Exodus Crooks is a British-Jamaican multidisciplinary artist, educator, and writer whose practice centres the relationship with self. Observing the results of fractious domesticity, despair and passion, their art tends to appear as questions of self-actualisation and the role that religion & spirituality play in that journey to enlightenment. Based between the Midlands and the North Jamaica, their art exists alongside their educational role. With themes of care, tenderness, and reimagination at the core of their practice, Exodus uses gardening, text, filmmaking & installation to further explore indigenous thought. Their breadth of experience in art and education can be seen in their work with Ikon Gallery, Vivid Projects, The New Art Gallery Walsall, the Film and Video Umbrella, Iniva, and the International Curators Forum.
Orphée Kashala is a UK-based Pan-African and Diasporic Art Curator and Cultural producer. He was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo and currently lives in London. From 2020 to 2021 he worked as a producer at Maokwo in Coventry, and In 2021 he was selected for the Emergence(y) project in Birmingham — an Ort Gallery and ICF residency provision for emerging Curators to develop their practices. He is currently studying a degree in Arts Management at Goldsmiths University of London, where he continues his research in Arts and Culture. Orphée is interested in visual arts, visual cultures, semiotics, and performing arts.
Ort Gallery is a visual arts and poetry organisation based in Birmingham. They are on a social mission to redefine contemporary visual arts by rejecting the sector’s exclusivity, centring access and equity, and providing inclusive high quality art experiences. They support this mission with a care-centred approach and give artists, team members, and participants autonomy over their projects.
Ort believes everyone should have access to high quality art experiences and aims to meet that standard by providing exhibition and professional development opportunities to artists, creatives, and community members. They provide exhibition opportunities to Black and Brown artists, those from working class backgrounds, the LGBTQ+ community and artists with disabilities.
International Curators Forum (ICF) was founded by artists and curators in 2007 to offer a programme of commissions, exhibitions, projects, publications and events that respond to the material conditions and cultural contexts impacting creative practitioners today.