Eelyn Lee has been invited to speak at The Artist's Journey #3, a two-day event of talks and presentations by artists and researchers on forging a career out of art. This year's theme is 'Improfessional Practices' - a provocation that sets out to challenge how higher education students are constantly being told to “professionalise” themselves for a competitive market. In her presentation, Eelyn will consider social practice as a mode of improfessional organising by looking at examples of practice and the work of Social Art Network. Eelyn says,
"By sitting outside of the art education, art market and gallery systems, social practice artists are forced to create their own means of organising to establish systems of support, validation and critical thinking. However, one of the most valuable skills a social practice artist has is the ability to create spaces conducive for building alternative modes of organising."
The event takes place in Sheffield on 13th & 14th February. Free tickets can be booked here.
The Artists Journey was founded through a partnership between Art and Design at Sheffield Hallam University and Yorkshire and Humber Visual Arts Network [YVAN].
"it presents a comprehensive study of Britain’s internal borders, its binaries and human costs" - Raluca de Soleil
Following a successful premiere of Britishness at Off the Shelf Festival in Shefield last month, Exposed Magazine are featuring a review written by Raluca de Soleil. Romanian born, Raluca takes a personal as well as critical response to the film.
"Unexpectedly, watching others talk about their identity made me consider my own and motivated me to reﬂect on my notions of Britishness"
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  by John Akomfrah and Burning an Illusion  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.
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.
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.