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Reframe Directors’ Cut Exhibition Launch Recap: Celebrating Black Artists and Tackling Climate Change

The exhibition is available to come and see at STEAMhouse, Monday-Friday.

 

 

Reframe: The Residency, an artist-led programme, began as a collaborative effort, led by Southbank Centre in collaboration with STEAMhouse, the Midlands Arts Centre in Birmingham and Factory International in Manchester, supported by Apple.

As part of the programme, STEAMhouse were proud to recently host the regional launch of Reframe: Directors’ Cut, to uplift and empower 77 Black and Black mixed heritage creatives aged 18 – 30 from across Birmingham, Manchester & London using film, photography and music, and to also display 23 physical innovative works of art at STEAMhouse, powering the conversation around climate change. In a world where the spotlight often misses the richness of Black and Black mixed-heritage artistry, Reframe: Directors’ Cut emerged as a beacon of talent recognising and celebrating all-too-often under-represented talent. More than just a celebration of art; the launch evening was a platform for change, a rallying cry for environmental action, and a testament to the power of community.

 

 

From the moment the doors swung open to the final applause, the atmosphere crackled with energy, anticipation, and the unmistakable buzz of creative inspiration. Sprawling across the STEAMhouse Atrium, social zone and Digital Labs, this event wasn’t just another gathering; it was a convergence of minds, hearts, and voices united by a shared purpose.

 

 

As part of the event, we were treated to a range of live performances, in the form of spoken word, poetry, DJing, rap and song from Madi Saskia, Sadface the Poet, Shao Kai, Jiggs aka Divin Nzessie, KarmaRi, and Mystic Meg to create a mesmerising experience that left us in awe. The line-up was a constellation of talent, with each performer adding their unique voice to an evening that really was a recognition of talent, often unsung. Each artist, a testament to the depth and diversity of creativity, reminded us why their voices must be heard, celebrated, and cherished.

 

 

Amidst the performances, voices of change rang out loud and clear. We also were treated to keynote speeches from a dream team comprising of Jo Birch, Director of Innovation, Enterprise, and Employability at Birmingham City University, Deborah Kermode, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of Midlands Art Centre, Sameed Rezayan, Head of Learning at Factory International, and Leah Mosses, one of the talented Reframe artists, who all spoke to the power of hearing from voices that can no longer be overlooked and underheard.

 

 

The event captured the imagination of the public far beyond the walls of STEAMhouse, with BBC Midlands Today coming along to capture the essence of the evening in a live broadcast interview from STEAMhouse. Reframe artist Canaan Brown and STEAMhouse Business Partnerships Manager Sophia Tarr eloquently conveyed the spirit of Reframe Director’s Cut, shining a spotlight on the artists, the message, and the mission of the Reframe project.

 

 

As the night drew to a close, a sense of hope, possibility, and determination lingered in the air. But the journey doesn’t end here. We invite you to come and see the exhibition and reflect on this thoughtful contribution to the conversation surrounding climate change on the ground floor at STEAMhouse. Let the art speak to you, ignite your passion, and propel you into action.

 

 

Reframe Director’s Cut wasn’t just an event; it was the culmination of a movement. A movement to celebrate Black and Black mixed-heritage talent, amplify diverse voices, and drive change. Together, we can continue to ensure that art and activism converge in harmony to create a better world.

 

 

We invite you to come and see the exhibition at STEAMhouse. The exhibition is available to come and see at STEAMhouse, Monday-Friday.

 

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Reframe: The Residency was originally produced by the Southbank Centre with Factory International in Manchester and Birmingham City University’s STEAMhouse and Midlands Arts Centre in Birmingham, and was supported by Apple. The programme was developed to reach and support Black and Black mixed heritage creatives aged 18 – 30 looking to take their career in the creative sector to the next level.