Climate change, mental health, racism, online trolling, - Whatever the issue, no matter how big or small, you have the power to make a difference.

If you’re interested in using the arts to push boundaries, provoke change, break barriers and create an impact, then DIY is for you.

Do It Yourself (DIY) is an intensive, practical programme for Black emerging artists aged 18 - 25 who want to use their artistic skills to create social change.

Activist art is a term used to describe art that is grounded in the act of ‘doing’ - Tate

… therefore, the Do It Yourself programme will equip emerging artists with effective techniques used in activism and the arts, fusing the two, so that they can actively create change themselves.

As ‘activist artists’ they will create work which addresses social or political issues. Rather than describing or pointing out issues, artists will create work to directly achieve a specific goal.

Participants will develop knowledge, skills, and experience through a series of workshops and an opportunity to showcase their work.

Whether you are a performer, writer, stage manager, artist or designer, this programme will shed light on how you can create an impact through your craft and through collaboration with others.  

The Programme will be led by professional artists and activists who are currently engaged in creating social change. Through practical workshops, participants will develop techniques from traditional and modern examples of activism and theatre.

Artists will collaborate within the programme to create a piece of activist art on a social issue of their choice. Demonstrating their ability to do it themselves and creating a networking opportunity for artists, who can continue developing their work in the future. 

DIY will run for three consecutive days in August 2021:

Monday 16th 12pm - 6pm

Tuesday 17th 10am - 6pm

Wednesday  18th 10am - 6pm


DIY is open to Black creatives aged between 18-25 years old. 

Essential Criteria:

  • Enthusiastic about engaging in socio-political work. 
  • Passionate about using theatre and other art forms to create social change. 
  • Experience in devising and working in a creative space
  • Willing to work and learn collaboratively with peers and professionals 

Committed and able to attend ALL programme dates.

Download the DIY information pack here.


DIY has been developed and produced by Monique Day - writer, performer, and arts activist. Her work centres around themes of race and gender, as she is an advocate for the arts ability to create social change Her most recent play 'The ‘i’ in Ally' (Northcott Theatre) commissioned by Beyond Face CIC, explored the complexity of performative allyship. Previously, she has been commissioned to write a Black feminist play entitled 'Alright Petal?' (Theatre Royal Plymouth - The Drum Theatre).

Esme Allman is a theatre-maker, writer, poet and facilitator based in South East London. She is currently a Jerwood Arts Fellow, fulfilling her role as Participation Associate at Clean BreakShe was previously a Young Associate at the Young Vic theatre. Esme debuted her short film CLUB on Fringe of Colour in August 2020, a piece developed as part of a short residency at Theatre Deli. CLUB was featured in the New York Times and on the BBC.

Abigail Sewell is a film and theatre director and the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Uproot, a socially driven, cross arts production company with the mission of supporting Black artists. Her work is motivated by the transformative power of storytelling, and engages with themes of race, gender, class and sexuality, championing untold narratives from historically excluded voices.

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