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.
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.
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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Our first year of activity is dedicated to the training and development of six Artists and Enablers, who will attend a roaming residency course in each of the partner countries. These three weeks will be 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
Herlander (PT) / Inês Barros (PT) /
Lolo Arziki (PT) / Alesa Herero (PT) /
Nuno Santos (PT) / Perry Gits (NL) /
Priscilla Macintosh (NL) / Ella Mesma (UK) /
Melanie Abrahams (UK)
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
'Next residency dates
Amsterdam Mon 9 - Fri 13 Sept
Lisbon Tues 19 - Sat 23 Nov
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