Thursday, 30 October 2008

Through the Looking Glass

I have spent the better half of this week supervising a Video Art Workshop here in Lagos and its been really exciting working with artist from around Nigeria who work in a broad range of arts, from sound art to photography, poetry to performance. Most of the artists were experiencing Video Art for the first time and now they are really running with it! See for more info. The workshop has been run by members of theoneminutes organisation, who work with video art that lasts only a minute, see, also see my residencies section for their current open call.

Watching the artist work made me a little jealous as I would love to produce my own piece (when you work in arts admin you sometimes wonder whether or not you should be producing work)! I had a lot of encouragement from the lead artists and the participants who pushed me to come up with a concept. Having worked in both poetry and fashion I gravitated to these two areas of interest. Unfortunately time was not permitting to actually make my film (I do intend to one day bring my ideas to life), but it was nice to think about producing something.

If you cant wait for me to get my film finished you can get a bit more info on poetryfilm at or check out

Fashion in Film at Friday Late at the V&A
Friday 31 October 2008, 19:15 till late

Fashion in Film presents a new programme at French Connection Friday Late at the V&A, in conjunction with Cold War Modern.
Under socialism, fashion was essentially anti-capitalist and anti-consumerist. The "clothing culture" was supposed to aid the “all-round development of the socialist personality”, but the centrally-planned clothing that resulted often didn't fit the desires. In this programme we present some of the most eloquent newsreels and documentaries from post-war East Germany and Czechoslovakia exploring the rhetoric of "socialist fashion". Spanning restrained modernist taste, the majestic International Fashion Congresses, fashion espionage and the mockery of “Western” extravagance, the programme reveals complex issues and tensions, showing fashion as a key player in Cold War propaganda.
Curated by Renate Stauss and Marketa Uhlirova and presented in association with BFI Southbank. With thanks to Progress Film-Verleih GmbH and Kratky Film Praha.
For more detail visit the Friday Late website: + click October

Thursday, 16 October 2008

Catch a Vibe

I want to direct you to the fantastic new site

Catch a Vibe is the new site from the people who brought you It was with Say It Loud that I first started commenting on art and theater by writing reviews, so I am very happy to see them moving on and up!

Do visit the site which offers information on Afro-Caribbean arts/ entertainment in and around London, film/music/book reviews and much much more! Also if you think yourself a budding writer why not get in touch with them about doing a piece.

Tuesday, 7 October 2008


Hi all,

I would normally include this in my residencies/ opportunities section but as its something I'm working on I decided to make it a full on post. It takes place in Lagos so if you or anyone you know is interested please pass on the details.

I am really interested to see what is happening in Africa in the way of video art and new media and I welcome the programme. Having had the chance to speak with the artist Goddy Leye I see that there is definitely a presence within the continent and I am interested to hear a bit more. If you are a video artists based in Africa or in the diaspora it would be lovely to hear from you as the contemporary arts organisation I am working with has committed to promoting the art form throughout 2009.

Other exciting news: I have just started blogging for artsadmin. My first post is up alongside some really great articles:


The Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos is pleased to present its first video art workshop programme for 2008/9. Following in the steps of its successful first workshop in Enugu in 2007, The One Minute Foundation will lead the training.

Workshop Content Includes

  • Screening of existing One Minute Video selected from over 60 countries.
  • Discussion on content and style of the video
  • Introduction to different video art approaches
  • Development of participants own ideas – storyboard, visual concept etc.
  • Implementation of ideas and editing of individual works
  • Screening of video art works to a public audience
  • Receipt of a dvd of the workshop, a cd of individual work/s

Dates: Monday 27th October – Saturday 1st November (6 days) 9am – 6pm
Venue: Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos, 9McEwen Street, Off Queens Street, Sabo, Yaba, Lagos

Workshop Level: Beginners

Target Audience: Artists. Experience and/or interest in the visual arts preferable. Emphasis is on talent, motivation and a keen interest in experimenting in new forms of artistic production.

Fee:N2,500 non-refundable (first come first serve basis only) Spaces are limited.

For more information call Oyinda on 07055680104 or email

Application closes 5pm, Sunday 19th October 2008

The One Minutes Foundation is a non profit organisation stimulating the making and showing of audio-visual works that last exactly one minute. It is initiated by the Sandberg Institute, the postgraduate programme of the Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam.

Funded by the Mondriaan Foundation.

Coming in Jan 2009!

2nd Intensive 2week International Video Art Workshop.

Register Now

Thursday, 2 October 2008

If you view my blog via Taking It Global

If you keep up to date with my posts via the Taking It Global site do visit the Blogger page. You will be able to find opportunities/ residencies that can not be viewed via that version:

Poetry International 2008

Friday 24 October 2008 - Saturday 1 November 2008
Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
London SE1 8XX

Poetry International 2008 is about freedom. It celebrates poetry’s enduring ability to transcend doctrine, spin and censorship, to confirm, in John Berger’s words that ‘in the world we live in today poetry is an unbowed, unspinned means of communication’.
We celebrate poetry in translation by looking at Palestine, magnified in significance by the untimely death of Mahmoud Darwish. Speechless presents poetry beyond censorship from South East Asia.

Six Seasons evokes the poetic moods of Bengal through text and music, and some of the greats in world poetry, including Jorie Graham, Mark Doty and Tomas Venclova, read from their latest work. Look out too for Lemn Sissay’s specially curated installation running throughout the festival and join us for a reading from his new collection, Listener.

My picks from the festival are:

Sean O'Brien
Sunday 26 October 2008
Sean O'Brien, one of the great poet critics of our age, gives this year's TS Eliot Prize lecture.

Power in the Voice
Monday 27 October 2008
Power in the Voice is a British Council project that celebrates young people finding their voices through spoken word, performance poetry, rap, storytelling and the oral tradition.

Lemn Sissay
Wednesday 29 October 2008
It's been seven years since Lemn Sissay wrote Morning Breaks in the Elevator.

Jean Binta Breeze and Linton Kwesi Johnson
Thursday 30 October 2008
Jean Binta Breeze presents new poetry and spoken word with an urban flavour - the next generation of performers on the London scene.

While your there why not stop off at the Saison Poetry Library, 5th Floor Royal Festival Hall. The library houses the largest selection on contemporary poetry (1912- onwards) in England, comprising of a audio, written and visual poetry. The library is a public lending library and can be joined on providing a proof of any UK address (bill, bank statement)