At Heart n Soul, we offer a range of opportunities for people to develop their artistic talents. We make spaces where people are free to express themselves and learn. Here are some of the new artists we are working with:
Ifeoma Orjiekwe is an artist and creates drawings and collage that explore her identity as a British Nigerian woman from Deptford, South East London. African Art and in particular Benin Art, African patterns, fabric design, icons and colours are a big inspiration to her. ‘Agozie Art’ - means ‘Blessed Art’ in Ifeoma’s Ibo language.
Ifeoma and artist Ben Connors have created a pop-up Studio/Workshop for Ifeoma to showcase her talents and meet and invite people to get creative with them.
Ifeoma and Ben have taken Agozie Art to the Southbank Centre, The British Museum and Heart n Soul's Allsorts, a creative arts project for adults with learning disabilities.
Last year she held her first exhibition Rich and Juicy showcasing some of her work at Enclave, a local arts space in Deptford.
Electric Fire are a digital band formed from our creative arts project for young people, Do Your Own Thing. Performing their own unique brand of neon-future-funk, hip hop and house, they play out-of-this-world catchy songs that will stay in your head for days, bringing energy, youth and excitement to any party. Using cutting edge technology in collaboration with Heart n Soul's SoundLab, they twist and manipulate sounds with ease so you won't know who or what is making them!
The band have performed at Heart n Soul's Beautiful Octopus Club Festival & Squidz Club, as well as SoundLab Play Space, Young DaDa Fest and Rich Mix. They have also collaborated with the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO).
Keyboardist/pianist Aldean Blair joined Heart n Soul in 2008. He was a peer mentor at Do Your Own Thing and was part of the band Radical Raccoons. Most recently he created the Aldean Blair Multiverse, an interractive performance installation which features orginal music and specially created costumes. The Multiverse has been shown at London's Southbank Centre as part of the Beautiful Octopus Club and at The Albany, Deptford as part of The Squidz Club.
Aldean has also collaborated with musician Ned Smith to write and perform music for Facefront Theatre. He is currently making new work as part of the Making Routes project in collaboration with Battersea Arts Centre, South London Art Gallery and Oasis Children's Venture.
Heart n Soul is a PRS for Music Foundation Talent Development Partner.