Freelance Engagement Curator & Consultant
Threshold Studios “Creative Media for Social Change” 
Work across the East Midlands, UK & Internationally.
August 2016 – April 2017.

Collider Conversations: Moving Diversity Forward 2016/17
Developing the content, approaching speakers for the Collider Conversation Programme that brings together artists, experts, creatives and enthusiasts to discuss key topics with audiences in pubs, coffee shops and unexpected spaces.

“Collider Conversations 2016-17 invites you to imagine a future where diversity in the arts has been forgotten” 

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Taking the Lead: Does arts and culture need a ‘digital suffragette’ movement?
Rough Trade Nottingham
23rd November 2016
6-8pm
Join us for a conversation exploring the roles of women in arts, culture and creative industries. We’ll be discussing the ways in which women are taking ownership and responding to lack of opportunity, supporting each other creatively both online and offline, and asking what a ‘digital suffragette’ movement might look like.
Chair: Tobi Oredein, journalist, editor and founder of Black Ballad.
Panel: Rachel Anderson, Creative producer & founder of Idle Women, Kaylea Mitchem, founder of Fan Club Nottingham and Kajal Nisha Patel, award-winning photographer and filmmaker.

 

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Image by Jon Adams.

We Are All Neurodiverse: New perspectives, new definitions.
In partnership with Flow Observatorium
Attenborough Arts, Leicester.
17th January 2017
6pm -8pm

“Neurodiversity is the diversity of human brains and minds” Nick Walker
What are the unique contributions and perspectives that neurodivergent artists bring to arts experiences, and what role does technology have to play? 
Chair: Susan Jones published writer and researcher
Panel: Jon Adams, artist and National Autistic Society Cultural Ambassador and Mike Layward, Artistic Director at DASH Arts, a disability-led visual arts organisation.

 

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Race and Representation: Beyond the box ticking
BOM – Birmingham Open Media
16th February 2017
6pm -8pm
As the first UK degree programme in Black Studies begins in September 2017 at Birmingham City University, we will discuss how to challenge the lack of diversity and race representation within the arts as well as higher education.
Chair: Dr. Kehinde Andrews, Associate Professor in Sociology, Birmingham City University and Chair of the Organisation of Black Unity in the UK.
Panel: Saziso Phiri, founder of The Anti Gallery, Nottingham, visual artist Karen Mirza based in London and Istanbul, SuAndi OBE writer and poet (Freelance Cultural Director of National Black Arts Alliance) Manchester.

 

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Image by Marco Leo used under a creative commons license.

A Divided Nation: Class and social mobility in arts and media
Syson Gallery, Nottingham.
16th March 2017
6pm-8pm
What happens when the arts and media lose working class voices?

How can we counter the increasing lack of higher education in arts and media in those with talent from working class and disadvantaged backgrounds? How can we encourage genuine creative collaborations without pandering to working class stereotypes, making assumptions, and create content audiences actually want and are interested in?
Chair: Lisa Mckenzie, sociologist and research fellow at the London School of Economics.
Panel: Karla Marie Sweet from Arts Emergency, enabling artistic opportunities for current and future students/young people from working class and disadvantaged backgrounds; artist educator Sian Watson Taylor and lens-based artist Ben Harriott.

Threshold – Participation & Community Engagement Programme 2016/17
Developing, managing and fundraising for creative socially engaged projects and programmes, working in collaboration with communities across the UK.

 

 

 

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Pathways mural. Photo by Bartosz Kali.

Freelance Project Manager/Community Engagement Consultant
DRAW FOR THE FUTURE Project
Pathways – Nottingham’s Black History Mural 
February to June 2016
New Art Exchange (NAE) and The Centre for Research in Race and Rights (C3R) at Nottingham University have secured a grant from the AHRC Connected Communities fund to transform a wall in the heart of Hyson Green into a vibrant and inspiring public art mural. The focus of this mural is on Nottingham’s black history, however, NAE and C3R hope this will be the first of many mural projects, reflecting and connecting with diverse communities within our city.

The mural has been created by and for the local community in Hyson Green. Young people  from NG7 Voices Youth Forum/Hyson Green Youth Club worked in collaboration with local mural artists Onga, Andrew Wright and guest contributors* on the design (April-June 2016). Their mural entitled “Pathways” depicts the diverse history of the area whilst also capturing the local community’s hopes and aspirations for the future.

Young people were introduced to local heroes from the black community and their contributions and murals from around by guest creative’s, community activists and speakers that include: Panya Banjoko & Ioney Smallhorne from Nottingham Black Archives; Lisa Robinson Director of Bright Ideas Nottingham & member of Black Lives Matter UK, Nottingham Chapter , Professor Zoe Trodd Co-Director of C3R, Hannah Jeffery and Hannah-Rose Murray PhD students from C3R.
Participants: Maxine Davis, Youth Forum Manager & NG7 Voices Youth Forum/Hyson Green Youth Club (ages 15 to 22).

Watch a short documentary about the project by clicking on the link here

Who are the figures in the mural?

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Pathways mural. Photo by Bartosz Kali.

George Africanus is a Nottingham legend. A former slave, he was one of the first black entrepreneurs of the 18th century.

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Pathways mural. Photo by Bartosz Kali.

Winston Murphy is a war hero who served in the merchant navy between 1940 to 1945.

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Pathways mural. Photo by Bartosz Kali.

Louise Garvey is a nurse has promoted equality in the health service since the 1960s. She wrote the book Nursing Lives of Black People in Nottingham.

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Pathways mural. Photo by Bartosz Kali.

The Black Lives Matter child honours the fact that Nottingham is home to Europe’s first official Black Lives Matter group, and adapts a famous artwork by the Black Panther Emory Douglas, who visited Nottingham and worked with the community in 2011.

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“Growth and restfulness”

Where do the patterns and symbols come from?
The young people were encouraged to bring in any images that might inspire their design and were particularly interested in African print designs. One of the young people drew a series of links and chains becoming pathways to the future. They were also introduced to Adinkra symbols from West Africa. Adinkra are visual symbols and objects that have different meanings, such as traditional wisdom, aspects of life or the environment.

The young people chose these Adinkra symbols (below) for the mural and here are the distinct meanings behind each one.

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“Togetherness”

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“To fear none but the creator”

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“knowledge”

The Pathways Mural featured at Utopia Fair at Somerset House, London, from the 24th to 26th June 2016, in an exhibit curated by Zoe Trodd, Katie Donington, Hannah Jeffery and Rebecca Nelson.

Creative team 
Co-Director – Professor Zoe Trodd
Chief Executive of New Art Exchange & Executive Producer – Skinder Hundal
Director of Programmes at New Art Exchange – Melanie Kidd
Co-Director – Katie Donington
Pathways documentary film-maker  – Ioney Smallhorne
Lead Organisations
The Centre for Research in Race and Rights (C3R)
New Art Exchange  (Community Partner)