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ABOUT BOLD EVERYWHERE

 “Be bold, be bold, and everywhere be bold.”
   Herbert Spencer, Philosopher & Polymath

Bold Everywhere is a Registered Charity and sister organisation to Bold Tendencies (founded 2017). Bold Everywhere works in tandem with our existing Community Interest Company and enable
us to secure the resources needed to develop and grow our range of programmes. The new organisation means that we can now dedicate more space, time and energy to sharing what we do with our local community.

The aim of Bold Everywhere is to bring art and artists to life to engage and inspire youth and families equally across all backgrounds, with special attention to those who live within our immediate neighbourhood of Peckham and Southwark. We aim to provide access to phenomenal and tactile learning experiences.  Encounters with the spectacular. All for free.

Each project we create seeks to address or answer one or more of the following questions:

  • In what way can children and young people be enabled to determine and realise their own visions?
  • How can we emphasize the value of creativity in the midst of a structured curriculum?
  • How can we encourage students to think across boundaries, in more holistic ways, using multiple skills .i.e. how can we nurture 21st Century polymaths?
  • How can we inspire and delight children, families, and educators using contemporary art, which might be outside their comfort zone?

EATING AT THE SAME TABLE (EAST)

Eating At the Same Table is a new collective of young emerging artists of colour. Founded in September 2017 by Bold Tendencies’ Director of Education, Sasha Morgan and burgeoning multidisciplinary artist Rochelle White, the collective is supported by Bold Tendencies as they work to offer the grass roots support & guidance creatives need as they navigate an art world that can often seem all too intimidating to the uninitiated.

This peer-led group is a positive manifestation of the frustration caused by the lack of diversity within mainstream arts institutions, who have long failed to welcome, accommodate or encourage emerging artists of colour. We will all eat at the same table.

This is a network in which a bespoke set of personal and professional relationships can flourish between the emerging and the established.

Our programme is tailored to facilitate the individual needs of its artists. Eating At the Same Table are devoted to the expansion of this programme and welcome applications from minority ethnic students from all UK art schools.

To contact, support or get involved email us at info@east-now.org

What we have done so far

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EAST hosted an initial dinner at Bold Tendencies’ auditorium in September 2017 to touch base with local artists, a diverse mixture of those who have either recently graduated, considered arts education or are currently in arts education. We voiced our frustrations,  exchanged experiences and shared ideas. 

Following this we organised various trips to art fairs, private views and exhibition visits including Barbican’s Boom For Real and Tate Modern’s Soul of a Nation, of which we followed up with an intimate dinner with its curator, Zoe Whitley. This year, we’ve had a fantastic workshop with Frieze Academy x Arts Council England, a studio visit with filmmaker and installation artist, Isaac Julien and most recently a roundtable discussion organised by EAST member Amrita Dhallu in collaboration with Iniva and held at Iniva’s Stuart Hall Library. Iniva’s Director, Melanie Keen, along with curator Adelaide Bannerman and artist/writer Sonya Dyer facilitated a conversation which led to a sharing of intimate knowledge and advice between generations.

We have many more invaluable experiences in the works as we plan our two-day Eating At the Same Table: Fantasy Art School event entailing lectures, workshops and discussions led by some of the industry’s most established practitioners, due to take place this autumn. 

ARTISTS IN SCHOOLS - Case Study

We recently paired sculptor James Capper with John Donne Primary School to work with the students on creating their very own hydraulic structures inspired by Capper’s own sculptures.

The project was co-designed by us, the school, and James. We carefully designed the project to tie in with the school’s curriculum and goals, tying this creative project to the learning students were already doing about robots.

We interviewed James to explore the impact the project had upon him and to find out if it had any impact on his own practice.

“It was very interesting to see the consequences of my session, after I’d done it, back at the studio… I started challenging myself to come up with ideas which involve simplicity, that would allow the kids to make the work and everyone to have a successful piece of work…I’ve re-educated myself in how to go back to that way of working. I don’t want to call it lo- because it isn’t. It’s quintessentially still maquette making and sculpture, but it’s doing it in quite a beautiful simplistic way and that has been educational to me.

For me it was also inspiring to see the level of creative problem-solving in such a young human being. These lessons combined exactly what I do in real life, which is combining my aesthetic choices with my mechanical understanding of hydraulics to make something that moves. To be able to pretty much take my studio to the classroom and have the children able to make their artwork that was amazing.

One boy I remember because we are probably quite similar, because he was branded as the naughty one, his teachers weren’t sure if he would get anything done. In fact he was really excited about getting it finished and stayed in at lunchtime to finish it off!

It was interesting to see firsthand whether or not all
of these things that you hear about kids these days is true, that they aren’t interested in sports or art, they are only interested in computer games, they’re just on Candy Crush. What I saw was crystal clear thinking from six and seven year olds that had no prejudices and simply wanted to make work. For me it’s clear these are completely irrelevant myths.

Passion is a very important thing to bring to a
project like this and it gets everybody excited – the students, the teachers, the project managers. And that’s what it’s about; it’s about the excitement, and the elevation of teaching, and talking freely about creative obstacles, creative problem solving, art, engineering.

I think lessons like these are very important for a child’s development. They allow an
out of box curriculum method of teaching, it allows the spirituality, and also it allows us to see that if this is achievable now at six, what will these kids be capable of at sixteen? I definitely now have more interest to go into primary school than I do to give a traditional lecture at an art school.”

Our ambition is to grow Artists in Schools and initiate more of these bespoke extended artist-school collaborations. We would like to be able to fully fund additional artist time, and to ensure that we work with a full range of education institutions including Pupil Referral Units, an area we know could massively bene t from what our project can offer.

FORMATION stems from a desire to offer a variety of dance and fitness options grounded in music to ensure that we explore fitness and wellness within the context of Bold Tendencies. We offer welcoming, uplifting and inclusive environments in which young and old alike can have fun, gain body confidence, increase health awareness and knowledge.

Drawing from various genres such as Soca, Afrobeats, Drum’n’Bass and Grime, we offer a wide range of classes that passes on the techniques, legacies and knowledge from contemporary HIIT and fast-paced Aerobic work-outs, to gentler Pilates and Yoga based classes.

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