26 March - 19 June 2020
A season exploring new possibilities for power and voice—in isolation.
Our original Finding Power season centred the voices of people speaking up, challenging and reimagining established power structures. In an unprecedented time that sees us all occupying a uniquely isolated landscape, we are now working with our season artists, writers, activists and partners to create an online programme to bring these voices to you.
Finding Power in Isolation is a programme of content direct from writers, artists and activists whose voices are now more important than ever. The season launches with If I Feel Lonely Maybe U Do 2?, a live online performance from Travis Alabanza and Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley. The programme will then evolve over the coming weeks in tandem with our own collective experiences of isolation during this time.
Join us for a vital online session with Liv Wynter on pooling resources and mapping out care during lockdown, a live streamed gig of solo performances from punx of colour hosted by Decolonise Fest and contributions from Sabrina Mahfouz and other writers from the Smashing It anthology. We’ll also be presenting podcasts from Suzanne Alleyne and Talia Randall, a special zine book club hosted by OOMK, co-commissioned articles from gal-dem and Skin Deep, future facing writing resources from The Literary Consultancy and Ama Josephine Budge and new content from English PEN.
New content will be announced weekly so stay tuned our social media pages to keep up to date. Free Word continues to send warmth and solidarity to our community and beyond during this challenging time.
This Season is generously supported by Arts Council England and Fritt Ord. Visual identity by Soofiya.
Soofiya is a visual artist and design educator. Their design practice centres around illustration, visual identity and book design, with most clients tending to be in the arts, cultural and activist sector. Soofiya's art practice and writings aim to articulate a commentary on gender, race, politics and bodies through a DIY and therapeutically informed approach. Soofiya speaks, teaches and facilitates workshops across the UK in museums, galleries, schools and universities and is a regular lecturer at Ravensbourne. Soofiya's writing has been in a handful of books, including Can We All Be Feminists published internationally as well as independent magazines and newspapers both online and in print.