Kim Gurney is a writer, researcher and visual artist based in Cape Town, South Africa. She is affiliated as a Research Associate at African Centre for Cities (ACC), University of Cape Town.
Kim works in an interdisciplinary way, trained and experienced in both journalism and fine art. She is currently focused upon long-form book projects of creative non-fiction that emerge from research on independent art spaces and other offstage incubators of social imagination. ‘Panya Routes’ is forthcoming in early 2022 (Motto Books), on the working principles of project spaces in five different African cities, and ‘Flipside’ is a work in progress (iwalewabooks) about the backstage labour of institution building as curatorial practice in Cape Town’s oldest nonprofit arts collective.
Kim holds a Ph.D (UCT), B.A. Fine Art with Distinction in Discourse of Art (UCT), M.A. in International Journalism (City, University of London), and B.Journ (Rhodes) awarded with Distinction.
This website is a home for Kim’s art practice, academic research, and other writing. In reality, much of this work cross-pollinates.