Counterpoints Arts is bringing together a select, invited group of around 50 individuals from the worlds of the visual and performing arts, broadcast media, entertainment, advertising, fashion, social media, philanthropy, charity and policy sectors.
Popular culture is a potent catalyst for social change, especially in times when people feel increasingly less connected. We are creating this reflective space in order to facilitate new cross-sector collaborations and to explore ways of representing the lived concerns and experiences of diverse audiences through the prism of pop culture.
Artists, creatives and activists are engaging with the field of popular culture to imaginatively re-shape narratives around migration and global displacement. Recent examples of this include: The Good Immigrant by Nikesh Shukla; Michelle and Barack Obama setting up a new production house in partnership with Netflix; Warsan Shire featuring on Beyoncé’s album Lemonade; and a former Counterpoints Arts’ artist in residence, Kayo Chingonyi, recently receiving the Dylan Thomas award – all pointing to increasing forms of popular crossover and social justice genre-mixing.
This year we are delighted to welcome Bridgit Antoinette Evans, Executive Director of the recently launched Pop Culture Collaborative in the US, to share learning and successes from their influential grant-making programme.
Over the two and a half days we will present a programme of inspiring work by a range of artists and cultural producers, short inspirations and provocations, organised walks, workshops, public events (film screening and a hiphop gig) and plenty of informal networking and shared meals.