Young Curator’s Fellowship Programme

Posted on 13.04.2018

We’re thrilled to be working with Natalie and Layla, who have been selected as Fellows as part of The Young Curators Fellowship Programme.

This ambitious programme will provide an opportunity for students to investigate the relationship between art and science and how creative collaborations evolve between the two disciplines. The programme will include training opportunities on scientific themes as well as practical workshops on project management, communication skills, fundraising, public speaking and social media. Leaders in their fields will run the workshops over an intensive weekend in April 2018.

This year’s Fellows will have involvement and input into Under Her Eye and will explore and showcase the role of women in the science, art and technology of the climate change revolution.

The Young Curators Fellowship Programme forms part of  Surroundings –  a 3-year programme of international artists residencies and exhibitions on environmental themes curated by Invisible Dust, produced by the Humber Museums Partnership and funded by the Arts Council England and Wellcome Trust.

Hi, I’m Natalie.

I’m currently in the final year of my PhD, writing up my thesis which investigates the use of art in the context of social housing. I am also a practising artist in this field. I use a variety of mediums but specialise in installation and solo performance, exploring themes of home, identity, and attachment to place. As both an artist and researcher my work focuses on the relationship between people and their built environment.

I’m very excited to be part of the Young Curator’s Fellowship Programme (YCFP) for the opportunity to collaborate with other artists and thinkers, and learn new skills. However, I am also excited to gain new knowledge about my own practice and ways of working; particularly in terms of public engagement, curatorial logistics, and ways of conversing about social/political/environmental issues through art.

I am really interested in Invisible Dust for their uniquely collaborative approach. This notion of interdisciplinary creating is something that is relatively new to me, having been a solo artist for sometime. The YCFP will enable me to work with Invisible Dust artists, scientists and other partners, drawing on a number of different avenues to explore where my practice could go.


Hello! I’m Layla.

Natalie and I are thrilled to be the newest additions to the Invisible Dust team! We are going to be partaking in the Young Curators Fellowship Programme in association with the University of Hull. I come from a literary background, and I’m currently in the third year of my Literature PhD. My thesis is on waste in twentieth century American literature, and focuses on the ways in which garbage holds value in its capacity to inform and construct history. I look at the representation of waste on landfill and also in the home.

I’m delighted to be part of the YCFP. I have been interested in Invisible Dust since I began my research on waste and garbage, and I am fascinated by the possibilities of interdisciplinary work between the arts and environmental research. I feel like my own interests are a great fit with Invisible Dust due to their concern with the grey area between science and art to help educate people about the environment. The next phase of the Surroundings project on climate change is particularly interesting to me, having studied waste and the environment in Margaret Atwood’s Maddaddam trilogy.

My own research has taken me on a variety of avenues including Literature festivals and public talks, but I am always looking for ways in which I can adapt my work for public engagement purposes. This is all the more important for research based on the waste crisis, which is having such a detrimental and critical effect on the environment. The YCFP will allow me to participate in different forms of public engagement, helping develop the skills needed to have conversations with the public about the importance of this research. I am looking forward to learning and collaborating with the Invisible Dust team!

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