Curating Development: Filipino migrants' investment in Philippine futures

Lead Research Organisation: Goldsmiths College
Department Name: Anthropology

Abstract

Around the world, people, mainly women, leave their home place in lower income countries to take care of people and look after other people's homes in higher income countries. This project investigates one group of migrant care workers, women from the Philippines, who live and work in London and Hong Kong, two important destinations for Filipino migrant care and domestic workers. Our aim is to use art events and public exhibitions to increase migrant welfare in the places they live and work and enhance the benefits of migration for themselves, their families and their home country. The work that these migrant domestic and care workers undertake elsewhere enables them to build houses and invest in the future of family and loved ones who are left at home. More broadly their remittances collectively account for a significant percentage of GDP in their home country. Scholars debate whether those remittances contribute to longer term development. However, they generally agree that the development benefits of migration would be substantially greater if migrant rights to a fair wage and good working conditions were protected and if migrants invested not just in personal consumption but in sustainable social and economic enterprises.

Working closely in collaboration with our non-academic partners, community based and charitable organisations in London, Hong Kong and Manila, we will run a series of art events and public exhibitions about Filipino migrant care workers. Migrant care workers themselves will be centrally involved in producing and curating the art events and exhibitions. First, using photographic and collage techniques with objects and images from social media, camera phones, posted photographs and personal collections, we will ask migrants to illustrate both their experiences as migrant care workers living abroad and their contributions to development in their home country. We will use the images they produce to engage migrants in conversations both about their everyday concerns and welfare needs and about their future aspirations for themselves, their families and their home country. Second, working with both migrants and our non-academic partners, we will select some of the images they produce to be professionally printed and displayed in a series of public exhibitions to be held in each city. We will also commission two original pieces of art work from Filipino visual artists residing in London and Hong Kong respectively to contribute to the exhibition.

Together, the images and art works created and displayed at those events and exhibitions will help to raise public awareness about the vital work that these migrant care workers perform and help us show that by protecting migrant rights and ensuring their welfare we enhance the welfare of those that they care for both in home and in host countries. The art and public exhibitions, together with the workshops we organize around the exhibitions, will also generate discussions among migrants and with policy makers and collectively enable them to identify new ways to increase the longer term benefit and development impact of migrants' investments.

Scholars and activists have for some time now actively sought to challenge the view that migrant care and domestic workers are simply 'maids to order' . That has led to a better appreciation for the skills these women acquire and the creativity they exercise in overcoming different sorts of social boundaries and cultural barriers. However, those migrant care workers are still largely left out of conversations about migration and development in their home country. Through novel use of art and public exhibitions this project will bring these creative and resourceful people into that conversation and jump start those long overdue dialogues about development.

Planned Impact

This project is concerned with the welfare of Filipino migrants, the people directly dependent on them and the impact they make on development in their home country. Through art events and exhibitions we seek to make visible the relation between migrant welfare and development impacts in home country and enable new ways of conceiving migrants' contribution to both households and home country. The potential beneficiaries of this project are:

1. Filipino migrant care-workers.

The first beneficiaries of our work will be the migrants who participate as co-curators in the community based art events. Producing and curating visual images of their material contributions and investments they make in the Philippines will afford opportunity to creatively reflect on their conceptualisations of development and identify new ways their collective contributions to the public good may be enhanced and better supported by government and third sector organisations.

2. Project partners and other community based migrant organisations in London and Hong Kong.

The participation of Kanlungan (London) and Enrich (HK) in organising the planned community based art events will both encourage, and provide models for, an expanded use of art and other performative events to stimulate critical conversations about the relation between migration and development that can be extended to other similar community based organisations. The events aim also to increase migrant participation and investment in the work of these civic organisations that provide vital welfare services for their constituents but frequently struggle to find the resources needed to continue their work.

3. Project partner in the Philippines - Scalabrini Migration Center (SMC).

For the SMC participation in organising the project exhibition opens up a new visual and curatorial strand to its long established work as an independent producer and repository of migration literature. Printed and digital images for the exhibition will be deposited with the SMC and encourage the development of a new archive of visual culture focused on migration and development in the Asia Pacific.

4. Policy makers and migrant advocacy groups in the Philippines.

The principle benefit for policy makers and advocacy groups are threefold: a) an enhanced awareness of the work of community based migrant organisations in London and Hong Kong and the issues facing Filipino migrants; b) better appreciation of the range of migrant investment in the Philippines; and c) opportunity to consider what sorts of policy changes might be necessary to enhance migrant welfare and increase opportunities to contribute to development processes in the Philippines.

5. Impact on arts practitioners and museums in the multidisciplinary field of visual art.

The exhibitions in London, Hong Kong and Manila will include curated images from the community art based projects and work commissioned from Filipino artists. Together the exhibitions will encourage art practitioners to consider how and in what ways visual arts might become involved in dialogues about migration and development. More broadly this project proposes an alternative to how anthropological museums and exhibitions deal with contemporary forms of mobility and cultural diversity: usually objects from the stores, dealing with the lives of past peoples. Our project will encourage museum and galleries to consider their role in dialogues about contemporary development.

6. General public impact:

The exhibitions, workshops and discussions held as a part of this project in London, HK and Manila will be open to the public. This project aims to increase interest in and understanding of the relations between migration and development, as well as to raise awareness both about the constraints that migrants face and about the creative cultural practices that enable them to overcome the obstacles they face and contribute to their home country.

Publications

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Title Beds and Sheds - Installation 
Description Curating Development London Beds, Sheds and Geographies of Dis-connections Digital Print 2017 Filipinos are the tenth-largest group of migrants to the UK from outside Europe. About 220,000 Filipinos live in the UK. Most are citizens or have leave to remain and many are professionals, employed as engineers, managers, and academics, as well as working in the care sector. In London, workshop participants were mainly care and domestic workers on temporary work visas. In London, back garden sheds are sometimes turned into makeshift housing for people with limited resources whose immigration status prevents them from accessing state benefits. From beds in sheds people nest and nurture their ideas and investments, making futures for themselves and their families in the UK and the Philippines. People stockpile cash to remit across the counter on the high street. Rooms are crowded with stuff. Some of the stuff comes from car boot sales and charity shops, some is newly purchased. Outside, washed car boot finds hang on the clothesline. Inside, people are surrounded by boxes-being-packed. Migrants do not always have a recipient in mind for the things they send home. Back in the Philippines, their families open their boxes with mixed feelings. Sometimes, it is joy; other times, frustration. Stuff not only bonds but also clutters relationships, creating both connections and dis-connections. 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact Beds and Sheds was produced by the Curating Development Project team for the Beyond Myself exhibitions (detailed elsewhere on ResearchFish) 
URL https://www.facebook.com/curatingdevelopmentphilippines/photos/pcb.1287582618009523/1287582258009559...
 
Title Beyond Myself - Goldsmiths 
Description An exhibition of artworks created by Filipino migrants in London and Hong Kong 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact Invitations to travel and expand the exhibition and to replicate the methodology with other migrant groups. 
URL https://www.gold.ac.uk/calendar/?id=11170
 
Title Beyond Myself - Vargas Museum, University of the Philippines, Diliman 
Description An exhibition of artworks created by migrant workers from Hong Kong and London, installed at the Vargas Museum, University of the Philippines,Diliman, Quezon City, Manila. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Enquiries on ressearch methods and results from industry, government agencies and third sector organisations. 
URL https://www.facebook.com/events/1997064567209534/
 
Title Beyond Myself Hong Kong 
Description Beyond Myself Hong Kong was one of a series of itinerant exhibitions arising from Curating Development and which followed on from successful exhibitions in London and Manila. The exhibition was widely covered in media, both print and radio, e.g. https://www.facebook.com/NoreenMirRTHKradio3/videos/cristina-cayat-noemi-manguerra-and-cecil-eduarte-from-guhit-kulay-a-hong-kong-ba/1775704275825175/ https://www.facebook.com/HKBadger/videos/beyond-myself-art-exhibition-by-migrant-filipino-workers/1903450699706737/ http://www.sunwebhk.com/2018/04/hk-art-exhibit-featuring-works-of.html https://www.scmp.com/culture/arts-entertainment/article/2143497/filipino-domestic-worker-art-exhibition-hong-kong-shines https://www.sassyhongkong.com/events/beyond-exhibition-migrant-domestic-worker-artists/ https://thehoneycombers.com/hong-kong/event/beyond-myself-exhibition/ https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/04/24/event-filipino-domestic-workers-showcase-art-free-exhibition-alongside-helper-documentary-screening/ https://lifestyle.inquirer.net/292795/filpino-domestic-helpers-tell-their-stories-through-art-in-hong-kong-exhibit/ https://twitter.com/suyinsays/status/991697991399497730 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact The exhibition shifted public perception about Filipinos who live and work in Hong Kong as evidence by the reporting on the event. 
URL http://www.enrichhk.org/2018/05/kicking-off-beyond-exhibition/
 
Title Exhibition: Curating Development - Keele University 
Description A staging of the Beyond Myself exhibition in the UK for a university and community audience. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Attracted over 1200 visitors in a central campus location, largely undergraduate students and staff. Led to an invitation to provide training on curatorial methods to postgraduates through the ESRC's Northwest Doctoral Training Consortium. 
URL https://www.keele.ac.uk/discover/events/2018/april/exhibitioncuratingdevelopment/eventtitle,197173,e...
 
Title Guhit Kulay - Four Canvases 
Description Guhit Kulay are Filipino artists working as domestic care workers in Hong Kong. Their artworks, produced for Curating Development, were inspired by the objects, images and stories shared during the workshops in Hong Kong. Ruby Timtim, Guhit Kulay Box of Love Oil on Canvas 2017 Most migrants send packages to their family back home. It is a sign of love, and in exchange of their absence they shower their love ones with material things. Noemi Manguerra Back to my Roots Oil on Canvas 2017 In Benguet in the Northern part of the Philippines lies the Cordillera mountain ranges where life is slow. No concrete roads, no electricity but abundant tress, fresh rivers and vast land to cultivate. A migrant's aim is to go back to her roots and use the land that promises fresh produce. Christina Cayat Investments Oil on Canvas 2017 A visible sign of development in migrants' journeys is when they are able to set up a business after or even while working abroad. A participant of the Curating Development in Hong Kong set up a free range chicken business in her hometown Iloilo. And another started raising pigs in her backyard assisted by her family. Cecil Eduarte Faith Oil on Canvas 2017 Most of us migrants brought one or two of our important possessions. One would bring a Bible, a rosary or both. It means a lot to us when we travel afar. It reminds us that wherever we are, we are being taken care of by our faith and belief. It makes us feel safe and nurtured while we are away from our family. 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact Guhit Kulay art works have been included in the public exhibitions in London, Manila and (soon) Hong Kong. 
 
Title High Rise 
Description Curating Development Hong Kong High Rise Digital Prints on Foamex Boards 2017 In Hong Kong, one in eight households employs a migrant domestic worker. Of the 335,000 documented people working as domestic workers, just over half (53%) are from the Philippines. People working as domestic workers must 'live in' and their condition of stay as foreign residents is tied to their employer. Lack of personal space is exacerbated by employers' use of surveillance cameras to monitor domestic workers. On their days off, Filipinos recreate places of rest and solidarity outside the house in public space. Inside the house their incessant work and intimate labour are also devoted to people and households elsewhere. Many workshop participants in Hong Kong were from the Cordillera region in Northern Luzon. In addition to spending on health and education their investment projects frequently focused on rural livelihood strategies. Financial literacy training provided by Enrich opens doors to other creative opportunities and encourages women to invest also in themselves. 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact High Rise was one of artefacts produced for Beyond Myself exhibitions by the Curating Development team (exhibitions detailed elsewhere on ResearchFish). The cover visual for Curating Development's Facebook page includes a short video response to High Rise as exhibited at the Vargas Museum, Manila by a returned migrant domestic worker. 
URL https://www.facebook.com/curatingdevelopmentphilippines/
 
Title Nathalie Dagmang - Three Artworks / Installations 
Description Nathalie Dagmang was commissioned to work with the Curating Development project team in London, alongside of her art residency at Liverpool Hope University. As a result of the affiliation with Curating Development, she produced three works that were incorporated into the Beyond Myself exhibitions in London, Manila (and shortly) Hong Kong reported on elsewhere in ResearchFIsh. I'm Coming Home to Stay Nathalie Dagmang Digital Video 2017 These short films talk about place and the domestication of everyday actions such as praying, walking, driving, talking and watching soap operas. The music points to ideas of belonging while living a life elsewhere. Tagalog words and soundtrack dress British urban landscapes. The videos invite us to sing along. Karaoke subtitles allude to ideas of up-lifting from hard work, the burden and chores of life. One of the songs, titled Manila and sung by the Philippine-based band Hotdog, talks about an OFW (overseas Filipino worker) who has been to many countries and yet still misses the street noise, speeding jeepneys and beautiful people of Manila. Nathalie Dagmang Portrait of My Aunt from Overseas Paper and Card 2017 My Aunt is a nurse in Arizona, USA. I only get to communicate with her during Christmas when she flies back to the Philippines and on my birthdays, whenever she sends a greeting card. She never had a family of her own, maybe because of the pressure to provide for my other uncles and my aging grandparents. My sisters and I have never become close to her and we only knew her as the aunt who always sends us gifts and birthday greeting cards. In the Philippines, the OFW (Overseas Filipino Worker) sometimes becomes this estranged member of the family who is only recognized through her gifts and letters/cards. Nathalie Dagmang Padala Rope and Found Objects 2017 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact These commissioned art works were part of the Beyond Myself exhibition in London, Manila and (soon) Hong Kong reported on elsewhere in ResearchFish 
 
Title Things That Travel 
Description Curating Development Things that travel 24x Digital Images People who move to live and work elsewhere create traffic in objects. The things Filipino migrants send back and bring with them show their deep attachments to the Philippines. Money is the main thing migrants send home. They carried around paper money to remit. And they also had receipts from banks and remittance companies. Some of the things carried back and forth were evidence of livelihood strategies or investments, for example, in local cooperatives. A manicure set means a migrant manicurist can always earn money. Carpentry tools support family back home to become a self-employed carpenter. Soap is the product of a news business, set up with remitted earnings. People who had purchased land carried the title documents and/or photos of their plot with them. Some had booklets documenting their investment in financial plans. Migrants sent mementos home and carried mementos with them. They bought these for themselves in the UK and shipped them home to enjoy later or to share. Most carried important personal items, especially family photographs and religious material. Pasalubong are gifts that share a taste of places visited and a glimpse of their lives in the UK or Hong Kong. Migrants also brought with them gifts of food that carried the 'taste of home' for each other, like dried fish or purple yam candy: an affectionate symbol of embodied care and proximity. Sometimes they carried gifts given to them by employers, objects new and used. 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact Things that travel were framed digital images arising from Curating Development workshops in London and Hong Kong photographed by Nathalie Dagman (London) and Guhit Kulay artist, Ruby Timtim. The framed images were part of the Beyond Myself exhibitions in London, Manila and (soon) Hong Kong (detailed elsewhere in ResearchFish) 
URL https://www.facebook.com/curatingdevelopmentphilippines/posts/1286213818146403
 
Description Curating Development's three key objectives are to:
1) Assess the existing range of Filipino migrants' contributions to and investments in their home country through community-based visual arts workshops.
2) Elicit reactions to this artwork to catalyse conversations among Filipino migrants and with public policy makers about alternative investment possibilities in different social and economic enterprises and identify potential obstacles migrants face in making those investments.
3) Curate and exhibit the resulting images to raise public awareness of migrants' contributions internationally and facilitate discussions with academics, activists and development policy makers nationally and internationally.
Thus far, Curating Development activities have addressed these objectives by:
1) Completing a series of three community based visual arts workshops with Filipino migrants in each of London and Hong Kong. These six workshops have produced:
a) approximately 100 visual and artefactual items that demonstrate and materialise Filipino migrants' contributions to and investment in the Philippines.
b) completing and analysing a detailed questionnaire with 42 arts-workshop participants on their investments and the obstacles they have encountered in contributing to development.
c) commissioning new artworks from Filipino artist, Nathalie Dagmang and Guhit Kulay, an art collective based in Hong Kong in response to the workshops.
2) Using the visual material and artwork produced in workshops and by the commissioned artist to:
a) produce new visual artefacts & installations
b) hold a series of pop-up exhibitions in the UK and the Philippines
c) curate visual and artistic material in a series of formal public exhibitions in London, Manila and Hong Kong. The exhibitions have been well received and attended and reported on in a national daily in the Philippines.
3) Beginning to elicit reactions to and catalyse conversations with migrants, policy makers, third and private sectors about migration and development, notably through the following:
a) convening 'Conversations on Domestic Worker Migration: Beyond Business as Usual' organised by project partners Scalabrini Migration Center in Manila, 20 February that followed the launch of the Beyond Myself Exhibition at the Vargas Museum.
b) publishing a public engagement piece in 'The Conversation'.
c) holding initial discussions with partners about follow on funding to extend impact orientated activities.
4) In addition, we convened an academic seminar series at Goldmiths, drawing together speakers internationally to consider the ways that arts and curation can contribute to extending critical discussions about and practices of development beyond the specific context of migration and development.
Exploitation Route Our project is not yet complete: there is further analysis to be done to assess the range of migrant contributions and identify the conditions under which they are best able to invest in productive enterprises. We will report on that in the future in academic publications and other public outlets, including research fish, and further work to build on and extend the pathways to impact that we have begun at this point in the project cycle in order to identify the best ways our findings can be taken forward. We will also be mounting a virtual exhibition on the project web site.
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Financial Services, and Management Consultancy,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections

 
Description The impact generated by Curating Development to date is as follows: 1. The project has had an immediate impact on participating artists in the Curating Development exhibitions, leading to further commissioned work, exhibitions and recognition and awards. For example, the artist collective Guhit Kulay were commissioned to illustrate a UNESCO publication in Hong Kong and one of their new members, recruited through the success of the Beyond Myself exhibition, was nominated for the Hong Kong Human Rights Arts Prize 2018. https://www.facebook.com/guhitkulay2017/posts/335741497009617?__tn__=C-R Guhit Kulay have also collaborated with Philippine Artist in Resident at the Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile (CHAT), Alma Quinto, both on a series of public soft sculpture installations entitled 'Blackman & Me' at Statue Square, Hong Kong in November, 2018. The work was also exhibited the opening of the CHAT Art Centre in March, 2019. Guhit Kulay have most recently invited to participate at another exhibition at the Hive Spring Arts space in Hong Kong in 2018, reporting to the project team, 'You all started this and now we are continuing the journey'. Another contributor to the Beyond Myself exhibition, photographer Joan Pabona was named photographer of the year by the US based Gawad Amerika Awards, 2018, and has featured in a number of subsequent exhibitions in Manila and Hong Kong, including most recently, 'Empathy in a Click', a solo photo exhibition at the Philippine Consulate in Hong Kong: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLyfZ-gGwns 2. Curating Development has challenged public perceptions of Filipinos living and working in Hong Kong and London by changing the discourse about them in mainstream media. Stories that circulate in public about migrant domestic workers focused previously on their position as people working in domestic employment and social issues associated with that system of care and labour. The Beyond Myself exhibitions were widely reported both in print and on the radio and foregrounded both the creative capacities and wider contributions that Filipino people make both in home and host countries. In Hong Kong, for example, the Beyond Myself exhibition was the subject of four radio interviews and feature articles in a number of leading newspapers, including the South China Morning Post and interviews on Radio and Television Hong Kong Channel 3 (for list of media coverage please refer to outputs). 3. The project brought together NGOs, Artists and Academics in new ways that have had an impact on shaping NGO practice. For example, project partners Enrich HK, have as a result of the arts based workshop and exhibition, recognised the importance of art and creative practice in affectively engaging people and report that will inform both training and public engagement programmes in the future such as, for example, their participation in 'migrant stars' campaign: http://www.enrichhk.org/2018/12/announcing-2018-migrantstars/ In London, project partners Kanlungan, built on the arts based workshop methodology developed by the Curating Development project team to secure funding for, and run a series of arts based workshops on mental health and well-being. Entitled Curating the Mind, the end point of the project is a public exhibition of that work in March 2019 at the Stratford Library: https://www.curatingthemind.com/ In Manila, the curating development project for the first time brought together the Scalabrini Migration Center and the Vargas Museum to create a new space for conversation and engagement between academics, artists, the private sector and policy makers: the bringing together of those communities has been further extended and materialised through the accession by the Vargas Museum of the Guhit Kulay paintings that formed part of the Beyond Myself exhibition and which are now housed, on loan, to the Philippine Migrants Rights Watch, a network and umbrella organisation for 'the recognition, protection and fulfilment of Filipino migrants' rights - both in the Philippines and abroad during the entire migration process'. https://www.facebook.com/curatingdevelopmentphilippines/posts/1745744092193371?__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARCNBgYZKSCdKeWurfAS_pU5Ss166uT3sPxYeZCbX9F7I7knsaVy8pCGkanKdWLNo2ZXCIJ3Bb6SMiiNuiRGsbbQEzhWRM1Oen3bl5S6kvDVJRmegoe2yu2RVdASpUFfIFUXMA1c46oA7HF17SadvAVLOHmcir5GkzrKDK90cNESnY3v7sTRs3oi-ZVTemPBct0NGf3rc_9-pCiRa78t4HS0Vpa4wvL7Sh8qsuXTGNfo-HYzznyqDtm7Jyp_WiHVVxluLD-Gn1D5tQ4LClYYlnLXFOlp-aeLURFvZBr27cUUFNvBEu0wGbOPMpt0VUK9w-MiZiFwIPMVoaBDkmwQfMRHL0tX&__tn__=-R Curating Development will be working with PMRW and Vargas on developing a new follow on funding bid to extend the impact arising from the Curating Development Project.
First Year Of Impact 2018
Sector Creative Economy,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Economic

 
Description Exhibition project from NGO partner: Curating the Mind
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Our NGO partner adapted the curatorial methods we developed to undertake an arts-based project on migrants' mental health.
URL https://www.kanlungan.org.uk/current-project
 
Description Gave evidence to Filipino govermment officials, researchers and journalists on the impact of remittences to the Philippine's economy
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Gave evidence to Philipine's Ambassador in the UK about the contributions of migrant domestic workers to the Philippine's economy
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description Research & Enterprise Committee Funds, Goldsmiths, University of London, 2017
Amount £1,771 (GBP)
Organisation Goldsmiths, University of London 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2017 
End 07/2018
 
Title Elicitation of mobile phone personal archives of images in discussions on development abroad 
Description This method allowed researchers to discuss what development is, starting from images that they stored on their mobile phone on their personal projects of investment in the Philippines. During several workshops organised in London and Hong Kong, people of Filipino background, shared with researchers images from graduation ceremonies (to talk about investments in the education of their children or of other children in extended families), images with renovated houses or houses under construction (to talk about investments in the construction sector), images with plots of lands and crops (about investments in agriculture) and also images with themselves (as investment in the improvement of the self through work, travel experience and education). These images were printed in large formats (A3) and people were allowed to comment on them using markers. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact The people who took part in these workshops managed to communicate very complex ideas and economical calculation about their projects of investments. 
URL https://www.curatingdevelopment.com/
 
Title Elicitation of objects that travel (from/to home countries and work contries) in discussions about development 
Description In workshops organised in London and Hong Kong, together with our NGO partners, we have asked people of Filipino migrant origin working abroad to tell us stories about the objects they send to their home countries, and objects they brought with them. Where possible, people were invited to bring few of these objects to be photographed. Selection of these images became part of our artistic interventions in London, Hong Kong and Manila. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Bringing in objects to talk about allowed people to open themselves and talk about sensible issues, with more easiness. This method allowed for sensible stories to be told and gathered, but also for subsequent questionnaires to be filled in where very important data about local and regional trends in the remittance culture in the Philippine, as well as in relation to work countries was corroborated. 
 
Description Curating Development Museum partnerships 
Organisation University of the Philippines
Department Jorge B Vargas Museum
PI Contribution The contribution made by the research team to the Vargas Museum include introducing new community based partners to the museum and facilitating dissemination of museum activities via the participation of the Museum director, Prof Patrick Flores, to the seminar series, Curating Development, convened by research team in Autumn, 2017 at Goldsmiths, University of London
Collaborator Contribution Contribution of the Vargas Museum was to make available exhibition space and facilitate the production of the Beyond Myself exhibition in Manila, together with a series of associated activities around the exhibition including walk through with participating artist, Nathalie Dagmang, and 'Conversations at Vargas' with visiting scholar, Anju Paul, from Yale - NUS, in response to the exhibition.
Impact Beyond Myself Public Exhibition, 15 Feb - 17 March, 2018 - https://www.facebook.com/vargasmuseum.upd
Start Year 2017
 
Description Curating Development NGO partnerships - Enrich HK 
Organisation Enrich HK
PI Contribution Our research team has worked with Curating Development partners to: 1) deliver a series of arts based workshops in Hong Kong and London exploring Filipino Migrants contributions to development; 2) design, develop and produce a series of public exhibitions; 3) raise awareness about and profile of project partners.
Collaborator Contribution Our partner, Enrich HK, have contributed to the research collaboration and partnership in the following ways: 1) Designing the programme of arts based research workshops; 2) Publicizing research and workshops; 3) Facilitating contact with and recruiting participants for workshops; 4) Providing organisational and logistical support for running the workshops; 5) Putting the research team in contact with participating artist to work with the project; 6) Assisted in running the arts based workshops; 7) Assistance in consent procedures; 8) Assistance in processing data, translation, identifying key themes; 8) Contributing to the concept and curatorial development of the exhibition Beyond Myself; 9) Facilitating transport of art material and ingress at the exhibitions in London; 10) Organising launch of exhibition in Hong Kong; 11) Facilitated participation of the Philippine Consul General in Hong Kong at the exhibition launch and in conversations about contributions of Filipino migrants to home and host country.
Impact 1) Beyond Myself Exhibition, Kingsway Corridor, Goldsmiths, University of London, 3 December 2017 - 31 January 2018 - https://www.gold.ac.uk/calendar/?id=11170; 2) Beyond Myself Exhibition, Vargas Museum, UP Diliman, Philippines 15 February, 2018 - 16 March, 2018 - https://www.facebook.com/vargasmuseum.upd 3) Beyond Myself Exhibition, the Hive Spring, 26 April - 14 May, 2018 - http://www.enrichhk.org/2018/04/beyond-exhibition-feat-migrant-domestic-worker-artists/
Start Year 2016
 
Description Curating Development NGO partnerships - Kanlungan Filipino Consortium 
Organisation Kanlungan Filipino Consortium
PI Contribution Our research team has worked with Curating Development partner Kanlungan to: 1) deliver a series of arts based workshops in London exploring Filipino Migrants contributions to development; 2) design, develop and produce a series of public exhibitions; 3) raise awareness about and profile of project partners.
Collaborator Contribution Our partner, Kanlungan, have contributed to the research collaboration and partnership in the following ways: 1) Designing the programme of arts based research workshops; 2) Publicizing research and workshops; 3) Facilitating contact with and recruiting participants for workshops; 4) Providing organisational and logistical support for running the workshops; 5) Putting the research team in contact with participating artist to work with the project; 6) Assisted in running the arts based workshops; 7) Assistance in consent procedures; 8) Assistance in processing data, translation, identifying key themes; 8) Contributing to the concept and curatorial development of the exhibition Beyond Myself; 9) Facilitating transport of art material and ingress at the exhibitions in London; 10) Organising launch of exhibition in London; 11) Facilitated participation of the Philippine Ambassador to the UK at the exhibition launch and in conversations about contributions of Filipino migrants to home and host country.
Impact 1) Beyond Myself Exhibition, Kingsway Corridor, Goldsmiths, University of London, 3 December 2017 - 31 January 2018 - https://www.gold.ac.uk/calendar/?id=11170; 2) Beyond Myself Exhibition, Vargas Museum, UP Diliman, Philippines 15 February, 2018 - 16 March, 2018 - https://www.facebook.com/vargasmuseum.upd 3) Beyond Myself Exhibition, the Hive Spring, 26 April - 14 May, 2018 - http://www.enrichhk.org/2018/04/beyond-exhibition-feat-migrant-domestic-worker-artists/
Start Year 2017
 
Description Curating Development NGO partnerships - Scalabrini Migration Center 
Organisation Scalibrini Migration Center
PI Contribution Our research team has worked with Curating Development partner, the Scalabrini Migration Center, to: 1) deliver a series of arts based workshops in Hong Kong and London exploring Filipino Migrants contributions to development; 2) design, develop and produce a series of public exhibitions; 3) raise awareness about and profile of project partners.
Collaborator Contribution Our partner, the Scalabrini Migration Center, have contributed to the research collaboration and partnership in the following ways: 1) Designing the programme of arts based research workshops; 2) Assistance in processing data, translation, identifying key themes; 3) Contributing to the concept and curatorial development of the exhibition Beyond Myself; 4) Facilitating transport of art material and ingress at the exhibition in Manila; 5) Organising launch of exhibition in Manila; 6) Collaboratively developed, organised and convened 'the conversation' with policy makers, activists and NGOs, as well as representatives from the private sector, in Manila.
Impact 1) Beyond Myself Exhibition, Kingsway Corridor, Goldsmiths, University of London, 3 December 2017 - 31 January 2018 - https://www.gold.ac.uk/calendar/?id=11170; 2) Beyond Myself Exhibition, Vargas Museum, UP Diliman, Philippines 15 February, 2018 - 16 March, 2018 - https://www.facebook.com/vargasmuseum.upd 3) Beyond Myself Exhibition, the Hive Spring, 26 April - 14 May, 2018 - http://www.enrichhk.org/2018/04/beyond-exhibition-feat-migrant-domestic-worker-artists/
Start Year 2017
 
Description Exhibiting Anthropology Beyond Museum Collections 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In this panel organised by myself and Inge Daniels at SOAS/ British Museum we have discussed among other issues, research on migration in relation to development and new ways of telling stories in contemporary museums. Members of the audience recognised that contemporary research in social sciences is not enough publicised in museum displays. Out of this discussion, with Prof Emma Tarlo I have curated a new exhibition on Hair! Human Stories that will be exhibited to Horniman Museum starting with 2021.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://nomadit.co.uk/rai/events/rai2018/conferencesuite.php/panels/6100
 
Description Article in The Conversation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Article for the popular press based on arts workshop results and participant reflections, read by 5639 people around the world and republished in The Independent and The Independent (Singapore).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://theconversation.com/debt-bondage-domestic-servitude-and-indentured-labour-still-a-problem-in...
 
Description Beyond Myself: Artist Walk Through and Guest Presentation on Stepwise Migration 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The artist walk of the Beyond Myself exhibition was led by Curating Development's commissioned artist Natalie Dagmang on 21 February: it was followed by guest presentation on stepwise migration by Anju Paul from NUS Yale Singapore. The audience was comprised of postgraduate students, visiting researchers, professionals / practitioners working in the area of migrant advocacy and rights.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Conversations on Domestic Worker Migration: Beyond Business as Usual 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Conversations on Domestic Worker Migration: Beyond Business as Usual was a half day event held for policy makers, third and private sector organisations in Manila on Tuesday, 20 February. Participants included officials from the Philippine Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency, International Labor Association Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, the Center for Migrant Advocacy, Fair Maids, China Bank and Philippine Association of Service Exporters. The event followed the official launch and opening of the Beyond Myself Exhibition at the Vargas Museum. The event was organised on the world café model but made use of objects and images from the exhibitionas as a way to engage and open up conversation with groups of 8-12 participants moving between 4 assigned sets of topics: the topic areas included general policy approach towards migrant workers, especially migrant domestic workers, issues around return and reintegration of migrant workers, investments and key policy challenges in home and host countries. The event generated lively discussion and concrete and creative suggestions. The conversations will be written up and initially fed back for comments to participants and thereafter drafted into a policy brief in conjunction with the Scalibrini Migration Center
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1512795828828152&id=247720445335703
 
Description Global Challenges Research Fund and Collaborative Research: A Connected Communities Symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Curating Development presented at the event organised by the Connected Communities Programme at the University of East Anglia. The event, brought together both UK- and internationally-based collaborative researchers, artists and community partners to discuss practice and potential in collaboration and development. It features work from numerous GCRF and international Connected Communities projects, and includes networking opportunities.'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/global-challenges-research-fund-and-collaborative-research-symposium-...
 
Description Mobilising Global Voices summit at the British Library 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Curating Development represented by Mark Johnson and commissioned artist Nathalie Dagmang presented their project as part of the The 'Mobilising Community Voices' session at the AHRC GCRF Mobilising Global Voices event at the British Library in June, 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/funding/internationalfunding/the-global-challenges-research-fund/mobilising-gl...
 
Description Paper presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Deirdre McKay and Gabriela Nicolescu presented a paper on the curatorial approach to research in a specialist panel on museum anthropology at the annual meeting of the Royal Anthropological Institute. The audience included numerous practitioners.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://nomadit.co.uk/rai/events/rai2018/conferencesuite.php/panels/6100
 
Description Plenary delivery 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Delivered a plenary on curatorial methods for tracking the impact of remittances to a Southeast Asian specialist centre at the University of California, Berkeley, in cooperation with the Asian Centre at the University of Toronto, Canada.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://ieas.berkeley.edu/cseas/events/2018.04.27.html
 
Description Pop Up Exhibition 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Curating Development team mounted a 'pop up' exhibition of research material arising from community based arts workshop in London on 22 October, 2017. The 'pop up' was held in conjunction with the Campaign for Human Rights Philippines, UK as part of a fund raising event for victims of the conflict in Marawi City, Mindanao. The 'pop up' sparked conversations and interest in the launch of the full exhibition at Goldsmiths, 3 December, 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.facebook.com/curatingdevelopmentphilippines/posts/1188188667948919
 
Description Pop-up exhibition - De La Salle University, Manila 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Approximately 70 students - undergraduate and postgraduate and a few representatives of social enterprises employing returned migrant workers - attended a talk by Dr McKay and viewed a version of the exhibition at De La Salle University, Manila. This sparked their interest in arts-based research methods and migration issues.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154847176717399&set=pcb.10154847204752399&type=3&theater
 
Description Pop-up exhibition - Lunar New Year celebration, London 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Team members from Kanlungan, our London NGO partner, took our pop-up exhibition to the 2018 Lunar New Year Celebration (Year of Dog), Saturday, 24th February 2018, 11 am-4:00 pm, An Viet House, 12-14 Englefield Road N1 4 LS. They shared our methods and findings with approximately 250 members of London's Chinese and Vietnamese migrant communities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10214022474569378&set=pcb.10214022478489476&type=3&theater
 
Description Pop-up exhibition - School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact A pop-up version of our exhibition was staged in the main lobby of SOAS before a screening and panel discussion of the Filipino film, Sunday Beauty Queen. McKay participated in a roundtable discussion with the film's director, representatives from UK Filipino community groups, SOAS Professor of Law Carol Tan, and the Labour Attache from the Philippine Embassy. The discussion used the community art in the exhibition as a way of opening up the regulatory and policy challenges faced by organisations - including NGOs and governments - supporting migrant welfare.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.curatingdevelopment.com/single-post/2017/09/26/Pop-up-exhibition-opens-at-the-Sunday-Bea...
 
Description Pop-up exhibition - University of the Philippines, Baguio City 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact A pop-up version of the exhibition was installed for 3 days at the conference centre in Camp John Hay, Baguio City, Philippines. It was an add-on activity to Dr McKay's keynote address to the Second International Conference on Cordillera Studies, hosted by the University of the Philippines, Baguio City. With over 400 delegates from the wider region, the exhibition sparked debate on supporting migrants abroad and provision for their return to the Philippines and engaged policymakers from Philippine Government line agencies, including the Department of Tourism and the TESDA skills-training unit.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://it.eventbu.com/baguio-city/2nd-international-cordillera-studies-conference/2047065
 
Description Project Description in the Departamental Seminar of Anthropology, Goldsmiths, University of London 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact This talk included a description of our methods used, outcomes and exhibitions as part of the Curating Development Project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Seminar delivery 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Deirdre McKay delivered a seminar on 'home' to the ERC-funded HOMING centre at the University of Trento, Italy, made available on video.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://homing.soc.unitn.it/2018/10/16/deirdre-mckay-home-against-home-unpacking-an-ethics-of-home-m...
 
Description Seminar delivery 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact 34 people attended a seminar at the Centre for Migration Research, University of Sussex, on curatorial methods and the results produced in terms of understanding asylum claims in the UK.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.sussex.ac.uk/migration/seminars/seminars
 
Description Training workshop on curatorial methods 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Deirdre McKay and Mark Johnson delivered a training workshop to help postgraduates develop curatorial strategies for engaged and co-produced social science projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.keele.ac.uk/links/pastevents/title,178824,en.php