Looking for a richer understanding of contemporary Africa’s dynamic design and creative landscape?
If you’re looking for a richer understanding of contemporary Africa’s dynamic design and creative landscape, I’ll provide direction, context, products, research, even introductions.
Advising On African Design
The African continent is vast and diverse. It comprises 55 recognised states, all of them contributing differently to the continent’s rich, expressive, and thriving creative culture. I’ve been exploring, researching, watching, and meeting the creatives who are making their mark in the world of African Design. They are fascinating individuals with compelling stories.
If you find you need a deeper understanding of Africa’s dynamic design and creative landscape for your cultural organisation, museum, gallery, event, retail business or educational institution, the Atelier Fifty Five Consultancy and Guest-Curation service is the perfect start.
I like nothing better than seeing a fruitful partnership bloom from one of my connections.
I would be delighted to guest-curate your exhibit or industry event.
These are a few of my most-recent exhibits as curator or guest-curator. Enjoy!
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|Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair – GUEST CURATOR|
Appointed 2017 guest curator for the Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair’s Well Made in Africa showcase, hand-selecting 5 exquisite Well Made in Africa exhibitors from the African continent. Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair is a leading showcase of high-end artisanal design and food and wine.
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The idea of inviting Tapiwa Matsinde as co-curator of our project PURE GOLD arose from the knowledge of her book: Contemporary Design Africa. This book seemed to me to be a very profound documentation of the contemporary design scene in Africa. And indeed, Tapiwa has done a really good job of proposing exactly the examples that documented and confirmed the central idea of our touring exhibition at an exceptional level. Tapiwa's proposals highlighted another very important aspect of the design: all of these works are very typical, they all reflect the characteristics of the region from which they originated.
Thank you for all your contribution to promote African design and designers. You are part of the reason why I revived my passion in design ... which I [had] stepped away from for more than 5 years.
It was a pleasure working with Tapiwa. She was professional, incredibly well informed. Her depth of knowledge and sincerity on the subject is hard to come by. The level of curation was impeccable, due to her well-researched selection of designers, as well as a genuine belief in the talent she put forward. Not only is her work 'good on paper' but, the relationships she builds with designers all over the continent and from the diaspora through her work is telling of her genuine passion and pioneering spirit in the area of African Design. It was an absolute privilege to work with her and hope to work together again in the future.
Working with Tapiwa was wonderful, effortless and very informative. You give us designers’ platforms and opportunities to grow and share our brand with new cultures that otherwise would not have the chance to see our work. Selecting me to showcase at Sanlam gave my brand the international exposure it needed to grow. It allowed me to meet other designers from the African continent that are doing amazing things in the world of design, and creating those relationships was priceless!
Engaging, informative, impassioned and stirring. Ask me about presenting at your event.
I have been
Invited to be a panel speaker at Flow of Forms / Forms of Flow exhibition at Museum für Völkerkunde Hamburg, speaking about my book and the work I do in promoting contemporary African design.
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|Creative Mornings, Johannesburg – PANEL SPEAKER |
Invited to be a panel speaker at a special edition of Creative Mornings Johannesburg, held at the Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair. For further information about
|Digital By Design – CO-MODERATOR |
Co-led three interactive blogging sessions discussing creativity and the creative process. London Design Festival event held at the V&A’s Sackler Centre.
|Creative Challenge / Ma UCA Epsom – SYMPOSIUM SPEAKER |
Presented related MA research to industry professionals and students. University for the Creative Arts (UCA) event, held at the Kensington Rooftop Gardens, London.
He who learns teaches.