a bit about me
I'm a Bristol based producer, curator and facilitator interested in creativity, care and social change. I co-create action research, engagement programmes and events with creatives aged 18-30, BIPOC artists, and those in creative tech.
At the moment I work 3 days with Rising Arts Agency where I work across 2 projects and am part of the core team. I am Exec Producer on BE IT, supporting young leaders making change through non traditional means. I also work as Critical Agitator and Researcher on our Resourcing Racial Justice programme, supporting our BIPOC community and staff.
In Spring 2022, I'll be setting off on a UK wide tour for UnEarthed, which I co-lead with Lukus Robbins. This is a National Lottery funded project exploring what our future relationship to land might be, when we take time to imagine collectively as part of our communities.
I've been co-curating with gentle/radical since 2020 where we ran online events such as Anthologies of Care - an experimental space exploring self care, restoration and reparation. Last year we were working on our Turner Prize nomination exhibition, and I was co-leading our in person event exploring critical connections (not critical mass) in community arts practice.
Alongside Josephine Gyasi at Knowle West Media Centre, I'm co-curating Creativity + Care, a year long programme exploring pleasure activism and care in production processes and the creative sector, alongside artists from across the country and Taiwan. In Summer 2022 we'll be publishing an A-Z of Care in the Creative Industries, a toolkit for embedding more care into creative work.
Space and place are really important in my work, and in 2019/20 I was a Research Fellow in Inclusion for Digital Placemaking. My research explored how digital/hybrid spaces and digital placemaking processes could centre care and support radical change makers and has been pivotal to my work.
In Summer 2022 I'll be launching an 'organisational container' for my individual creative practice. Studio Susegad will be a new home for creative production in Bristol and beyond - interested in how we centre rest and care in creative practice. I've been developing the principles/intentions, business model and co-creation strategies over the last 6 months and I can't wait to officially launch it.
People, projects and organisations I've worked with include:
Bristol + Bath Creative R&D, Jerwood Arts, In Place of War, Engage, Rife, British Council, Bristol Cable, Trinity Community Arts, Container Magazine, Rife, Sour Lemons, BBC Arts, Calling The Shots, We Are Parable, Clwstwr, MAIA, Anagram, South West Creative Technology Network, Trigger, Natural Resources Wales, National Theatre Wales, No Bindings, Shelby X Studios, East Bristol Cinema.