In 2020, Jerwood Arts and Cement Fields announced Sarah Craske, Anna-Maria Nabirye and nnull as the recipients of the Jerwood WB Artist Attachments. Each artist received £8,000 alongside a personalised development programme that includes mentoring and peer support, and the opportunity to showcase their work at the next Whitstable Biennale.
Now at the end of their attachment, each artist will be participating in this year’s Whitstable Biennale festival, taking place from Saturday 11 June to Sunday 19 June 2022. Full programme details of where to see their work are available here.
Sarah Craske works in the liminal, transdisciplinary space between art, science and technology. Their work explores the Anthropocene through philosophical enquiry into our relationship with various forms of climate breakdown, drawing on specialist expertise and technologies and taking part in research collaborations across the world.
Anna-Maria Nabirye is a multidisciplinary artist working across visual arts, live art, social practice, theatre, film, TV and fashion. Her work is focused on the narratives of Black Women within the African Diaspora, and combines and layers elements from the different creative worlds she inhabits.
nnull (they/them, he/him) is a researcher, writer and artist based in London, UK. As both transgender and a migrant, their work investigates the embodied experience of these processes of transition and how they interface with political and bureaucratic structures. They also research colonial legacies in the global south and intergenerational trauma.
This year’s festival borrows its title from Mimi Khalvati’s evocative poem, Afterwardness. Through the eyes of ‘an eleven year old boy from Aleppo’ the poem explores loss, trauma and the concept of ‘afterwardness’, a term originally coined by Sigmund Freud to describe the belated understanding of events that comes with the passing of time. Mimi is also a Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowships selector and mentor, and current Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellow Dzifa Benson will also feature in the biennale.
Continuing the festival’s strong tradition of programming some of the most exciting and experimental visual art being made in the UK today, Whitstable Biennale 2022 will weave film, performance and sound into the fabric of the town, and create direct, and often intimate, opportunities for local people and visitors to engage with contemporary art and artists.
Find out more
Read about Jerwood WB Artist Attachment, here.
Read about Cement Fields, here.
Read about Whitstable Biennale, here.