We welcome Saziso Phiri as NAEs Associate Artistic Director


We are really excited to welcome Saziso Phiri as NAEs Associate Artistic Director as part of Transform. Help us give a huge welcome to Saziso!

Transform is an 18-month development programme to support global ethnic majority leaders who want to play a leadership role in organisations; as Executives, Curators and Trustees.

Saziso is a Nottingham-born curator and cultural producer. Her curatorial practice is driven by collaboration and exploring new ways of curating and stimulating perceptive dialogues between artists and audiences through exhibitions and interventions.

In 2015, she founded The Anti Gallery, a mobile art platform focused on engaging art outside formal gallery environments. Since launching, the platform she has delivered around 30 events, including exhibitions, performances, artist talks, artist residencies, film screenings and workshops for children and adults.

As a curator and producer, Saziso has worked on exhibitions and programming for and in partnership with several organisations throughout the UK and internationally, which includes Rough Trade, Sadler’s Wells, Nottingham Contemporary, New Art Exchange, Backlit Gallery, Threshold Studios, UK New Artists, Nuart Festival, Sheffield Museums, wallplay and Format International Photography Festival. In addition, she has been a visiting lecturer for BA and MA Fine Art students at Sheffield Hallam University and De Montford University.

Her work has been featured in publications such as The Guardian, Hypebeast, ArtReview, Black Blossoms and Artplugged.

 Sazio’s thoughts on her appointment “I am very excited and honoured to be appointed as Associate Artistic Director, a role that I could only have dreamt of when I first started working as a volunteer in the arts back in 2014. I am looking forward to learning from highly respected leaders from within the city as I develop into become a sector leader, whilst serving communities in my home city, through an ambitious creative programme.”

A word from Saad, CEO and AD New Art Exchange “We are thrilled to welcome Saziso as our new Associate Artistic Director for Transform. Her passion, talent, and dedication to the arts are truly inspiring. Saziso’s journey, from starting as a volunteer in 2014 to assuming this pivotal leadership role, exemplifies the transformative power of the arts. Personally, I am truly excited to have the opportunity to work closely with Saziso over the next 18 months. I am confident that her unique perspective and creative vision will greatly contribute to the success and impact of her season of work as part of the Transform program.”

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