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Bring Me In - Being Your Own Brand
Thu 30 March 2017, 18:30 – 22:00 BST
“After careful consideration, we regret to inform you that...”
We know how it goes - we’ve heard it all before, too. As artists of colour, we know how difficult it is to establish ourselves in the creative world. Whether it's applying for jobs or pitching ideas for new work, it's tough to make a mark without compromising your values to be considered a "successful" artist - and, frankly, it's made even more difficult by not being white.
The S+K Project believes wholly in making the arts sector more accessible, and we understand how collaboration between different people and industries is key in changing the perceptions of what artists of colour can achieve. We want to do our bit to encourage creators, makers and innovators to recognise the importance of building networks and making your mark, by providing a physical space that allows like-minded individuals of similar backgrounds to connect.
This March, we are launching Bring Me In, a series of networking events bringing together London’s top BAME creatives to share their insight, knowledge and experiences in an array of different industries. From graphic design to theatre, photography to art curation, we’re building a platform for creatives to gain practical skills and develop relationships to be the best artist they can be, despite the challenges life throws at us.
As well as activities, live performances, and a banging Spotify playlist, our first event Being Your Own Brand will feature a roundtable discussion of professional and emerging artists who will be sharing their best tips and tricks on how to find your feet as an artist of colour in London and beyond.
ON THE PANEL:
JJ Bola - JJ Bola is a writer, poet and educator who, after publishing three poetry books, is debuting his novel 'No Place to Call Home' (OWN IT, 2017) in June this year. JJ Bola’s work is centred on a narrative of empowerment, humanisation, healing of trauma as well as discovery of self through art, literature and poetry.
Jumoke Fashola - Jumoke is a broadcaster, journalist, vocalist and live literature curator. She currently presents Inspirit with Jumoké Fashola, a BBC Radio London Sunday Breakfast magazine programme, and has previously worked with BBC Radio 2, 4 and World Service. As well as broadcasting, Jumoke has performed at venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival hall and the London Arena.
Nicole Crentsil - Nicole Crentsil is a Ghanaian-born London-based curator, facilitator, designer and artist. She completed is a Brand and Marketing Executive and founder-curator of Unmasked Women, a platform and exhibition channeling the Black British female experience through creatives, with a focus on mental health and well-being within black communities.
Ubuntugraphy - Ubuntugraphy has a passion for images in both film and photography, aiming to capture the essence of people and who they are in that moment. Ubuntugraphy captures events documenting the human experience, seeking to freeze moments of joy, laughter, sadness, emotion that flows within that environment.
Varaidzo - Varaidzo is a student and essayist working in the arts. She has written for places like Media Diversified and New Statesman on topics of race and media representation, and is currently published in the acclaimed anthology 'The Good Immigrant'.
Rasheeda Page-Muir - Rasheeda is a host, social critic and public speaker. The CEO of political youth engagement organisation RevolYOUtion LDN based in South London she's committed to youth engagement,social action & burning down Babylon.
ON THE STAGE:
Amina Jama - Amina Jama is a poet and writer whose work focuses on femininity, the diaspora experience, the human condition, mental health and identity. Amina is part of the group Spit the Atom, a London-based poetry collective, as well as the collective Octavia, a creative collective for women of colour, led by Rachel Long. She is also an alumni of the Barbican Young Poets.
Ruth Sutoyé - Ruth Sutoyé is a Black British poet and writer. Themes in Ruth's work include black womanhood, feminism, sexuality, the experiences of multiple blackness and love. Her work has been published in TRUEAfrica, MAIA Creatives: 001 Conversations, Opus and more. She is a Barbican Young Poet, member of the sxwks collective and co-founder of the creative umbrella RS Haus.
ON THE DECKS:
DJ Lex Amor
This event has been curated and produced by The S+K Project.