Approved: 16.09.2013

Diana Ali

Curator, Lecturer / academic

Approved: 16.09.2013

Born in Rusholme, Manchester to Bangladeshi parents, Diana is now based in Nottingham, UK but actively works nationally and internationally taking her curatorial ideas to different countries to challenge the misconceptions of belonging. Her medium involves fictional writing, drawing, photography and a play on the textual. She is interested in correspondence, networking, collaboration and connectivity

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  • Location: Nottingham, East Midlands
  • Activities: Higher education, Lecturing, Workshops, Training delivery, Curating
  • Categories: Curatorial project, Drawing, Intervention, Mixed Media, Text
  • Tags: Visual Arts, Curating, lecturing, research, collaboration, international, HE, workshops, mentoring, course author.
 
 
 

Biography

Born in Rusholme, Manchester to Bangladeshi parents, Diana is now based in Nottingham, UK but actively works nationally and internationally taking her curatorial ideas to different countries to challenge the misconceptions of belonging. Her medium involves fictional writing, drawing, photography and a play on the textual. She is interested in correspondence, networking, collaboration and connectivity in her practice and her research explores the relationship between the un-met and the meeting. Her curatorial projects are an extension of this where she explores artists responses from the local to the global. Ali has exhibited at the TINAG festival, London and Site Gallery, Sheffield. Her international exhibitions include The Library Artspace, Victoria, Australia, The Crafts Fair in San Francisco, The Roaming Biennial in Tehran and the Other Asia’s exhibition ‘ReDo Pakistan’ in Karachi, Pakistan. Her curatorial projects include ‘Up & Coming’ at the CUC in Liverpool, an event showcasing 60 emerging national and international artists, ‘Subversive Correspondence’, London and Bristol and ‘Dialogues: A Fake Romance?’ in Swansea. She has recently curated the ‘The State of Un-Play’ in Atelier 35, Bucharest, Romania. She is due to curate at Binyamin Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel in 2014. Ali is also a lecturer, workshop leader and creative mentor. She has worked in Italy and at Huanghui University in China. She is currently the course leader for the Foundation Diploma at Grantham College and a course author and BA tutor for the Open College of the Arts.

CV & Education

EDUCATION

 

2007           MA Contemporary Fine Art: Curating & Practice, Sheffield Hallam University, UK.

 

     2006            Cert Ed (PG), Derby University

 

 2001           BA (Hons)Fine Art, Nottingham Trent University, UK

 

1998                        BTEC Diploma Foundation           Art & Design, Manchester Metropolitan     University, UK.

 

 

 

ROLES

 

Visual Artist, Independent curator, Workshop Leader, Arts Educator and lecturer, Visiting Lecturer, 1-1 Tutor, Creative Mentor, Artist in Residence, External Moderator.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CURATORIAL PROJECTS

 

2013

 

‘A State of Un-Play’ Atelier 35, Romania.    http://astateofunplay.blogspot.co.uk/

 

2012

 

Project Manager for ‘Parallel Universe’ as part of IAQA. BarLane Studios, York. http://internationalassociationofquantumartists.yolasite.com/

 

Fringe Arts Bath (FAB) Guest Curator ‘Mis-IN-Formation http://www.fringeartsbath.co.uk/mis-information/

 

2011

 

‘double lives: duple trials’ The Malt Cross Gallery, Nottingham http://doublelivesdupletrials.blogspot.com/

 

2010

 

Dialogues: A Fake Romance?’ Elysium Gallery, Swansea http://www.dialoguesafakeromance.blogspot.com/

 

2009

 

‘Subversive Correspondence’. Touring exhibition, Bristol and London

http://www.subversivecorrespondence.blogspot.com/

 

 

Curator. ‘Olfaction’. Empty Shop Gallery, Durham.  http://www.olfactionexhibition.blogspot.com/

 

Assistant Curator for Pop Samiti. London, UK. http://www.popsamiti.com/

                                                                    

2008                       

 

Curator for ‘Up & Coming’, CUC Northwest, Liverpool, UK.

http://.crawleyali.blogspot.com/  http://www.upandcoming.org/ 

 

Co-Curator for ‘One Night Stands’, London, UK http://1nightstands.blogspot.com/

 

Touring Exhibition.  ‘Defamiliarization’.  Site Gallery, Sheffield, The Gallery, Wimbledon,London, The END Gallery, Sheffield, UK.

http://sheffieldhallamcuratorsforum.blogspot.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

{C}·           ‘Revolver:R’ Arrow Book Publishing 2013

 

{C}·           Author of ‘Professional Practice’ Course, Level 6. OCA

 

{C}·           ‘Failure’, Sheffield http://failure2011.blogspot.com/

 

{C}·           Selling and Buying Art by Kesha Bruce, Iowa, US.

 

{C}·               A Book about Death curated by Sonja Benskin Mesher RCA.

{C}·               http://www.sonja-benskin-mesher.co.uk/abookaboutdeath-wales/index.htm

 

{C}·           Interventions Part 1: Dispersal. Anneka French. October and November 2009.

 

{C}·           Platform58 Art Magazine. ‘Aftermath’ p.28/29.

http://platform58.com/images/magazines/platform58_issue001.pdf

 

{C}·           Tuckerman, L (2009) Hybrid. Art and Science Collaboration in Yorkshire. ‘Pill Gardens’ P47.

 

{C}·           Nottingham Arts and Literature. ‘Aftermath’. BBC Online.May 2001.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nottingham/entertainment/artsandliterature/trent_finearts.shtml

 

 

INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITIONS & PUBLICATIONS

 

2012                        ‘She Blocks the Highway’, group exhibition, Hong Kong's annual Fotanian Studio Open event (http://www.fotanian.com/events.php) http://sheblocksthehighway.blogspot.com

 

2011                        ‘Google Me This’, The Library Artspace, Victoria, Australia.

 

2010            World Wide Art Books, International Dictionary of Artists,  Santa Barbara, California, USA. 2010.

 

2010            ‘A Book About Death’ Originally shown at The Emily Harvey Foundation, New York. Curated by Sonja Benskin Mesher RCA, MOMA, Wales, 2010.

http://www.sonja-benskin-mesher.co.uk/abookaboutdeath-wales/gallery.htm#) http://abookaboutdeath.blogspot.com/

 

2010            Fine Art Bivoucs in collaboration with J.Damron. Nevada. Crafts Fair, San Francisco.

 

2008            Artforum Ad Project by Jeff Thompson, Nebraska, USA. http://artforum.jeffreythompson.org/

 

{C}2008                  Other Asias- Current 2: REDO PAKISTAN. Symposium as part of the part of the Shanakht Festival and is in collaboration with VASL international artist collective. Karachi, Pakistan.

                     http://otherasias.webnode.com

 

{C}2007                  ‘Defamiliarization’ Disarmory Newspaper by the db Foundation; New York. Vol1. 28-30 March 2008. 

                     http://www.disarmory.com/disarmory_newspaper.pdf

 

2008                        Urban Jealousy /1st International Roaming Biennial of                                                          Tehran. Curated by Serhat koksal and Amirali Ghasemi

         http://www.biennialtehran.com/artists/IllustrationDrawingPainting/DianaAli.html

 

 

EXHIBITION RECORD (SELECTED)

 

2013            ‘Home: Contemporary Female Masters’ Bulgarian Cultural Institute, Sofia Gallery, London.

http://home-exhibition.blogspot.co.uk/p/exhibition-concept_30.html

 

2013                        ‘Digital Dialogues’ The Courtyard, Hereford.  

 

2012                        12X12X12, Bank Street, Sheffield.

 

2012            Accidentely on Purpose, Quad, Derby. http://failure2011.blogspot.co.uk/2011/06/diana-ali-work-had-to-fail-to-become.html

 

2012                        ‘Distant Dialogues’ in ‘Fixation’, WCS, Liverpool.

http://www.wolstenholmecreativespace.com/exhibit.php

 

2011                        ‘HeadLies’ in ‘Experimental Installation’

                     http://www.experimentalinstallationproject.com/diana-ali.html

 

2011                        Revolve:R collaborative book collaboration.

 

2011                        The RE….Show, High Wycombe.

 

2011                        Digital Dialogues; collaboration, London.

 

2011                        Notting Hill Mayfest, London.

 

2010                        Enter10 Watermans, London.

 

2010                        ‘Voices’ Exhibition, City Arts and The Institute of Mental Health,Nottingham.

 

2010            ‘Distant Dialogues’. A year long exhibition at Sheffield Hallam University as part of the Creative Sparks exhibition.

 

2010                       ‘Endgame’ Persisitence Works, Sheffield

                     http://www.endgamethemashow.blogspot.com/

 

2009                        ‘Pleasurewood Thrills’. The Workstation, Sheffield.

                     www.pleasurewoodthrills.blogspot.com

 

2009            ‘Distant Dialogues’ in Interventions Part1: Dispersal. Curated by Anneka French.

 

2009                        ‘A Cup of Tea Solves Everything’, Forfey Festival www.forfeyfestival.co.uk

 

2009                        Aspects of Language and Translation, Mile End Art Pavilion, London

 

2009                        ‘Writing’s on the Wall’, Artlink, Hull http://www.artlink.uk.net

 

2009                        Dhoom Dhamaka, 2nd Generation, Asian Arts Week at RISC, Reading

 

2009                        ‘Post-Authorship’ at SoAnyway http://www.soanyway.org.uk/dianaali.htm

 

2009                        ‘Food for Thought’ Brent Artists Resource. The Gallery at Willesdan                                   Green. London, UK.

 

2009                        ‘Indigenous Arts 2009. Durban House Heritage Centre. Eastwood.                                                Nottinghamshire.

 

2009            ‘On CDOs and Double Clubs. August Art. London http://www.augustart.co.uk/exhibitions.htm

 

2008                        ‘The Gift’. ‘Post-Authorship’. Nexus Café. Manchester.

 

2008                        ‘Hung, Drawn and Quartered.’ Moogie Wonderland. Kent.

 

2008                        ‘Synesthesia: Collective Gallery’                                                                                                 http://tblayden.com/Default.aspx?tabid=129

 

2008                        This Is Not A Gateway (TINAG Festival), London

                     http://thisisnotagateway.squarespace.com/festival-participants/ 

 

2008                        Summer Festival, Atelier East, Angles Theatre, Cambridge

             http://www2.fenlandtoday.co.uk/content/site/atelier-east/atelier-east-                                 best-in-show-2008.html

 

2008            ‘           ‘Defamiliarization’ Airspace Gallery; Dialogue Box. Hanley.

http://www.a-n.co.uk/artists_talking/projects/single/383995/0/2/desc

 

2008                        ‘You’ve got some explaining to do’. The Common Room.                                                     Leeds.

                http://www.youvegotsomeexplainingtodo.com/artists/diana-ali.html

 

2007                        ‘SeeD’ Surface gallery, Nottingham

 

2007                        ‘Small Works: Art Shed Installation.. Mantle Arts,                                                                     Leicestershire.

 

2007                        ‘Anytown; artists response to the urban environment’                                                                         Mascalls Gallery, Paddock Wood, Kent

 

2007                        ‘ID:entity’ West End Centre, Hampshire.            http://www.womenswork.org.uk/                                                                                       

 

2007                        Found Drawings. Loughborough University.                                                                          http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/ac/tracey/found3.html 

 

{C}2007  {C}          ‘Delicate Situations’

      http://delicatesituations.blogspot.com 

 

 

 

RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE

 

LECTURING  and TEACHING

 

2013                                    OCA. Level 6 Author for Professional Practice Module.

2011                                    OCA- BA Painting, Drawing and Watercolour.

2011                        Grantham College, Access to HE, Life Drawing, Course Leader BTEC Foundation Diploma, A Level.

2010                                    Derby College, Lecturer, Derby.

2010                        Visiting lecturer, Castle College.

2010                                    Art & Design Lecturer, Huanghuai University, China

2009                                    Visiting lecturer to various mountain schools, Susa, Italy

2010                                    Artist in Residence. Holy Trinity Primary School

2010                                    Artist in Residence. Gedling Comprensive School.

2010                                    Adult Evening Classes ‘Art for All’ A beginners guide.

2009                        Open Studies Lecturer. Centre for LifeLong Learning. University of Warwick    ‘Art Techniques from Different Cultures’.

2009                        Creative Partnership- Holly Primary School. ‘Interpreting African Art’

Connecting Classrooms, a British Council Project.

2009                        Art Tutor for Workers Educational Association (WEA Adult & Family Learning)

2008                                   Art and Design Teacher. Nottingham Boys High School.

2008                                    1-1 home tutor. Academic and study skills support. Ages 10- PG

2003- 2008                        Team Leader. Art & Design.

                                 Course leader, BTEC National Diploma in Art & Design,        

                                 A Level Course Leader Art & Design.

                                 Work Wise (Entry Level) lecturer. Outreach programmes.

                                 South East Derbyshire College. UK.

 

WORKSHOP DELIVERY/ INFORMAL TEACHING (SELECTED)

 

{C}·      Wisemoves - cultural workshops

{C}·      Learning Works- Youth work

{C}·      Billesley Extended Services, Birmingham. World Mask Making workshop,

{C}·      Big Lottery Funded Project- Family Learning arts and crafts workshops, Nottingham.

{C}·      1 Goal FIFA World Campaign workshops to physically impaired,Nottingham.

{C}·      ABC Arts- Cultural Diversity workshops, Mansfield.

{C}·      Workshop Network- Global Arts, national.

{C}·      Nottingham City Council- Travellers workshops, Nottingham.

{C}·      Derby Deaf Group- Adult learning

{C}·      Global Arts, Holmcroft Library, Stafford.

{C}·      Global Children’s’ Educational Network: Sari Workshop, Brighton.

{C}·      Trap Media: ‘Mask Making’ and ‘Puppet’ Workshop, Mosaic Workshop,

{C}·      ‘Visual versus the Verbal’ Humber Literary Festival. (ages 16+), Hull.

{C}·      Catmose Gallery- ‘Global Art’ ‘Identity’ & ‘Nature’ workshops (ages 6-16+), Leicestershire.

 

 

OTHER EDUCATIONAL

 

2013                                    Assessor BA Painting and Creative Courses OCA.

2011                                    External moderator for OCR GCE Art & Design.

2010                                    Creative Mentor for Derby University’ Connect’ art practice course

2009                        Transversal European Study Trip to Italy Smart education with art. Working with rural disadvantaged children.

 

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMEBERSHIP

 

Institute for Learning (IFL), A-N : The Artists Information Company, Air-Activist, Nottingham Asian Artists Network, Mainstream Partnerships, Wooloo (Berlin), Axis: Curator membership, Rhiz.eu (Amsterdam), Between Creation, CultureGen, Artabase, Beyond Borders, ArtSelector, Open Visor, RiseArt, British Women Artists.

 

 

TALKS and PRESENTATIONS

 

2010                        JP Gallery Northampton

{C}2008                  Castle College. Visiting Fine Art Lecturer. Industries Day.

{C}2009                  Artist Talk. Artlink Gallery. Hull.

 

 

AWARDS

2007                                    Eaton Fund.