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Commissioned Artists

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Jeremiah Brown is a Black British-Jamaican writer, photographer and poet based in Croydon. His art is focused on the archiving of people and place, with intergenerational relationships central to his practice. Jeremiah is a Royal Court Writers Group, Soho Theatre’s Writers Lab, and Barbican Young Poet alum. He is a B3 Media TalentLab XR Associate Artist and former Roundhouse Resident Artist. His commissions include Nationwide Building Society, St Paul’s Cathedral, UNESCO and TNT Sports (formerly BT Sports). His weekly Sugar Shots newsletter provides subscribers with an insightful and digestible read.

Credit: Serah Boom

felix taylor
is an artist and composer from South London working with sound and image. His work uses field recording, musical composition, computer programming, radio broadcasts, collage and film making.

felix has just released a composition for Philip Glass’s Orange Mountain Music Label, commissioned for the composer’s 85th birthday. He is currently working on a public installation for Turner prize nominated collective Gentle / Radical, amongst other commissions including new music and scores for radio and film.

Previous projects include performances, collaborations, workshops, exhibited works and soundtracks for The ICA, Chisenhale gallery, BBC Sounds, Somerset House, South London Gallery, FACT Liverpool, Audible, The Black Cultural Archive, GOMA, Thames Festival, Uber Boat, Musicity, NTS Radio, The Arnolfini, The Jewish Museum, 1020 Radio and We the Curious. Previous awards include: Arts Council England – ‘DYCP’ funding; Theatre in the Mill – Tech, Learn, Play grant; London Creative Network Mentorship programme 2021; Henry Moore Foundation Artist Award, 2023.

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Nina Mdwaba (She/They) is a South African-born Spoken-word artist, Writer, Performer, Creative facilitator, and HCPC registered Dramatherapist /Creative arts psychotherapist based in London. They completed their Master's program in Drama and Movement Therapy at the Royal Central of Speech and Drama in 2021. They currently practice in London with a specialization in working with complex trauma, race, and attachment, adopting an intersectional and trauma-informed lens.
Nina’s interdisciplinary artistic practice explores identity, perspective, memory, the mystical, dreams, and spirituality. They explore this through spoken word, live performance, film, mixed media painting, and video installation. 

Nina is a recent recipient of the Global Talent UK visa and has performed across the UK as well as Internationally including venues such as the GOMA - Glasgow, The Apartheid Museum - South Africa, Hayward Gallery - London, and Turner Contemporary - Margate.

Participating Artists

Rachael Nanyonjo is a Choreographer, Movement Director and Director working internationally across theatre, film and TV. In addition to her work as co creator and director of Recognition, she has directed or choreographed work for Almeida Theatre, The Old Vic, SohoTheatre, The Bush, National Theatre, The Young Vic, Hampstead Theatre, The Royal Court, Kansaze Dance Theatre and The Shed NY. 

Follow Rachael @r.nanyonjo

Jhinuk Sarkar is a neurodivergent illustrator and educator living in London. They use inks, printmaking, typography and digital tools in my practice. Jhinuk occasionally expands into materials or tools such as fabrics, animation and ceramics. They are passionate about using sensory experiences to fuel my ideas, and get excited by making my work accessible. Jhinuk particularly thrives in communicating messages around inclusivity, access and social justice therefore I also provide Creative Access consultancy.

Follow Jhinuk @paperfig

Rambisayi Marufu (she/her) was born and raised in Zimbabwe and currently lives in London. She is a massage, reflexology and reiki practitioner and curator. Rambisayi is a CHASE (AHRC) funded PhD candidate at Goldsmiths College, London. Her practice-based PhD locates African Diasporic hair salons in London as intimate sites of Black feminist world-making and re-orientation. Rambisayi's practice is multi-modal, and brings together healing practices, sound and image to curate spaces of ceremony and ritual. Rambisayi has collaborated across community, university and museum spaces.

Our Croydon was a project led by Talawa Theatre Company in partnership with Museum of Croydon and Stanley Arts, part of London Borough of Culture.

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