Join the By Artist Gallery

Hello Phakama Friends!

Our first Young Artist Bursary winner, Ellis Lewis-Dragstra, is currently inviting artist submissions to feature their work as part of the By Artist Gallery exhibition at Rich Mix’s Lower Cafe Gallery from 21st July-31st August.

The exhibition has no theme or medium that you have to follow, just showcase work that shows off your identity. Anyone can apply, from established artists to someone who’s never done anything within the arts before. The gallery is a chance for different artists and art forms to come together in celebration. For more information head over to

If you, or anyone you know, would like the opportunity to display work as part of the By Artist Gallery get in touch with Ellis directly at

AGM Agenda

The agenda for next week’s AGM is as follows:

1. Review of AGM 15/16 Minutes
2. Annual Report as a presentation
3. Management accounts 15/16
4. Appointment of Auditors
5. Nominations for Board

If you would like to come to the AGM you are more than welcome to! Please just get in touch with Bibi at for more details.

Rise Up 2017!

Rise Up is back!

Over February half term 6 Young Creatives will lead a group of participants aged 16-25 through an intensive week of creative workshops.

Since the beginning of January Rise Up’s Young Creatives have been learning about all the different skills involved in creating and leading a project by attending training sessions in facilitation, recruitment, production, marketing and planning. The group will then lead 16-25 year old participants through a week of workshops. The workshops will all focus on the theme of Anger. During the week the group of young people will use the creative arts to ask questions such as ‘what makes us tick?’ and ‘how can anger be used as a positive emotion?’.

The outcome of the project will be performed/shown at Rich Mix as part of their Youth Takeover Festival at 4pm on Saturday 18th February. The event is free, but ticketed – tickets can be reserved here.

We hope to see you there!


Phakama’s Moment of Reflection

Phakama is currently undergoing a moment of reflection. This year Phakama will be celebrating it’s 20th year of creating challenging and inspiring work and we see this as an opportunity to look back on Phakama. We will be thinking about what Phakama has done well, what has moved and encouraged people, and what Phakama could do better and improve on.

With our Interim Managing Director stepping in to oversee the company through this transition, we will be working to ensure that Phakama is ready to continue to create empowering work for another 20 years.

This is an exciting time for us as it gives us a chance to both reflect back on Phakama’s rich, personal history, but also look forward to Phakama’s exciting and promising future.