14% Creative ... As part of Black History Month

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Join us for a night dedicated to creativity and most importantly the chance to meet like-minded others!


- a visual exhibition and panel discussion addressing the lack of diversity within London’s creative industries.

On Wednesday 30th October, as Black History Month comes to a close, WeAreWaterloo will bring together a panel of young black creatives to discuss both the challenges they’ve had to overcome to break into the industry as well as the successes they’ve had once in it.

Running alongside a one-off exhibition, this open and frank discussion taking into account the perspectives of black creatives of the past, present and future aims to inspire London’s next generation of creative talent.

The discussion host is a seasoned lyricist and charismatic live performer, MysDiggi (formerly known as Mystro) who has built a reputation as one of the UK’s brightest and most consistent independent vocal talents, known for his refreshing versatility, uplifting stage presence and ingenuity for wordplay.

‘14% Creative’ is the third in a new series of topical debates arranged by WeAreWaterloo. Embracing the neighbor hood’s rebellious attitude and culture of creativity, the Pow Wow Waterloo debates provide a safe space for guests to have challenging conversations and open their minds to a different way of thinking.

Held at Platform in Southwark, the panel discussion will be preceded by a drinks reception and the opportunity for guests to view a one-off exhibition. This interactive display will celebrate talent from different sectors of the creative industry.

The latest Arts Council England’s annual report on diversity, revealed a sector which, despite the rhetoric, is still steeped in inequality with only 14% of full time staff in the creative industries coming from BAME communities.

This event will highlight obstacles the panellists have faced and issues that still need to be addressed whilst also celebrating the progress that has been made and shining a spotlight on individual successes.


Date: Wednesday 30th Oct 2019

Venue: Platform Southwark – 1 Joan Street SE1

Start: 6.45pm

Ticket: ticket includes entrance to the exhibition & panel discussion … plus a drink upon arrival!


Special guest artists

(Cash only bar will be available on the night)

Featured speakers and exhibitors include

Rommario Mcleary-Campbell – Photographer

A photographer heavily influenced by London culture. Having shot at Wireless festival in 2018, documenting the whole event alongside UK rapper Not3s, Rommario has gone on to create visually stunning street photography and sound installations for multiple galleries and urban spaces.

Alicia-Pearl Cato – Visual Artist

Visual artist living and working in North-East London. Alicia-Pearl is the founder of a hand-painted clothing brand, The Culture Collective, and co-founder of Represent - a collective that works to platform people of colour artists and creatives.

Rōgan Graham – Film Writer

Film writer and trainee film programmer from South East London. Rōgan believes pursuing the avenues of criticism and programming are essential to reifying the ways films from underrepresented groups are marketed to wider audiences.

Mary Nyambura – Actress

Fast Rising Kenyan – British actor Mary Nyambura credits include Luck 2015 and Deucalion 2016. She recently played the lead role of Miranda in Dialetikon at Park Theatre in London. Mary was a lead role in Nine Nights, (exhibited at 14% Creative) and has been nominated for several awards internationally.

2019 Nine Nights. Marcie Haines. 2017 The Bebeto Show (TV Mini-Series) Ciciminha Almeida. 2017/IV The Runner (Short) Athlete. 2016 Deucalion (Short) Naomi. 2015 Chapters (Short) Iris. 2015 Luck. Wedding guest. 2011 Book of the Dead (Short) Catherine. 2009 Top Girl (Short) School Girl.

Shereen Jasmin Phillips - Head of Neighbourhood Theatre, Young Vic

Shereen Jasmin Phillips graduated from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2010 with a degree in Drama, Applied Theatre and Education. She has worked in the artistic and creative learning departments of a variety of London Theatre's working with community groups of all ages for over ten years. She was Project Manager for Kiln Theatre's 2016 Takeover festival, Barbican Centre's 2017 Dialogue festival and Outreach Producer for Barbican Cinema. Shereen was previously Assistant Producer for National Theatre's Pericles as part of their Public Acts programme and is currently Head of Neighbourhood Theatre at Young Vic. Shereen is also a Trustee of Talawa Theatre Company, a reader at National Theatre and a writer – her work was recently screened as part of Royal Court’s Windrush event in April 2019.

Emmanuel Unaji – Artist and Brand owner

Multimedia artist based in London who examines our tendency to form opinions on the basis of media headlines and photographs. Combining painting, drawing, collage and fashion design, Unaji’s style is rebellious and bold. Alongside his brother Lemuel, Emmanuel has created the clothing label “UNAJI” which merges art into fashion.

Ashleigh Simone – DJ

London based DJ whose sets focus on early 90’s R&B, current Hip Hop, and sing your heart out throwbacks. Having played for some big brands including V&A, BoxPark and Nike, Ashleigh currently has a regular slot at Foundation FM (at Peckham Levels).

Edem Wornoo - Story teller / Film Maker

Edem stories are Street level fantasies that draw upon the mythology sewn into the streets of South Lonon. This depiction of his own enviorment allow for a two fold revelaion of beauty. His work relates to others that grew up in similar enviroment, his stories serve as a realisation and celebration of the beauty that surrounds all. On the other hand he reaches out to those who have not experienced such enviroments, giveing them an alternative perspective to that which is depicted in steroetypical media coverage of Afro-Caribbean communities in the UK.

Edem stills from his latest short film 'Little Odyssey' invites viewers to gaze down the rabbit hole of South London's underbelly, where you find precious gems and jewels stowed beneath sensationalised headlines and the generalisation of young people from multiculture communities.

Jemimah Nalulungi Kabuye - Interdisciplinary Artist

This interdisciplinary artist experiments within the means of printmaking, specifically photopolymer printing and screen-printing. Her concepts usually settle on the relationship between the flesh and the mind. Her work is influenced mainly by what she allows to surround herself both mentally and psychologically. More recently, Jemimah has been exploring the emotional expression of movement through life drawing.

Veronica Mckenzie Film by Screen Writer and Film Director - Night Nights

Flying for flag for Black British talent, Veronica is one of the few black women to win a major film award. Since that accolade the film received multiple nominations at the Screen Nation Film and Television Awards 2019.

Nine Nights - is a story about a young girl losing her beloved brother. The title Nine Nights represents part of the Caribbean culture and process when you lose a loved one.

We welcome you to enjoy a night a socialising, discussion, art and music!

About Platform Platform is a contemporary art gallery, theatre, and studio space in Waterloo. It's an artist-run creative hub where people meet, exchange ideas and grow together. Platform connects emerging practitioners in the arts and encourages interdisciplinary collaboration. For more information, see: www.platformsouthwark.co.uk

*About the diversity statistic This statistic was taken (with the advice of Arts Council) from the 2018 Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Economic Estimates Report for Employment. For more information, see: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/dcms-sectors-economic-estimates

For further information please contact: info@wrbstudios.com

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