Beautiful Rising teases out the key elements of creative activism.
Every discipline has its forms of action: ballet dancers lunge and pirouette; boxers throw jabs and uppercuts. Likewise, creative activists have their own forms of action. Some, like a sit-in, march or picket line, have been used for generations. Others, like flash mobs and hashtag campaigns, are recent innovations. As with ballet or boxing, a single tactic, no matter how well executed, rarely wins the day. Victory comes, if it comes, through creative combination and variation.
Beautiful Trouble Strategy Card Deck: https://beautifultrouble.org/shop/carddeck/
This project stemmed from conversations about lyrical content in the music studio at Bollo Brook Youth Centre, as well as the prevalence of racialised language amongst young people. In the summer of 2018, young people and the art tutor at Bollo Brook Youth Centre in South Acton, west London, started recording conversations about race and racism. With the support of The Equality Trust, the project grew into a wide-ranging and challenging exploration of young peoples’ experiences of and attitudes towards this difficult topic. During the project a number of different artworks were produced that enable conversations about different areas of the subject.
A page with links to the portraits created, plus access to a book that was produced by the young people of South Acton: https://www.imnotyour.co.uk/history-of-who-we-are-who-we-arent/
A link to the Zine about anti-racism in schools: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/791874412/five-things-i-wish-id-learnt-at-school?ref=shop_review
Lemn Sissay MBE, Poet, Playwright, Broadcaster, Speaker
Channel 4 programme where Lemn Sissay meets seven young people who are in the care of their council and sets out to help them express their experiences through words and perform them to a packed theatre of decision-makers: https://www.channel4.com/programmes/superkids-breaking-away-from-care