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Group of Black and Black Mixed Heritage artists stand on the steps of the Southbank Centre with iconic yellow staircase
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 Credit: Linda Nylind 2023

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.

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

Black and Black Mixed Heritage artists sit in Southbank centre with tutors, colourful background behind
Artists announced for pioneering new talent development programme REFRAME: The Residency, supporting Black and Black Mixed heritage creatives in London, Manchester and Birmingham Credit: Linda Nylind 2023

REFRAME: The Residency Cohort 2023/24

Birmingham LondonManchester
Daniel AdesinaTayo AdekunleRonke Jane Adelakun
Charlotte BaileyStephen AkinyemiOluwatobi Alapelode
Tyger BlueJ-Jai AllisonJoshua Drakes
Canaan BrownAde BalogunSolomon Hughes
Vyannah Campbell-RoseMatthew BeezerDavid King
CasslikeclayAudrey DamierClaire Muhlawako Madzura
Sharon ChanceKareyni DavisHannah Njoroge
Taniya DoreKadi DialloMonique Nsiah
Kyle DouglasKes EcclestonIzzy Odelola
Christian EmanuelThe Black EsperOmari
ELLE FIERCEStefon GrantAdeola Oni
Kchanna GayleCherise HewittPapa Nii Akushey Quaye
Madison HallKhevyn IbrahimRuby Ramelize
JiggsSoipan LeteyioShemel Rose-Thompson
Jamal Lloyd DavisTracy MaboisSilvaRose
Justine LuabaCharles MensahSuperlative
Victoria MoyosolaStee MoglieFemi Tahiru
Candice NembhardLiz NaomiBenedicte Tshepela
Divine-Favour OwoolaNellaAlpha Twang
David SanyaLuca NembhardLinda Wachaga
Ryan SinclairHannah OliverNico Walker
Amarinda SmithAnna Gatti PierriniTimon Benson Wasilwa
Solomon SmithCeline PierronWezLees
Carden StapletonPiripaIyunoluwanimi Yemi-Shodimu (LINTD)
Leah Storm ContentRowdysharman
Sejahari Saulter-Villegas
Yvonne Shelling
Robbie Spotswood
Iman Villaruel
Four Five Six Ward-Tucker