21 February 2019
Season Launch Party
Official Season launch with art, poetry and music
In February we launched our second Season, All The Ways We Could Grow, bringing together creatively fearless writers, artists and activists to create a programme of performances, workshops and conversations that challenge restrictive notions of genders while celebrating the variety of human experience.
Buzzing with energy from live performances by Liv Wynter and Keith Jarrett, the launch party also marked the unveiling of our Season installation, All The Ways We Could Grow, that saw Travis Alabanza and Denny Kaulbach transform Free Word into their re-imagined fantasy bedroom. Not to mention that our Season launch party also marked the debut launch of The Apocalypse Reading Room curated by writer Ama Josephine Budge.
Graphic Design: Denny Kaulbach
21 February 2019
19:00 - 23:00
Photos: Rowan Spray
Performer, writer and theatre maker
Travis Alabanza is a performer, writer and theatre maker. Their unique mixture of performance, poetry, style, politics and risk taking performance has given them a unique placement both nationally and internationally. They have been noted by Artsty, i-D and the MOBO Awards as one of the most prominent emerging queer artistic voices, listed in OUT as an influential queer figure, appeared in campaigns with MAC X ASOS and performed across the country and internationally. In 2016/17 they became the youngest artist in residence at the Tate, performed in venues such as The V&A, ICA, Tate, Hackney Showroom, Roundhouse and The Barbican, touring extensively across Europe and the US in addition to premiering their new solo show, BURGERZ. They released a short poetry book 'Before I Step Outside [You Love Me]', presented a TedX talk, starred in the Royal Exchange Theatre production 'Jubilee’, and have had their work featured in The Guardian, BBC, Huck magazine and more.
Visual and design artist
Denny Kaulbach is an artist based in London working primarily in visual arts and design. Denny's work often focuses and comments on feminism, class and sexuality, with inspiration from DIY punk design and the pop-art movement. In 2017 Denny designed and curated the publication BROKE N BITTER. This focused on bringing working class artists and their experiences to the forefront of conversations. They designed and collaborated on Travis Alabanza's debut poetry book ‘Before I Step Outside [You Love Me]', which was circulated to over 20 countries worldwide and received awards in indie publishing. Denny Kaulbach is also a recent graduate from the D&AD New Blood Shift programme.
Writer and performance poet
Dean Atta was shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize for his debut poetry collection, I Am Nobody’s Nigger. His poems deal with themes of race, gender, identity and growing up, and have appeared on BBC One, BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service and Channel 4. Dean was named as one of the most influential LGBT people in the UK by the Independent on Sunday. He regularly performs across the UK and internationally. Dean is a member of Keats House Poets Forum and Malika’s Poetry Kitchen. He has a Philosophy and English BA from the University of Sussex and a Writer/Teacher MA from Goldsmiths, University of London. Dean is a tutor for Poetry School and a Writer in Residence for First Story. His debut novel, The Black Flamingo, will be published in August 2019 by Hodder Children’s Books.
Artist, educator, activist and writer
Liv Wynter (b. 1992) is an artist, educator, activist and writer from South London. Liv graduated from BA Fine Art at Goldsmiths in 2015 and has since become a notable voice within the political art scene. Liv was Artist in Residence at Tate Britain and Tate Modern on the Education Programme for 2017-18, until Liv resigned to protest the invisible inequalities of the institution. Liv curated ‘RUPTURE’, a section of Art Night 2018 with Hayward Gallery, and was recently in residence at Wysing Arts Centre (Nov). Liv is a founding member of WHEREISANAMENDIETA and stands in solidarity with Sisters Uncut, London Anti Raids, LGSM, Antifa, and any other grassroots organisation fighting austerity and oppression. Liv is also in a gnarly punk band called Militant Girlfriend.
Writer and poet
Keith Jarrett writes poetry and short fiction. His collection of poetry, Selah, is published by Burning Eye. His stories have appeared in anthologies and magazines, including Attitude and Tell Tales IV, with influences ranging from Caribbean trickster figures to Latin American surrealism. In 2010, Keith was UK Poetry Slam Champion. In 2013, his five-star reviewed show Identity Mix-Up debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe festival. In 2014, he completed the pioneering Spoken Word Educators programme, teaching in a secondary school while studying for an MA at Goldsmiths University; he also won the Rio International Poetry Slam championship at the FLUPP favela literary festival. He was a Fiction Fellow at Lambda Writers’ Retreat in Los Angeles, 2015. Keith was commissioned to write a monologue, Safest Spot in Town, as part of the BBC’s Queers series last year. It was performed at the Old Vic and aired on BBC Four. He is currently a PhD scholar at Birkbeck, University of London, where he is completing his first novel.
Ama Josephine Budge
Writer and pleasure activist
Ama Josephine Budge is a speculative writer, artist, curator and pleasure activist. Ama’s work navigates intimate explorations of race, art, ecology and feminism, working to activate movements that catalyse human rights, environmental evolutions and troublesomely queered identities. Ama is a PhD candidate in Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck. Her research takes a queer, decolonial approach to challenging climate colonialism. Ama’s fiction and non-fiction has been published internationally by Aperture, The Independent Newspaper, Dispatch Feminist Moving Image, Anathema: Spec from the Margins, Media Diversified, Skin Deep, Consented, CHEW Magazine and B. Dewitt Gallery.