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Virtual Creatives’ Social 2020

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Creatives, freelancers, thinkers, doers- you’re all invited!

The creative sector has been one of the worst-hit industries during the Covid-19 crisis and it’s at this time we need to support one another, offer advice and guidance for how to make the most of now and how to plan for the future. Poplar Union has curated a line-up of brilliant, experienced and generally wonderful people (!) to offer some insight on these troubling times. Our panel of experts will share knowledge and knowhow on a range of relevant topics from a cross section of the arts industry.

This event is free, however, we would encourage all attendees to donate whatever they can afford to Black Lives Matter in lieu of a ticket fee. Details of how to donate can be found here.


Panellists:

Fam Islam

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Topic: Dancing off my Somatic Symptom Disorder

Nonbinary Muslim Bengali, Hackney born and bred, Fam Islam, is an anti-racist, change chaser, wanna be dancer, docu filmmaker, queer creative and insta performer. Suffering from anxiety attacks has caused their SSD to set off and dance therapy in their kitchen has been a saviour.


Chuck Blue Lowry

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Topic: Social Practice at a Social Distance: How do we keep working together effectively when we are apart?

This talk will reflect on shifting and adapting collaborative and social practice in the wake of social distancing.

Chuck Blue Lowry is an artist and filmmaker specialising in art as social practice, with a particular focus on intergenerational creativity. She has been an Associate Artist at Magic Me (the UK’s leading intergenerational arts organisation) for 4 years. Chuck is also one half of Varjack-Lowry, a collaboration between herself and Paula Varjack, that aims to develop a distinctive visual, theatrical and participatory practice. This year, Varjack-Lowry were one of six companies to be championed by the Barbican OpenLab Scheme.

Chuck’s work has been presented by Tate Modern, British Film Institute, WOW Festival, London Short Film Festival, Royal Albert Hall, Barbican, Metal, Battersea Arts Centre, Charcoal in Hong Kong and Whitechapel Gallery.
Chuck’s film work has been shown across various news and broadcast channels including BBC News, ITV and Sky. She was awarded ‘Best Music Video Director’ at the Canned Film Festival and has been audience award nominated for Berlin British Shorts Film Festival.

Chuck set up and facilitates Age UK’s UpCycle You project, creating partnerships with local artists and businesses supporting older people to be creative and socialise.


Anna MacDonald

Topic: Art in Isolation: Building community through the arts to reduce social isolation in a pre, during and post Covid-19 world.

Anna MacDonald left the world of medicine to focus on creativity through music and writing. She co-founded Play for Progress (PfP) with Alyson Frazier, a charity that works with unaccompanied refugee minors through music, education, art, therapy and advocacy. Working on the model that every child should have five adults who are emotionally available to them whilst grounding all work in a therapeutic approach, PfP has focused on building a healthy environment for this to flourish. Their staff care program and regular training days are an integral part of their organisational philosophy. Outside of the PfP world, Anna runs ‘The Association of Exiled Scots’ which focuses on Scottish music, Language and Art for the Scottish diaspora, through events, teaching and production.


Vijay Patel

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Topic: The Arts Industry with Access Needs

Vijay Patel will lead a talk on how to navigate the arts industry if you’re neurodivergent and have particular access needs.

Vijay is a performance artist based in London. His artforms are interdisciplinary, ranging from: live art, performance art and cabaret. The work he makes predominantly surrounds cultural identity, making autobiographical and political statements around being a queer, British Indian, working class, person living with Asperger’s syndrome. Vijay centres his lived experiences and identity throughout his practice to advocate, uplift and raise awareness of marginalised communities.


Please note, this event will be held virtually on Zoom. You will be emailed the Zoom log in details once you have booked your slot(s) and given all the information you’ll need before the session.

If you have any questions, please email info@poplarunion.com.