Bigoa Chuol

Community Arts & Cultural Development

BLACK AFRO DIASPORA PUBLICATION

An online art and literature publication by and for Black African People settled in so-called Australia and beyond.

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Support the development of a digital publication for Black African creatives.

The first in this country’s literary and arts context and developed alongside community consultation. The platform will be grounded in the voices and artistic practices of African creatives, as a move to support our communities in imagining and creating from places that feel important and relevant to us. I am at the beginning of building a space that engages the diaspora in conversations that will revitalise and reconnect us in and through written form, visual art, music and interviews.

In recognition of the power, beauty and importance of developing strong artistic networks that support creatives at various stages of their careers — To do this, the platform will be committed to offering artist fees as remuneration for work featured, providing publishing opportunities, as well as facilitating responsive editorial and curatorial support to contributing artists. In the long term, I see this platform as a preservation of stories and as growing those necessary networks and support systems. In important acknowledgement of the continuous and particular vilification of South Sudanese people, their creative work will be centred.

Funds contributed will go to the research and development costs of building a website and towards the artist fees for published works. Partial grants have been received and are limited to cover the remaining requisite costs.

There are research findings that Black African people (among others) are not present in significant ways in the art sector. They encounter systemic and institutional barriers at different points in their artistic journeys –– from limited institutional support, to inaccessible professional development, mentorship and publishing opportunities. Coupled with an increasingly competitive and limited funding pool that often requires being plugged into insular art networks. Given those specific limitations and in an art sector that is increasingly defunded, the existence of this platform is paramount. Further still, in the immense loss of income due to COVID 19 measures.

The experimentation and practices already happening across various mediums is exciting. Creating this essential space has immense potential as a virtual gathering space that invites transformative ways of making and engaging in art.

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Bigoa Chuol is a Melbourne based published writer, editor and curator. For 2 years, she was the Events Coordinator at Footscray Community Art Centre.

She recently curated a collection of new literary work, published online called ‘FCAC Writes 2020’. The series included writers from Melbourne West and beyond, who explored the impacts of the pandemic through creative fiction, collaborative pieces and reflections.

She also works as an independent Creative Producer with AfroHub, an organisation dedicated to highlighting the work of African Australian creatives in Melbourne.

She co-produced and facilitated a community program for South Sudanese young people about culture, history and gender called ‘Medida and Chill’ in partnership with Cohealth Arts Generator and Next in Colour. Next In Colour is a ground-breaking creative initiative run by Colour Between the Lines (CBTL) a team of five African creative practitioners.

Bigoa was recently hired as a co-facilitator for Creatives of Colour, an online platform and shared space for creative people of colour, by creative people of colour, based on Kulin Country (Melbourne)

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