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Cross I

A highlight of the Corona virus 2020 lock-down has been to have the space to reign in seemingly ever peripheral, out-standing thoughts and ideas. Some of these have now become more real for me thanks to a Micro award granted through Unlimited in June. https://weareunlimited.org.uk/more-micros-announcing-the-june-awards/ Cross I This is a new project that aims to […]

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AN OPEN LETTER TO THE CULTURE SECRETARY

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE CULTURE SECRETARY from Black, Asian & ethnically diverse Theatre Artistic Directors AND CULTURAL LEADERS on the importance of protecting representation in the sector Thursday 28 May 2020 The Rt Hon Olivier Dowden CBE Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport 100 Parliament Street London SW1 2BQ Dear Oliver […]

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TO2C Coronavirus Update

Due to the recent coronavirus-COVID-19 pandemic and resulting social distancing restrictions, the R and D presentation of A Trail of 2 Cities, planned to take place on 6 April at the North London PAMELA facility, has had to be cancelled. Recent 2020 Developments… During January Braunarts and I worked with Melvin Johnson and Gary Robinson […]

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A trail of … A Trail of 2 Cities Part 1:

Here is a breadcrumb trail leading to how A Trail of Two Cities’ has developed since 2014, a project that proposes to research and develop the urban experiences, connections and inspirations shared between two blind artists of colour: London’s Maria Oshodi and LA’s Lynn Manning.   In 2003 I met Lynn Manning, an African American […]

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Maria Oshodi & Shades of Noir

Interview feature with Maria Oshodi by Shades of Noir, an organisation that provokes, challenges and encourages dialogue and cultural value through its programme of activities on the subjects of race within art, design and communication Higher Education and the creative & cultural sector. In Conversation with Maria Oshodi

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Taking Flight to Japan

I was awarded an ASEF Cultural Mobility grant this summer and In October I visited Japan for the first time. I am now beginning production on a new touring show called Flight Paths in collaboration with Yellow Earth, the UK’s leading South East Asian theatre company. Together the artistic Director Kumiko Mendel of Yellow Earth […]

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WOW 2018

Maria among the winners and nominees of the 2018 Women of the World award event

Maria among the winners and nominees of the 2018 Women of the World award event

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Diversity

Diverse, but diverse from what? Being a blind experimental theatre practitioner is generally perceived as diverse, but this is normality as far as I am concerned. My art practise is informed by my norm but bringing my practise into a more public arena, turns it into something other than the norm. Conversely, bringing what would […]

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The Creative Case

I was a respondent at the Creative Case conference in Manchester – The following things struck me during the Corse of the day: Curious that a Council of the Arts launches its creative case for diversity well after its other business, moral and legal cases have been made. One key note speech asserted that large […]

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Creating a case for the future

As with science and its former relationship with quantum theory, the arts knows that diversity is there and is a fundamental part of the way the world works, however most of us are locked into perceiving things akin to Newton’s traditional laws of physics, though we know that this is not the full picture. So […]

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