WOKE. Is committed to curating and organising a diverse range of events aimed at enhancing and championing creative people of colour.
Please see upcoming and previous events below:
Watch this space we are currently working hard to bring you fresh, diverse and creative events x
WOKE. X WHEN DAISIES TALK – MAY.09.2019
IMMSERIVE POETRY EVENT
CLOSE UP CINEMA – SHOREDITCH
When Daisies Talk is a collection of poetry written by Mica Gray, an assistant psychologist working in mental health services. The book explores the writers own experiences with psychosis and depression.
The event will be in the form of an immersive performance, which will see Mica read selected poems from the collection. This will be accompanied by a backdrop of sound and visuals references exploring themes such as race in the mental health system, culture, spirituality, faith, womanhood, healing, self-care love and identity.
We will end with a Q&A where we hope to discuss issues of mental health particularly amongst people of colour.
This event is presented by WOKE.UK in partnership with Close Up Cinema.
Please join us on Thursday 9th May from 7-9pm at Close Up Cinema, Shoreditch, London, E1 6HR
Tickets are priced at £10 for general admission and for £15 receive a signed copy of the book, please follow the link below to purchase your tickets now!
WOKE. @ BUY BLACK LONDON- APR. 20.2019
WOKE. is proud to be promoting what we are all about at April’s Buy Black London – a black business market. Buy Black London launched earlier this year and is a fair that champions black owned businesses and gives them a space to sell and advertise their platforms.
Please join us we will be selling our WOKE. merchandise as well as leading a workshop detailing the meaning of the word woke.
BEYOND THE VOYAGE – MAR. 16. 2019
THE INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ARTS LONDON (ICA)
Beyond the Voyage originated from a desire in the founders of WOKE. to reference and celebrate the settling of the Windrush Generation in Britain.
The Empire Windrush arrived in Britain in 1948, carrying 1,027 willing and determined migrants who were invited by the British government to help alleviate labour shortages as result of the war. 22nd June 2018 marked the 70th anniversary of the Windrush generations arrival on British shores; coinciding with the recent parliamentary scandal which saw many of those who came during the Windrush period being stripped of citizenship and denied medical care under the NHS because of a lack of documentation. This is despite the fact that many individuals paid the modern equivalent of £1,000 in 1948 to travel to Britain. They were offered to stay as a reward for their immense contribution to the reconstruction of our nation in the post-war period.
More recently there has been a wave of wrongful and sudden deportations of Caribbean people by the British Government, many of which are elderly, lived in the UK for the vast majority of their lives and have created families, a livelihood and made immeasurable contributions to Britain. As these repatriations still continues today, many have been left in a state of limbo and uncertainty regarding their identity and status in Britain.
Beyond the Voyage aims to explore stories of migration to Britain in the quest to define what it means to be a person of colour living in this country in our current social and political climate. Often, many of us find overlaps and commonalities in our narratives; both across the diaspora and within the different communities of people of colour living in Britain.
This event hopes to amalgamate some of these stories to unify and celebrate them as one, whilst providing an opportunity for us all to learn and share our narratives through artistic lens.
WOKE. IN CONVERSATION WITH JANETTE PARRIS – DEC.15.2018
GOLDSMITHS UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
“WOKE”. – In Conversation With Janette Paris
We were grateful to have the opportunity to host this In Conversation session with artist Janette Parris at Goldsmiths University of London on Saturday 15 December. The venue made for both a great and nostalgic setting. With Goldsmiths being the cultural and creative hub that it is, as well as the fact that Parris is a Fine Art Alumni of the University.
Janette Parris is a Black British female artist who uses the ‘everyday’ as the basis for her work, She works across different mediums including: drawing, animation and performance (musical and theatre). Born and raised in London Janette’s practice is informed by her surroundings experiences and personal connections to urban spaces. She creates strong narrative work often in the form of comic strips to capture the humorous essence of life, while reflecting a dry and self effacing look at the world. After sharing her experiences, personal and artistic development and her journey of navigating her way from art school through the art world; Janette was joined by artist and founder of WOKE. Nacheal Catnott for a Q&A session, where she discussed in more detail the development of her practice and explored in depth her experiences of being a Black female artist in the current political climate.
The event saw the artists interact through a series of engaging tasks that Janette is known for carrying out in her talks. This involved the audience reading from a series of statement artworks entitled Bite Yer Tongue, which Parris made whilst she was studying. Her rapport with the audience created a humorous and thought provoking experience.
We thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to host this event and speak with Janette Parris about her work as well as current pressing issues within the creative world. We would like to thank Janette for both her involvement and continued support of WOKE.
‘WOKE’ : A SUDDEN UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT’S REALLY GOING ON- OCT. 16. 2018
THE FLYING DUTCHMAN ART SPACES
‘Woke’ : A sudden understanding of what’s really going on.
Tuesday 16 October 2018 marked our first WOKE. event – ‘Woke’: A sudden understanding of what’s really going. This was a multimedia art exhibition that brought together a total of 17 artists of colour in one space. Each of whom explored aspects of their race, heritage and upbringing whilst emphasising what it means to be ‘the other’ in our current social and political landscape.
This exhibition took place during Black History Month and aimed to be a catalyst in sparking conversations around necessary and important issues, not merely to support the fact that the celebration of our history and the education of our culture tends to be reduced solely to one calendar month. Instead, it was and continues to be an attempt at highlighting the richness and power that is present and growing within our communities.
The event saw over 100 people attend on a blustery autumn night and was housed by the phenomenal Flying Dutchman space in Camberwell South London. This is a venue rich in character and is known for supporting both students and artists that are young in their practice. The night provided an opportunity for people to engage with multiple artistic mediums and to promote and support local artists of colour. Special performances came from Villain’s Crew and cupcakes from young black female baker Zhane’s Kitchen were also very successful on the night.