I am in the middle of a period of research and development for a new cross -artform project rooted in my life writings, exploring and interweaving themes of sudden loss, trans-national identity and history, as well as our relationship to coastal climate change as site of trauma, loss, healing and rejuvenation.
We See You Now is funded by a project grant from Arts Council England, with support from New Writing South, an AN Bursary from the Artist’s Information Company, Live Arts Development Agency, Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre, Creative Future and Writing Our Legacy and Metal. I will be developing and sharing work, finishing a manuscript, running a pilot retreat on the south east coast for writers/artists and producing a series of visual work as part of my activity until June 2020. More detail here.
This Spring/ summer I will be doing an artist residency and taking part in a touring show, We Are Commoners, part of a national AHRC network project, Crafting the Commons. Commissioned by Craftspace, launching at MAC Birmingham in the autumn.
I have had my first creative writing published , as part of Writing Our Legacy’s new anthology, Hidden Sussex: Fiction, non-fiction and poetry from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic experience,. It is now on sale online .
I also recently performed some of my writing and exhibited the visual art featured in it at the Small Story Cabaret on the theme of Hiraeth, the longing for home.
I have received which will fund a period of curatorial and cross-artform mentoring this autumn
Over the 18 months, I’ve been running a series of Makers of Change workshops using craftivism and peer listening as tools for addressing inequality, and developing self-care, care of environment and collective resilience. These have been developed and supported by the arts organisation, A Woman’s Place project hosted by Depot Cinema Lewes and funded by The Chalk Cliff Trust, plus a monthly series for over 18’s which is hosted by Westgate Chapel, Lewes.
Recently / ongoing
Check out my sculpture on the cover of a new edition of Suffrage Plays by Methuen, edited by Naomi Paxton here.
I am Associate Research Fellow at Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre, University of London
Read my Library Shelf online hosted by art and writing publishers Akerman Daly, connected to the Tall Tales tour.
Archived speaking events /podcasts / other :
Revolutionary Makers: Watch highlights from the Women of the World Festival in Hull here, where our mass craftivist installation – designed to create conversations and actions around gender equality – launched as part of Hull City of Culture. Images here. See me talking about it here and listen to an interview as part of the Radio 4 Woman’s Hour panel live in Hull during the event here.
In conversation with Philosopher Sacha Golob (Kings College) as part of a series of Visual Arts and Philosophy Salons at Fernandez and Wells, Somerset House, London. Podcast here
In conversation at the Stuart Hall Library at INIVA with Dr Christine Checinska -Shaw. Listen here. (scroll to bottom for file)
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