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Exhibition Tour: Elsa James, 'Othered in a region that has been historically Othered'.
Focal Point Gallery is pleased to announce the first major solo exhibition by British African-Caribbean artist, producer and activist Elsa James. Her most ambitious work to date, ‘Othered in a region that has been historically Othered’ premieres in her home of Southend and is part of her ongoing enquiry into what it means to be black in Essex. The exhibition includes a major three-part film installation and original sound works, alongside text and new series of prints. These are centred around James’ lived experience, combining historical and speculative narratives, the untold stories of current residents and extensive research. Video produced and edited by Paul Bates and Gabrielle Milanese (Realm Video) https://www.fpg.org.uk/exhibition/elsa-james/
The Arts Foundation Futures Awards 2022
Created alongside The Arts Foundation. This special Online Ceremony will share the extraordinary and distinct work of twenty finalists across the areas of Animation, Materials Innovation, Music for Change, Theatre-Makers and Visual Arts, with all finalists receiving £1,000 towards their artistic practice.
Welcome to the UK Charity Video x 2023
"Settle in with dignity and courage". When Welcome to the UK's founder, Ilda Stafa, came to the UK, she couldn’t speak any English. She felt very isolated and needed someone to help her find out more about how to settle in Southend-on-Sea, so she decided to do something about it! Welcome to the UK was set up to support families from overseas to positively engage in their community.
Essex County Council Arts and Cultural Fund: The Story So Far
The Essex County Council Arts and Cultural Fund supports organisations and creative practitioners to deliver a broad and exciting range of work and activity to engage with and bring communities in Essex together. Since 2021, over sixty projects have been delivered, many of which have focused on the health and well-being of Essex residents and through those projects, creative arts have been taken into schools, residential care homes, country parks, universities, childcare settings as well as into the wider community. Filmed, produced and edited by Paul Bates and Gabrielle Milanese (Realm Video).
Expecting Art Documentary x 2023
‘Expecting Art’ was a project to explore, develop and create an artistic outcome with a group of local pre-natal individuals that examined their experiences and expectations of parenthood through workshops that lead to a collaborative artwork that discovers and draws together everyone’s individual experiences in one, big, shared experience. As part of the project, a documentary with filmed to capture this innovative project as it developed and it delve beneath the surface.
'To Dream Effectively' Exhibition Tour
Artists: Larry Achiampong, Sophia Al-Maria, A.S.T. (Alliance of the Southern Triangle), Diann Bauer, Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Caspar Heinemann, Leyla Pillai, Tabita Rezaire, Himali Singh Soin, Emilija Škarnulytė, Rosie Grace Ward This online tour introduces the works exhibited in 'To Dream Effectively', through insights into the artists' narratives and visualisations of speculative futures. These offer powerful alternatives to the mainstream histories that dominate our past and present realities. Discover the inspirational writer Ursula K. L Guin and how her novel The Lathe of Heaven, 1971 influenced the ideas behind the exhibition. 'To Dream Effectively' brings together international artists whose varied work offers cautionary reflections on a future that can still be influenced by how we dream it to be. This special tour was recorded in October 2020 to celebrate the works in 'To Dream Effectively' and features Gallery Director, Katharine Stout, Assistant Curators, Laura Bowen and James Ravinet and Gallery Assistant, Ruth Jones. Filmed and edited by Gabrielle Milanese and Paul Bates.
Contemporary Elders x Digital Connectivity
Focal Point Gallery and South Essex Homes have partnered up to explore the experiences of elder residents during lockdown and the digital connectivity available to them. Filmmaker's Gabriella Milanese and Paul Bates were commissioned to make a pilot video with three householders, each of Kestral House, Shoeburyness, Norman Harris House and The Brambles, Southend expressing their individual life achievements, interests and hopes for the future. From a variety of backgrounds the three interviewees, Hilda Berry, Sally Robinson and Phyllis Ward voiced the benefits of remaining connected and their willingness to be digital ambassadors to fellow elder tenants. The Contemporary Elders film will be screened on the Big Screen from 25 August to 10 September.
'Voices for Change'Join the Conversation
Want to be included in this film? Working alongside Southend 4 BLM to create a film consisting of interviews, poetry and performances. Our films aim is to create change and evoke understanding while discussing racism, racial injustice and racial inequality. The final film will be screened to the public later this year. Filmed with support from Metal Southend and Focal Point Gallery. Let's work together to create change and keep the conversation going. Be the change.
Rosa-Johan Uddoh, 'Practice Makes Perfect' x Focal Point Gallery
Artist Rosa-Johan Uddoh introduces a video tour of her current solo exhibition. ‘Practice Makes Perfect’ explores the relationship of childhood education with popular ideas of the British nation, and how this forms British subjects. This develops Uddoh’s practice exploring the effects of black British popular culture on self-formation. Responding to the current debates about black history within the National Curriculum and urban space, Uddoh has approached the creation of new work for this exhibition as therapeutic ‘wish fulfilment’ in a time of uncertainty in education and wider racial tension. 'Practice Makes Perfect' continues at Focal Point Gallery until 29 August 2021. Find out more here: https://www.fpg.org.uk/exhibition/practice-makes-perfect/ Filmed and edited by Paul Bates and Gabrielle Milanese.
Black Lives Matter: The time to act is now | 2020 ESPYS
Athletes from all backgrounds, including Malcolm Jenkins, Bubba Wallace, Donovan Mitchell, Diana Taurasi, Lindsey Vonn, Chris Long and Steve Kerr come together to demand action for racial justice and equality. ✔️Subscribe to ESPN+ https://plus.espn.com/ ✔️ Get the ESPN App: http://www.espn.com/espn/apps/espn ✔️Subscribe to ESPN on YouTube: http://es.pn/SUBSCRIBEtoYOUTUBE ✔️ Subscribe to NBA on ESPN on YouTube: http://bit.ly/SUBSCRIBEtoNBAonESPN ✔️ Watch ESPN on YouTube TV: http://es.pn/YouTubeTV ESPN on Social Media: ► Follow on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/espn ► Like on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/espn ► Follow on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/espn Visit ESPN on YouTube to get up-to-the-minute sports news coverage, scores, highlights and commentary for NFL, NHL, MLB, NBA, College Football, NCAA Basketball, soccer and more. More on ESPN.com: https://www.espn.com
Malik Harris - Faith (Official Video) #blacklivesmatter #BLM
Malik Harris - 'Faith' available now: https://umg.lnk.to/Faith Follow Malik on: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/_malikharris_ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MalikHarrisMusic Website: http://www.malik-harris.com --------- “My whole life racism has been an omnipresent topic for me, not only because of personal experiences I’ve had growing up in Germany as a black man, but mostly through what my African-American family in the US experiences every single day. I've seen all the videos, all the stories, all the murders, all the shootings, all the injustice so many times that I slowly started to become deaf. But for the first time in my lifetime I feel that this is more. More than just a moment. More than just another tragic story. More than just another wave of protests. These dark days make me feel hope for the very first time. Hope that the whole world is about to take the right path in the fight against racism. And this feeling of hope, which for me is a ray of light in the darkest hour and which despite all the tragedy actually evokes faith in me, is what my new single titled Faith is about. I wrote this song, which means a lot to me personally, a few months ago and with everything going on all over the world right now, especially in my homeland the US, I decided that right now is the right time to release this song. As a black American, I also feel kind of obliged to use my platform and be vocal for what's right. Much like my grandfather who marched along with Martin Luther King in the 60’s Civil Rights Movement I also want to do my part to bring about change, especially in this impactful time. I’m releasing this song not only for me and my family, but for all the people whose faces I’ve seen in the headlines every day. For all my brothers and sisters who had to suffer the most horrible things and often paid with their lives only because of the color of their skin. For those who live in fear every day just for being who they are. But also for all those standing up on the streets right now. For all those fighting for justice in whatever way and thus embody the hope that we can all do better and still create a world in which no one has to be afraid of being who they are, but where we can all walk together, side by side. I'm not giving up my faith, that hand in hand we walk one day ...” --------- Lyrics Woulda never thought one day I’d write this kinda song So far I never felt the need to speak this type of thoughts But the latest days have made me fear the ride we’re on Seems like we lost our sight ‘Cause I remember back when we were taught ‘bout all the times that we were blind All the ages hatred ruled All the chaos left behind Cannot be forgiven When we are reliving All the memories of faded lights So how the hell did we get to this place? Did we forget who we all are in these dark days? I’m not giving up my faith That hand in hand we walk one day It ain’t yet too late To take our mistakes And change our ways Yeah I’m still not giving up my faith No matter how dark the shades However gloomy the night I can still see the light That’s never gon’ die Oh I can tell that things seem dreary I can tell that things seem hard I know at times you feel like you’re Surrounded by the dark But still don’t give up your faith Oh don’t cave in Oh don’t cave in Oh don’t cave in To all the Darkness Yeah I’m still not giving up my faith But um It’s getting real hard When I feel like I’m alone some days I mean I know that I’m not But every time I contemplate I I just feel like I’m lost, you know? ‘Cause it seems like we lost control Damn But I ain’t gonna take it Nah ‘Cause we are gonna take it back All this shit, we know it So we are never going back If anyone is asking ‘how could this happen again?’ No, we cannot turn our backs But face the fact That we looked over though We were supposed to know Making me ‘fraid to ask How the hell did we get to this place? Did we forget who we all are in these dark days? Oh I’m not giving up my faith That hand in hand we walk one day It ain’t yet too late To take our mistakes And change our ways Yeah I’m still not giving up my faith No matter how dark the shades However gloomy the night I can still see the light That’s never gon’ die Oh I can tell that things seem dreary I can tell that things seem hard I know at times you feel like you’re surrounded by the dark But still don’t give up your faith Oh don’t cave in Oh don’t cave in Oh don’t cave in To all the Darkness Yeah --------- Special thanks to: Peter van Agtmael Connor Anderson Ala Al-Samawi Anna-Maria Boshnakova Paul Bates Law Chen Jaime Cuevas Blair Harris Dan Kerrigan James Lahaise Jon Lowenstein Denis Marx Jon Meyer Yoko Morimoto & Christopher Jones Nicholas G. Padilla Mariana Simões #MalikHarris #Faith Music video by Malik Harris performing Faith. © 2020 Malik Harris, under exclusive license to Universal Music GmbH http://vevo.ly/5gp3Ab
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