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Black Cultural Activism Map

Since December 2017, the Stuart Hall Foundation has worked closely with groups of black and brown artists and activists to develop aBlack Cultural Activism Map.   

The  BLK ACT MAP emerged from a series of intergenerational conversations organised by the Foundation.Younger groups of artists, cultural practitioners and activists highlighted the need to set their own agendas within a historical context, and to understand how they connect with earlier generations of culturally diverse artists and intellectuals. Taking a collaborative, intergenerational and peer-led approach, BLK ACT MAP sought to support and promote the visibility of black and brown diaspora resistance through initial research and three commissions. 


Three collectives of young artists and cultural activists produced practice-led explorations of the legacies of black and brown activists:  

Skin Deep, a magazine about race and culture, produced the special issue Movements featuring contributions from 25 different writers and artists.   

RECLAIM, a Manchester-based youth organisation, developed a documentary and performance reviving unheard stories of Northern England’s black and brown community leaders.  

Voices that Shake!in collaboration with the Globe Poets and Nawi Collective created a multimedia performance of musical oral history, dance, spoken word, film, soundscapes and visual collage.

The launch event to showcase the commissions took place at Platform Theatre, Central Saint Martins in London on 13th October 2018.

Future research

Following the success of the commissions and building on the many conversations developed throughout BLK ACT MAP the Foundation is now exploring the possibilities of a long-term, academic research project to  remember, document and revive important moments of resistance by culturally diverse individuals and organisations in the UK, which have been or are at risk of being lost, hidden, erased or forgotten. 

'Britain’s black activists – you are not alone, not in the present or the past', Zahra Dalilah, the Guardian

* We call this the Black Cultural Activism Map to honour the legacies of political blackness from which we have grown. We wish to be inclusive of black, brown and diasporic peoples. We recognise that our work is part of an ongoing conversation.


Skin Deep
Skin Deep’s multimedia project is based around a print publication, live events and interactive digital exhibiti...
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Voices that Shake!
Voices that Shake! delivered a multimedia performance showcase (musical oral history, storytelling, spoken word,...
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RECLAIM, a youth leadership and social change organisation based in Manchester, know that Black people have done...
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Samantha Asumadu is a former documentary filmmaker and journalist. She is the founder of Media Diversified, the ...
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Project Manager & Curator
Project Manager & Curator
Farzana Khan Farzana Khan is a cultural producer and an award-winning arts educator. Farzana works at Platform, ...
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BLK ACT MAP commissions by collectives Skin Deep , RECLAIM , and Voices that Shake! were presented in a sell-out...
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Black Cultural Activism Map has been supported with funding from Arts Council England and Unbound Philanthropy.