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:
May Project Gardens works mostly with unaccompanied minors (children under the age of 18 who arrive in the UK alone). Through their youth programme Hip Hop Garden, they try to understand what being a young asylum seeker or refugee really means; what the lives of these young people are like as a consequence of their legal status and being far from their homes and families.
A video showing how Hip Hip can be used to educate and empower young people to be healthy, entrepreneurial and grow their communities: https://youtu.be/YKrUQ4qRkEI
The ‘Poor Theatres’ project explored the relationships between theatre, poverty and economic justice. The first phase of research ran from 2014-2015 and it worked historically as well as in the contemporary moment
Multiple different videos from Poor Theatres on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNn118IcD1EN6K3R_txI4YQ?view_as=public
Use your art to educate, guide, help, connect, and make a difference!
Artist and advocate Danielle Coke’s work is bright, beautiful, and meaningful — literally. By creating shareable infographics about challenging topics, Danielle gives people around the world a way to engage with social justice through art. Now, Danielle is sharing the process behind her viral art so that you can do the same: create an Instagram-ready illustration on a topic you care about.
A film by Deirde O'Neill and Mike Wayne that explores the difficulties actors without the personal links or financial resources needed to get on in the industry. It is not a film about acting; it’s about the lack of working class representation on our stages and our screens. It’s a story of social inequality and how that impacts on the performing arts.
The entire film is available to watch at https://theactingclass.info/trailer/
where there are also short clips of actors such as Maxine Peake, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Christopher Eccelston and Sam West.