Natasha Ruwona will begin an artist residency with Alchemy Film & Arts in November 2020. Natasha’s residency is part of Once Upon a Time in Hawick, our ongoing exploration of the relationships between storytelling, image-making and place.

Natasha will be developing a moving-image output towards the eleventh edition of Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival (29 April – 3 May 2021). Undertaking research about Hawick-raised Tom Jenkins (1797 – 1859), Britain’s first Black schoolteacher, Natasha will be exploring memorialisation and its various processes and cultural impacts. She will also be looking at ecologies of habitat within the River Teviot, and the human uses of the river.


Natasha Ruwona is an Afrofuturist dreamer interested in thinking from an apocalyptic perspective that considers the uses of hauntology and counter-memories in understanding contemporary Black identities. 

Natasha’s work explores Black Geographies through Scotland’s Black History using a Zimbabwean Diasporic lens. 

Title image: Umbilic, WIP, Still of Film Essay, Natasha Ruwona, 2020