Who Are We?
Lungs Project is a non-profit curatorial collective and print publication founded in 2016 by MA Curating graduates of the University of Sunderland. The team currently consists of Angela Wingate-Burdon and Sheyda Porter.
Based simultaneously in the North East of England and the state of Ohio, US, Lungs Project is established as a trans-disciplinary platform to promote the work of underexposed artists, especially those who are from underrepresented ethnic backgrounds. The project focuses on building a nourishing, collaborative community of early career artists by merging contemporary art, design, crafts, and literature to create a dialogue between various disciplines. As an independent organisation, it aims to connect emerging artists with new opportunities while fostering critical thought and experimental methodologies through publishing and curating exhibitions. Lungs Project adopts various publishing models as a curatorial practice to highlight more democratised and decentralised forms of producing and disseminating knowledge.
The inaugural issue of Lungs successfully launched in September 2016 with an accompanying pop-up exhibition "Emerging!" held in Sunderland. The second issue, launched on 4 October 2017 with an exhibition in Newcastle titled "Dialogus". The second issue features thirty artists, filmmakers, and poets based in the North East England. The third issue, focusing on the social and political implications of identity, is dedicated entirely to artists and writers of colour around the world and is due to launch in October 2018.