In early 2015, Aziz Sohail participated in a curatorial development residency at the New Art Gallery Walsall, which was supported by the British Council under the Connecting through Culture Programme.
Aziz Sohail is an independent curator and writer based in Lahore and Karachi. In 2013, he curated Islam Contemporary, a travelling exhibition in the United States of America. Since then he has worked with the Rashid Rana Studio and is currently a visiting lecturer at the National College of Arts, Lahore and part of the team at the Lahore Biennale Foundation.
The residency, over three weeks provided a unique opportunity to address and explore the various dimensions and issues related to contemporary curatorial practice. During this time, Aziz was able to work with the staff of the New Art Gallery, experience the local arts scene as well as get a flavour of museums and galleries in London and Manchester. The residency culminated with Aziz conducting a workshop for school children at the Whitechapel Gallery in London, followed by a presentation and talk at a forum engaging with South Asia on 20 March.
We recently caught up with him; below he tells us of his experience in the UK.