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In our ongoing efforts of support the music community, we are launching a series of initiatives to empower black and LGBTQI+ artists in London. We’ve teamed up with BEAUTIFUL and its founder SHERELLE to open a new studio space, academy & workshop programme, and exhibition series in Hackney Wick.

BEAUTIFUL

Created in 2021 BEAUTIFUL was SHERELLE’s response to whitewashing and the erasure of both Black and queer history within electrontic music. Using the BEAUTIFUL platform SHERELLE enlisted the help of established & emerging artists such as Loraine James Scratcha DVA Nia Archives and TAAHLIAH to release a 18 track compilation entitled BEAUTIFUL VOL. 1.

We have now partnered with BEAUTIFUL to help fund a number of free activations  for the BEAUTIFUL and wider black and LGBTIQI+ community. Since last year we have quietly worked with SHERELLE to refine a programme to tackle some of the recurring barriers and obstacles faced by some Black and queer artists at the early stages of their development in becoming professionals in the form of a pop-up HQ for all things BEAUTIFUL.

EXHIBITION 001

To launch this initiative, BEAUTIFUL have curated a week long exhibition titled move/002 with fynn studio across two floors at Open House Hackney, celebrating the importance and power of black and queer communities within rave culture. It’s the second instalment of the move/ art series, coming from the curation firm behind Saatchi Gallery’s rave culture show Sweet Harmony - one of London’s biggest art exhibitions in 2019. 

Through photography, poetry, archival texts and digital installations move/002 reinterprets the story of the black and queer experience in rave over the last forty years. Drum n bass pioneers Fabio and Grooverider will provide insights to their decades spanning career accompanied by iconic portraits of them by Britain’s leading rave photographer Dave Swindells. Bringing us up to present day, Bernice Mulenga the most prominent photographer from the black British lgbtq+ community will share energetic dancefloor scenes from nights such as BBZ and Queer Bruk. 

move/002 confidently platforms emerging talent and plays host to the powerful work of up and coming artist Craig Bernard, whose photography explores UK black community through themes such as Notting Hill Carnival and the BLM protests seen during lockdown. Behind-the-scene photographs by Imaani Iris Erdogan share an insight into life producing shows at Reprezent Radio, whilst London audiences will have their first opportunity to see New Yorker Guarionex Rodriguez Jnr’s photography of Dweller Festival. The festival repositions black djs at the forefront of house and techno and provides one of the exhibition’s numerous points of inspiration for the future. The opening will start from 6:30pm on 1st June with DJs and drinks throughout the night and will run through to 8th June.

WORKSHOP

In collaboration with BEAUTIFUL, we will also host multiple free workshops throughout the year. The workshops will be in the form of lectures and practical workshops bringing some of the biggest stars to share their insights. For the BEAUTIFUL founder, SHERELLE feels that education is key in understanding the roots of the electronic music scene as she often felt displaced as a Black woman. It is imperative that Black, LGBTQI+ artists know where they stand the rich history of dance music and we together with BEAUTIFUL aim to empower people to feel that they belong in the music scene and be proud of their history as Black artists.   

STUDIO

The temporary hub we have created with BEAUTIFUL will include a brand new, kitted out studio space managed by the BEAUTIFUL team for  Black, LGBTQI+ electronic music artists to develop ideas and record without the financial and availability constraints they may have previously experienced, by giving them free access to tools, programmes, gear and equipment they might have not have had before.

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