Southbank Centre and Apple announce first artists for pioneering talent development programme supporting Black and Black Mixed heritage creatives in London, Manchester and Birmingham

Wed 3 May 2023
Artists and their tutors are welcomed at the Southbank Centre by Misan Harriman, Chair, Southbank Centre; Elaine Bedell, Chief Executive, Southbank Centre; Mark Ball, Artistic Director, Southbank Centre; and Alexandra Brierley, Director of Creative Learning, Southbank Centre, 2023 © Linda Nylind

The Southbank Centre is proud to announce the first artists on its pioneering new talent development programme, REFRAME: The Residency, supported by Apple with partners Factory International in Manchester, Birmingham City University's STEAMhouse and Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) in Birmingham. This free programme supports Black and Black Mixed heritage creatives in London, Manchester and Birmingham and helps address and remove the systemic barriers to career development Black creatives face in the arts and creative industries. 

These 80 emerging artists will present their artwork at a free exhibition, which opens on Tuesday 18 July at the Southbank Centre and runs for several weeks during Planet Summer, a multi-artform season that explores themes of care, hope, connection and activism in response to the climate emergency.

The ground-breaking programme is part of Apple’s global Racial Equity and Justice Initiative (REJI) — and represents Apple’s first REJI expansion into Europe. This collaboration aims to inspire future generations to take part in building a cultural legacy for the UK. 

REFRAME: The Residency Cohort 2023/24


Daniel Adesina
Charlotte Bailey
Tyger Blue
Canaan Brown
Vyannah Campbell-Rose
Sharon Chance
Taniya Dore
Kyle Douglas
Christian Emanuel
Kchanna Gayle
Madison Hall
Jamal Lloyd Davis
Justine Luaba
Victoria Moyosola
Candice Nembhard
Divine-Favour Owoola
David Sanya
Ryan Sinclair
Amarinda Smith
Solomon Smith
Carden Stapleton
Leah Storm Content


Tayo Adekunle
Stephen Akinyemi
J-Jai Allison
Ade Balogun
Matthew Beezer
Audrey Damier
Kareyni Davis
Kadi Diallo
Kes Eccleston
The Black Esper
Stefon Grant
Cherise Hewitt
Khevyn Ibrahim
Soipan Leteyio
Tracy Mabois
Charles Mensah
Stee Moglie
Liz Naomi
Luca Nembhard
Hannah Oliver
Anna Gatti Pierrini
Celine Pierron
Sejahari Saulter-Villegas
Yvonne Shelling
Robbie Spotswood
Iman Villaruel
Four Five Six Ward-Tucker


Ronke Jane Adelakun
Oluwatobi Alapelode
Joshua Drakes
Solomon Hughes
David King
Claire Muhlawako Madzura
Hannah Njoroge
Monique Nsiah
Izzy Odelola
Adeola Oni
Papa Nii Akushey Quaye
Ruby Ramelize
Shemel Rose-Thompson
Femi Tahiru
Benedicte Tshepela
Alpha Twang
Linda Wachaga
Nico Walker
Timon Benson Wasilwa
Iyunoluwanimi Yemi-Shodimu (LINTD)

Artists announced for pioneering new talent development programme REFRAME: The Residency, supporting Black and Black Mixed heritage creatives in London, Manchester and Birmingham, 2023 © Linda Nylind

The project aligns with Arts Council England’s Let’s Create Strategy, which strives to build sustainable cultural communities across the country.

For more information on REFRAME click on the link here