Manick Govinda
head of Artists’ Advisory Services; speaking in a personal capacity

Manick Govinda is head of Artists’ Advisory Services and an artists’ producer for the east London based Artsadmin. He works closely with Turner Prize shortlisted artist Zarina Bhimji: Out of Blue (2002), Yellow Patch (2011), Jangbar (2015) and her forthcoming new work Lead White, which will open at Tate Britain in 2018. He is also producing Grace Schwindt’s new long-form film for 2020 and previously produced film works by the award-winning artist Zineb Sedira, co-curated the Town Hall Hotel artworks in Bethnal Green, where he commissioned new works by Peter Liversidge, Debbie Lawson and Claire Morgan to name a few. At Artsadmin he helps emerging artists develop by offering advice, guidance, mentoring, professional development and financial support through Artsadmin’s prestigious artists bursary scheme which has supported over 200 artists since 1998.

Manick was a member of the Mayor of London’s Cultural Strategy Group (2008-16) and former vice-chair of a-n The Artists’ Information Company. He is also a freelance writer and campaigner on free expression and on arts and freedom of movement issues. Govinda is a fellow of the British American Project and a steering group member of the Manifesto Club, where he led the campaign against the UK government’s visa restrictions on non-EU artists and academics.

He is speaking in a personal capacity.

Follow Manick on Twitter @manick62