Muslim Sisterhood is an artistic collective working within photography, fashion publishing and events to create an inclusive community that centres Muslims. The collective is co-founded by Zeinab Saleh, a recent graduate from The Slade School of Fine Art, Sara Gulamali, a graduate from Central Saint Martins and Lamisa Khan, who studied International Relations at LSE and is currently studying her Masters in Gender Studies at SOAS. Most recently, they’ve featured in the 26th Photoworks Journal and were included in the 2020 Dazed 100 list in recognition of the collective’s contribution to the creative industry. Their work has been exhibited at V&A Lates, and they have hosted community-based workshops including tile glazing, belly dancing and self-defence. They launched their self-titled, debut zine in 2019 which is available to purchase at the ICA.
London-based artist, Phoebe Collings-James works across sculpture, video, sound and performance. She is a recipient of the Freelands Lomax Ceramics Fellowship, and her recent works have been dealing with the object as subject, giving life and tension to ceramic forms through an engagement with eroticism and the haptic qualities of clay, alongside inscribing sgraffito into ceramic paintings, including symbols, African folklore and mythic traditions. Collings-James’s founded Mudbelly ceramics studio as a personal practice and research outlet, but has since grown to encompass a shop and a teaching facility offering free ceramics courses for Black people in London, taught by Black ceramicists.
Bisila Noha is a Spanish London-based ceramic artist. Her work extends from wheel-thrown pieces with the distinctive addition of marbled slip decoration to create eye-catching abstract landscapes; to sculptural pieces mixing throwing, coiling and carving which connect Bisila to her roots, the makers that precede her and our past.
Noha co-directs the arts and activism organisation Lon-art Creative; is a Trustee at Headway East London, the charity working with survivors of brain injury with a strong involvement in the arts; and is a part of the team behind Design Can, an initiative to make the design industry more inclusive and diverse.
Istanbul-born, London-bred artist, Deniz Ünal works primarily with performance and moving image. She is interested in the intersections between performance and the therapeutic. Recent exhibitions and events include Resonance and Wonder (in collaboration with Adam Christensen), Overgaden Institute of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen (2021); Politike Odpora, Center for Contemporary Arts Celje, Celje (2019); Liquid Lunch, Mimosa House, London,(2019); Something Soft, Kunstraum, London (2019).
Cõvco is a London-based Congolese artist whose interdisciplinary language translates in the form of Performance art, Poetry, Sound production and Visual art. In 2019 she debuted Consciente of the soul an intimate performance piece part of Liz Johnson Arthurs ‘IF YOU KNOW THE BEGINNING, THE END IS NO TROUBLE’ at the South London Galley, later re-performed at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam for Sonic Acts Festival 2020 closing the festival. She continues to shape the unwritten within the realms of storytelling through sound and movement making further appearances at the Roundhouse Camden for artist, Gaika’s The Spectacular Empire, where she performed her live sound piece ‘ shameless flirt, unapologetic introvert’.
Cõvco’s approach to performance brings together ancestral dialogues with both present and future spiritual awakenings presenting a captivating a playground of raw emotional curiosity, alongside unexpected giddy comical humour. She strives to pursue what she knows as ‘her person’ with regards to how she communicates best with surviving and existing.
Onyeka Igwe is an artist and researcher working between cinema and installation, born and based in London, UK. Through her work, Onyeka is animated by the question — how do we live together? — with particular interest in the ways the sensorial, spatial and non-canonical ways of knowing can provide answers to this question. She uses embodiment, archives, narration and text to create structural ‘figure-of-eights’, a form that exposes a multiplicity of narratives.
The work comprises untying strands and threads, anchored by a rhythmic editing style, as well as close attention to the dissonance, reflection and amplification that occurs between image and sound. Her works have been shown in the UK and internationally at film festivals and galleries. She was awarded the New Cinema Award at Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival 2019 and the 2020 Arts Foundation Fellowship Award for Experimental Film.
Dele Adeyemo is an architect, creative director and urban theorist. His creative practice and research interrogate the underlying drivers in the production of space, locating them in the racialising logic of logistical processes that orchestrate planetary patterns of life.
Mudbelly Teaches is an intersectional Black queer feminist pottery space that seeks an intimate, reciprocal approach to learning. Across a range of locations and unique formats we offer free and low cost ceramics classes for Black people in London, taught by Black ceramicists.
We are excited by the holistic potential of ceramics, recognising the therapeutic and spiritual benefits of working with clay. It is our belief that intentional spaces like this are needed, in an overwhelmingly white and classist industry in the UK, to disrupt the multifaceted access barriers which are caused by endemic racism.
He produces digital audio and extended media as Speaker Music. His work explores the links between the Black experience in industrialized labor systems and Black innovation in electronic music. He has lectured at Spotify for Artists: Co.Lab, Brown University, Yale University, and has written for Artforum, NPR, Mixmag, and Afropunk. He is currently teaching a studio course titled (alt) reality at Parsons School of Design | The New School with Jazsalyn Nachelle of black beyond. He was also the inaugural Suzanne Fiol Curatorial Fellow at Issue Project Room, and a resident at the Rauschenberg Residency. On Juneteenth of 2020, he released the album Black Nationalist Sonic Weaponry on Planet Mu, and Primary Information will publish his first book Assembling a Black Counter-Culture in 2021.
Ebun Sodipo is a London based artist making work for those who will come after: the black trans people of the future.
Her interdisciplinary practice narrates her construction a black trans-feminine self after slavery and colonialism. Through a process of fragmentation, collage, and fabulation, she devises softer, other-wise ways of imagining and speaking about the body, desire, archives, and the past.
Grace Ndiritu is a British-Kenyan artist whose artworks are concerned with the transformation of our contemporary world. Her archive of over forty ‘hand-crafted’ videos; experimental photography, Post-Hippie Pop-Abstraction collages and shamanic performances have been widely exhibited.
Recent solo performances and screenings include Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris (2021), S.M.A.K. & M.S.K., Belgium (2019), Africa Museum, Tervuren, Belgium (2019), Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona (2017), Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, Paris (2016) and Glasgow School of Art (2015).
Adam Farah is an artist, composer and sauce-maker who was born ‘n’ raised in London. They are a Capricorn Sun, Leo Moon and Cancer Rising. They also practice under/within the name free.yard– a project set up to engage with and merge curatorial, research, artistic and equitable communal practices; with a focus on the ever expansive and nuanced creative endeavours/potentials that emerge from endz*. free.yard casts a side-eye onto the oppressive and supremacist structures upheld within the complacent and performative liberal bubbles of the artworld/s, and in the long term desires to create collaborative moments for artists to connect, manifest and exhale under such weight.
*endz is a slang term originating in London meaning neighbourhood, but carries its own contextual nuances, mainly referring to working class communities with larger ethnic-minority populations.
Black Obsidian Sound System (B.O.S.S.) was established in the summer of 2018 with the intention of bringing together a community of queer, trans and non-binary black and people of colour involved in art, sound and radical activism. Following in the legacies of sound system culture they wanted to learn, build and sustain a resource for our collective struggles. The system, based in London, is available to use or rent by community groups and others with the purpose of amplifying and connecting them.