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Research

Spaces of African Caribbean Diaspora: Identity, otherness and belonging in contemporary art of Black women artists working in Britain.

Biography

Cat Dunn is a doctoral candidate at DJCAD. She has lived across the world working in business development and logistics, speaking a number of languages. Her first degree was undertaken in New York, and she holds a degree from Glasgow School of Art (GSA) and a Masters with Distinction. Cat intends to publish her PhD thesis with a major publisher after graduation, who have already shown a keen interest in her important subject matter. Currently Cat is also an Associate Lecturer, Chair of Race Champions, and a freelance curator specialising in social art. She has been a trustee for Transmission Gallery and mentor with Thistles & Dandelions. Cat started the GSA PoC Collective to challenge/change the curriculum and bring about a more inclusive environment. In her spare time Cat enjoys skydiving and (qualified) jewellery making.

Her practice is as a freelance curator specialising in social justice, researcher and producer, activist and artist. Cat's work seeks to engage and create dialogue about social Identity as seen through the lived experiences of  marginalized women, and engages additional divisive subjects such as colonialism, slavery, racism and feminism, often investigating those aspects that are all too frequently hidden or misrepresented. The overall basis of her practice is grounded on creating or adding to Black and Marginalized Space and giving a voice to those communities. Her last project Harbinger, investigated the impact of the climate crisis on marginalised communities living in urban areas.

Teaching

Associate Lecturer - Art&Media Cultures(SEM2 21/22)

Associate Lecturer - Introduction to Critical & Contextual Studies

Research

Panel speaker - “Confronting Environmental Crisis: From Policy to Practice” - AAMC conference - 

panel discussion that will offer various perspectives on sustainability and revitalization from policy makers, curators, conservators, and others

Research

Workshop Leader - We Call this Place Home: Art, Place-Keeping and #blacklivesmatter -American Associate of Museum Curator (AAMC) - 

Themes:

How does art create opportunities for people both in their communities and beyond? 

In what ways do YOU use the power of place to ensure a legacy for practitioners representing the Global Majority.

Why is it important for institutions to engage communities at the grass roots level and challenge displacement of culture?

Research

Curator -Harbinger Exhibition -https://www.harbingerexhibition.co.uk/home-1

Harbinger is a multi-layered collaborative research project and hybrid exhibition marrying science and art and featuring women of colour artists, activists, scientists, and medical consultants. The project investigates the impact of the climate crisis on marginalised communities living in urban settings.

Curator - Hair Discrimiation section - The Hair Show - The Horniman Museum, South London

Teaching

Director - InGear DJCAD - University of Dundee

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality

Education/Academic qualification

Unknown, Master of Letters, University of Glasgow

10 Sep 202030 Sep 2021

Award Date: 15 Oct 2021

Unknown, Bachelor of Arts, Glasgow School of Art

10 Sep 201515 Jun 2020

Award Date: 26 Jun 2020

External positions

2022 Professional Alliance for Curators of Colour(PACC)

12 Apr 202215 Feb 2023

Workshop Leader

7 Jul 20217 Dec 2021

Interview, University of Edinburgh

10 Jun 202130 Jun 2021

Engagement Program for International Curators (EPIC)

16 Apr 202115 Apr 2022

Funding Grant, Creative Scotland

30 Mar 202130 Nov 2021

Curator - Hair Discrimination- Hair:Untold Stories

10 Feb 202130 Dec 2022

Keywords

  • DAW Central Europe
  • gender
  • feminist art
  • colonial
  • racial theory
  • Barbados
  • Caribbean
  • NX Arts in general
  • black
  • Africa
  • ethnography
  • curating
  • art-based methods
  • social identity
  • social justice
  • community based research
  • BiPOC
  • women artists