Future Network Shorts is a brand new monthly programme, that showcases 6 artists from a range of different artforms and practices. Each artists will host a 15 minute sharing of their work online across our social media platforms, so make sure you’re following Metal Culture UK on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to avoid missing out. More information about the programme can be found here
1PM ROWENA GANDER
Pol(e)arity of Self – Available in advance on IGTV
Live Discussion and Q&A on Instagram Live
Pol(e)arity of Self is a physical screen work in process that explores a variety of contradictions that exist in the context of pole dance and audience gaze. Throughout, the artist highlights a self that is active and in control, as well as a self that feels somewhat trapped and objectified.
Watch Pol(e)arity of Self on Instagram TV then join Rowena on Instagram Live where she will be answering questions about the development of this work and then facilitating an accessible movement task that explores one of the creative methods used within the process of creating this screen work.
2PM REBECCA MOSS
Rebecca Moss (born in Essex, UK) is an artist whose work critically examines heroic narratives through absurdist gestures, which can take a wide variety of forms across performance, video and sculpture. She is particularly interested in how interventions and gestures informed by slapstick comedy can speak to power through humour, and are intensified by a feminist perspective.
3PM AICHA EL BELOUI
Join Aïcha on Instagram live where she will be sharing the narrative of her relationship to illustration, and how this simple and strong medium is allowing her to interact with habitats and inhabitants in the most intimate and informative way, and to highlight the invisible experiences in the urban environment.
Born in Casablanca, Aïcha El Beloui is a trained architect working as an illustrator, creative director, and graphic designer.
6PM ABLE ZINE
Able Zine is a publication and creative agency based in London, UK. Able works with volunteers and creative collaborators around the world, to lend voices from and visibility to the disabled community. As an agency they provide creative consultation, model casting, public speaking, content creation and curation. Able Zine seeks to increase representation for disabled and chronically ill creatives, young people and communities, both online and IRL.
7PM KIARA MOHAMED
Coming Back to Myself – Instagram Live
Join Kiara on Instagram live for their Future Network Short ‘Coming Back to Myself’. ‘During the first Lockdown I was shielding due to a poor immune system. Like many people across the country and the world during this time, I was forced with the contemplation of myself. Who am I? What is my purpose? Do I matter? Why does art matter to me? These questions led me on a painful but exhilarating journey back to myself. I am a Black, disabled, trans artist. A parent. A friend. And I matter. You matter. Let’s talk about how we have been coming back to ourselves this year’
Kiara Mohamed is a multidisciplinary Muslim trans artist based in Liverpool. He works with photography, filmmaking, poetry.
8PM MELODY SPROATES
BUFF – Instagram Live
Melody Sproates is a trans / non-binary theatre maker, writer, facilitator and cabaret performer from Newcastle. They make challenging and sometimes daft work to help represent the underrepresented and advocate positive well-being for the LGBTQIA+ community. Their current work, Stay home stay queer, is a free creative arts project aimed at young, isolated LGBTQIA+ people who are living in unaccepting homes.
For Melody’s sharing they will be presenting, BUFF. BUFF is an – almost – autobiographical monologue about Dads, gender, masculinity he-man and Bill Murray in every single movie ever.