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Slate International

Slate: Black: Arts: World. 

A new transnational partnership that will promote the visibility and mobility of Black artists and professionals across Europe, opening up new potentials in programming, audience development, digitisation and cultural exchange.

This partnership’s programme will feature intra-European training and opportunities for Black artists, public events, and the commissioning of new Black work – all culminating in a European tour of an existing production that explores Black European Identity.

In committing to two years of research, development and delivery, Slate will enable the European performing arts sector to begin to build a truly diverse and inclusive network to urgently address the barriers that currently exclude Black audiences and artists from participating in arts and culture and identifying with the European image.

Our partners

Eclipse Theatre

Based on Sheffield, Eclipse is the foremost Black-led national production company in the UK, at the vanguard of delivering diverse programming in theatres across the country.

The company uses the Black British experience to create new work that will enrich the stories told in the mainstream media across theatre, film and radio.

Led by Artistic Director Dawn Walton, Eclipse is a National Portfolio Funded Organisation with Arts Council England, and the only Black-led NPO who deliver an annual middle scale tour to regional theatres. The company have toured to more than 45 regional venues in their 6 year lifetime. Eclipse produces a range of projects including film and radio: 10by10 – 10 shorts by 10 black writers set in 10 cities is a featured collection on Digital Theatre + 

Eclipse is a beacon for Black artists and theatre makers outside of London. From their home in Sheffield, but working nationally, Eclipe support artists on a bespoke level and through two programmes:

  • Revolution Mix – Working with 15 established and early career writers and 11 partner venues to spearhead the largest ever national delivering of Black British stories in regional theatres.

  • Slate – Black. Arts. World. Supporting over 1200 Black artists in the North by increasing access to local, national and international networks and opportunities.

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Theater De Meervaart
Based in Amsterdam, Theater De Meervaart is driven by the continuous ambition to make all residents of Amsterdam New-West shareholders in its activities. In addition to paying attention to the actual reality, space is also given to dreams, fears, desires and imagination.

By focusing on cultural participation, cultural education and presentation of the performing arts, we facilitate cultural acquaintance, discussion and reflection. We want to be the home of New-West where mutual respect, curiosity and the breaking down of cultural thresholds are central.

ICK Amsterdam has an essential part in the above ambitions as one of the 4 resident companies of Theater De Meervaart focusing on dance and dance development.

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Year one
Our first year of activity was dedicated to the training and development of six Artists and Enablers, who attended a roaming residency course in each of the partner countries. These three weeks were spent with the project partners and facilitators, taking on key themes and addressing subject matters of sustainability, audience development, building local networks and developing exceptional new work that utilises the untapped source of the Black European experience.



Artists and Enablers

Ella Mesma, Artist (UK)
Melanie Abrahams, Enabler (UK)
Priscilla Macintosh, Enabler (Amsterdam)
Perry Gits, Artist (Amsterdam)
Alesa Herero, Enabler (Lisbon)
Lolo Aishatu Arziki, Artist (Lisbon)


Nuno Santos, Associate Enabler (Lisbon)
Herlander, Associate Artist (Lisbon)
Inês Barros, Associate Artist (Lisbon)


Residency key dates

The first Slate World Residency happened in the North

of England, 8 - 12 Jun. Here's some of the events that

took place as part of it:

Social - Manchester, Sat 8 Jun
Social - Liverpool, Sun 9 Jun
Collaboration - with David Bryan MBA FRSA - Leeds, Mon 10 Jun
Technology and Resources Session - Leeds, Tues 11 Jun
Collaboration, Wellbeing and Legacy - Leeds, Tues 11 Jun
The Masks We Wear - Leeds, Wed 12 Jun

The second Slate World Residency took place

in Amsterdam, 9 - 14 Sept. Here's an overview

of the programme of events:

Mon 9 Sept
Meet at Bijlmer Parktheater to meet director

Ernestine Comvalius
Meet at Bijlmer Parktheater: Walking tour in Southeast

with Creative Producer Sharon Amritpersad

Tues 10 Sept
Meet at Meervaart Theatre to meet director Yassine Boussaid
Body dance workshop at ICK (DSDM method ICK dans Amsterdam)
Art Talk at ICK: philosophy from a non western perspective

Wed 11 Sept
Networking at “Tolhuistuin”, creative hub and performance centre: creatives meet the organisations.

Thur 12 Sept
Talk at Compagnie Theater with director Clayde Menso
Powerclass workshop at Compagnie Theater with Astrid Elburg

Fri 13 Sept
Producing masterclass at ICK (curating, programming and producing). Curatorial decision making and our responsibilities as cultural producers by Saundra Williams.

Sat 14 Sept
Slate Black Arts World artists performance at Fringe at ICK.


The final residency of Year One took place in Lisbon: Tues 19 - Sat 23 Nov

Tues 19 Nov
2 - 6pm Sound Design Workshop with Chullage 

Hangar, Artistic Research Center
6.30 - 8.30pm Meet local artists, sharing experiences

over cocktails and music from Dj DiDi

Hangar, Artistic Research Center

Wed 20 Nov
2.30 - 7pm Workshop of Dramatic Expression with Zia Soares, Auditório da Casa da Cultura

Thur 21 Nov
10am - 1pm Workshop "lnsights: Emotions and Memories

in a Black Body" with Psycologist Shenia Karlsson,

Espaço Santa Catarina
3.30 - 5pm Workshop of Freestyle, body control and house dance with Maurice

CEA, Centro de Experimentação Artística

Fri 22 Nov
10am - 2pm Workshop: "Poetry, race and gender:

for an interseccional poetic writing" with Raquel Lima

Espaço Tabanka Sul
3.15 - 6pm  Talk: "What is to be Black" with Yussef from collective Consciência negra and Cristina Roldão,

Espaço Tabanka Sul
11pm Concert with local artists and Sound System with Dj DiDi, Casa Mocambo

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