About Slate

Slate: Black. Arts. World.

A three-year project that supported over 2,000 Black artists, and fellow artists also marginalised for their race, in the North to work locally, nationally and internationally, completed in December 2019. With our partners Creative Europe, we are currently leading on Slate World a programme of work shared in Amsterdam and Portugal.

The Enablers

Slate was delivered by a team of Black arts leaders, based across the region.

The Enablers supported Black artists to access the range of opportunities available from exciting roundtable events, workshops, inspiring residencies, retreats, production support, ‘go-see’ bursaries as well as commissions.

Slate Commissioned Artists

There were 12 commissions available in total across three rounds of commissioning for Black artists based in the North of England, working across any art form (including, but not limited to, visual arts, theatre, dance, circus, music, literature and film).

First Round Commissioned Artists 

Naomi Sumner Chan | Nwando Ebizie | Dorcas Sebuyange | Shanaz Gulzar 

Second Round Commissioned Artists 

Malika Booker | Lwimbo Kunda | Ryan Harston | Chanje Kunda

Third Round Commissioned Artists 

Houmi Miura  | Olivia Hannah | Dorcas Sebuyange | Keisha Thompson 

Slate Partners

Slate was a consortia of 10 organisations: Hull Truck, Oxford Playhouse, British Council, Bradford City Council, York Theatre Royal, Pilot Theatre, Live Theatre, Unity Theatre, HOME MCR, Forced Entertainment and East Street Arts.

Watch this space for new opportunities for Black artists coming soon...

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Commissioned Artists

Slate Commissioned Artists - Third Round

Houmi Miura  | RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT Slate Commission
Olivia Hannah | RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT Slate Commission   

Dorcas Sebuyange | MAKE Slate Commission   

Keisha Thompson | MAKE Slate Commission 

Slate Commissioned Artists - Second Round

Malika Booker | RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT Slate Commission
Lwimbo Kunda | RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT Slate Commission   

Ryan Harston | MAKE Slate Commission   

Chanje Kunda | MAKE Slate Commission 

Naomi Sumner Chan | MAKE Slate Commission

Nwando Ebizie | MAKE Slate Commission

Dorcas Sebuyange | RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT Slate Commission

Shanaz Gulzar | RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT Slate Commission