Get Up Stand Up!
Project Manager – Young People’s programme 
New Art Exchange, Nottingham, UK.
September 2014 to March 2015
Get Up Stand Up! is a collaborative project between New Art Exchange and NCCL at The Galleries of Justice Museum, Nottingham, UK; exploring the themes of migration, oppression, international civil rights and the justice system. New Art Exchange and its artistic team of visual artists, script writers, theatre makers, musicologists, architects, digital audio & visual specialists, activists have been working with primary schools, youth groups and organisations from across Nottingham and beyond.

The Galleries of Justice were awarded funding for Get Up Stand Up from the Arts Council England Renaissance Strategic Support.  Galleries of Justice Museum are working in partnership with New Art Exchange,to create the artistic and digital guide with participants, and work with young people in the city to create the content and raise awareness of the subject matter.

For ‘Get Up Stand Up’ participants were introduced and responded to, the history of the 50’s & 60’s Civil Rights Movement in America, focusing on the key figures of Martin Luther King Jnr and Malcolm X.

Participants explored the British judicial system, profiling the landmark case of  Stephen Lawrence to raise awareness of racially motivated murder and the broader context of discrimination, then and now. Get Up Stand Up will also encourage young people to discuss the conditions that led to the UK 2011 summer riots and the legacy they created.

The aim of the project was to inspire a new generation to find their own innovative way of reacting to the subject matter, whilst creating a contemporary approach to museum interpretation.


Get Up Stand Up! Celebration at New Art Exchange 2015.

Young people:
Take 1 Learning Centre and recording studios.
Chat bout (19 to 21 years) – An organisation of young people with voices and opinions involved in shaping their community.
YMCA digital group (14 to 19) at NGY Nottingham
Lead artist: Sian Watson-Talor & Assistant Producer, Josh Pickering
Get Up Stand Up young people’s blog





“Die in” for Black Lives Matter. Nottingham UK, December 2014.

Get Up Stand Up “Dialogues”
May to September 2015
New Art Exchange &  Centre for Research in Race and Rights (C3R) 
Performance Space, 6pm to 8pm
Curating/*Chairing a series of discussions about current social justice issues with activists, community leaders, and academics in conversation with young people/artists from the Get Up Stand Up Project. Each dialogue will feature material from the project that will provoke conversation, stimulate audience debate and final action points that encourage personal acts of social activism, in response to the following key topics.

“Modern-Day Slavery: How to Make the Anti-slavery Past Usable
7th May 2015*
Panel: Kevin Bales (Walk Free), Zoe Trodd (C3R) and Faith Gakanje (The African Women’s Empowerment Forum)*

“Grassroots Activism: How to Make Black Lives Matter”
4th June 2015*
Panel: Lisa Robinson (Bright Ideas Nottingham), Peter Ling (C3R) and Cecile Wright (Labour Black Network)*

“Racial Equality and Antiracism: How to Rethink Identity and Belonging”
9th July 2015 *
Panel: Jagdish Patel (The Monitoring Group), Janna Graham (C3R), Lauri Johnson (Boston College)

“Cultural Activism: How to Make Black Histories Visible”
20th August 2015
Panel: Lubaina Himid (Institute for Black Atlantic Research), Celeste-Marie Bernier (C3R) and  Bo Olawoye (Freelance Learning & Engagement Curator): Presentation “Radical engagement Projects and Approaches” Chair: Zoe Trodd (C3R)

“Black Men and Invisibility: How to Rethink the Criminal Justice System”
10th September 2015*
Panel: Dr Martin Glynn (Centre for Applied Criminology, Birmingham University), Dr Vivien Miller (C3R) and Harminder Singh (Warwick Business School/University of Warwick).