About

Arts Territory is a not-for-profit arts organisation with a mission to support artists in creating new work. We work across borders and facilitate dialogue between artists, curators and communities internationally. Operating as a nomadic, fluid and open agency, Arts Territory offers a new model of arts commissioning, supporting radical artistic experimentation, research and collaboration, alongside testing new forms of curation and expanding the agency of curating.

With a strong focus on concepts of cultural and national identification and its relation to the idea of territory, Arts Territory is dedicated to exploring new models for artists, curators and large public institutions to work together, and the development of politically-informed, critical discourses.

Arts Territory realises hybrid live events, multidisciplinary exhibitions, festivals and symposia around the globe as well as commissions content online for its journal and online space. Our projects are future-facing and wide-ranging, embracing an independent fluid structure and fostering dialogue across disciplines and borders.

Founded by curator Kasia Sobucka in London in 2012, initially as a vehicle to develop creative links between Polish and UK artists, it is now global in scope reaching beyond particular identities and provides a platform for curators and artists from a variety of backgrounds to work together. Within this spectrum, Arts Territory still continues to on supporting Polish artists living in the UK and working with Polish communities in London.

 

Our supporters include:

Arts Council England
Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage
European Commission - Culture Programme
European Cultural Foundation (TANDEM Turkey - EU, Step Beyond Travel Grant)
Frame Finland
Polish Institute in New Delhi
Polish Institute in Beijing
Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy

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We welcome your interest, suggestions for collaborations and partnerships.

info@artsterritory.org

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We are an independent organisation with a drive to create outstanding and thought-provoking work. We receive support from a range of sources for each individual project.

If you appreciate the type of projects we realise and would like to be involved with developing our pro- grammes, you are welcome to join us as an individual supporter or make a donation through your company or trust. We are always looking to develop mutually beneficial partnerships with both commercial and non-profit organisations in the UK and abroad.

For more information, please email: info@artsterritory.org

Our team of arts professionals, academics and curators that shape Art's Territory vision: 

 

Kasia Sobucka
kasia@artsterritory.org

Kasia Sobucka, a founder of Arts Territory, is a cultural producer and curator whose primary interest lies in the political and social implications of identity, which she regards as depending on a complex mix of factors rather than being defined exclusively by birth or residence. In her practice she concentrates on themes to do with geophysical boundaries, territories, maps and landscapes, and is interested in exploring the theoretical aspects of journeying, within the frames of art history and contemporary art practice. Recently she has focused particularly on themes of diaspora, exile and the slippage between home, belonging and location. Less theoretically, she is interested in the innovative role art professionals might play in local communities while maintaining crucial connections to internationally relevant dialogues in contemporary art. Kasia holds a BA (Hons) degree in Art History from Goldsmiths College and an MA in Culture, Criticism and Curation from Central St Martin’s, London. In 2014 she led the multi-part curatorial project Foreignness of Sound at the ICA and two other London venues, and co-organised and co-curatedNon-Static Depiction, a Finnish residency and exhibition series. Her subsequent curations include Myth (Artisterium, Tbilisi, 2015); Hunger Is/Isn’t, an Object(Karolina Brzuzan’s performative project for the 2016 Kochi Muziris Biennale); A Day of Learning(Diaspora Pavilion, Venice, 2017); and How to Talk to Fascists, a series of live events given during the opening of the 2018 Liverpool Biennale. She also curates experimental music and performance for the Jazz and Experimental Music from Poland festival she initiated in 2012 and is currently working on The Illusion of Return, a commission-based project supported by a scholarship from the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. Between 2017 and 2018 she was one of 10 selected curators to take part in the 22-month Beyond the Frame professional development programme led by International Curators Forum, London.

 

Raffaella Matrone

Raffaella Matrone is a curator and cultural manager. She holds a BA in Economics and Management for Arts and Cultural Activities from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and an MA in Curating and Collections from Chelsea College of Arts. Raffaella’s interest is rooted mainly in the facilitation of the development and support of contemporary artists’ careers, together with a curatorial understanding of the public space as an exhibition space, entailing an involvement of people and communities in the fruition and participatory processes of the Arts. She has been engaged as curator in non-profit environments in various countries, including the NGO Nomad in Zagreb in 2016. Her most recent project was an exhibition with the title // at the Cookhouse Gallery in 2018.

 

Mateusz Surma
mateusz@artsterritory.org

Mateusz Surma holds a BA (Hons) in Music Industry Management and an MSc in Intellectual Property Law from Queen Mary University of London. Mateusz’s interests are primarily focused on the legal aspects of the creative industries. He has advised on copyright, trademarking and music publishing issues for a number of artists and record labels, recently collaborating with Spiritmuse Records. Together with Arts Territory, he organised JEMP(Jazz and Experimental Music from Poland) festival editions in London (2012 and 2013) and Istanbul (2014), Foreignness of Sound(London, 2014), Myth(Tbilisi, Georgia, 2015) and Trackers(Eindhoven, 2017). He is also a founder of the independent label Lanquidity Records which has released vinyl for artists including Speakers Corner Quartet, Mitch & Mitch, Wojtek Mazolewski Quintet and the Sun Ra Arkestra. For the last 10 years the label has been involved in numerous music events in the UK and its records have been aired by BBC Radio 6 Music, Jazz FM, NTS and Worldwide FM.

Enam Gbewonyo
Associate Curator

Artist and curator Enam Gbewonyo’s practice investigates identity, womanhood and humanity through textiles and performance. It also promotes handcraft, using such processes as embroidery, knit, weave, print and wirework. In exhibiting and curating, she has worked with such organisations as Bonhams (2018), TEDxEuston (2015) and the Artist Project Fair (Toronto, 2016). In February 2019 she was commissioned by the Henry Moore Institute and the International Curator’s Forum to deliver a performative response to Senga Nengudi’s first institutional solo UK show. Enam was also a participant in the International Curator’s Forum Beyond the Frame(2017/18), a project developing BAME art professionals.

Passionate about elevating black women artists, in 2015 Enam founded the Black British Female Artist Collective, a platform to support emerging African/Caribbean diaspora women artists in building sustainable careers. Since its launch the Collective have delivered a number of successful projects, including a 2017 Arts Council-funded cross-cultural artist exchange in Ghana and a two-site collaboration with Adidas America and Germany in 2018. Enam further advocates for black women artists as a writer and public speaker and has delivered talks at Leeds University (2018), Oxford University (2018), UAL London College of Fashion (2017/18) and Kuenyehia Art Prize, Ghana (2017), among others. Her thought pieces can be found in the international art publication something we Africans gotand her work has been featured by Pin Africa, BRICKS magazine, Blueprint Africa, MOBO Awards online and Reuters TV.

 

Denis Maksimov
Associate Curator, www.maksimov.eu

Denis Maksimov is a theorist, classicist, futurist, curator and critic researching the phenomena of power in politics, aesthetics and art. He has worked since 2010 with advocacy organisations, government agencies, think tanks and companies on strategy, project development and the EU-Russia dialogue. His curatorial, research and artistic projects have been presented at institutions in Europe (including London’s Victoria & Albert Museum and Venice Biennales), Russia, the Middle East, and  North and South America. He is a co-founder of Avenir Institute, a think-do tank with a focus on critical analysis of potentiality in futures. He is a Future(s) of Democracy visiting lecturer at die Angewandte (Vienna’s University of Applied Arts); a co-convenor of Perverting Power Vertical, a transdisciplinary research seminar at University College London (UCL); and lectures regularly at conferences and other events. He has been a resident at U-jazdowski Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw, Projeto Fidalga in Sao Paulo, Critical Mass in St Petersburg, Fire Station in Dublin, and elsewhere. His writing on politics and art has appeared in book chapters and magazines including Doppiozero International, Ocula, Moscow Art Magazine, EURACTIVand many others, and he has written a regular column (Poliaesthetica) for the Brussels Times since 2014. His first book, The Problems in Communication between Government and Business in Contemporary Russia, was published by URSS (Russia) in 2009