Curator in Residence - Nia Centre for the Arts

Curator in Residence

Presented in partnership with the McMaster Museum of Art, the Curator-in-Residence is a pilot learning opportunity for an emerging Black curator to work with and within both an institutional and community setting. Working and learning alongside MMA Senior Curator Pamela Edmonds, as well as other curators and advisors, the emerging curator will gain skills, insight, and resources to further her independent curatorial practice, while producing a public exhibition with support from Nia Centre.

As part of this residency, the Curator-in-Residence, Stylo Starr, will curate the cut, the tear & the remix: contemporary collage and black futures – an online exhibition and publication. Scheduled for Spring 2021. Submissions will be open until December 7, 2020, 11:59pm. Interested artists may review and respond to the Call for Artists here.

Originally envisioned as an in-person, Hamilton / Toronto based residency, the program has been adapted to run entirely remotely.

About Curator in Residence: Stylo Starr

Stylo Starr discovered the power of creating something from nothing at an early age, and has been doing so, since. A graduate of common art academia, Stylo carries with her a style unlike any of her contemporaries; bold colours, thick lines, and clashing imagery create the stimulating visual tension that is the foundation of her aesthetic. Found imagery, collage, paint, photography and digital illustration are her primary tools. Her heart, and her experience as a black woman in Canada, her language.

Stylo Starr is a visual alchemist. | @mouthfullofstars

About the Lead Curator: Pamela Edmonds

Pamela Edmonds is a visual and media arts curator. In 2019, after working in Toronto, Ontario at the Thames Art Gallery of the Chatham Cultural Centre, Edmonds was appointed senior curator of the McMaster Museum of Art. Originally from Montreal, Quebec, she earned both her BFA and MA in Art History from Concordia University.

Edmonds’ curatorial career began in Halifax in 1998 with the exhibition Skin: A Political Boundary, co-curated with Meril Rasmussen at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. In 2000, she collaborated with the Sister Visions collective to organize Through Our Eyes at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax. Since then, she has worked in institutions across several provinces in Canada including A Space Gallery in Toronto, Ontario where she was the exhibitions coordinator as well as the Art Gallery of Peterborough where she was the curator/director. In 2009, Edmonds co-founded Third Space Art Projects, a curatorial collective which she co-directs with Sally Frater. Her curatorial work continues to centre around decolonialism and Black Canadian art practices. | @cur.rate.her

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