Artist Lisandro Suriel has been selected for the 2019/20 Tilting Axis Fellowship. Selected from an open call process, Suriel will come to Scotland in October 2019 to undertake a period of open-ended research and development into alternative forms of Collections and Commissioning, in collaboration with partners across Scotland whose work focuses on various forms of collecting, archiving or supporting the development of artworks. The fellowship focuses on the development of pragmatic and critical curatorial and artistic practice hailing from the Caribbean region and is research and practice-led, and mentor-based.

The Tilting Axis Fellowship is a direct outcome of the Tilting Axis meetings in 2015 at Fresh Milk in Barbados, in 2016 at the Pérez Art Museum Miami and in 2017 at The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands. For its 2019 iteration, Scotland based cultural partners including the Glasgow School of ArtThe School of Art History at the University of St Andrews, CCA Glasgow, LUX ScotlandHospitalfield and curatorial duo Mother Tongue have come together to offer support for a research fellowship to Scotland for an emerging contemporary art practitioner to share knowledge about current approaches towards commissioning and collecting in the arts.

Lisandro Suriel will have the opportunity to work with LUX Scotland to devise a screening programme drawing on their research into the LUX collection.


Lisandro Suriel is an Amsterdam-based artist from the West Indies specialising in directing and producing visual concepts for fashion films and photographic production. Suriel earned his Bachelor’s degree in Photography at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague and received his Master’s of Art by research in Artistic Research and Art Studies at the University of Amsterdam. As part of his Master’s thesis, Suriel analyzed early twentieth century illustrations of West-Indian mythology in relation to cultural aphasia. This research forms the foundation of his ongoing artistic project.