CULTURE & DIVERSITY ADVISORY FORUM
We are proud to announce the members of the new Culture and Diversity Advisory Forum.
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Eva has lived in SE London for over 25 years and is delighted to join the Culture and Diversity Forum, supporting Lewisham meet the challenge of hosting the Borough of Culture 2022 which will enrich the lives of the local community.
Eva’s experience as a former solicitor and now a stage and screenwriter, will enhance the work of the Culture and Diversity forum. Her creative work centres on telling stories about young people and women and includes Looked After Children shortlisted for the Alfred Fagon New Play Award, I Am Alive a stage piece informed by refugee and asylum experienced women and Tiger Mum about raising a son of colour in London today. Eva has won the 2020 Royal Society of Literature Matters Award to develop A Mother’s Courage a play which explores youth violent crime through the eyes of mothers. She is also developing Kinswoman her first short film.
Cedar is an artist, writer and curator based in London. He has worked on many exhibitions and projects for institutions such as Tate Britain, Tate Modern and The British Council. He is widely published and is the author of two books (Street Art: The Graffiti Revolution published by Tate and Abstract Graffiti, published by Merrel) as well as many self-published artists books. He has recently started to work at The Southbank Centre, London as a Curator. He was also a curator of the exhibition Dub London, at The Museum of London.
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Crispin is a passionate Broadcaster and Producer who is enthusiastic about the rich diversity of stories; from documenting memorable moments, to the sharing of history in its purest forms. Crispin has been at BBC Radio 1Xtra since its inception and also has a background in training, life skills and working with disadvantaged groups.
Born in Lewisham to Grenadian parents, Crispin has spent his life living and working in the borough. A radio broadcasting career spanning 30 years, his work focuses on celebrating, documenting and amplifying the voices of Black and worldwide cultural voices, with a view to educating, demystifying and entertaining through truths and experiences.
A proud resident of the 'Blue Borough', Crispin believes that Lewisham is strengthened by its diversity and richer by its variety. An invested stakeholder in the future of the area, he intends to add value to the Lewisham Culture and Diversity Advisory Forum by utilising his experience, strong community ethics and extensive cultural networks.
Alessandra is a London-based curator, creative producer, researcher, and writer. Her collaborative work explores urgent socio-political issues with a focus on the transformational power of visual and live art practices. She has worked on multi-disciplinary live and visual art projects across the UK, Europe, and internationally in partnership with arts organisations, institutions, community centres, and universities. From 2014 to 2018,
Alessandra has been co-director of the UK-based arts organisation Something Human. She is the founder of performingborders.live, a curatorial digital research platform and series of local, national, and international public programmes around art and notions and lived experiences of intersectional borders. She is the project manager for the Bagri Foundation that supports multidisciplinary artists from Asia and its diaspora.
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I am a visual artist from Lewisham with a West Indian heritage, specialising in ball point pen portraiture, YouTube art creation videos and murals. I deliver commissioned artworks for both the private and public sector clients, nationwide. I use social media to gain a following of people who enjoy watching video footage of my art making process and finished works.
I am encouraged that the London art scene is rapidly becoming more inclusive which benefits the art lovers of all backgrounds, opening us up to new ideas, concepts and artistic composition.
Tayo Odesanya is an award winning writer/director born and raised in Lewisham. Her first short ‘Maya’ gained 10 nominations including Best Student film at the London Short Film Festival as well as the Children’s Award at the Encounters Film Festival. The film went on to win Best International Film at the London International Film Festival, Best Foreign Film at the El Dorado International Film Festival and Bradford Student Widescreen Film of the Year award.
Working in a variety of genres specialising in dramas, her work tends to explore unconventional tails, close to home as well as overseas, with the hope to inform, entertain and inspire. “I want to create art that speaks to people from all walks of life. Art that comes from true places, so that - no matter the content you always hear real voices.”
Jamie Hale is a cross-disciplinary creative practitioner, working on subjectivity, identity and survival across themes of queer, trans, and disabled embodiment. They curated and produced CRIPtic 2019 - a d/Deaf and disabled artists' showcase at the Barbican Centre, including their solo show, NOT DYING, which was also performed at the Lyric in Hammersmith. They have also performed at the Southbank Centre, Tate Modern, Saboteur Awards, and Trans Creative Arts Festival. They are a poet and essayist, with a collection coming out in Jan 2021, titled Shield, and were one of the winners of the inaugural London Writers' Awards for Poetry 2018. They have extensive policy and cultural involvement in the borough, working closely with Deptford based Spread the Word, and chairing Lewisham Disabled People's Commission.
Darcy Thomas is an artist, curator, TV producer and media consultant. “Mr. Darcy“ has been commissioned by Disney, The BBC, Channel 4, YouTube, Amazon and more; to develop, write and act in a wide range of comedy and entertainment shows for TV and Online. He has also made various documentaries such as BBC's “Bass Beats and Bars: The Story of Grime” and created shows to challenge social issues; such as 'The Whole Truth', which aired on channel 4 to launch world mental health day 2020.
In 2014 Darcy began working at the BBC and noticed the diversity issues within the organisation and in 2015 launched the first ever BBC Youth initiative, funded by the BBC Trust. This venture worked as a resource for BBCThree, a sounding board for commissioning youth content and also for hiring young staff (under 34).
Darcy has filmed for a variety of politicians, leaders, artists and musicians, including the legendary 'Banksy'. He produced the relaunch of the infamous 'Yo! MTV Raps' brand in 2018 and in 2019 was asked to produce his own spin off show for MTV, titled 'Yo! Rates' which ran for two seasons. In 2020 he was asked to help relaunch Britain's pioneering 'ChannelU' and also joined the voting committee for the Mobo Awards. He has over a decade of experience working with young people, running youth initiatives with various organisations and charities across the country. Darcy specialises in youth engagement and scouting talent from diverse backgrounds. In his spare time he consults for companies and develops young talent, also assisting to organise events for large scale campaigns (like grime4corbyn and grime4grenfell).
His most recent event '@InternationalYouthDayUK', is connected to young people globally and will run annually to celebrate youth and supply work opportunities for young people globally.