Art. Body. Soul. - Centring QTIBPOC Wellbeing.

by ThePurpleRainCollective in London, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 7th June 2018 we successfully raised £795 with 42 supporters in 35 days

Prioritising QTIBPOC Art, Wellbeing & Spirit- with the aim to continue nurturing our community throughout the year.

by ThePurpleRainCollective in London, England, United Kingdom


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 :


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


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 
    • 12.30pm- How to- Altars, Blessings & Cleansings- Incorporating Spiritual Practice into our Daily Living - LINK-
    • 2.00pm-3:30pm-  QTBIPOC Life Drawing Workshop -   LINK-
    • 4.00pm-5:30pm - Roundtable Artist Skillshare- Focus on Sustainability, Mental Health, Paperwork, Collaboration- LINK-
      • CONFIRMED Evan Ifekoya, Joy Gharoro- Akpojotor, Sadie Sinner, Rudy Van Jee, Tee Fergus
    • 7.00pm- Drink & Draw - LINK-
      • 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- LINK-

  • SUNDAY - Family Friendly Art Making *all day*  
  • 12pm- 2pm- Family Zine Making Workshop Led by Nattee- LINK-

-Queer Art Fair 12-6pm 

An Arts & Crafts fair with Black and Brown LGBTIQueer Artisans, Artists and BPOC Allies

2. 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)  


‘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



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


  1. 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!

Love always, 

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. 


This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£3 or more

Saturday or Sunday Ticket

All events throughout the course of the week will be sliding scale 0-£10 so if you feel like contributing via a ticket then please do! Whether it's for you or a pay it forward ticket, it is much appreciated and will go a long away towards continuing to make our events as accessible as we can make them <3 (Please let us know who you are so we can put you on a list by the door)

£5 or more

Saturday or Sunday Ticket

All events throughout the course of the week will be sliding scale 0-£10 so if you feel like contributing via a ticket then please do! Whether it's for you or a pay it forward ticket, it is much appreciated and will go a long away towards continuing to make our events as accessible as we can make them <3 (Please let us know who you are so we can put you on a list by the door)

£10 or more

Saturday or Sunday Ticket

All events throughout the course of the week will be sliding scale 0-£10 so if you feel like contributing via a ticket then please do! Whether it's for you or a pay it forward ticket, it is much appreciated and will go a long away towards continuing to make our events as accessible as we can make them <3 (Please let us know who you are so we can put you on a list by the door)

£45 or more

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Website Consultation with Erin Burns

Website Consultation 2 x 1.5hrs- 45 Finally deciding to take control of your online presence? Or been trying to do so for a while but not sure which direction to take things in? Website & software developer Erin Burns, will provide you with 1.5hrs of their expertise, whether that be design, updates, or usability. This can be done on site and even remotely so take advantage of this generous QTs offer and get that knowlege :)

£70 or more

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Hair Consult & Appointment w Ori

Hair Consult & Appointment with Ori Hairstyling services For our tender headed aburos (siblings in Yoruba), Tobi’s tender hands will have your scalp feeling nourished and your hair look fresher than Mumzy for Sunday service ;) and if its just not possible to wait that long and you reaaally need someone to grease up your scalp proper in-between, then find them at Open Barbers Every Saturday

£300 or more

Sponsor A PRC Family Day!

This being the launch of a series of community events over the next year, we are hoping to make enough money to propel those forward and also make those accessible to QTIBPOC all over the UK! Sponsor the general costs of one our upcoming community days, which you can check out at We appreciate you!

£10 or more

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Wish You Were Queer! Posters

Sunanda Mesquita is a Visual artist, curator ad co-founder at WE-DEY x SPACE- A self organised art space in Vienna, Austria. She is currently studying at the academy of Fine Arts Vienna. In their artistic practice she focuses on possibilities of a radical, utopian, queer, feminist collectivity of Black people & People of Colour and the topics of community, solidarity and belonging. Find this QT on IG @decolonial_killjoy

£15 or more

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Travis Alabanza~ Before I step outside

Before I Step Outside [You Love me]' - A mixture of images, poetry, diary entries and essays relating to their experience as a trans person navigating public space, being outside, and on public transport. Every piece within the book is written whilst on a tube, a bus, walking, being harrassed, stared at, looked at and surviving. This collection of work is designed to be taken outside. To be read in public. To be shown in spaces. To be seen. <3

£20 or more

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2 x The Next Cocoa Butter Club Supershow!

In our lifetimes, we can only be grateful to be a part of the phenomenon that is The Cocoa Butter Club. Making the space that others refuse to, Sadie Sinner has been loudly taking up space for QPOC & Queer Black performers everywhere. Pushing for our voices to be heard, our songs to be sung and our pockets to be fairly lined! Thank you TCBC for donating 4 tickets to their next big show. Can't wait until then? Her Upstairs Camden on May 31st!

£20 or more

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Queer Inspired Ceramics

Queer Owned Ceramics shop Gatopollo have kindly donated some of their handmade, screenprinted queer ceramics to our Crowdfunder! We have a beautiful black clay decorative plate, a set of cups and some beautiful coasters to give away here. Check out our facebook for some pics!

£60 or more

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One on One DJ/Prod sesh with Goldsnap!

Empowering QTIBPOC to express themselves has been at the centre of Goldsnap's ethos from the get go. Gin, Mwen & Dibs have been creating safe havens for learning for a while now and they've kindly offered a one on one session with any member of your choice. You can't lose here folks ;) (Date and Time to be arranged directly with Goldsnap)

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