Creative Arts as Activism

15th July 2021

Creative Arts as Activism

(Post-Covid Black Futures series)

Creative Arts as Activism

Facilitated by Dr. Shawn Sobers, the focus of the conversation is on how artists have responded to Black Lives Matter during the pandemic.

Guest Speakers;

Lawrence Hoo is a RISE and MTV AWARD Winning poet, public speaker and educator based in Bristol. He is founder of arts and education collective CARGO, and co-founder of the People’s Platform, which visualises in AR what could replace the Colston statue. He is current member of the University of Bristol’s Diversity Advisory Board. @lawrencehoouk

Samenua Sesher OBE is a writer, coach and culture management consultant. Her company Blade Of Grass has a track record of delivering impactful high profile projects, and she is Director of the Museum of Color, an online museum focussed on the lives of artists of colour in British history. @bladeofgrassuk

Michael Jenkins is a self-shooting director/producer. He is the co-founder of Blak Wave Productions, one of the South West’s only Black owned TV production companies and he was recently commissioned to direct ‘We Are Not The Virus’ for the BBC. @michaeldjenkins

****We are organising a series of online talks with the aim of facilitating inspiring conversations with the BAME professionals and leaders of the four UWE faculties to reflect on;

1. Lessons learnt for their sector from the past year

2. What they see as the ways forward for empowerment of BIPOC professionals in their fields and what it will take for the sector to not repeat the same mistakes.

These conversations will bring cross-faculty experts together from the following sectors.

– Health and Applied Sciences

– Environment and Technology

– Business and Law

– Arts, Creative Industries and Education

CRCRN July Talk series has been coordinated by Zarabea Esfendiar Kayani @bea_kayani

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