Creative Producer | Inclusivity Consultant/Producer | Project Coordinator | Events Manager | Agent | Creative Consultant (R&D) | Research Fellow "Lend Me Your Hearts, Keep The Rest."
Fri 22 Nov 2019 13:00
Studio Resident Will Taylor & Bristol+Bath Creative R&D Digital Placemaking New Talent Research Fellow joins us for this lunchtime talk, to discuss the challenges & opportunities around the theme of Digital Placemaking.
Born and raised in South West London to first generation Ghanian immigrants. I very quickly learned to question the issues raised by the diasporic experience especially in comparison to others in the same situation as well as to those whose parents were from the British Isles. At 11 I found myself at an incredibly prestigious boarding school, Christ’s Hospital. Where I spent the next 7 years bouncing between 2 very stark realities. Poverty on one hand and the ritual exhibition of the British upper (middle) class on the other. This duality of experience left me very firmly on the peripheries of both social groupings, a space I suppose I’m used to now.
As a result, not only did I find myself at odds with my own personal identity, but I would continue to be a flag bearer for those I feel I represent. Moving between social spaces I aspire to enlighten people to the realities of the plight of the perpetually impoverished diasporic experience whilst simultaneously ‘holding’ the door open for those who lack agency to spaces society has “implied” are available to them.
I am a Producer. I enjoy film, music, live performance, exhibitions, theatre, visual arts, audio, publications, editorials and curation. As a result I may be working across any of these disciplines at any given time. My role is very much dependent on what is required for a successful realisation of the brief. So I could find myself focusing on team building, research and development, networking, marketing, design, budgeting, location scouting, brokering deals and professional relationships, licensing and social impact. My work is very much rooted in providing spaces for creativity to flourish for one and all, especially those underrepresented in the creative industry at large. Helping artists reach their potential and pave their way despite not usually having anyone who represents them in positions of influence.