Founder/Executive Director, The Starving Artist
Ally Zlatar is an artist, scholar, and activist. She is the founder of The Starving Artist; an artist initiative that utilizes creative voices to create advocacy and systemic reform. She also founded The Starving Artist Scholarship Fund which helps people access inpatient treatment for eating disorders. Her “This Body of Mine” campaign explores migrant experiences through creative voices and has helped support individuals and artists from refugee-seeking backgrounds globally.
Ally holds a BFA in Visual Art and Art History from Queen’s University and an MLitt in Curatorial Practice and Contemporary Art from the Glasgow School of Art. She holds a Doctor of Creative Arts from the University of Southern Queensland focusing on embodied experiences of eating disorders in contemporary art. Ally is a Lecturer at the University of Glasgow, Anderson College and has taught at KICL London, and the University of Essex (UEIC).
Ally has received the highest accolade a young person can achieve for their humanitarian work; winner of The Princess Diana Legacy Award 2021, King Hamad Award for Youth Empowerment 2022, Lieutenant Governor’s Community Volunteer Award from Ontario Government of Canada 2023, and special recognition from The British Citizen Award 2022.