Hosting Artists 2, Museums Residencies

Joy Gregory the Sweetest Thing

26 May 2022


Delfina Foundation 29/31 Catherine Place London SW1E 6DY
29/31 Catherine Place SW1E 6DY

Organiser: Contemporary Art Society

The seminar CPD Hosting Artists 2: Museums Residencies is a collaboration between the Contemporary Art Society and Delfina Foundation. Together with museum professionals working with collections we ask what it means to host artists in residencies in institutions today. Whether working around a commission, researching a specific part of the collection and expanding the practice in an institutional setting, inviting artists into collections is a crucial part of hosting.

How do we let artists engage in collections in meaningful ways? How can an institution reflect critically on itself through the process? How can institutions be expansive in listening, learning from and giving space to a multitude of perspectives? Ultimately how do we ‘host’ artists in our institutions today?

The first part of the seminar will consist of three presentations by artists and curators who will be sharing their experience hosting and being hosted, after which, we will break into small discussion groups with specific focuses to talk about recent examples of artists engaging with museums. Please be prepared to discuss a recent example linked to the institution you work with.

Speakers will include:

Yazid Anani, Quattan Foundation

Shiraz Bayjoo, Artist

Joy Gregory, Artist


12.00: Arrival.

12.10: Greetings and introductions.

12.10 – 13.15:  Presentations by speakers and moderated discussion.

13.15 – 13:45: Lunch

13.45 – 15.00: Group thematic discussions.

15.10 – 15.30: Final comments.

Spaces are limited to 35 participants.

To reserve a place please RSVP to with a few lines about you would like to discuss.

Travel bursaries are available please send your application with a few lines about why the event is important to your current research by May 18th to

Speakers Biographies:

Yazid Anani is the Head Curator and Director of the Public Programme at A. M. Qattan Foundation. He served as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture and the Master Program in Urban Planning and Landscape – Birzeit University, Palestine between 2007-2016. He chaired the Academic Council of the International Art Academy Palestine 2010 – 2012. He is part of several collectives, and projects such as Decolonizing Architecture, Ramallah Syndrome and has curated and co-curated several projects including: Outside the Archive, Subcontracted Nations, Zalet Lisan, The Facility, Weed Control, Palestine from Above and the 2nd- 6th editions of Cities Exhibition as well as other exhibition in Qalandiya International. Anani has lectured and published internationally on issues of architecture and urban transformations, colonial spaces and power relations, public art and public spaces and art education.

Shiraz Bayjoo is a London-based artist currently working in the Indian Ocean region, whose practice spans painting, photography, and video. Originally from Mauritius, Bayjoo studied at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff. Bayjoo was Artist in Residence at Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK during 2011. Recently, he has been exploring collections in UK institutions relating to the Indian Ocean, and the colonial legacies they continue to resonate and carry today. He hopes to expand dialogues and debate around questions of de-colonisation both in-relation to the collections but also with the historical patrimony of these institutions that hold them. Shiraz has exhibited at: Institute of International Visual Arts, London; New Art Exchange, Nottingham; 5th Edition Dhaka Art Summit; 14th Biennale of Sharjah; 13th Biennale of Dakar; and 21st Biennale of Sydney. He is a recipient of the Gasworks Fellowship and the Arts Council of England. His work is represented in public and private collections both in Europe and Asia.

Joy Gregory is a British photographer of Jamaican heritage. She studied at Manchester Polytechnic (1984) and the Royal College of Art (1986) where she graduated with an MA in Photography. Her practice is concerned with social and political issues often making particular reference to histories and cultural differences, which characterise contemporary society.  In 2002, Gregory received the NESTA Fellowship, which enabled her the time and the freedom to research for a major piece around language endangerment. This marked a more ambitious development in her engagement with the uncovering  of overlooked histories in both her work and practice. Gregory is a renowned educator of 30 years with a wide range of experience from formal to community and elementary schools to Higher Education. She has exhibited all over the world and shown in many biennales and festivals and is also the recipient of numerous awards. Her work is in many collections including; the UK Arts Council Collection, Victoria and Albert Museum, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia, and Yale British Art Collection.


Photo Credit: Joy Gregory the Sweetest Thing


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