glasgow 2018 European Championships.

Her interest in this residency stems from a preoccupation with the souvenir as an object and the cultures and rituals of gift-giving - something Japan in particular has a rich and nuanced history of. What interests her most about Japan is its distinctive culture and how designers there, and design curators, communicate key aspects of that culture through the design of objects. Broadly, she would also hope to achieve an enhanced knowledge and understanding of design processes within Japanese ceramics.

Residency: January 9, 2019 - March 5, 2019
Supported by: The Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan in the fiscal 2018
Event: Scotland - Japan / Curator Talk by Stacey Hunter
Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019 / 14:30 - 16:30 (14:00 Door open)
Venue: 2016/ SHOP (Arita, Saga)

Residency Programme|Report & Interview: Download (PDF/1.4MB) Edited by Ben Davis
Article: Beyond the Megapolis: Japanese Design & Local Heroes by Stacey Hunter (The Skinny)
How the creative industries can change Scotland for the better (The Scotsman)

Installation shot from "Local Heroes" at Edinburgh Airport, 2016, Photo by Ross Fraser McLean

Exhibition "Made in Glasgow", 2018, Photo by Christina Kernohan

Design & Personal Identity exhibition at Edinburgh City Art Centre, 2018

Article on Contemporary Clay on "The Skinny", April issue, 2018
Read online

2019-1- 9

Esther Vossen

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Esther Vossen(Born in & Lives in the Netherlands)

Esther Vossen is director and curator at Het Vijfde Seizoen, an artist residency in the mental health institute Altrecht (Utrecht, The Netherlands). At Altrecht she is as well art consultant and responsible for the art collection. At the Fifth Season she had developed a training programme for psychiatrist (in training) and art students. She regularly lectures and give workshops about art and psychiatry. She is curator of exhibitions that presents the works made at The Fifth Season.

Vossen is board member at the Association of Corporate Art Collections Netherlands and external art advisor for the Province of Brabant. She studied Journalism and worked as a program maker for a Dutch national broadcast company. Hereafter she studied at the art academy Amsterdam and art history at the University of Amsterdam. Since 1998 she was project manager and curator at several international arts institutes, like de Appel Arts Centre, de Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten and the Dutch national museum of The Mind, Het Dolhuys.


Residency: August 24, 2018 - September 5, 2018
Supported by: The Nippon Foundation, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Tokyo
Lecture :実践1 - 森の中の柔らかな協働:精神科医療施設とアートの関わり -
Date and Time: Saturday, August 25, 2018 13:00-15:00
Venue: Daikanyama AIT Room

Workshop: 実践2 - 子どもとアーティストのワークショップ・ファシリテーション -
Date and Time: Saturday, September 1, 2018 13:00-16:00
Venue: Daikanyama ※Sold out


Natalia Valencia

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Natalia Valencia
(b. 1984, Bogotá, Columbia, lives and works in Mexico City, Mexico)

Natalia Valencia is an independent curator based in Mexico City. She has collaborated with institutions such as Museo de Arte Moderno MAMM in Medellín, L'appartement 22 in Rabat, CAPC Museum in Bordeaux, Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Museo Quinta de Bolívar in Bogotá, Proyectos Ultravioleta in Guatemala. She is a former editor of Terremoto Magazine in Mexico and she worked as fellow researcher of Latin American art at Centre Pompidou in Paris in 2013.

Residency: January 22 - March 5, 2018
Supported by: The Agency of Cultural Affairs (Bunkacho)
Event: RADIO RABATOKYO Live Streaming
Date: Friday, March 2, 2018 / 18:30 - 19:30 (17:30 Door open)
Venue: SodaCCO

Installation view, "Los Multinaturalistas", Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellin, 2017, curated by Natalia Valencia

Installation view "Serpientes, Aurora Pellizzi", L' appartement 22, Rabat, Morocco, 2016, curated by Natalia Valencia

Terremoto #8 "La Vida Eterna", Mexico City, 2016, edited by Natalia Valencia


Veronica Wong

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Veronica Wong
(b.1981 in Guangzhou)

Veronica Wong, Associate Director/Curator, Public Programmes Department at Guangdong Times Museum.
She holds a Master Degree in Visual Culture from University of Westminster, UK, and participated in Independent Curators International 2012. She curated many projects and exhibitions including: Plug in! - Times Museum Community Art Festival (2012), Times Museum Screening Season 2013 (2013-2014), Wrong Place, Right Time - Times Museum Community Art Festival 2014 (2014-2015), Art Neighbourhoods - Times Museum Community Art Festival 2016 (2016-2017), Sitting-Still-Moving - Times Museum Art on Track (2015), Sissel Tolaas: Chain of Smell Molecules Times Museum Art on Track (2015-2016), and Gunilla Klingberg: Brand New View Times Museum Art on Track (2016).

Residency: June 28, 2017 - July 26, 2017
Co-organized by The Backers Foundation

MAD lecture Contemporary Art in China, by Veronica Wong
Date and Time: Thursday, July 6, 2017 | 19:00 - 21:00
Venue: AIT Daikanyama Room
Capacity: 30
*English Only
For booking, please visit here

Wrong Place, Right Time (Times Museum Community Art Festival 2014, Guangzhou China, 2014-2015)

Sitting-Still-Moving (Times Museum Art on Track, Guangzhou China, 2015)

Sitting-Still-Moving (Times Museum Art on Track, Guangzhou China, 2015)

Gunilla Klingberg: Brand New View (Times Museum Art on Track, Guangzhou China, 2016)


Maki Nishida

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Maki Nishida (Born in Fukuoka, Japan)

Nishida received her BA in History of Art and Aesthetics at Keio University in Tokyo and earned MA in History of Art in University College London. Since 2007 in England, she has continuously explored her carrier with working at various institutions such as art university, museum, gallery and consultancy for collectors, which eventually deepened her knowledge to overlook art scenes from different perspectives both from public and private sectors. In April 2016, she has resided herself back in Japan and was appointed as an assistant curator at Aichi Triennale 2016 to work with many international artists. She also works as an independent curator aside from her extended skills in writings and translation.

At Tabakalera, Nishida focuses on the backbone to the renowned food culture in San Sebastian, conducting her research on Txoko; the 'Gentlemen's cooking club' that played an integral role in the community and culture of the city, particularly under the Franco regime. Through the act of gathering and forming a community with a strong connection with food in a particular context, she also refers the reflection in the contemporary society where everything tends to be politicised and depoeticised.

Residency: November 28, 2016 - December 25, 2016
Organized by Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT], TABAKALERA International Centre for Contemporary Culture
Supported by BASQUE INSTITUTE ETXEPARE, ACCIÓN CULTURAL ESPAÑA (AC/E), EU JAPAN FEST, the Agency for Cultural Affairs Fovernment of Japan in the fiscal 2016

2016-12- 1

Haizea Barcenilla

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Haizea Barcenilla (Born in San Sebastián, Spain)

Barcenilla is an art critic, curator and art history lecturer at the University of the Basque Country. Her research revolves around two axes of interest: on the one hand, the ideas of public and common, and how they can influence curatorial practice and artistic research; on the other one, the revisitation of history from a gender point of view.

She has written extensively on both topics, including a PhD about curating and the commons, and also curated and produced various artworks and exhibitions. The recent ones are framed in the New Patrons scheme, in which she helped develop and produce the publication Manual de Uso by artist Andrea Acosta about the Zorrozaurre neighborhood in Bilbao, and the video Andrekale by Señora Polaroiska, with the collaboration of Tabakalera, for the town of Hernani.

Her project research for Tokyo through the residency, entitled the eventual common, consists in a research of the way in which public space is understood, enacted and performed in Japan, specially through the social organization of "Machizukuri". She would like to link this performative quality to the idea of the commons, and to see how artists and curators are working with this kind of practices and uses of space.

Residency: December 4, 2016 - December 31, 2016
Organized by Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT], TABAKALERA International Centre for Contemporary Culture
Supported by BASQUE INSTITUTE ETXEPARE, ACCIÓN CULTURAL ESPAÑA (AC/E), EU JAPAN FEST, the Agency for Cultural Affairs Fovernment of Japan in the fiscal 2016

Curator Talk: "AIT SLIDE TALK #34 "Can we curate commons?"
Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at Daikanyama AIT Room

Haizea 1
Manual de Uso Project by Andrea Acosta in Sala Rekalde, Bilbao. New Patrons program, 2014. Photo by Andrea Acosta

Haizea 2
Presentation of Andrekale by Señora Polaroiska in Tabakalera. New Patrons program, 2015. Photo by Señora Polaroiska

Haizea 3
Presentation of Andrekale by Señora Polaroiska in Hernani. New Patrons program, 2016. Photo by Señora Polaroiska

2016-12- 1

Penwadee Nophaket Manont

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Penwadee Nophaket Manont
(Born in 1973, California, The United States of America. Lives and Works in Bangkok, Thailand)

Penwadee Nophaket Manont

Born in 1973, California, The United States of America. Lives and works in Bangkok, Thailand. She has a focus in Art and Culture dialogues along with interests in Social and Environment issues. Penwadee pursued both a Bachelor's Degree in Visual Communication Arts and a Master's Degree in Environmental Management. She started her career as a Graphic Designer, and shifted to the field of Art and Cultural Management by working as an Assistant Curator at Project 304 alternative art space in 2001. Later, she became part of the Curatorial Team at The Jim Thompson Art Center, during 2007-2012. She is currently an Independent Art Curator, as well as a Cultural Worker.

Her Curatorial Projects include the Mekong Art & Culture Project: Curatorial and Traveling Exhibition (2007-2008), supported by Rockefeller Foundation and Silpakorn University, where she was one of the four Southeast Asian Art Curators for the Underlying exhibition, from Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. She also co-curated Poperomia/Golden Teardrop (2013), an exhibition at the 55th International Art Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia, Italy. At the end of 2013, Penwadee founded ANTs' POWER Art & Cultural Group, who are active on Human Rights and Democracy related issues. Research & Archiving Project includes The Exhibition History in Thailand from the 1970s to the Present, supported by The Asian Culture Center (ACC), Institute of Asian Culture Development, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Gwangju, South Korea. Penwadee worked as a Project Manager/Researcher throughout 2015.

Stay: February 22 - March 26, 2016
Co-organized by: The Agency of Cultural Affairs (Bunkacho)
Event:A Roundtable with artists and other guests from Thailand
Date: Sat, Mar 12, 2016
*Details to be announced soon.

Vote as You Like (Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Bangkok, 2014)

Underlying (The exhibition travelled to Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, 2007-2008)

Poperomia / Golden Teardrop (Thai Pavilion, La Biennale di Venezia, Italy, 2013)

2016-2- 8

Marianna Dobkowska

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Marianna Dobkowska (Born in Poland)

Marianna Dobkowska curates projects, residencies and exhibitions, edits and designs publications and produces new works at the Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw. She studied art history at Warsaw University and curating at Jagiellonian University in Cracow. She was a curator and manager of the Polish-Norwegian production and research based project and exhibition, Rooted Design for Routed Living. Alternative design strategies and editor of the book under the same title as well as co-manager of Re-tooling Residencies, a project dedicated to investigate the current condition of the residency models and fostering development of new residency-based initiatives in Eastern Europe. Dobkowska's curatorial projects include a solo show of American artist Jesse Aron Green The Allies, a cycle of exhibitions of young Ukrainian artists Transfer and We Are Like Gardens - a permaculture garden established in the park surrounding CCA Ujazdowski Castle. During her research stay at AIT Marianna Dobkowska focuses on social practice Japanese art, grassroots initiatives and programs that have a wide community base.

Stay: July 7, 2015 - August 4, 2015
Co-organized by: The Backers Foundation
TALL: AIT SLIDE TALK #32: "A-I-R and the City / Laboratory of relations"
Talk by Marianna Dobkowska from the Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw

Date and Time: Wednesday, July 22nd, 19:00-21:00
Venue: AIT Room, Daikanyama
*The talk will be held in English, with no Japanese translation.

Marianna Dobkowska
Bread and pizza baking oven project of Juliette Delventhal and Paweł Kruk at A-I-R Laboratory, summer 2011
Photo: Michał Grochowiak
Courtesy of CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw

Marianna Dobkowska
"Eldorado Summer Resort (for passive and active laziness)", Martin Kaltwasser /
Folke Köbberling, wooden platforms, glasshouses and public program,park in front of CCA Ujazdowski Castle, summer 2009
Photo: Michał Grochowiak
Courtesy of CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw

Marianna Dobkowska
Francis Thorburn "Vehicle # 11: Amphibian", moving sculpture and public event, summer 2012
Photo: Bartosz Górka
Courtesy of CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw

Marianna Dobkowska
Edyta Jarząb performing at Plac Konstytucji in Warsaw, in the frames of workshop "Urban Sound Design Studio"
led by Caroline Claus, Warsaw, July 2015
Photo: Bartosz Górka
Courtesy of CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw


Anna Ptak

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Anna Ptak (Born in 1979, Poland)

Anna Ptak

Anna Ptak (b. 1979) is a curator and art producer, with background in cultural anthropology. Since 2008 she is a curator at A-I-R Laboratory - a residency programme at the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, Poland. In frames of A-I-R Laboratory she has worked on multiple art productions and long term interdisciplinary art projects involving research on institutional and social conditions of art making, such as Re-tooling Residencies (2010/2011; Ptak is the editor of the reader accompanying the project), Studio Warsaw (2011/12) and currently Re-Directing: East which seeks for the new communication channels between art practices in Eastern Europe, Middle East and Asia. As a curator she is mainly dealing with collaborative frameworks, she's interested in performative and collective aspects of audiovisual media.

Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle
A-I-R Laboratory
Re-tooling Residencies project and publication
Neues Theater by Daniel Kötter

As independent curator and producer:
Wyspa. Now is Now
Filmworks Farm  http://dizajnprojekt.pl/

Stay: November 20, 2013 - December 23, 2013
Co-organized by:The Agency of Cultural Affairs (Bunkacho)
ARCUS Open Studio #02days / 100 days(Sat, Nov 30th - Sun, Dec 1st 2013 at ARCUS Studio)
AIT × ARCUS Night (Sat, Dec 7th 2013, 18:30 - 21:30 at Daikanyama AIT room)
AIR_J Report: AIR and I, 05: Practices of scale. A report on artistic field trip to Japan.


Jimmy Ogonga

ジミー・オゴンガ/Jimmy Ogonga(Born in1977, Kenya)


photo by: Megumi Matsubara

Jimmy Ogonga (b. 1977) is an itinerant Artist and Producer whose work interweaves between Artistic practice and Curatorial strategies. He is an alumnus of the Rijksakademie van Beldeende Kunsten, Amsterdam. His curatorial projects include The Mombasa Billboard Project (2002, Mombasa), Amnesia (2006-2009, Nairobi).

Jimmy has co-curated artistic projects including: "Space: Currencies in Contemporary African Art" with Thembinkosi Goniwe (2010, Johannesburg), "GEO-graphics" - with Koyo Kouoh & David Adjaye (2010, Belgium), Incubator for a pan-African roaming biennial as part of Manifesta 8 - with Gabi Ngcobo, Center for Historical Reenactments (CHR), Johannesburg; Khadija El Bennaoui, Art Moves Africa (AMA); Mia Jankowicz, of Contemporary Image Collective (CIC).

In 2001, he founded Nairobi Arts Trust/Centre of Contemporary Art, Nairobi (CCAEA), an organization that works as a catalyst for the visual arts and the creation of significant art projects.
Jimmy's articles and texts have been published on several occasions in exhibition publications and art catalogues.

Stay: Julu 8, 2013 - August 5, 2013
Co-organized by: The Backers Foundation

Donna Kukama



Left(Top): Performance by Yazmany Arboleda - Monday Morning in Nairobi(2011)
Left(Bottom):Performance by Ingrid Mwangi
Right: The Nairobi Arts Trust / Centre for Contemporary Art of East Africa (CCAEA)