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Our 2024 COMMUNION programme will feature four Ask the Artist sessions with commissioned visual artists Olu Ogunnaike, Saelia Aparicio, Adam Farah-Saad and Martin Parr.

Backstage Pass sessions with National Youth Dance Company, Mediterranean Youth Orchestra, National Youth Jazz Orchestra, Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason, Julia Bullock and Bretton Brown will provide one-of-kind experiences with contemporary artists working across the disciplines of live performance.

We invite audiences to a large-scale performance by The Philharmonia Orchestra in a relaxed atmosphere and informal performance setting of a Public RehearsalWith fully subsidised Community Tickets allocated for all live events for local community partners in Southwark.

Come and Sing sessions for local residents and community groups will culminate in participation in The Bold Chorus performance with Festival Voices.

Echoes of Baldwin, a series of activations that centre and amplify the voices of the next generation, will reflect on James Baldwin’s 100 year legacy. 

We kick off our Artist Placements with alumni artist Harold Offeh at Elim House, exploring the practice of puppet making as a tool for story telling. And our Creative Partnership with The Nest continues for a second summer-long season of creative collaboration and programming for local young people.

Creative Workshops and Artwork Tours take place throughout the season, and this year are joined by two Community Coffee Mornings on:

  • Wednesday 5 June, 11am – 1pm 
  • Wednesday 28 August, 11am – 1pm


For more information on our activities, please scroll down.

To get involved with our programme, please fill out the above form.



I learnt that art comes in all different shapes and sizes and that there isn’t such a thing as good or bad art. Art doesn’t have to be something you can see clearly. It can be the way you interpret it.

— Workshop Participant from Coin Street, 2023

Bold Tendencies were so kind, informative, and adaptable throughout the whole process. It was great to meet on Zoom initially to chat over the programme, our group and general expectations. It set a really positive tone and we knew that partnering with Bold Tendencies would be a great moment for Weekend Arts.

— Weekend Arts, 2023

Rarely do students and teachers have the privilege of collaborating with artists of Jeremy Deller’s calibre. Thanks to the tireless efforts of Bold Tendencies and the invaluable contributions of Misty in her role as the Creative Learning Producer, the Art students I teach were granted an extraordinary opportunity. The impact of this project, though executed within a brief timeframe, has been profound and enduring. The students’ encounters with Jeremy Deller and the resulting discussions have ignited a newfound passion for the visual arts, a career path previously foreign to them. We are immensely grateful for the transformative experience of working with Bold Tendencies.

— Joseph Murrary, Head of Art, Harris Boys Academy East Dulwich

Usually, I am very apprehensive about attending events like this due to the fact I never feel they engage with both parents and young people equally. I was pleasantly surprised, as i found that both parents and young people including myself and my daughter were actively involved in the conversation and able to ask questions and take part in activities throughout.

Parent, Backstage Pass with Caleb Femi, 2023



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