2020: Co-curator, 4-day Pan African Congress 75th Anniversary Celebrations PAC@75 for Black History Month 2020 with Prof. Ola Uduku. 11 partner institutions incl Uni. of Manchester, Big Music People. Reached 18.2m worldwide (= £168,000). Youtube channel: 2000 hits in 3 weeks. Featured performances, poetry, dance, seminars and student leaders in conversation with leading thinkers and creatives Lemn Sissay OBE, Kwame Anthony Appiah (Princeton), Afua Hirsh, Gary Younge, , David Olusoga OBE and more. The success of PAC@75 led to the setup of 55-member intra-institutional Race Equality Activities Planning group (REAP) that led activities for Black History Month 2021. In 2022, historians Dr Jade Munslow Ong (Salford) and Dr Shirin Hirsch (ManchesterMet), both PAC@75 and REAP key collaborators, were named BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinkers 2022 (See Current Role for more details).
2014-2020: Director, Curator, Producer, Founder. RUN! RUN! RUN! Biennale #r3fest & RUN! RUN! RUN! International Body for Research. Lead strategic planning, curate programme, select works. Design innovative practice-led activities for community, academic and artistic contexts. Design and maintain online public facing resources. Recruit & manage volunteers. Apply for grants. Coordinate schedules of guests. Chair discussion panels. Lead communications & marketing. Prepare sites. Coordinate catering, equipment loan. Through my curation of 4 large-scale research programmes in Paris, Cardiff, London and Leeds through grants totalling £8000 including from Arts Council England), featuring 100 researchers from 40 institutions (including Harvard and Oxford), 9 articles (including in high-impact journals like Cultural Geographies/Sage), and 4 book chapters (including Handbook on Methods and Applications for Mobilities Research, 2020), extended running as a creative (not just sport) discourse centring gender and non-western scholarship. My leadership of ‘Running Studies’ is confirmed in multiple publication, including Contemporary Theatre Review (with Filmer, 2020 describing me as ‘the person who has done the most’ in the field), >6 PhD theses, and mentions in popular media (including the Guardian andthe BBC). 2021: I extended my global 90-person Running Cultures Group and led a new ‘Running Artfully Network’ (2021) with Fermynwoods Contemporary Art. This awarded £1000 to newcomers, including ‘Run The World’, which blends theatre and wellbeing for migrant women.
2013-5: With Creative Director Philip Tan of Philbeat (Singapore creative company, collaborator since 1998) Includes: performance in Closing Ceremony, 27th South East Asian Games, Myanmar, and Opening & Closing Ceremonies, 8th ASEAN Para Games, South East Asia’s Paralympics. Held in Singapore. Welcomed 3000 athletes, officials, & head of states from 10 nations. £4m Ceremonies commissioned by Sport Singapore and overseen by Ministry of Culture, Community & Youth. As Communications Director: Honed ceremonies’ bold message of celebration ability of all. Departs from the tone of charity and sentimentalism to disability in the region. Embedded disabled professionals in core team, production crew and on stage. Led team of writers, lyricist & graphic designer, on dramaturgical direction, train hosts & sign-language interpreters, develop contents, tone & aesthetics of programme booklets. As Visual Director: Handpicked & directed 10 Associate Visual Directors, who in turn led other professionals and students (from HEIs, primary and special schools). Total number in team: 40. Two performances played to 7000-strong audience at Singapore Indoor Stadium and 3000-strong audiences at Marina Bay Sands ballroom. Firsts include: live broadcast to 3 countries. Live streaming on Youtube to 600 million in the region and beyond. Incorporation of live interpretation and live captioning. Other outputs: programme booklets (also in Braille) distributed to libraries and films. Impacts: Games set new precedent for disability sport & attitude change in the South East Asia. Games named ‘best ever’. Advanced the disability discourse in Singapore and the region. Arts industry normalising conventions pioneered, including incorporating sign language as performative element. The safety videos of the Singapore Airlines’ now utilise sign language, featuring the signer we ‘discovered’. Commissioned film in official selection of Annecy International Animated Film Festival (France, 2016).
2015: Participatory activity, ANTI Contemporary Art Festival, Kuopio, Finland. Local children aged 7-14 taught ‘masterclasses’ to adults (top age: 85) on playfulness, giggling and new ways to relate to the body, the city and other bodies and mind.
2006: Curated 30-minute programme of Video Art for SIGHT Media Festival in Tokyo for Deaf. Sony building, Tokyo, Japan.
2012: Intern. Department of Paintings, Prints and Drawings, Museum of London.
2009: Curator’s Assistant (voluntary). National Art Gallery, Singapore. 2007: Invited Curator Delhi International Film Festival, India (led programme of works by students and staff of Slade School of Fine Art)
2007: Invited Curator for 7th Cinema South Festival in Sderot, a human rights film festival in Israel (next to Gaza). Led programme of South East Asian films featuring Apichatpong Weerasethakul and others. Held daily discussions, and wrote two essays, including one on the ‘South East Asian cine-essay’.
2004: Led 3 artists at Singapore Art Museum for opening Twilight Tomorrow exhibition. Designed publicity materials, wrote essay on ‘laptop cinema’ movement.
2003-5: Began collaborating and curating programmes through my MA geopolitical-art project ISLANDHOPPING. Tokyo Wonder Site (led 4 artists in performance); ASK Gallery (exhibition, performance & discussion with Fluxus artist Takahiko Iimura, Tokyo, Japan).