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Talks
Free

Generation Get Up! Weekend | Artist Talks

FREE
Sat 22 & Sun 23 Jun 2019
Various Locations

Free talks across the weekend.

ARTIST TALK: ALEJANDRA CARLES-TOLRA | SAT 22 JUN, 16.00 - 17.00 | EAST WING GALLERY | DROP-IN
Artist Alejandra Carles-Tolra will give a talk in front of her photographic work from the series Where We Belong exhibited in GENERATIONS: Connecting Across Time and Place. Where We Belong is a body of work commissioned in 2017 through the Jerwood/ Photoworks Awards exploring themes of belonging, femininity and escapism through a portrayal of Jane Austen devotees. Alejandra Carles-Tolra is interested in examining the threshold between fiction and nonfiction, past and present. Her goal is to invite the viewer to question where the performance starts and ends, and to challenge where the limits between reality and imagination lie. The talk will be followed by an audience Q&A.

 

IN CONVERSATION: ARTISTIC DIRECTOR KWAME KWEI-ARMAH OBE & EXECUTIVE PRODUCER ANGELA FERREIRA | SAT 22 JUN, 19.00 - 20.30 | SCREENING ROOM | FREE, BOOKING REQUIRED
Artistic director of Young Vic Theatre and exhibition ambassador Kwame Kwei-Armah OBE introduces his BBC series Soon Gone: A Windrush Chronicle in conversation with his fellow executive producer Angela Ferreira.

Hear more of the process behind the thinking and making of the series which was co-produced with Sir Lenny Henry’s production company Douglas Road. And come to understand what impact and influence the story of a Caribbean family’s life after arriving in Britain has had on individual viewers and in industry alike. The talk will be followed by an audience Q&A.

 

IN CONVERSATION: 1000 LONDONERS 'WINDRUSH GENERATIONS' | SUN 23 JUN, 16.15 - 17.30 | SCREENING ROOM | FREE, BOOKING REQUIRED
Following a screening of selected shorts from 1000 LondonersChocolate Films Project; we welcome contributors Dame Joycelyn Barrow and Ayanna Witter-Johnson to take to the stage and speak more of their experience as Londoners. Discover the lives of Londoners with Caribbean heritage across generations, in a discussion about the legacy of Windrush.

The discussion will be hosted by 1000 Londoners Creative Director Rachel Wang, whose mother moved to London from Jamaica during the Windrush era.

Dame Jocelyn Barrow is a race relations pioneer. Joycelyn was one of the founders of the Commission Against Racial Discrimination, and her work has encompassed broadcast, healthcare and housing.

Ayanna Witter-Johnson is passionate singer, songwriter and cellist. With her cello Reuben she travels the world for the sake of music. Proud of her Jamaican heritage, she marries influences from her classical training with pop and jazz.

 

POETRY READING: RAYMOND ANTHROBUS | SUN 23 JUN, 16.00 - 17.00 | EAST WING GALLERY | DROP-IN
Raymond Antrobus, winner of the Ted Hughes Award 2018, will be reading from his latest poetry collection The Perseverance. Ranging across history and continents, The Perseverance operates in the spaces in-between and creates new, hybrid territories. Kaveh Akbar says, ‘it’s magic, the way this poet is able to bring together so much—deafness, race, masculinity, a mother’s dementia, a father’s demise—with such dexterity.’ Raymond’s words will create a meaningful and emotive dialogue with the exhibited artworks in GENERATIONS: Connecting Across Time and Place.

Somerset House is grateful to Art Fund and to all other Generation Get Up! weekend supporters