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Black Art Matters

Studio 3 Arts announces the five commissioned artists for a season of new work from Black artists.

After receiving nearly 200 applications for an open call for Black artists in March 2021, Studio 3 Arts in the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham have selected the five artists who have been commissioned to produce new work as part of Black Art Matters, a programme of new work from Black artists.

Each selected artist will be presenting new work either online or in Studio 3 Arts’s world-class new arts centre, due to open in Winter 2021. Studio 3 Arts’ Black Art Matters season will take place between Autumn/Winter 2021 and Spring 2022.

The selected artists for Black Art Matters are Bradley Charles, Joelle Mae David, Jackie Kibuka, Djofray Makumbu, and Seun Olayiwola.

The work commissioned for the season includes film, animation, dance, and performance pieces. Artists in the season will explore themes including: dyslexia and disability; exile, education, and diasporic experience; music and family, fantasy and science-fiction; and grief, migration, queer desire, and the Black body.

Black Art Matters is curated by Associate Director for Black Art Matters, Ashley Joseph.

About the commissioned artists, Joseph says: "Black Art Matters is a long overdue initiative. From live hip-hop theatre to conceptual short films, this is an exciting group of works. We are looking forward to supporting the artists to develop their creative practice and further their career, which will open more doors and create more success for them. I hope that this programme will act as a catalyst and will be one of many future opportunities available to these artists."

For more information about the Black Art Matters initiative and the commissioned artists visit the Studio 3 Arts website.