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The Studio is a new contemporary arts space now open at the Horniman, developed as part of the redisplay and redevelopment work with our anthropology collections.

The Studio gives the Horniman the opportunity to put community groups and artists at the centre of our exhibitions and public programme. This new space will be the hub of an exciting new programme of exhibitions, events, and activities, inspired by the anthropology collection and co-curated by the Collective, a group made up of staff, artists and community members from groups involved in creative support programmes across South London.

The Collective

The Collective members collaborating on the 2019 exhibition are:


  • Ahmadzia, a volunteer at Southwark Day Centre for Asylum Seekers (SDCAS) and a kite maker, who came to the UK in 2006 from Kunduz, Afghanistan, and is a refugee.
  • Carola Cappellari, a photojournalism and documentary photography student who volunteered her skills to produce promotional material for the Indoamerican Refugee and Migrant Organisation, a community-led organisation supporting Latin Americans to build secure and integrated lives in the UK.
  • Francis Stanfield, a multi-tasker when it comes to music who describes himself as ‘the original stuporman’. He is influenced by surrealism, films and art, likes ‘anything out of the weird’ and joined the Collective through his involvement with St. Christopher’s Hospice.
  • Godfrey Gardin, from Kenya but living in London, who volunteers with SDCAS ‘because it enriches the community where I live’ and who also has an interest in gardening.
  • Jacqueline Benn, who has a career background in TV programming planning and immersive theatre, and whose interests lie also in the arts, and producing short films. In her spare time she is a keen artist, writer and swimmer alongside her involvement with South East London ME Support Group.
  • Kate Emblen, an artist working across multiple media and art forms including painting, printing, textile art and millinery, who engages with the local community through craft fairs, art trails and collaborative work, including with Arts Network.
  • Katie Schwab, the commissioned artist, chosen by her fellow Collective members.
  • Norin Khanna, a sighted person since birth who lost sight later in life, and is involved with organisations both as a service-user and contributing back as a volunteer in various ways including being part of the Horniman’s Access Advisory Group and advisory panels for other organisations.
  • Satch Chauhan, from Three Cs, a ‘very curious’ person with ‘a lot of passion for anything and everything’ who was born in Nairobi, moving to the UK aged one.
  • Sheila Hepper, a florist who has rediscovered her creative streak through joining St. Christopher’s Hospice Arts team.
  • another member who does not wish their details to be included here.

Critical Arts Group

  • Rebecca Heald - an independent curator with over twenty year's experience working in London and internationally. She is currently co-curator with Tamsin Dillon on The King's Cross Project, a series of major commissions for the King's Cross development site, working for the King's Cross Central Limited Partnership.  She lecturers on Curatorial Practice on Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art in London.
  • Dr Christopher Wright - a visual anthropologist who teaches in the Anthropology Department at Goldsmiths, University of London - in particular on the MA Visual Anthropology programme. He also continues to work in community video and to carry out research on social media and photography in the UK and elsewhere. He has published articles and books on the links between anthropology and contemporary art.
  • Manick Govinda - Programme Director (since January 2018) for SPACE. He was former Head of Artists Advisory Services & Artists Producer for Artsadmin. Govinda developed a number of initiatives for individual artists' support and development, including the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Awards for Artists in 1993-1995, the deciBel Awards for BAME visual artists and the Artsadmin artists bursary scheme.
  • Sarah Cole - a Senior Lecturer on the BA Fine Art at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London. She is also a practicing visual artist whose work engages with pedagogy, performance and place, and takes the form of events, installations, recordings, presentations and publications.
  • Dr Alison Rooke - is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London and Director of The Art of Regeneration Ltd, a social enterprise specialising in researching arts and culture. Alison’s research is concerned the dynamics of participation brought about through arts-led interventions, urban policy and regeneration. I have has a long history of working collaboratively with local communities, activists and cross-sectoral stakeholders in educational and community settings on a local, national and international scale.
  • Gina Buenfeld - is Programme Curator, Exhibitions at Camden Arts Centre, London where she has worked with internationally acclaimed artists since 2009. Her research is concerned with plant ontology, looking specifically at forms of aural and visual abstraction used in spiritual practices to enable contact with and understanding of the energies of plants. On a sabbatical in 2017, she made fieldwork in the Amazon basin, Finnish Lapland, Ireland and the Penwith region of Cornwall.

Support the project

The development of The Studio and the wider anthropology redisplay project has £3.3m funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and the Horniman is raising an additional £1.3m through grant-making bodies and public donations, to complete the project.

To support the project text ‘HORN17 £5’ to 70070 to donate £5, give online at horniman.ac.uk/worldgallery or donate £1 via the contactless reader at the Horniman Museum and Gardens.