About DIANA ALI
Born in Rusholme, Manchester to Bangladeshi parents, Diana has a BA (Hons) Fine Art from Nottingham Trent University and a Masters in Contemporary Fine Art Curating/ Practice from Sheffield Hallam University.
As a Visual Artist, she has exhibited regionally, nationally at the TINAG festival, London and Site Gallery, Sheffield and solo at the Airspace Gallery, Hanley. Her international exhibitions include The Library Artspace, Victoria, Australia, The Crafts Fair in San Francisco, The Roaming Biennial in Tehran and the Other Asia’s exhibition ‘ReDo Pakistan’ in Karachi, Pakistan and has had her text based work featured in The Disarmory Newspaper in New York.
Her medium involves fictional writing, drawing, installation, a play on text and direct animation. She is interested in correspondence, collaboration, creating fictional dialogues in her practice and her research explores the use of the met and un-met through curating as an art practice.
Her curatorial projects include directing ‘Up & Coming’ at the CUC in Liverpool, an event showcasing 60 emerging national and international artists, ‘Subversive Correspondence’ featuring fifty artists in London and Bristol and ‘Dialogues: A Fake Romance?’ in Swansea with thirty artists. She has also curated the ‘Defamiliarization’ touring exhibition in London and Sheffield where her work explored artists’ responses from the local to the global. Her current work is an extension of this where she experiments with instructional methods and exchanges. Her recent curatorial practice brings fragments of different cultures in one space, usually un-white cube galleries. To date she has independently curated fourteen shows, more recently internationally with ‘A State of Un-Play’ at Atelier 35 in Romania, ‘Engagement & Entrapment’ in Israel and Cyprus and is due to curate in South Korea.
In addition to being a visual artist and curator, she is also a lecturer, freelance workshop leader, an arts educator and creative mentor. She has lectured at Huanghui University in China and in Italy. She is currently lecturing at Derby College, leading the Pre-Deree Foundation at Grantham College and the Open College of Arts tutoring degree students and where she has written the Level 6 course for Professional Practice. Her current workshops include working with well-being learners at the Nottingham Society of artists and an artist in residence for Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire medieval archeology.
2010 MA Contemporary Fine Art: Curating & Practice
Sheffield Hallam University, UK.
2006 Cert Ed (PG)Derby University
2001 BA (Hons)Fine Art, Nottingham Trent University, UK
1998 BTEC Diploma Foundation Art & Design Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.
Visual Artist, Independent curator, Workshop Leader, Arts Educator and lecturer, Visiting Lecturer, 1-1 Tutor, Creative Mentor, Artist in Residence, External Moderator.