Independent Curators International (ICI) supports the work of curators to help create stronger art communities through experimentation, collaboration, and international engagement. Curators are arts community leaders and organizers who champion artistic practice; build essential infrastructures and institutions; and generate public engagement with art. Our collaborative programs connect curators across generations, and across social, political and cultural borders. They form an international framework for sharing knowledge and resources — promoting cultural exchange, access to art, and public awareness for the curator’s role.
Phumzile Nombuso Twala
A freelance writer, arts practitioner, social and creative entrepreneur, Phumzile also manages various art projects and is an independent curator and convener.
In late February 2017 she gave a short lecture in the Netherlands about The Role of the Sowetan Artist in the 21st Century as part of the Southern Summer School/Northern Winter Workshops. She also co-coordinated a writing workshop at the Critical Studies department of the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam as well as a reading event at San Seriffe bookshop. In 2017 she was selected (as the only emerging curator) for the first Art Source South Africa Artist Career Boot Camp Programme (ACBC), at the Bag Factory and later became the first female curator at Eyethu Art Space, the first commercial gallery in Soweto. She has been actively facilitating networks between various cultural spaces/hubs around Soweto.
In 2018 she was appointed Project Coordinator for the Decolonial Futures Cultural Exchange Programme and was selected for the first Connect Hubs Workshop in Cape Town. In 2019 she was the Facilitator of the Thami Mnyele Fine Arts Awards Information Briefing Sessions and contributed towards Artist biography editing and proofreading for the 2019 Catalogue. At the end of 2019 she will be a Communications and Multimedia Alum of the iconic black arts institution, Funda Community College on completion of the Creative Arts Enterprise Incubation Programme. Phumzile has a BCom (Industrial and Organisational Psychology) (UNISA) and a BA (Honours in Media Studies and Journalism) (WITS.)
The Curatorial Intensive participants of the 2019 Cape Town program will each present their project proposals that they have been developing over the course of the program.read more »
This November, ICI will organize the Curatorial Intensive in Cape Town, South Africa in collaboration with the Institute for Creative Arts at the University of Cape Town. The program will coincide with Infecting the City, the longest running public arts festival in the country, curated by Jay Pather.read more »