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Black History Month Screening of Britishness

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Pleased to announce that Britishness has been included in this year's Black History Month season at Sheffield's Showroom Cinema. Programmer Mikaela Smith has curated an inspired selection of films expoloring what it means to be Black and British - featuring filmmakers from three generations - including gems from the archives, Handsworth Songs [1986] by John Akomfrah and Burning an Illusion [1981] by Menelik Shabazz. As Black history is not just for one month, Britishsness will screen in November on Thurs 21st at 6pm. More info and tickets available here.

Special Industry Screening of Britishness

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It's great that the Independent Cinema Office [ICO] have programmed Eelyn's latest film, Britishness for their upcoming I.D. Screening Days event taking place 26-27 Sept in Nottingham. ICO Screening Days provide an opportunity for film programmers from around the country to preview new films and explore new ways of engaging audiences. This Screening Day is programmed around the theme of Inclusion and Diversity and Britishness sits alongside five other great films including Ken Loach's Sorry We Missed You and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje's Farming.

Following the screening Eelyn will be joined by writer Désirée Reynolds. Together they will facilitate a discussion exploring how the film can be used as a starting point for schools and young people to engage in overlooked aspects of British history around Empire and colonialism.

Futurist Women Selected for Aesthetica Short Film Festival

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Delighted to announce that Futurist Women of Barking and Dagenham has been selected for this year's BAFTA Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival in York [6 - 10 Nov]. As regular supporters of her work, Aesthetica have previoulsy programmed Eelyn's films in 2016 and 2017. Futurist Women is progammed in the Experimental 3 strand and will screen on Thurs 7th Nov at 21.30 and on Sat 9th at 16.00. Programme details here.

Social Art Summit Research Publication Launched

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"From the opening address, I began to see the Summit as a social practice project in its own right" - Cara Courage

The Research Publication about the Social Art Summit officially launched at the Tate Exchange yesterday and is now available to download here. Commissioned and produced by a-n, it features a forward by Dr Cara Courage, Head of Tate Exchange and mini essays by eight artists who attended the Summit in Sheffield last November. The publication launch was part of the Social Art Assembly - a day of reflecting about the Social Art Summit and the future of Social Art Network.

Social Art Assembly at Tate Exchange 25th April 2019

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A one-day Social Art Assembly will be held on 25th April at Tate Exchange. The aim of the day is to reflect on the learnings from the Social Art Summit, consider ideas for a Social Art Biennale and think about how Social Art Network can sustain itself as a collective network organisation. We will also be hearing from the meet-ups from around the country including Sheffield, London, Newcastle, Nottingham, Brighton, Manchester and Stoke. The event is FREE. Book your tickets here.

Eelyn Lee is a co-founder of Social Art Network.

Britishness to Premiere at Off the Shelf Festival

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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.

Q&A with Eelyn Lee at Showroom Cinema, Sheffield

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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.

It's a Wrap!

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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. 

Eelyn Lee Awarded Artist's Bursary to Visit Suzanne Lacy Retrospective in San Francisco

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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

New Collaborations with Désirée Reynolds & Hive Young Writers

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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.

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