PROVOKE ‘stimulate or give rise to’. The 17th annual LGBTQ+ History and Archives Conference will ask: how can we redress the invisibility, erasure and oftentimes appropriation of BAME LGBTQ+ History and culture?
Wise Thoughts Exhibition – 20 years of queer activism in the arts
Wise Thoughts is a pioneering arts charity that combines creative use of diverse art forms such as film, visual art, performance and delivers targeted services.
CONFERENCE SPEAKERS INCLUDE
Veronica McKenzie, Award winning Film Director. Haringey Vanguard project director.
Isaac Blake, The Romani Cultural and Arts Company, LGBT+ Gypsy, Roma & Traveller Communities. A proud Gay Romani Gypsy and is currently Executive Director of the Romani Cultural & Arts Company in Cardiff, UK.
Dr Ope Lori, “The Set Up” is an artist, Founder and Director of PILAA (Pre-Image Learning and Action), an arts diversity consultancy and visual content production company, with clients including; Wilson James, the Tate and The Whitworth Art Gallery, amongst others. She has taught BA Fine Art programmes at Leeds Arts University and Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London.
Monique Todd is a writer and publisher whose work explores sex, sexuality and desire. She founded Pleasure Principles.
Sophie Whiffen, will talk about the current generation’s view of the treatment of the LGBTQ+ community.
Keith Jarrett, Hide Me Under the Blood (poetry/live literature performance) UK and International Poetry Slam winner, Keith has published two books of poetry and has been commissioned by the Royal Festival Hall, the British Museum, and Heritage England.
Shaan Knan, Rainbow Pilgrims: The Stories of LGBTQI+ migrants and travellers in the UK, pop up exhibition curator. Surat-Shaan Knan is a diversity consultant, Heritage Project Manager and public speaker. Shaan is the founder and manager of the landmark LGBTQI+ oral history projects Rainbow Jews , Twilight People and most recently Rainbow Pilgrims
Ingrid Pollard has developed a practice that interrogates the histories of photography, Pollard uses digital, analogue and alternative photographic processes, also incorporating printmaking, image-text and artist books, installation, video and audio.Her most recent role was that of company photographer for the women of colour production of Richard II at the Globe Theatre.
Dr Rob Berkeley, Marc Thompson and members from the BlackOut Collective will share examples from their work and explore issues of ownership, purpose, and the implications of viewing queer histories as a community asset.
Ted Brown grew up in Deptford and has been an active campaigner against both racism and homophobia. He founded the campaign group Black Lesbians and Gays Against Media Homophobia.
Dennis Carney was the first Chair of the Black Gay Men’s Advisory Group (BGMAG), and official spokesperson for the ‘Stop Murder Music Campaign’, that negotiated the ‘Reggae Compassionate Act’, that eventually put an end to homophobic dancehall lyrics in reggae music.
Hakim Kazeem was Assistant Programmer for Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest and co-organiser of annual Mental Health Cabaret, Too Black Too Queer, Hakeem brings a knowledge of Black cinema across the diaspora and understands the ability for films to empower and create transformative experiences for audiences and film makers alike.
Savi Hensman is a writer, whose books include Sexuality, struggle and saintliness: same-sex love and the church.
* The City of London is committed to reduce its impact on the environment. This event is plastic free. Please help us by bringing your own reusable cup*