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What Does It Mean To Be an Emerging Creative Today? Panel Discussion

Festival of Ideas
Akure Gill Mohamed Smyth

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Our panellists explore the challenges and barriers young people are currently facing in the creative industries.

They discuss what the creative sector needs to do in order to become a more inclusive and representative industry. 

They touch on the effects of the pandemic and the fight for change within a digital world while sharing how their identity and lived experience influences and informs their creative practice.

How do we champion new voices and nurture emerging talent?

Multi-disciplinary artist Manoel Akure joins Qezz Gill, visual creator and co- founder of Purple Girls Collective, and artist, poet and producer Scarlett Smyth. Chaired by Momin Mohamed, award-winning activist and advocate of human rights and equality. Akure, Gill and Mohamed appeared on RIFE magazine’s 30 Under 30 list in 2020.

This event is guest produced by Scarlett Smyth and delivered in collaboration with Rife Magazine. It is part of the A Poetic City season of events commemorating 250 years since the death of Bristol-born poet Thomas Chatterton. A Poetic City is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund using money raised by National Lottery players.

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Manoel Akure/MAN0 is a British-based independent artist, of Nigerian origin. He developed a love for music at the age of ten and was introduced to a wide variety of genres which heavily influenced him from the start. He has since been learning to fuse his favourite genres to paint an accurate audible picture of his mind. Alongside his music he works full-time as a freelance director, cinematographer, graphic designer, and editor. His love for art has forced him to find ways of sustaining himself and finding new ways of expressing his passions and thoughts.

Qezz Gill

Qezz Gill is a visual creator based in Bristol. Her work centres on storytelling in photography and video form. Originally from Pakistan, she uses her experiences as an immigrant to redefine what it means to be an ethnic creator in the sector.

Camerawork is always at the forefront of her work. She uses visual artforms to create refreshing narratives for magazines, broadcasting channels and has co-founded an all-female led platform named Purple Girls Collective.

Momin Mohamed is a masters graduate, aspiring lawyer and activist. He has a great interest in issues of under-represented groups, inclusion, and attainment and has delivered many conferences around the UK on idiversity in the legal industry. He has worked with many organisations, including the Somerset and Avon Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre, Bristol Law Centre and InterLaw Diversity Forum, whilst advocating for issues such as the end of violence against women and girls, grooming and radicalisation, and islamophobia with charity Integrate UK.

Scarlett Smyth

Scarlett Smyth is an artist, poet, and creative producer, currently working as an Assistant Creative Director on a touring social action through arts project for Creative Youth Network in Bristol. She is an advocate of social change and aims to amplify and support quiet voices within the arts from disadvantaged backgrounds. She is represented by Rising Arts Agency and an alumni of BBC Arts, Channel 4 Random Acts, and the pilot scheme Creative Workforce For The Future. She is also a founding member of Bristol Culture Young Collective where she advises on inclusion and accessibility within Bristol museums.

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