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mac birmingham emerging artist secures Arts Council Grant

Carl Sealeaf, aged 22 and a graduate of mac birmingham’s Next Generation programme, has successfully bid and received £14,984 from Arts Council England’s competitive Grants for the Arts programme, to fund his project, Pangaea Poetry. The project involves a global gathering of young poets through a poetry slam on YouTube, with hundreds of poets predicted to take part.

As part of the funding, Carl will also run online workshops with renowned spoken word artists Dean Atta and Hannah Silva to encourage emerging writers around the world to pick up their pens and hone their craft.

Carl has been supported by mac birmingham throughout his application process by the Next Generation producer, Daniel Whitehouse, who began working with Carl in 2012. Since then, Carl has benefited from a range of support from the arts centre, including free events and rehearsal space, artistic development through their Cannon Hill Collective and Creative Space Residency programmes.

Carl Sealeaf had this to say about his achievement: “It’s such a great feeling. Without a shadow of a doubt, I wouldn’t be where I am today without the support of mac. Nobody else puts in the time and effort to support young artists in the same way that mac and the Next Generation team does - it’s not just for one project, or even a whole year of projects. They’re with you and they’re supporting you even after you’ve left their programmes, it’s like a family.”

Dan Whitehouse, Next Generation Producer at mac birmingham added: “We’re so proud of Carl. His vision, energy and ambition has always shone through. He has worked hard to achieve his goal, working alongside creative professionals, attending mac events and workshops, volunteering and mentoring. We’re now looking forward to working alongside Carl on this new and exciting project.”

Pangaea Poetry now has its own website - www.pangaeapoetry.com and has been recently constituted as a Limited Company.

For press enquiries please contact Marcia Springer at marcia.springer@macbirmingham.co.uk.

It’s such a great feeling. Without a shadow of a doubt, I wouldn’t be where I am today without the support of mac. Nobody else puts in the time and effort to support young artists in the same way that mac and the Next Generation team does - it’s not just for one project, or even a whole year of projects. They’re with you and they’re supporting you even after you’ve left their programmes, it’s like a family.”

​Carl Sealeaf, Project Manager, Pangaea Poetry

We’re so proud of Carl. His vision, energy and ambition has always shone through. He has worked hard to achieve his goal, working alongside creative professionals, attending mac events and workshops, volunteering and mentoring. We’re now looking forward to working alongside him on this new and exciting project.”

​Dan Whitehouse, Next Generation Producer at mac birmingham