The whole team involved in this creative documentary are excited to announce that Britishness will have it's public premiere at Sheffield's Off the Shelf festival on Sunday 20th Oct at 12.00 noon. The screening will be follwed by a panel discussion with Eelyn Lee, Magid Magid, Sheffield's Poet Laureate Otis Mensah, author Désirée Reynolds and young writers who feature in the film.
Off the Shelf is one of the largest and most accessible literary annual festivals in the UK, bringing the biggest names in literature and the arts to Sheffield. Buy tickets here.
Join Eelyn Lee for the Black Arts World: Slate Weekeneder at the Showroom Cinema, Sheffiled, where she will be doing a Q&A with curator Melanie Abrahams. Melanie has programmed two of Eelyn's short films - Truce Triptych and Futurist Women - to screen at this special event celebrating a new wave of Black* artists working in the north. Slate is an Eclipse programme. More details here.
*To Eclipse, Black includes anyone who is marginalised for their race or ethnicity.
Yesterday we wrapped on the Britishness film! We had a great shoot up at Park Hill as the summer sun set over Sheffield. Thanks to everyone who's travelled with us on this fascinating journey in to exploring our nation identity. Watch this space for updates about screenings. Left to right: Dan, Fionn, Ross, Eelyn, Shannon, L & Warda.
Delighted to announce that Eelyn Lee has been awarded an Artist's Research Bursary from a-n to visit 'We Are Here', the Suzanne Lacy Retrospective exhibition in San Francisco. This seminal exhibition takes place over two sites: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Eelyn will meet with some of the curators and her research will focus on the challenges of exhibiting social practice, especially retrospectively. Eelyn will also be visiting artist Carolina Caycedo in Los Angeles. The learning from the trip will inform Eelyn's work with Social Art Network and help shape ideas for sharing practice at a Social Art Biennale.
Image Credit: Suzanne Lacy, Annice Jacoby, and Chris Johnson, The Roof Is on Fire, 1993–94, from The Oakland Projects, 1991–2001; performance, June 4, 1994, City Center West Garage, Oakland; © Suzanne Lacy; photo: Nathan Bennett
Exciting to be working with Sheffield based writer Désirée Reynolds as well as Hive Young Writers, some of South Yorkshire's most exciting young writing voices. Eelyn Lee has invited both parties to collaborate with her on her film about Britihsness. Together they will be exploring notions of race, identity and belonging and through a process of writing, filming and interviewing will try to discover the meaning of Britihsness today. The film has been commissioned by Football Unites Racism Divides.
Désirée Reynolds is an author, broadcaster, creative writing workshop facilitator, DJ and mentor. Her first novel, Seduce, was published in 2013 to much acclaim from Peepal Tree Press. Her latest work is as editor of the anthology Writing As Resistance, University Of Sheffield, 2018. Désirée is also a trustee with Racial Justice Network.
Hive South Yorkshire is the hub for young writer (14-19s) activity in South Yorkshire including workshops, projects, competitions, publications, groups & open mic events.