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Amaal Said

Discipline: Visual Arts
Creative mentor: Tate Modern

Amaal Said is a Danish-born poet and photographer of Somali heritage who has been developing an experimental film-making project about family memory, loss and connection across continents as experienced by migrants and children / families of migrants.

Chinelo L. Njaka, Ph.D.

Discipline: Public Art
Creative mentor: Dulwich Picture Gallery with Bold Tendencies

Chinelo L. Njaka (she/her/hers) is an Igbo(Nigerian)-US American-British sociologist and maker-artist. Using fabric portraiture and storytelling, Chinelo highlights historical and contemporary Black and Black British African and Caribbean figures from Peckham and Southwark, to be shown locally

Daniel Oduntan

Discipline: Visual Arts
Creative mentor: Tate Modern

Daniel is an interdisciplinary artist who works across visual arts, sound and performance media. Daniel has been developing Soul Complex Unfinished, a sound and visual response to unseen and untold black creativity in Southwark that re-imagines the development, production and exhibiting of black British art.

Hope Strickland

Discipline: Film and Video
Creative mentor: Film and Video Umbrella

Hope Strickland is an artist-filmmaker and researcher with British-Jamaican heritage. Through various filmmaking techniques and the paper fortune teller, she has been researching local archives, architecture and parks to explore human-animal relations and the effects of Victorian city-planning on our interactions and modes of living. 

Sergio Maggiolo

Discipline: Theatre
Creative mentor: Theatre Peckham

Sergio is a migrant Latin American queer theatre maker who focuses on creating theatre about queerness and colonisation. Sergio has been developing an autobiographical, larger-than-life, catholic cabaret about gender expression, religious dogma and the patriarchy.

Oluwaseun Olayiwola

Discipline: Dance
Creative mentor: Central School of Ballet

Oluwaseun is a Nigerian-American dancer, choreographer, poet and critic. Using dance techniques that include ballet, contemporary / modern, afro-forms and house, Oluwaseun has been developing a dance piece for three male dancers that interrogates the ideas of the ‘male gaze’ and masculinity.


Discipline: Music
Creative mentor: The Philharmonia

OYOKO is a multi-disciplinary artist, dancer, creator and DJ. She has spoken and performed at KarmaKlubb Oslo (Norway), Golden Jar Bergen (Norway), Tate Britain (UK), Institute of Contemporary Arts (UK), Royal Academy of Arts (UK), RAZA (Netherlands) and has showcased her first music video and release, UNMORALITY, in 2018 which was nominated for the Super Short London Film Festival in 2019 at the BFI, London.

OYOKO creates an eclectic blend of experimental, avant-pop, and alternative music. She has been developing an EP record that explores Black-African identity utilising sound and dialogue to revisit historical moments from personal perspectives. This body of work is a fusion of West African ancestral, contemporary and classical sounds creating a sonic journey that invites the listener to reflect, question and learn from the past and present.

Page last updated: 15 September 2023

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