Poetry and Paint

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Sun 22 Oct 2023, 4.30pm
The Clore Ballroom, Level 2, Royal Festival Hall
Literature & poetry
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Two women painting at easels whilst another stands at a microphone, with framed art hanging in the background.
Dhiresh Bharadwa @dizzydizzy1234

Get ready for an evening of creativity and empowerment, celebrating the talent and artistry of Black women poets and artists with Black Women Art Network (BWA).

In this collaboration connecting visual and spoken art, poets perform pieces while visual artists paint live on stage inspired by the words that are spoken.

Drawing materials are available on the day for audience members to use, should you feel inspired to! Submissions for the open mic element of this event have now closed.

This event isn't just for art enthusiasts – it's for everyone who appreciates the power of self-expression and diverse perspectives.

Poetry and Paint welcomes people of all backgrounds to join us in supporting and uplifting Black women in the arts. This event aims to celebrate and champion the voices and stories of the Black women artists and poets performing. If you don't identify as a Black woman or from the Black diaspora, we want to share this experience with you, and you are welcomed to attend and participate.

Don't miss this one-of-a-kind celebration of creativity and expression. Poetry and Paint awaits you!

Line-up
Pair 1: Akhera Williams & Cikaora Obiora, performing Letter from an abundance of coal to a Black man Pair 2: Toyah Demi Panton & Louisa McNally, performing A New Home Pair 3: Kanika Laing & Adwoa Botchey, performing Women: A Dedication Pair 4: Tifany Marta Sahili & Muna Kosarachi Aghamelu, performing Ode to Red Cedar Wooden Furniture Pair 5: Salient Voice & Nicola-Amy, performing Sunken Place

Black Women Art Network (BWA) is a non-profit organisation aiming to promote, celebrate, connect and support Black women artists in the UK. Through events, exhibitions, lectures and more, they aim to champion Black women artists and create spaces that celebrate and uplift them.

Need to know

Age recommendation

For ages 14+

This event is British Sign Language interpreted (BSL).

To book tickets for BSL interpretation, call us on 020 3879 9555 or email [email protected].

You can join our free Access Scheme through your online Southbank Centre account or via email.
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The participatory element of this workshop is drawing only. Please don’t bring painting equipment to the event.

Dates & times

Sun 22 Oct 2023, 4.30pm

Price

  • Standard entryFree

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Venue

Royal Festival Hall

Our number one priority is the health and wellbeing of our visitors and staff. 

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The Royal Festival Hall is open to all for access to the Level 2 foyers and toilets, Level 1 and Changing Places toilets, the National Poetry Library, Skylon, Riverside Terrace Cafe, Southbank Centre Shop and Members' Lounge at the following times:

*The Royal Festival Hall is open Mon & Tue, 10am – 6pm**; Wed – Sun, 10am – 11pm.

**On event days, the Royal Festival Hall building remains open until the end of the event.

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Frequently asked questions

As well as a 2,700 capacity auditorium, the Royal Festival Hall is also where you'll find our Welcome Desk and Ticket Office, Festival Bar & Kitchen, Ballroom Cafe, The Clore Ballroom, National Poetry Library, Members’ Lounge and Skylon.

Toilets

Toilets, including accessible toilets, are open on Level 2 of the Royal Festival Hall. 

A Changing Places toilet is located on Level 1 Royal Festival Hall next to the JCB Glass Lift, for the exclusive use of disabled people who need personal assistance to use the toilet.

The facility includes a height-adjustable bench, tracking hoist system, a centrally-placed toilet, a height-adjustable basin and a shower. The facility is open daily 10am – 11pm.

Please visit the Welcome Desk on Level 2, Royal Festival Hall, where a member of staff can provide you with the key. You can also use the phone next to the Changing Places toilet to speak to a member of staff.

Cloakroom

There's a cloakroom in the Blue Side Foyer, Level 4, Royal Festival Hall. It’s £1 per item, card only. The cloakroom opens about an hour before ticketed events, and closes around 15 minutes after the performance ends. It can be accessed via Lifts 4 & 5, Blue Side, Royal Festival Hall.

Any sized item can be left in our cloakroom, including fold-away bicycles. We don’t accept non-folding bicycles. Items must be collected on the same day they are stored. From time to time, the cloakroom may not be available. You won’t be able to bring any bags over 40 x 25 x 25cm into the auditorium of the Royal Festival Hall or the Queen Elizabeth Hall, or into the Hayward Gallery, so please leave large bags at home.

Items are left in our cloakrooms at the owner’s risk, and we cannot accept any responsibility for loss or damage, from any cause, to these items.

We're cash-free

Please note that we're unable to accept cash payments across our site. 

Booking wheelchair positions

When booking a wheelchair position in the Royal Festival Hall for large motorised wheelchairs (more than 65cm wide), please book in the rear stalls or side stalls. Boxes aren't able to accommodate larger wheelchairs due to limited space. If you have any queries, please contact [email protected] or call 020 3879 9555.

Entering the hall

For level access to the Royal Festival Hall from the Queen Elizabeth Hall Slip Road off Belvedere Road, please use the Southbank Centre Square Doors. The JCB Glass Lift is situated at this entrance and will take you to all floors. All floors are accessible from the main foyer on Level 2. If you need further assistance, our Visitor Assistants are here to help you.

You can also use the external lift near the Artists' Entrance on Southbank Centre Square to reach Mandela Walk, Level 2. 

We welcome wheelchair users and guide companion dogs. 

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More about Access & facilities

Parking

Blue Badge holders and those with access requirements can be dropped off on the Queen Elizabeth Hall Slip Road off Belvedere Road (the road between the Royal Festival Hall and the Hayward Gallery).

There are four Blue Badge parking spaces available for visitors located on the Queen Elizabeth Hall Slip Road. Spaces are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, and are free to use. You must display your Blue Badge as you enter the site. Vehicles that do not display a Blue Badge are refused entry.

Blue Badge parking at National Theatre

Alternative parking for Blue Badge holders visiting the Southbank Centre can be found at the National Theatre car park (330 metres). If you are visiting the Hayward Gallery, just take your badge and car park ticket to the Ticket Desk in the gallery foyer for validation before you leave.

Please note: when the National Theatre building is closed (on Sundays, and on days without performances) there is no step-free access from the car park. Please contact the National Theatre directly to check before travelling. Call 020 7452 3961 or email [email protected]

Alternative parking is available nearby at the APCOA Cornwall Road Car Park (490 metres), subject to charges.

Blue Badge parking at APCOA Cornwall Road

Alternative parking for Blue Badge holders visiting the Southbank Centre can also be found at the South Bank Car Park – APCOA Cornwall Road Car Park. Just take your badge and car park ticket to the parking attendant office at the entrance to the car park for validation before you leave.

A drop-off point at the Royal Festival Hall (30 metres) has been created for visitors who are unable to walk from alternative car parks.

Our Access Scheme

If you have any access requirements, please sign up to our Access Scheme for discounts, wheelchair spaces, dedicated seats and free companion tickets. You can also join our mailing list to get news about accessible events and exhibitions.

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