Collage Arts e-quarter July 2020
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We are emerging from lockdown this month. We are all trying to figure out the meanings the safe new normal. Behind the scenes, the Collage Arts team have been supporting the wide-ranging creative communities through our projects and in the Collage Artspaces. We are exploring how we can creatively support communities impacted by COVID-19 and deliver a response to the Black Lives Matter movement that is meaningful. Our current priorities include young people and their families; ethnic minority women; artists, writers, makers and creative companies.

We want to share some highlights of some of our successes and flag some of the things to look out for over the coming weeks. 

Learning differently


First off the mark, Collage Works moved to online learning platforms overnight. This enabled artists & creatives in Tottenham to complete their digital communication courses. The team developed new skills. Graham Parker produced an animation to recruit people to the project. 

What’s New : Listen to latest podcast, a fascinating talk and insights by Niall Moroney, Art Director on films including Atonement. 

Join the next webinar with Sophie Marschner, Motion Artist, content creator for television, live events and theatre on 5 August.  

Read the illuminative evaluation by Pat Devereaux of heritage project, 'They Came Before Us' which contributes to current debate about who should be included in our history. Hear insights into how the project came about. 

We are delighted to find out that CREUS, transformative arts learning project, has been awarded a 'Good Practice' exemplar status by the Erasmus Plus UK National Agency, including its ePlatform with shareable tools for mentors.   


From April, Virtual Voices sprang into action with an offer for families with children/young people aged 8 to 18 years old. This covered all our areas: with Performing Arts, Creative Writing and Digital Music. Read about what families think about Voices.  

Work continued throughout lockdown in one of our Voices partner schools, St Thomas More Catholic School in Tottenham. Read more about Che Walker's session on script writing, Kevin Mark Trail's on spoken word, and Steve Medlin's work to produce a world premiere play on Zoom.

Pictured: Bonnie Oddie leads modern dance session in Haringey.  

What’s new : We are working hard to ensure we have new regimes and safe practices in place to re-open Saturday Voices at Collage Arts in the Autumn. 

VOICES against hate
We have been selected for new Amplify London programme, with partners London Music Fund and YouTube Music.    


Our community programme secured funding from Arts Council England to work with BAME women. The project is called Creative Futures: Picking up the threads.... It seeks to explore issues facing women in the context of Covid-19 and Black Lives Matter. 

What’s New : We have started Lockdown Monologues, 20 ethnic minority women are sharing their stories with either an actor, if they can’t tell the story themselves, or a theatre director, if they can. There is real power in these authentic and rarely heard voices.

We are looking forward to the new Crafted Conversations e-book resulting from KORI youth charity's work with 20 young people and 3 young visual artists commissioned by Collage Community. 

The Collage Writing Room moved to distance learning with its courses Life Writing & memoir.  Thanks to the philanthropy of one of our alumni Steve Thompson we have a renewed lease of life for new writers at Collage Writing Room.

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Angry Black Woman

Poem by Sandra Howell, recorded by Martina Laird. 
Art by Damel Carayol

Heritage insights 

Insights into 'They Came Before Us' project that highlighted untold ethnic minority women's history

Hate interruption teams

What do we want to stop?
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Culture at risk success

“I am extremely grateful to have been accepted for the funding, this will be an enormous help during this difficult time and is honestly a lifeline. So a huge thank you once again.” says Ian Opoku
aka PEP of No Stars Studios in our Artspaces, recipient of the Creative Land Trust Culture at Risk fund. 

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The Revolution is...

Poem by Sandra Howell, recorded by Sheila Atim.
Animated by Jack Medlin

Warming up for CREUS

Trainers and mentors warming up during international Erasmus+ project CREUS training week

From the archives 2015

Celebration of Arts hosted by Collage Arts in Tottenham
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Time for transformation

"The time for transformation, change and evolution is now" 
says Isa Levy - artist, arts psychotherapist and author - in promoting her new personal memoir, "Conversations with a Blank Canvas". 

In the visual book, Isa shares an honest, detailed, thought-provoking self assessment of her life journey. Reviewers are already acclaiming the book as “a remarkable achievement”.

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