#ArtsWeekLDN

#ChangeTheNarrative

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, 8th March BFI

SUSAN SARANDON

ACTOR, PRODUCER & ACTIVIST

ROBERT WEBB

ACTOR, COMEDIAN & AUTHOR

SALENA GODDEN

POET

KRISTJANA S WILLIAMS

ARTIST

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ALICE INSTONE

ARTIST

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How can we inspire a change of culture that can help bring attitudes towards women and gender equality into the 21st century? Join us as we discuss how men, women, businesses, organisations and those who find themselves in positions of power can help enable change by highlighting how we break damaging behavioural habits and take steps to alter negative attitudes towards women.

 

Icelandic born artist Kristjana S Williams studied graphic design and illustration at Central St Martins and quickly gained critical acclaim as Creative Director of Beyond the Valley for 8 years. In 2011, Kristjana S Williams began creating fine art pieces, art prints, furniture and more.   Williams’s inspiration lies heavily with layering nature upon nature and ‘the symmetry in all things living’, which stems from the artist’s childhood in Iceland. 

Kristjana has designed a bespoke piece of artwork, displayed on the HeForShe T-Shirt

 

HeForShe T-Shirt Designer

SalenaGodden's whose spoken word album LIVEwire was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award. 

Joining the LIVEwire line-up are: Joelle Taylor, Inua Ellams, Dzifa Benson, Matt Abbott, Michelle Fisher, Selina Nwulu, Connor Byrne!

 

LIVE Wire - An eventing of poetry, 13th March, Libreria

PLAYING CARDS WITH MY GRANDMOTHER

“I played cards with my Grandmother all the time when I was growing up (she lived next door). It was about being together without the need for conversation but with space for it if we wanted. Games remind us of what we have in common, and the cards are an attempt to realise and recapture some of the essence of what my grandmothers offered through images and messages; advice, wisdom, experience, reassurance, love, patience, stoicism, continuity and comfort. I loved my grandmother’s house because it was calm, time moved slower, things were always the same. The cards themselves were also therapeutic, the motifs magical, ambiguous, enigmatic.”

Alice Instone is a British artist who makes work concerned with gender and power; drawing attention to the female archetype. She has worked with numerous influential women including Annie Lennox, Alison Goldfrapp, Baroness Kennedy QC, Secretary of State Baroness Scotland, Professor Baroness Greenfield, Helen McCrory, Sadie Frost, Elle Macpherson, Bianca Jagger, Bella Freud, Baroness Shami Chakrabarti, Emilia Fox, Cherie Blair QC and Alice Temperley to name a few. 

 

Artists involved include

SPEAKERS

RACHAEL DOWNIE 

BROADCASTER

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Hosting 24 hour Radio show, Friday 9th March

Rachael Downie is an established sports broadcaster anchoring sport shows on channels such as Arise News and FATV. Rachael has covered many motorsport championship's in Europe, including the Le Mans 24-hour Race for Nismo TV and has interviewed the drivers from the F1 team Sahara Force India for live Q&A's during many Grand Prix's. Rachael also presents her own sports radio show on FUBAR Radio called Pitch Talk. One of her passions is mentoring for the FA's anti-racism charity 'Kick It Out' and aims to inspire a generation

SUSAN SARANDON

ACTOR, PRODUCER & ACTIVIST

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Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
8th March, BFI

Photograph by Austin Hargrave

ROBERT WEBB

ACTOR, COMEDIAN & AUTHOR

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How can we inspire a change of culture that can help bring attitudes towards women and gender equality into the 21st century? Join us as we discuss how men, women, businesses, organisations and those who find themselves in positions of power can help enable change by highlighting how we break damaging behavioural habits and take steps to alter negative attitudes towards women.

 

VISUAL ARTISTS

KRISTJANA S WILLIAMS

ARTIST

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Icelandic born artist Kristjana S Williams studied graphic design and illustration at Central St Martins and quickly gained critical acclaim as Creative Director of Beyond the Valley for 8 years. In 2011, Kristjana S Williams began creating fine art pieces, art prints, furniture and more.   Williams’s inspiration lies heavily with layering nature upon nature and ‘the symmetry in all things living’, which stems from the artist’s childhood in Iceland. 

Kristjana S Williams designed this print especially for HeForShe Arts Week  reimagining existing narratives to emphasise the role of women in tales. Through a variety of symbols and visual attributes each emphasising female power, the artwork aims to envisage a world of harmony, not only between the different genders but bringing the Earth itself into the picture with its seas and different creatures. In the centre of the piece, the modified statue of Pallas Athene represents the importance of women, female identity, power and equality, echoing the essence of the HeForShe movement. The sensitive disposition of the subject required great care in selecting the elements that were going to be incorporated into the image.

 

Working with ancient Greek statues helped to add a timeless feel to the composition and hopefully to create a visual language that people can easily connect with regardless of race, sexuality or other factors of identity formation. The positive atmosphere of the campaign suggested a playful approach to the creation of the artwork, its tropical and colourful elements compliment the spirit of the HeForShe Campaign. The composition features a number of symbols such as leopards (peace), dolphins (joy, diligence, love, charity), orchids (perfection), laurel leaves (eternity, victory), palm leaves (prosperity, beauty) among others.

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ALICE INSTONE

ARTIST

Alice Instone is a British artist who makes work concerned with gender and power; drawing attention to the female archetype. She has worked with numerous influential women including Annie Lennox, Alison Goldfrapp, Baroness Kennedy QC, Secretary of State Baroness Scotland, Professor Baroness Greenfield, Helen McCrory, Sadie Frost, Elle Macpherson, Bianca Jagger, Bella Freud, Baroness Shami Chakrabarti, Emilia Fox, Cherie Blair QC and Alice Temperley to name a few. 

 

POETS

SALENA GODDEN

POET

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SalenaGodden's whose spoken word album LIVEwire was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award. 

Joining the LIVEwire line-up are: Joelle Taylor, Inua Ellams, Dzifa Benson, Matt Abbott, Michelle Fisher, Selina Nwulu, Connor Byrne!

 

JOELLE TAYLOR

WRITER

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Poet, playwright, essayist and athor, and the founder of the Poetry Society’s national youth slam championships. 

Joelle's new collection Songs My Enemy Taught Me was published in July 2017 by Out-Spoken Press, and was supported by two national tours in that year. She has been anthologised widely in English, Portuguese, Polish, Finnish, Arabic and Ndebele. 

INUA ELLAMS 

WRITER

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Born in Nigeria, Inua Ellams is an award winning poet, playwright & founder of the Midnight Run. Identity, Displacement & Destiny are reoccurring themes in his work in which he mixes the old with the new, traditional with the contemporary. His books are published by Flipped Eye, Akashic, Nine Arches & Oberon. 

 

CONNOR BYRNE  

WRITER

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Up and coming poet Connor Byrne is from Brighton. He has been writing and sharing his work for two years, including at Trans Pride Brighton, in the Brighton and Edinburgh Fringes as part of Poets vs MCs, at the Southbank Centre as part of the London Literature Festival and supporting the Out-Spoken Press Tour in  Brighton. He was a Roundhouse Slam finalist in 2017 and was commissioned by Apples and Snakes for the Brighton Festival 2017. 

MICHELLE FISHER

WRITER

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Michelle Fisher is a writer and performance poet from Glasgow. She was a finalist for the Glasgow leg of Words First; a national collaborative project between BBC Radio 1xtra and the Roundhouse. She has supported some of the UK's top performers including Kate Tempest, Salena Godden, Hollie McNish, Elvis McGonagall and Luke Wright and is currently a Resident Artist at the Roundhouse. 

 

SELINA NWULA  

WRITER

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Writer, social researcher and campaigner with a focus on social and environmental justice, education and global politics, also recently finished her tenure as Young Poet Laureate for London. She has worked in a number of social policy roles for not for profit organisations including UN Women, the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Capacity Global (an environmental think tank) and currently at the RSA. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, Red Pepper, Sable Litmag and The Free Word Centre. She was Co-Editor for women’s news portal, Women’s Views on News until 2012. 

DZIFA BENSON 

ARTIST AND WRITER

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Dzifa Benson is a multi-disciplinary live artist who uses literature as her primary mode of expression.Dzifa is currently developing a transmedia project inspired by DNA, The Spit of Me, an artistic, social and biological investigation into the body's relationship with time, culture, migration, memory and identity. She is currently studying for an MA in Text & Performance at Birkbeck and RADA. She is also a Ledbury Emerging Poetry Critic.

 

MATT ABBOTT  

WRITER

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Founder of Nymphs and Thugs poetry label. Matt Abbott is a rising star on the UK’s spoken word scene and a social and political activist. His 2017 Edinburgh Fringe show ‘Two Little Ducks’ earned 5* reviews in the national press. A former music frontman, he tours the UK with bands, comedians and political speakers as well as appearing at spoken word poetry nights.

COMEDIANS

Jen Brister 

COMEDIAN

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Jen is a critically acclaimed stand up comedian, writer and actor. She has written for BBC Scotland, presented for BBC 6 Music and Juice FM, and has performed stand up on Live at the Apollo, and Comedy Central in Live at the Comedy Store.

With thanks to all the artists, performers, speakers and creators involved:

Abbey Raymonde

Albert Hammond Jr.

Alessi’s Ark

Alexandra Burke

Alexandra Dean

Alice Instone

Alicia MacDonald

Alison Weir

Amanda Maxwell

Amanda Palmer

Amanda Star

Amber Doig Thorne

Amika Ezer

Amy Mason

Andrea Pallaoro

Andy Pilkington 

Andy Tillett

Annabelle Knight

Anuvab Pal

Arielle Free

Ashlee Bentley

Aston Merrygold

B.Traits

Baroness Manzoor CBE

Basma Khalifa

Benjamin Brooks-Dutton

Benjamin Zand

Bobby Pleasure

Bright Light Bright Light

Briony Redman

Calum McSwiggan

Carla Marie

Carmen Lynch

Carrie Anne

Charlie Condou

Chi Onwurah 

Chirine El Ansari

Chloe Howl

Chloe Petts

Clare Wright

Clifford Samuel

Collette Cooper

Connor Byrne

Cordelia O’Neill

Courtney Blazon

Dan Caplen

Dave Hill

David Brockway

Deanne Oliver-Pickard

Dfiza Benson

Dr Joanna Williams

Eartha Pond

Edna Pletchetero

Eline Van Der Velden

Ellie Prohan

Emma Walsh

Eva Lazarus

Faith Orr

Faye Milton

Ferhan Khan

Francesca Lombardo

Francesco De Carlo

Franko Fraize

Gabriel

Girli

Good Witch

Greer Dale Foulkes

Guvna B

Hanna Flint

Hannah Jewell

Hannah Sharkey 

Hannah Witton

Harriet Braine

Harriet Moss

Harriet Rose 

Helen Richardson Walsh

Hill Bauman 

Holly Walker

Imogen Butler Cole

Inua Ellams

Isatta Sheriff

Jack Barry

Jackmaster

Jahannah James

James Brookes

James Grundy

Jan Ravens

Jessica Ashworth

Jessica Fostekew

Jodie Mitchell

Joey Page

Juliet Stevenson

June Sarpong

Kady McDermott

Kate Budgen 

Kate Fahy

Kate Herront

Kate Richardson Walsh

Kate Simko & London Electronic Orchestra

Katy B

Keith Harris

Kim Murray

Kirsti Hadley

Kristjana S Williams

Kwabs

 

 

 

 

 

Kyro

L'Aubaine

Lara Baker

Laura Crane

Lauren Baker

Lia Williams

Libby Liburd

Lily Bevan

Lily Mercer

Lily Phillips

Lisa Luxx

Lizzie Cundy

Louise O’Neill

Louise Young

Lucy Moon

Lucy Spraggan

Luke Courtier

Luke Cutforth

Maisie Adam

Manny & Me

Marfije Cornelissen

Mark Simmons

Marsicans

Martha

Martina Connors

Matt Abbot

Matt Okine

Matthew Ryder QC

Maxine Mawhinney

Maya Jupiter

MC Angel

Megan Shandley

Melanie Murphy

Melissa Maouris

Michael Fentiman

Michaela Starck

Michele Pernetta

Michelle Fisher

Mike Shephard

Mikill Pane

Munroe Bergdorf

Nancy Buirski

Nathan Crossan-Smith 

Nathaniel Martello-White

Nigel Lindsay 

Nigel Munson

Nyomi Gray

Olivia Arben

Patrick Turpin

Peggy Gou

Persia Lawson

Philip Scott-Wallace 

Phoebe Fox

Pips Taylor

Polina Kalinina 

Preet Gill

Rachael Downie

Rachel Wellford Wellbeing

Ralph Moore

Rav Bansal

Robert Webb

Robyn Vinter

Roly UnGashaa

Rothwell

Roxanne De Bastion

Roxie Nafousi

Sabrina Mahfouz

Saint Clair

Salena Godden

Salena Raffle

Sam Callaghan

Sam Thompson

Samantha Johnson 

Samantha Schnitzer

Sammy Andrews

Sarah Chew

Sarah Love

Sarah Wilson

Seann Walsh

Selina Nwulu

Sh!tst!ck

Simon Stephens 

Snoochie Shy

Sophie Walker

Stacee Smith

Stacey Devonport 

Susan Riddell

Susan Sarandon

Suzi Ruffell

Tameka Mortimer

Teuila Blakely

Thaila Skye

Thanyia Moore

The Last Skeptik

The Manor

Tiggi Hawke

Tim Crowther 

Ty

Tyger Drew Honey

Vanessa Reed

Vicki Psarias

Weave

Will Attenborough

Will Hardy

Xanthe Fuller

Yomi Adegoke

DARREN HARRIOTT

COMEDIAN

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Darren Harriott is one of the most exciting up-and-coming comedians on the circuit. Over the last couple of years, he has appeared on Live at the Apollo, Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central, BBC Radio 4’s Best of the Fest, BBC 4 Extra Stands Up, and The Now Show.

 

JO CAULFIELD

COMEDIAN

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Jo Caulfield is “one of the finest female comics at work” (The Observer) and has recently been nominated as “the best female Stand-Up in the country” (Chortle.co.uk). Jo is a regular guest on both Mock The Week (BBC2) and Have I Got News For You (BBC1).

 

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