Lashana Charles-Queely is a cultural producer, artist and crafter. Born in 1988, she has lived and worked in Aston throughout the years. With a background in performing arts, and a degree in media and cultural studies, gained at Kingston University, she has worked on arts festivals, programmed film screenings, masterclasses and talks. Read more
Cassandra Wiggan is a Multi – disciplined Artist from the heart of Birmingham. She has trained with Identity Drama School and Birmingham School of Acting. Cassandra’s performances include: Rep theatre, Identity Drama School, Birmingham School of Acting, Drum Theatre, Women In Theatre, Drama and Some, White Chalk, Birmingham Opera Company, Graft Entertainment, WSDM, Miss Caribbean UK, Mooville Theatre. Read more
Annika Spalding is an award-winning author of four books, a Writing Coach and advocate for female empowerment. An ambassador for Free Your Mind, Annika is open about using her experiences of childhood domestic violence, anxiety and depression, to inform and inspire through her blog
Ola is an artist, workshop facilitator who has worked in a wide range of settings. She has a passion for engagement through art and works primarily with children using arts and crafts and poetry. She has devised and delivered engagement programmes for charities such as KIDZ and Oscar Sandwell. Read more
Lola Adodo is a performance artist and choreographer of Nigerian parentage.Trained in contemporary dance (Graham techniques) but has since amazed over 10 years of hands on experience in African contemporary dance.Her professional credits include performances with Foot In Hand, Kokuma Dance and collaborative work with Tribal Soul and Utopia Theatre. Read more
Olivia Campbell is a singer, rapper and songwriter with an unconventional style and flow. Deeply embedded with a passion for all forms of art, she has invested her time and commitment to various programmes, workshops and organisations to pursue a professional career in music. She has Performed at events such as The Social Exchange (Beatfreeks) and at the YGB tent at the Simmer Down festival that was held in Handsworth park.
Santhanha Nguyen is an emerging artist speicalising in paint, based in Birmingham. She studied Fine Art at the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design graduating in 2014. Her work explores Psychogeography, creating observational paintings that address the transitory nature of the inner city landscape and urban communities; looking at the ways in which their geographies are imagined, lived and contested. Read more
My name is Daniel Simpson. I am a Creative Artist with accomplished abilities in Graphic Design and Creative Writing - Poetry & Spoken Word. I have a BA Honours in Visual Communication and have 20 years or so experience in Graphic Design, both freelance and employed. My most recent employment was at Aston University’s Students Union, as a Graphic Designer/Visual Communicator in the Marketing Department. Read more
I’m 30 years old and was born and raised in Birmingham, Perry Barr. Having completed my foundation degree in Bourneville Institute for Art and design, I was set to immerse myself in Fine art. What better place than the capital; London! While in London I had an amazing opportunity to developing my own arts practice. Read more
Ashleigh ‘Ace’ Carter
Ashleigh 'Ace' Carter is a creative writer and poet. Hailing from Aston, Birmingham; her inner city experiences are incorporated in her work with a quirky twist. The founder of the Freemine group which serves as an online hub for creative writers to showcase their works. Also recently including the Freemine young creatives which focuses on the encouragement of mental well being in young people through the literary arts.
Cora is a storyteller specialising in contemporary West African Griot. She uses edutainment and creative learning to teach traditional values and culture through the use of singing, music and oral history. With over 20 years experience working in social and community work. Read more
Zeddie Lawal graduated in Drama and Theatre Arts from the University of Birmingham with at 2.1. Since arriving in Birmingham in 2013, She has generated her unique style which integrates using music and spoken word within her performance. This is demonstrated within her band Transits who have performed at Birmingham Pride, and the Hippodrome. Her ethos is creationism through escapism which essentially uses art as a mean of both a therapeutic and cathartic release. Read more.
My name is Charmaine Rowe My creative practise is Dance and have an educational background in dance. I have worked with an array of organisations including Body Symphony, Neffitti, and DanceXchange. My most recent dance commissions involve Artsfest, IDFB, Four Squares Birmingham, the drum and the mac.