About Slate

Black. Arts. World.

Welcome to Slate – an international programme, in the North of England, supporting thousands of Black* Independent Artists by increasing access to local, national and international networks.

Developed and delivered by the Black arts sector in the North, Slate is funded by an Arts Council England Sustained Theatre Award.

*To Eclipse, Black includes anyone who is marginalized for their race or ethnicity.

The Enablers

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

The Enablers are here to support Black artists to access the range of opportunities available in the next three years spanning:

  • Training
  • Commissions
  • Play pots
  • Residencies
  • Retreats
  • Group workshops
  • Production support
  • Marketing / PR

As well as representing the programme and the artists we support on an international platform. If you are an artist looking for support, sign up to our mailing list or contact the Enabler in your area here to find out what’s coming up next.

Slate is 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.

To contact a Slate Enabler, please fill in this contact form.

Support Us

How can you help us?

We have an amazing opportunity to bring about substantial change, but we need your help to do this.

Eclipse is a charity and over the next three years we need to raise £150,000 to achieve our ambitious aims. Any donation that you can give, large or small, will be appreciated and will help to support this work.

If you donate now, one of our generous funders, Arts Council England, has offered to match your gift with a donation of the same amount – doubling whatever you give.

Please support us and become part of the Eclipse revolution!

Dawn Walton,
Artistic Director

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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