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Jaz stands in front of a cinema screen, holding a microphone. She is wearing glasses, a bucket hat, and headphones. As she gives the event's introductory speech, her scrunchie-wrapped wrist gestures wildly, blurring her hand.

jaz morrison

Jaz is a writer & artist-curator, employing the Afro-Speculative to explore social space, community, culture-building, and storytelling.

 

Utilising performance, digital, installation, and social practice, Jaz intends to bring people together for the purpose of care, relief & understanding.

 

Though her work is often contemplative, she enjoys embracing irreverence and farce too. For Jaz, it's all part of sense– and memory–making.

Jaz is the Founder of creative support collective BRMTWN, and has a studio at Free House.

 CONTACT JAZ 

spotlight

2024

dirty nails (les ongles noirs)
melissandre varin

Curatorial Support

TALKING BIRDS 

'Nesting' Residency & Nestival of Ideas Panel

2023

SERENDIPITY INSTITUTE 

Young Archivist CPD

dankEconogy1_ALIENVillage
sahjan kooner 

Curatorial Support

SONIC SIGNALS
abbas zahedi 

Curatorial Support

2022

WLAA 

Fundraiser Community Award

equations for a body at rest
thenjiwe niki nkosi

Curatorial Support

grand plan fund 

Recipient

IKON SLOW BOAT SYMPOSIUM 

Speaker

2020

WLAA 

Innovation Community Award

The black book 

Campaign & Spotlight

Peep@Stryx 

Residency

MAIA Keep keeping fund 

Recipient

MA INTER-INSTITUTIONAL SYMPOSIUM

Speaker

2016

Heritage Lottery Fund
Routes 2 Roots Outstanding Award: Young Co-Creator

High Sheriff Awards
'Young Person who has contributed to our Region's Cultural and Creative Heritage'

Jaz crouches in front of four giant, incomplete styrofoam sculptures. This was from Emii Alrai's exhibition at Eastside Projects in 2022.
Jaz Morrison stands outside a billboard on Digbeth High Street. Displayed are three of Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi's posters from her 'The Name Game' project, all commenting on the implications of Birmingham hosting the formerly coined 'Commonwealth Games' in contemporary times.

CURATION

The Arkhe: Associate Artist's Lab (2024) with MAIA.

 

GOD-POCKET (2023) with Yusuf Dongo, Trixiebella Suen, Neoliberalizard, Tesha Murrain–Hernandez, Nicola Singh, and Eastside Projects.

'Liminal People': Guided Meditation & Film Night (2023) with Tesha Murrain-Hernandez, Tanazia Gabriel-Fleary, De'Anne Crooks, Amartey Golding, and David Blandy & Larry Achiampong

In Loving Memory of Ronnie: Billboard Project (2023)
with Ethan Fenton, Laura Chiswa, Luke Johnson, Grace Morrison, and Zac Akeem. Thanks to orgs Grand Plan & Word Life Centre

Community Micro-Film Festival (2022) with Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi, Eastside Projects, Civic Square & Film Birmingham

In Loving Memory of Errol (2021-22) with Ikon Gallery & BRMTWN

Mono-Log Sessions (2018-20) with BRMTWN

Culture Catwalk (2017) with Culture Central

community

Raising Black Voices, community art & engagement (2023)

special thanks to Northfield Arts Forum (Naomi Wood) & Raising Black Voices (Ashley Wilson)

Community Micro-Film Festival, community film festival (2022)

special thanks to Eastside Projects, Film Birmingham, Mockingbird Cinema; BRMTWN; filmmakers Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi, Fabio Calundungo, Gugan Gill, Canaan Brown, Brandon Orgill; and panellists Vik Chandla, Courtenay Welcome, Hasan Khan, and Lexia Tomlinson

* Part of Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi's 'Equations of a Body at Rest',

  Best Public Art of 2022 Artsy List & UAP Public Art Highlights 2022

In Loving Memory of Ronnie, community art & engagement (2022)

special thanks to Grand Plan & Word Life Centre
  Read more about In Loving Memory of Ronnie

UNIT*, Black neurodivergence conference (2021)

special thanks to Dead Horse PR, Black Autistics, MKH & BRMTWN

'Happy Fathers Day', promo video (2021)

special thanks to Shea Butter by Be

Project Grime, promo video (2020)

special thanks to SIP, Word Life Centre & BRMTWN

Ode to Grime, promo video (2019)

special thanks to The Grime Archive, BRMTWN & Dead Horse PR

Transatlantic Dialogues, in-conversation event (2019)

special thanks to BRMTWN, Dead Horse PR, Dr Joy White & Professor Emeritus Carolyn Cooper

#TurnUp, voting campaign (2017)

special thanks to Bite the Ballot

Routes 2 Roots, community art & engagement (2015-16)

special thanks to Heritage Lottery Fund & Beatfreeks

commissions

A Cleaner's Lament | Grief, A Love Letter, text (2023)

special thanks to BUILDHOLLYWOOD, Zarina Rossheart, Brenda Hickin, and Grace Ndiritu

Usi's Eye | HOMEGROWN, micro-residency commission (2023)

special thanks to Stryx Gallery & Marcin Sz

MOTHERSHIP | Jet Black Futures, performance (2022)

special thanks to Ikon Gallery, The New Art Gallery Walsall, and Keith Piper

Wolveren Watchmen | OFFSITE 9: The British Art Show (2022)

special thanks to Creative Black Country & Asylum Art Gallery

EARTHSTRONG | Creating Joy Project (2021-22)

special thanks to Stephen Lawrence Research Centre & The Antipode Foundation

Firmament | Ikon Migrant Festival (2021)

special thanks to Ikon Gallery & the Freelands Foundation

Legacy | MAIA: The Spatial Imagination (2021)

special thanks to MAIA and Auden Allen

exhibitions

 

'Summer Camp' (2022, 2023) Members Show

special thanks to Eastside Projects 

'A4' (2021-22) Group Exhibition

special thanks to Oddball Space & Jacob Carter

Black Sands: A History of Black Horror (2021Group Exhibition

special thanks to Sampira & Asylum Art Gallery

Postcard Project (2020) Group Exhibition

special thanks to Artists Responding To...

Unheard (2020Group Exhibition

special thanks to UKII & Jewish Liberal

INSTALLATION/SET

'U & I' (Natasha MacVoy, 2023)

'dankEconogy1_ALIENVillage' (Sahjan Kooner, 2023)

'GOD-POCKET' (Jaz Morrison, 2023)

'Traveller' (Rajni Perera, 2022)

'The Courtship of Giants' (Emii Alrai, 2022)

'EARTHSTRONG' (Jaz Morrison, 2021-22

'Fly or Die' (Fabio Calundungo, 2021

A script read-through, around two long tables pushed together. Jaz faces away from the camera, reading from a laptop in front of her, and listening as various actors read from their paper screenplays.
Jaz Morrison stands in front of a billboard covered in art work she curated for the In Loving Memory of Ronnie project. She offers the camera a huge smile, spreading her arms out to emphasise the size of the billboard.
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