Natasha Ruwona began 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 is undertaking research about Hawick-raised Tom Jenkins (1797 – 1859), Britain’s first Black schoolteacher, towards the development of a new moving-image work. Natasha will be exploring memorialisation and its various processes and cultural impacts, and 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