Photograph credit: Zachary Maxwell Stertz

Micro Commission Programme 2020

Project Dance // Elsabet Yonas

Local choreographer Elsabet Yonas and producer Nancy Roberts presented two evenings of projected dance in Paul’s Square at The Bernie Grant Arts Centre on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th September 2020.

This event was the first iteration of Project Dance, an initiative bringing dance and embodied encounters into civic space through outdoor projection.  


Ama Josephine Budge 

Photograph credit: Zachary Maxwell Stertz

Ama Josephine Budge curated The Apocalypse Reading Room: a world of talking stories in the face of environmental and social collapse, a gathering of all the books we might need to change the end of the world…

In summer 2020, The Apocalypse Reading Room: Room2Room goes digital and you can listen to readings online each week on a newly curated Apocalypse Reading Room webpage. Selected guests are invited to read a section of their apocalypse survival guide from their favourite reading rooms: nooks, living rooms, bedrooms, attics, garages, closets, stairwells and basements.

Week One: Nii Obodia reading Samatar

Week Two: Victoria Sin reading Tzu

Week Three: Pratibha Parmar reading Kimmerer

Week Four: Kai Isiah Jamal reading Bernard

Week Five: Ama Josephine Budge reading Miller 

Illustration ©ApocalypseReadingRoom, courtesy of the artist, illustrations by Kylah Benes-Trapp.


Lekan Lawal

Lekan Lawal is a director and theatre maker who creates work that motivates politically and socially. On Friday 25th and Saturday 26th September, Lekan’s project SBM was projected in Paul’s Square at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre.

“I… I have created something. I have managed to create something to prepare the world for me. To prepare the world for…”

Al has a secret. He can fly.

To break the news to his family and friends, he’s made a graphic novel and is going to turn it into a blockbuster movie.

Follow Al’s journey as mythology and pop culture collide in a short film that explores power, mental health and representation.


Jarelle Francis

Jarelle Francis is an independent art curator from Haringey. On Friday 2nd, Friday 9th and Saturday 17th October, Jarelle’s film THE UK IS NOT INNOCENT will be projected in Paul’s Square at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre.

The short film of 6 min 41 seconds which documents the Black Lives Matter protests across the UK. Scenes include images from London, Bristol, Brighton, Bradford, Leeds more. The film is comprised of images from 11 photographers and a backing track from a gospel band all from the UK. The film highlights Britain’s own movement for racial equality