ART. BODY. SOUL.
For *Queer. Trans. Intersex Black People & People of Colour.
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ART.BODY.SOUL is a community festival for QTIBPOC* by QTIBPOC that will take place over two weekends in and around South London offering family-friendly creative workshops, collaborative events & healing conversations, amongst numerous other things.
By collaborating with a number of London based QTIBPOC creatives and collectives we return to and honour our ancestral traditions through an arts fair, life drawing, dance, music and a Full Moon ceremony. Moreover, we are creating space for a short artist residency with Queer, Black, Tattooist/Visual artist Thomarya ‘Tee’ Fergus, a Toronto native by way of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. (@iamnattee)
Why we believe this is important
For many Queer Black and Brown people - ourselves included, reclaiming autonomy over our own bodies is something that has taken a long time to do and is a journey that many of us are still on. Both Purple Rain Collective & Project Mission Gallery bring people together to heal from the violence inflicted upon our communities.
We believe in the radical power of art as a tool for personal transformation and structural change.
Being able to engage with personal and healing artwork from someone who, not only understands some of the reasons you might be getting the work done, but also with a community of people that have shared experiences with you can be a rewarding and transformative experience.
Being able to reach a place where you are aware enough of your own body and self, to know and name these comforts as necessities is a triumph we ought to celebrate each and everyday; especially in a world that is built to discourage many of us from doing so.
So we decided to foster a space dedicated to doing just that :)
Who are we
The Purple Rain collective is a space for LGBQueer, Trans and Intersex People of Colour/Black people in the UK to mobilise, converse on our experiences and develop strategies for safety, resistance and liberation.
PRC is currently being run by Tobi, Adae, Ruth and Aaks who are working on building a supportive, educational and accessible resource hub with a focus on community, care, accountability and healing. Help is always welcome so if you want to assist in any way, message us on the website : www.purpleraincollective.com
Project Mission Gallery is a travelling art gallery run by Mattie Loyce, Californian Nomad and well known sunshine kid.
As a gallery they focus on emerging artists, who identify as People of Color (PoC), within local communities and they take pride in supporting emerging arts, holding critical discussions through art, and building strong relationships through collaboration. Their programming includes exhibitions, workshops, and other interdisciplinary work, with the intention of creating multiple access points to creativity, art and community building. Find them at www.missiongallery.org
What we have in store
The events will take place mainly via 3 short residencies held at Pempeople in Peckham, Inkwa Tattoo Studio in Sydenham and Kink Peckham Tattoo Studio in The Bussey Building Complex but there will be other things going as well. Check out the plan below!
A pop-up shop on Peckham High Street focused on supporting local initiatives and entrepreneurs.
Date: June 9th/10th (Sat/Sun)
Place: 91 Peckham High St.
- 11.30am- Tea & Coffee Morning
- 12.30am- How to- Altars, Blessings & Cleansings- Incorporating Spiritual Practice into our Daily Living
This workshop will serve as a preparatory practice that can help us consider the many ways we can make our spiritual practices symbiotic with our ever evolving lives. Using IFA divination system, we will explore cleansing methodologies, ways to set up basic altars in various spaces - home, work, communally and finally what blessings mean to each of us and how we can manifest that through our varying practices.
We are coming together with the clear intention of creating practical, useful, decolonial and ancestrally rooted approaches that will guide us on our journey/s towards existing intentionally.
- 2.00pm-3:30pm- QTBIPOC Life Drawing Workshop
- 4.00pm-5:30pm - Roundtable Artist Skillshare- Focus on Sustainability, Mental Health, Paperwork, Collaboration,
- Contributors TBC
- 7pm- Drink & Draw
- An Art social. Materials are provided and participants come to spend time drawing, socialising and drinkin with one another under whatever theme we provide.
- Custom flash tattoos will be available from 7pm- 10pm (fees dependent on design)
- 9pm- 1am Celebration Evening !
- DJ event, a party to celebrate the weekend and the theme of Art. Body. Soul
- SUNDAY 12pm-6pm
- Family Friendly Art Making *all day*
- Family Zine Making Workshop - Led by Nattee
- Wall mural
- Parents Medicine making workshop (Facilitators TBC)
-Queer Art Fair 12-6pm
An Arts & Crafts fair with Black and Brown LGBTIQueer Artisans, Artists and BPOC Allies
2. Arts & Healing Workshop- To be curated by Young London based collective
(More details to come soon!)
Date: June 11th(Mon)
Place: St Paul’s Church, Stoke Newington High street
3. New Moon Healing / Manifesting ritual:
Drawing from the powerful, magical strength and energy of the full moon, we will visit the waters and create a full moon circle with the intention of honouring Yemoja (Mother of the seas) & Oshun (Mother of the rivers).
Focusing on the intention behind the use of the number 7 (representing the 7 seas), we will send forth healing into the waters that have and continue to guide, heal & sustain us - remembering that nothing can exist without it. We will charge ourselves, each other and our crystals (if you have any and want to bring them along), manifesting what we need to keep us grounded as we wash away layers of the old and leave space for that which will heal and keep our inner waters flowing.
Date: June 13th(Weds)
Place: Coal House Fort (Meet at Grays where transport to location will be available)
4. INKWA TATTOO STUDIO
‘The name Inkwa is inspired from the Zulu stabbing spear the Iklwa and the Akan word “nkwa” meaning life.
Inkwa Tattoos is a family business that is warm, welcoming, and non-judgmental. founded by Rob Lawrence and his wife Tamar Lawrence.
Rob has been a practicing artist for around ten years and is heavily influenced by modern Japanese art, in particular that of Shigeru Miyamoto (Super Mario, Zelda, Donkey, Metroid) and Akira Toriyama (Dragonball) .
At Inkwa Tattoos, we aim to provide a service that allows you to express yourself creatively as an individual, we have 4 in-house artists all specializing in different styles to help you come up with the perfect tattoo for you.’ (tattoo by @daliftkid)
Date: June 13th/15th (Weds-Friday)
Place: 254 Kirkdale, Sydenham, SE26 4NL (accessible- Just need to call ahead of time)
Activities: 3 day tattoo residency
5. K-INK PECKHAM
‘K-Ink. tattoos and art space in Peckham -
open everyday by appointment / tuesday-saturday 1pm till 7pm’
(tattoo by @marco.ramerio)
Date: June 16-17 (Saturday - Sunday)
Place: K-ink Peckham (accessible- Just need to call ahead of time)
Activity: 2 day tattoo residency
- Family Friendly arts activities in Bussey Building Yard outside of K-ink Peckham
All money raised will go towards:
-The Space - 100
-Facilitators - 200
-Speakers - 300
-Food - 100
-Art Materials - 200
-Flyers - 100
-VolunQueers (Transport/ Food etc) - 100
-Travel Fund - 300 (For those who may be coming from outside London)
-Accessibility (inc Childcare and BSL) - 200
All extra funds raised will go towards kicking off The Purple Rain Collective's Family Days for the 2018-2019 calendar.
We're particularly excited about launching this officially at UK Black Pride and hope to see a lot more of your faces regularly over the next year! (More details will be posted on the website soon)
None of us are paid for this work . We do this because we believe in the power of community and collectivism. If you are interested in supporting our work, collaborating with us or volunteering at one of our events please get in touch!
We'd like to thank all the wonderful QTIPOC that have donated incentives for us to raise money. Check them out!
Thank you for any support you can swing our way, even if it’s a simple share or retweet!
The Purple Rain Collective & Project Mission Gallery
*Our events are for Queer Black & Brown folks and their family and friends. If you are not accompanying a QTIPOC then please pause to consider what exactly you are doing in the space and if it is necessary to be there.