2018 Carstairs Prize < Black Tourmaline > Testing Grounds 2019 / by Torika Bolatagici

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I’m thrilled to announce that I have been awarded the 2018 Carstairs Prize for the Black Tourmaline project at Testing Grounds in 2019.

The Carstairs Prize aims to support socially engaged art projects that embrace participatory and collaborative experiences, bring participants into active dialogue with the artist in order to involve audiences beyond the art community. The annual prize is intended to contribute to artwork production costs to assist the successful applicant(s) to develop and present new work.

It is an absolute honour to receive the 2018 Carstairs Prize. This funding will enable the extension of the Community Reading Room project in 2019. Specifically the presentation of ‘Black Tourmaline’ at Testing Grounds - a site-specific installation and participatory project that invites the public to contribute to an archive of lived-experiences of education over a period of 24-days.

A program of workshops and panel discussions curated by Negro Speaks of Books, Blk School, Mary Quinsacara and this mob will unpack ideas around self-determined spaces for learning, healing and knowledge-sharing outside the academy. Thank you to the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) and Carstairs Prize donor for this wonderful opportunity.

Read more about the prize on the NAVA website and follow the Community Reading Room on Instagram for project updates.

  This project is supported by the Carstairs Prize, funded by a private donor and administered by the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA).  #NAVAgrants

This project is supported by the Carstairs Prize, funded by a private donor and administered by the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA). #NAVAgrants