SUSTAIN

  • Embedding artists in the creative industry

    We provide advice and support to ensure Black artists thrive in the industry, including industry talks, mentoring, Q&As and surgery sessions.


  • Artists need strong pathways into the industry and a few footholds to keep them there. 

    We are offering a range of activities, including industry introductions, mentoring, Q&As and surgery sessions.

  • Tailored Support and Mentoring

    Each year we will select 3 artists or companies whose work we are excited by and who we think could benefit from extra support.  Over the course of a year, we will work with those artists to help take their careers to the next stage.   Support will be tailored to the needs of the artists, but may include:

    • One-on-one meetings with the MAKE team
    • Last minute rehearsal space
    • Mentoring sessions with relevant industry experts
    • Reading and providing feedback for funding applications
    • Dramaturgical support

    2017’s artists/ companies are:


    • Lidia Crisafulli

    Sean Graham has been recognised by established institutes and the dance community in various capacities. A choreographer, dancer, wordsmith and a producer, his work has spanned over 10 years. Sean has since worked with several companies of different dance genres, been a lead artist and teacher at leading dance universities and conservatoires. His commissions include East London Dance, State Of Emergency, Sadler's Wells, Half Moon Theatre and the Royal Opera House.

    • Kevin Murphy Photography

    Heather Agyepong is a performer and visual artist. For over five years she has gained experience working within the photographic & performance arts realms with a range of works that have been published, performed and exhibited. Heather has published, performed and exhibited work throughout the UK and internationally, including TYPT:16’s sell-out show, HATCH; performances in Rich Mix's Radical Ideas Festival and her project Too Many Blackamoors, which was commissioned by Autograph ABP.

    • Richard Hubert-Smith

    Initiative.dkf is a creative collective, specialising in theatre, visuals, and dance. Their art is a means of nurturing creativity through often atypical collaborations spanning industries. The platform is a synergistic body of creatives redefining what it means to be creative, Black and British. The work Initiative produces spans different platforms. Previous successes include Melanin Box Festival – a three day showcase of young Black artists and their work – Whine ‘n’ Cotch – their ever popular workshops combining female empowerment and dance.

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