Art is The Cure (AITC)

Had a meeting this morning with Rich Simmons and Graham over at the Art is The Cure HQ in Norwood Junction. There studio is awesome, floor to ceiling murals and amazing street art propped up all over the place, as well as covering every possible surface.


Am pleased to be able to announce that 4WD Foundation will be working in partnership with AITC and Ignite on a few youth projects based at AITC HQ this summer. For more info on Art is The Cure watch this short (pretty old school!) video featuring founder Rich Simmons:

Tomorrow Rich will be creating a street piece outside the Opera Gallery prior to featuring alongside the likes of Banksy and D*Face at The Street Art Show, which he has kindly invited me and Goldie to! My first ever art gallery private party invite! Apparently Hugh Grant is on the guest list and there is free champagne…

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RSA Lecture – Who’s Failing Our Kids? – Audio

A few months ago I was invited to speak at the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) on a panel regarding who is failing the children of Britain.

I felt honoured to be on a panel alongside Katharine Birbalsingh, John D’Abbro and Michael Gernon.

Here is the audio: Who’s Failing our Kids? (Please click the link to access)

I totally forgot that it would be uploaded online so apologies for the delay in getting it up!

I am now featured on the RSA speakers archive HERE.

Please feel free to share your thoughts on this important issue below.

Royal Holloway: Alumni Entrepreneurs Profiling Campaign

So honoured that my wonderful university, Royal Holloway, University of London; who supported me through three life changing years of study and personal growth, asked to feature me in their current campaign to profile alumni entrepreneurs.

Who’s Failing Our Kids? Let’s discuss…

Excited to be a part of this important conversation – let me know if you are able to attend and if so make sure you RSVP to c4events@channel4.co.uk

It’s time to UP THE TEMPO!

REGISTER FOR YOUR FREE PLACE HERE: http://bit.ly/dNkthf

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UP THE TEMPO

Over the last few months I have been organising a music industry insight event for young people in Croydon.

SUCCESS IN MUSIC NEEDS INSIGHT.. YOU WANT IT? WE’VE GOT IT!

UP THE TEMPO a free music industry information event for young people 13-21 in Croydon

Saturday 5th February 2-6pm

Industry panel: G FrSH / NU BRAND / YASMIN / CHANTELLE FIDDY / JAK FrSH / ASHLET McDERMOTT

Taster workshops: DJing / Music production / Vocal coaching / MPC demo

There is an open mic session too so you can show Croydon what you’ve got!

If you’re 13-21 register your place here: http://bit.ly/dNkthf

If you’re an org who runs youth music activities register here: http://bit.ly/f3op8B

Follow us on Twitter: @UpTheTempoEvent
Follow our hardworking crew on Twitter here: @UpTheTempoCrew
Here is our event page on Facebook

Please spread the word to any young people who might be interested.

Thank you!

TedXOrenda

Yesterday I spoke at the #TedXOrenda conference. The theme was Austerity Britain and I was asked to inspire the audience of 200 educators at a time when they face unparalleled cuts and shrinking budgets.

I shared stories and memories of my personal educational journey and my thoughts and musings on the priceless, intangible elements of education, those that are not affected by budgets or cuts. Such as the ability to influence and inspire, to invoke belief and encourage free thinking. The need for young people to be taught how to engage with information and people they don’t know, how to make informed decisions and articulate ideas. I spoke about the dynamic changes taking place in society and industry, and the desperate need for education and curricula to catch up and meet students’ varying needs in order to become engaging and relevant.

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Free Online Media Training for East London Female Entrepreneurs

Innovate Her is a new EU-funded project which aims to inspire and up-skill East London based female entrepreneurs so that they become more innovative through the effective use of technologies. The project is delivered by the Tower Hamlets College and run in conjunction with the Women’s Business Centre at Newham College.

A number of free workshops and seminars run by expert business counsellors and successful female business owners are being held throughout November and December this year with more dates to be confirmed in 2011. Topics to be covered include SEO (search engine optimisation), e-commerce, pay per click (PPC) and social media.

To attend the workshops you must be a female business owner (or a male employee working for a female-led business) where the business is trading in Hackney, Newham or Tower Hamlets. You do not have to live in one of these areas but your business must be trading in one or more of these boroughs. The business can be a charity, a social enterprise or a self-employed operation.

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Marketing Apprenticeships in the Live Arts!

If you live in Croydon, are aged 18-25 and love the arts, live music and want to gain invaluable work experience in the live arts marketing industry then I have the perfect opportunity for you!

Clocktower Arts are looking for 10 Founding Members to start up the Marketing Collective – a dynamic and vibrant team of young Croydonians from underrepresented groups who can help widen youth participation in the arts and want to learn about below-the-line marketing. The Marketing Collective will be working with the Clocktower Arts marketing team, a dedicated team of industry professionals.

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HSBC Visible Women Mentoring Programme

HSBC in collaboration with the Visible Women Campaign is offering female undergraduates, in their first or penultimate year, the opportunity to be mentored by an HSBC Graduate. The formal programme will run from January – March 2011, with the experience day taking place in April 2011.

How will you benefit?

• Guidance in choosing a career path and identifying interests and strengths.
• Unique opportunity to have an insight into graduate schemes and recruitment processes.
• Insight into working at HSBC and the opportunities available within the industry.
• Opportunity to meet graduates and other leaders at HSBC on the experience day to be held at our Global Headquarters in Canary Wharf.
• Potential to work towards applying for a Summer 2011 internship (subject to assessment)

How can you get involved?
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