Artist Talk: Shawanda Corbett

Event Details

Event Date and Time

Tue, Apr 30, 2024
12 to 1 pm

Tickets and Reservations

Free. Reservations required.



A brightly lit, yellow pedestal composed of four increasingly smaller stacked circles supports multiple thin, vertical ceramic vessels. It occupies the foreground of a barrel-vaulted gallery space with a blue-toned video projected on the back wall. The video shows a single figure in profile posed in the shape of a backward “s.”
U.K.-based “cyborg artist” Shawanda Corbett talks pottery, performance, jazz, and the “complete body.”

Event Description

About the Event

During this virtual program, meet artist Shawanda Corbett (b. 1989), whose pottery, painting, performance, film, and photography reframe notions of gender, race, and the “complete body.” Raised in Mississippi and now based in the U.K., the self-described “cyborg artist” draws on influences ranging from Japanese and West African ceramic traditions and jazz music to cyborg theory and her lived experience as a differently able-bodied Black woman.

Corbett joins NMWA Director of Education and Interpretation Deborah Gaston for a wide-ranging conversation to share insights into her multidisciplinary creative practice, affinity for music, and desire to foster empathy and inclusivity.

About the Artist

Shawanda Corbett holds a PhD in fine arts from the Ruskin School of Art at Oxford University. She recently received a prestigious Turner Bursary prize (2021), had her first solo exhibition in the U.S. (2022), and represented the U.K. at the Venice Biennale (2023).

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CART Captioning

This event will have Communication Access Real-time Transcription (CART), in which a professional transcribes the speech and non-speech audio information to text. The text will be displayed in the event video window, and attendees can turn captioning on or off throughout the program.

Accessibility Inquiries

If you are unable to register online or would like to indicate any accessibility services you require, please email Two weeks’ notice to request accessibility services is appreciated but not required. We will make every attempt to fulfill requests.