Past Commissions and Partnerships

Krystle Patel Awarded Alumni Commission Award 2024

We are excited to announce Goldsmiths MFA Fine Art graduate (2022) Krystle Patel has been selected for the 2024 Exhibitions Hub Alumni Commission Award, in partnership with LADA and Forma. 

Over the next 6 months Krystle will dig into LADA’s archive and receive mentoring from members of staff at both LADA, Forma and Goldsmiths. Krystle will develop performance work in response to this archival research, presenting the new work at Forma in November. 

“I’m looking forward to working with both LADA and Forma to research staging in performance as part of my long form project Possession. Using LADA’s archives of art writing and experimental theatre alongside the architecture of Forma’s event space, I will develop a performance that plays with light and spatial sound while considering notions of permission and control. 

Possession has evolved from ongoing work into the limitations and violence of the term ‘British – Asian’ as well as frustrations with the current expectations and impositions of the art world with respect to identity politics and fixed notions of being.

Possession here is seen in the multiple, as trance like possession through rhythm, possession of the body and desire, and possession of culture and identity as commodifiable objects. The project seeks to question how immaterial languages can disrupt euro-centric structures and borders, and how movement can be mobilised as a vessel for greater empathy and connection”. 

Krystle’s practice exemplifies what we seek to nurture in our creative students and graduates here at Goldsmiths, and we are enormously proud to support the next phase of its development. 

Past Recipients of the Alumni Commission Award:

Djofray Makumbu, 2021.  

Djofray developed new work in response to the London Video Community Archive and presented his new film and sculptures at South London Gallery. More details of this inaugural commission can be found here

Tara White, 2023. 

Tara undertook archival research at The Women’s Art Library at Goldsmiths and created new work in response to this research, presenting this at Southwark Park Galleries in September 2023. More details here