Qanitah Malik
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Qanitah Malik

Artist and Creative ProducerLondon, United Kingdom
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Qanitah Malik

Artist and Creative ProducerLondon, United Kingdom
About me
I am an inter-disciplinary artist and creative living in London advocating for equal access and opportunities for under represented audiences and creatives into the art and cultural sector. Graduating from Mount Holyoke College (MHC), USA, has given me sound background in the liberal arts, with disciplines ranging from Art, Art History, Gender Studies, Sociology, Journalism, and Film Studies. My training as an artist has taught me skills in Painting, Printmaking, Photography and Digital Media Design. Course-work in Anthropology has developed my writing, critical thinking, and qualitative research skills. My interest in the art and social anthropology have kept me abreast of developments in artistic and cultural theory and thought, with a focus on curatorial, and engagement work. Having moved to London in 2017, I recognised a limited number of South Asian communities involved in Art, Museum and Cultural sector and I am passionate to work towards equal access and opportunities in the sector. I have work experience in the art and cultural heritage exhibition and events curation, collaboration and engagement, with independent artists, heritage professionals and organisations. My social art practice with the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A), National Trust (NT), an RQF Level 3 Diploma in Cultural Heritage, and regular museum/gallery visits have all instilled in me an understanding of the systemic issues that need to be addressed in Art access and education. I am interested in building community, deep connections and public dialogue outside of immediate paradigms and boundaries. Making art education more accessible in institutions and communities is one way in which I can see myself positively making change to the problem of lack of access and inclusion.
Projects
  • Documenting, Researching and Representing Collections through Community Participation
    Documenting, Researching and Representing Collections through Community ParticipationThe Collections Trust is based in the UK and works internationally to help museums capture and share the information that gives objects their meaning. Their advice is used around the world to make museum collections more accessible. Through the Collections Trust and Culture& 'Whose Heritage' Research Residency I: - Researched how it can address decolonisation in its information systems - Explored practical steps Collections Trust can take address decolonising collections information, interpre
  • The Experience Shift
    The Experience ShiftThrough the 'Experience Shift', I have been researching, collaborating, and continuing dialogue, with fellow creatives to explore the future of art, cultural and design led immersive experiences and rethinking design processes for richer, deeper interaction and experience. Lead by the House of Cultural Curiosity, the ‘Experience Shift’ is an open-source collaborative research project that serves to deepen understanding of the world and future of immersive design experiences.
  • Chai Dialogues
    Chai DialoguesI Initiated, organised, curated and delivered over 20 events on campus to spread awareness & create dialogue on socio-political issues on the college campus. I also initiated & directed a student presentation of the play Toba Tek Singh by South Asian play wright Saadat Hasan Manto. We followed up with a series of discussions centring the refugee crisis post 1947 partition of the subcontinent.
  • Diffracting Practices
    Diffracting PracticesDiffracting practices was a creative programme curated for art students and recent graduates to create discursive practice and bridge gaps between the academic and professional worlds through networking workshops. I brainstormed, organised and delivered a series of 4 weekly discussions along with curators at Agora Arts Circle. As the general manager at Agora Arts Circle, I provided administrative support for projects through artist research, archival and cataloguing on the systems database.
  • V&A Friday Late
    V&A Friday LateWhere is the space for creativity in the city? In October 2019 the Friday Late headed beyond the museum walls to Hackney Wick, to explore how artists and designers are responding to the changing cityscape around them. Visitors took part in a pop-up creative studio to consider the transitory nature of physical space and experience performances about dwelling and displacement. They found out how creative communities are innovating, growing and claiming space in east London and beyond. This Friday
  • Solo Projects
    Solo ProjectsSOLO is an artist-led showcase to promote unsigned artists of all genres to major galleries within the UK. This is our first issue and was well received by the 150 London based galleries we promoted to. We are currently planning our second and have more exciting artists to join us on our journey into the art world. The SOLO philosophy is to work independently as artists but come together to showcase and promote our work. Link to the magazine: https://issuu.com/soloprojects/docs/solo_magazine_i
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Projects credited in
  • New Museum Schools
    New Museum SchoolsA programme of year-long traineeships, opening up the arts and heritage workforce to the next generation of diverse talent
Work history
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    Database and Research Co-ordinatorNational education union
    London, United KingdomFull Time
    National Education Union is a union campaigning for the teachers, support staff, leaders and pupils in education sector • Support in the planning, programming, co-ordination and delivery of research for the We are London-Living and Educating in London Research Project • Maintain hard and electronic filing systems and databases including research material, member details and casework information on the internal NEU databases • Collate, sort and calculate new joiner data and produce spreadsheet reports from the membership system for senior staff • Assist in arranging, preparing and servicing in house and external regional meetings, courses and trainings
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    Assistant CuratorSolo Projects
    London, United KingdomInternship
    • Catalogue, maintain and update Solo Project data bases containing artist information, call outs and submission • Maintain the group’s email and online accounts (such as those on Curators Space) by contacting and updating artists • Brainstorm exhibition themes, and artist prompts and assist in the planning and delivery of group art exhibitions • Contribute to the production and publication of SOLO Magazine, a magazine representing local artists in galleries around London
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Skills
  • Fine Art
  • Design
  • Research
  • Project Management
  • Administraion
  • Curating
  • Events
  • Creative Workshops
  • Database Administration
  • Illustration
Education
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    Bachelor of Arts (BA) Mount Holyoke College
    South Hadley, MA 01075, USA
    Graduating from Mount Holyoke College (MHC), USA, has given me sound background in the liberal arts, with disciplines ranging from Art, Art History, Gender Studies, Sociology, Journalism, and Film Studies. My training as an artist has taught me skills in Painting, Printmaking, Photography and Digital Media Design. Course-work in Anthropology has developed my writing, critical thinking, and qualitative research skills. My interest in the art and social anthropology have kept me abreast of developments in artistic and cultural theory and thought, with a focus on curatorial, and engagement work.
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    Level 3 Apprenticeship Diploma in Cultural HeritageCulture&
     - London, United Kingdom