Guyana SPEAKS – Arts and Politics – London – Sunday 24th June 2018 at 2pm

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Guyana SPEAKS – London – Sunday, 24th June 2018

Please join us on Sunday, 24th June at 2pm for another Guyana SPEAKS on the topic of Art & Politics.  Our distinguished guests are: Natalie Hopkinson and Desrie Thomson-George (both in person), and Winslow Craig, who comes to us by way of a video produced in Guyana.  The latter, which has been especially recorded for Guyana SPEAKS, could not have been done without the invaluable help of Carinya Sharples and Michael Lam.   

This stimulating afternoon will be followed by a lime session with complimentary drink.  Guyanese food will be available for purchase, however, to avoid delays we would advise you to pre-order your food from Tafawa Ntune at The Classic – Tel: 020 8767 8372.  Tickets are £5 on the door or available via the following Eventbrite link:

We’d be grateful if you could circulate this email to all your friends and family!  Flyers are attached.

The Speakers:

Natalie Hopkinson is a writer of Guyanese descent whose work explores the media, the arts, public policy and cultural identity. She is an assistant professor in Howard University’s doctoral program in Communication, Culture and Media Studies, a columnist for the Huffington Post, and a fellow of the Interactivity Foundation. A former staff writer, editor and media and culture critic at the Washington Post and The Root, she is author of Deconstructing Tyrone (with Natalie Y. Moore on Cleis Press), Go-Go Live (Duke University Press). Her latest book, A Mouth is Always Muzzled: Six Dissidents, Five Continents and the Art of Resistance was released in February 2018 on The New Press, and will form the basis of her talk.  Signed copies of Natalie’s books will be available for sale.

Winslow Craig, a master sculptor, was born and raised in the Indigenous village of Kappawarrie, Essequibo.   As a child he spent hours experimenting with his father’s woodwork tools and sold his first piece, aged just seven, for G$20.   He studied at the E. R. Burrowes School of Arts, graduating with distinction in 1989.  In 1997 he was awarded a Commonwealth Foundation Fellowship in Arts and Crafts.  He was granted the portfolio for the design and model of the Indian Arrival Monument to be erected at Palmyra, Berbice and is also working on a steel sculpture for the Athletics Track at Leonora.  He jointly won the Anthony N Sabga Caribbean Award for Excellence (2017) and is a recipient of the Golden Arrow of Achievement Award.  An exclusive video about his work has been produced for Guyana SPEAKS.

Desrie Thomson-George, a visual artist, was born in Guyana and brought up in London. Her work has its basis in the social, cultural and political awareness of her existence as a black woman brought up in the West. Her practice focuses on art for empowerment to provoke dialogue and affect change. After receiving a BA (Hons) Fine Art Degree from Nottingham Trent University she was a co-founder of the publishing house, Black Ink, where she illustrated children’s books then worked as a freelance graphics artist. In 2017 she was runner up for the Surrey Society Sculpture Prize.  Her presentation will focus on the inspiration/motivation for her work and her forthcoming exhibition, entitled ‘Jilo’, at the Art Academy and South Bank University.

Thank you for your continued support!

Best regards,


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