The UNVEILING Arts Festival exists to engage people in a deeper understanding of the Gospel and the heart of God by sharing insights through the creative arts, relating to specific themes. A select group of artists are assigned the same brief, which they will consider prayerfully before creating original art in response. The aim is to have a varied, God-breathed assortment of inspired and excellent artistic interpretations that will resonate powerfully in people’s hearts and minds.
The creative arts are a powerful medium for sharing ideas and impacting hearts. UNVEILING presents original, high calibre works of art across multiple mediums including music, dance, drama, photography and more.
Our theme for 2016 was ‘Easter: Reason for the Season’. We set out to engage people with the reason for this season in a visceral and compelling way through a variety of deeply imaginative artistic presentations. I believe we achieved this.
The theme for 2017 is ‘The Church: Living Stones‘. Our team of Participating Artists is thoughtfully considering and exploring the 2017 theme. Stay tuned for more news regarding UNVEILING 2017.
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City Gospel Choir was formed in 2015 and is directed by Dave Barker. Singing a varied repertoire of Gospel music from negro spirituals to modern gospel, african songs to gospel classics.
The choir is primarily a fun place where people can come and sing but seeks to be more than that. We aim to be a community that connects with one another and the spirit of the music. We are also there to benefit others whether through doing concerts to raise money for charity or helping one another out.
City Gospel Choir meets every week for rehearsals. The choir is open to all.
Daughters of Davis are Hampshire sisters Fern and Adrienne Davis. In 2011, the duo stepped out in faith to take their music to the world. They have won the hearts of fans across the UK and beyond since trading the comforts of home for a never-ending tour in 2011. Selling their cars, painting houses and braving endless car boot sales, they gathered enough money for a secondhand campervan and hit the road.
They’ve taken their stylish blend of folk and soul across the UK and Europe, and toured opening for Eels, Sam Bailey and Rebecca Fergusson. They have released two acclaimed studio albums (2012’s To The Water and 2014’s British Soul, reaching the iTunes Singer/Songwriter top 10) and documented their journey in the DVD Where Do We Go?
Their newest venture is NotPlayingTheGame: A rebellious musical move against the media’s constant demands and judgements imposed on today’s society. This project sees them championing an inclusive image of beauty and strength.
Learn more about Daughters of Davis and hear their glorious sounds by watching this video clip:
Daughters of Davis are represented by Storm 5 Management.
“Fern and Adrienne write from the heart, and their upbeat soulful music zings with the sisters’ passion and love of life.”
– Russ Bravo, Inspire Magazine
“Enchanting performers with a true affinity and family connection that is inspiring… A magical entity of musical talent.”
– Jen La Roux, Mayhem Magazine
Freddy Gunn is a visual artist, specialising in painting and photography. He has a special stylistic interest in the space where street art meets pop art. Freddy is preparing his submission for UNVEILING 2016 along these lines. His approach to creating art is deeply immersive as well as reflecting a deep desire for truth and redemption.
Freddy has exhibited his photography on numerous occasions. His most recent exhibition was entitled ‘Marking Spaces’. This collection of paintings and photographs (featuring artists from across London) referenced places or spaces beyond the immediate environment of Maker Wharf. Freddy is particularly adept at interpreting and evoking the character of spaces. He has taken numerous photographs of lansdcapes and rooftop scenes from locations across Europe.
Freddy believes both his faith and his art are a true expression of how God made him to see the world. He is a highly creative individual with profound ideas as to how to communicate the Easter story through the arts. Specifically, Freddy has an abiding appreciation of Grace, as personified in Jesus Christ.
We look forward to unveiling his work at the UNVEILING Arts Festival 2016.
Rebekah Holden is an accomplished writer and performer. Her work is often thought provoking and explores deep themes. Rebekah has had a passion for writing from a young age and spent four years studying English Literature at the University of Glasgow before moving to London to work as an actor, teacher and writer.
Rebekah likes to explore different styles from witty satire to reflective poetry and draws on her different life experiences for inspiration. She sees writing as a way of exploring topics that she is passionate about. As a performer, Rebekah particularly likes writing work that can be performed or read out loud and specialises in poems, monologues and plays. She recently performed her poetry in the Book Club in Shoreditch and is currently writing a new piece of theatre in collaboration with artists from across London.
It is our pleasure to have Rebekah lead a creative writing workshop at UNVEILING 2016. We look forward to offering our guests the opportunity to express themselves creatively and receive expert tuition from an experienced, gifted practitioner.
Jules Rendell is a profoundly talented singer-songwriter sharing melodious, poetic music bubbling with joy and verve. Her musical evolution has taken her through jazz, gospel and even opera.
Her latest EP, The Lotus Bloom, “puts her somewhere near Minnie Riperton in style: not for her the belt-it-out and snarl approach, more the exquisitely measured, deftly placed emotional squeeze of someone who’s interested in delivering you the message in the song.” (Echoes Magazine). It’s main theme is beauty rising out of deep, dark places – influenced by her own story (and also those close to her), following a journey of faith and hope.
“Certainly a very soulful sound with an ethereal edge.” (BBC London)
“The Lotusbloom is a subtle yet enchanting EP by a performer who oozes soul and sophistication.” (Rhythm&Booze)
“Very soulful. Nice job!” Candi Staton
Diré is a passionate and deeply soulful singer-songwriter. He is a vivid storyteller, weaving evocative soundscapes as he navigates listeners through his life journey. Diré’s walk with God is a central and recurring thread. His infectious lyrics bring a thought provoking message of hope amidst struggle.
Diré discovered his voice (and his potential in song writing) during a difficult period in 2008. In this, he found encouragement and comfort through singing. Diré is keen to share his testimony and encourage others going through similar challenges. Naturally, we are very happy to have him on the team.
James Murray attended UNVEILING 2015 and was very quick to express his delight at what he had witnessed. Naturally, we are similarly delighted to have him join the team for UNVEILING 2016. James is an accomplished and deeply conscientious freelance animator / illustrator.
His speciality is character conception via illustration, stop-motion and 2d animation. James sees animation as a study of life and takes inspiration from everyday observations. Have a look through James’ portfolio. His piece for the Royal Rangers Deutschland, ‘Aufbruch‘, highlights his ability to communicate important life lessons to younger generations through the arts.
Hannah Millest is a performance artist specialising in creating interactive installations, one on one encounters and digital performances. She has recently turned her focus to installation and sculptural works, in particular.
Her qualifications include a Masters Degree, with Merit, in Contemporary Performance Making (Brunel University). She is currently working as an assistant lecturer at Central School of Speech and Drama.
In terms of her artwork, Hannah seeks to produce work that directly engages people (both physically and emotionally). Moreover, she strives to give them an experience that will impact lives post-performance. This makes her an ideal UNVEILING artist.
Just Jon is a deeply talented soul singer and rapper who has been developing himself as a Hip-Hop artist in recent years. He made a guest appearance on the ‘Imperfect’ album, a 2015 release by UNVEILING 2015 artist Baliva. You can hear Just Jon’s compelling vocals on the tracks ‘Broken Home’ and ‘Got To Go’.
Jon works for the Eden Project, mentoring / discipling a group of young men and challenging the gang culture through music. He oversees a Hip-Hop group under the banner of the Fresh Beats initiative. They have recently released their first album and this project has seen tens of young men involved with Gang Culture engage with Christ in a real way. Fresh Beats exists to inspire and enable young people to take responsibility for their actions and community and ‘change their tune’.
We are delighted to welcome Just Jon to the team of Participating Artists creating new works of art for UNVEILING 2016.
Lape Odebode is a dancer, choreographer and trainee Dance Movement Psychotherapist. She enjoys supporting others to use dance and movement as a means of expression and as a way to connect with God. Lape believes that where words end, movement continues. This is something she has personally experienced and hopes to share with others.
Lape has experience of facilitating workshops, missionary work, leading dance projects and advocating on behalf of individuals from vulnerable backgrounds. She attended the first UNVEILING Arts Festival in July 2015. She quickly grasped the vision and nominated herself as a workshop leader there and then.
Lape will lead a dynamic dance workshop, using hip-hop and lyrical contemporary styles. The workshop will explore themes of letting go and overcoming challenges in order to enjoy hope and freedom. We are delighted to have her on the team for UNVEILING 2016.
Zanna Evans is a deeply talented, accomplished and innovative harpist. She is also an arranger, teacher and freelance performer. Zanna has worked extensively in schools with the ARTIS organisation. In this capacity, she has taken the opportunity to pass on her skills and love of the harp to the next generation of budding musicians.
Zanna is classically trained but has a deep interest in collaborating with other artists in cross-genre projects. Her desire for self-improvement and adventure saw her spend seven months training in Brazil with Cristina Braga; the latin influence can be clearly heard on her album, ‘Dreams Rising’.
Zanna participated in the first UNVEILING Arts Festival, performing original pieces exploring ideas of truth and freedom. We are delighted to have her return for UNVEILING 2016.
Emily Barroso is an accomplished writer with extensive training and experience in all areas of literature and the arts. She has a keen instinct for character-based study of historic events. ‘Big Mens Boots – The Way’ is first in a series of books exploring the Welsh Revival.
Emily is highly active in supporting the creative endeavours of other literary talents as editor-in-chief of Hillman Publishing. Furthermore, she is a writing coach and teacher of the arts in a therapeutic capacity.
Emily participated in the inaugural UNVEILING Arts Festival (July 2015) and we are delighted to have her back again for UNVEILING 2016. Last time, she wrote and directed a play entitled “The Call”, featuring the formidable acting talents of Jo Faith and Sevda Levent. It will be a great pleasure to facilitate and unveil her next artistic creation.
Full details of artists, coming soon!
In order to pay our artists, promote the UNVEILING Arts Festival 2017 effectively and cover all other expenses we are looking to raise £5,000. For a donation of £500 your company name, logo and company details will appear on our promotional material – Flyers, Posters, prescribed Social Media output, Website and Festival Guide. We will also include a profile of your organisation in one of our regular bulletins to the UNVEILING mailing list.
We aspire to entertain approximately 300 guests at UNVEILING 2017. The generosity of sponsors such as yourself will greatly increase our capacity to deliver a high-quality experience to our guests. Should you decide to sponsor this festival, send us your details by selecting ‘Sponsor Us’ below and filling out the short form.
Creatives Hub are proud to sponsor the UNVEILING Arts Festival for the third year running.
We know what it’s like trying to be creative all by yourself.
It’s tough. You get stuck, writer’s block, disheartened, discouraged. If you’re self-employed, the feeling of isolation and disconnection can be doubled. How can you move forward?
Enter Creatives Hub…
We want you to feel alive, inspired and motivated to bring your creativity to life. We want to help you create your best work, develop your great ideas and generally make the world a better place. We want to help you overcome blocks like doubt, fear and procrastination.
We run podcasts, blogs and ‘minihubs‘ – small accountability groups meeting monthly to cheer you on, encouraging and motivating you to achieve your goals. With a group like this, you no longer have to feel alone. You’ll be joining other like-minded people. They want to achieve things just like you do.
Find out more from our website, come and chat to Richard Lalchan during the festival or even attend the minihub taster at UNVEILING 2017.
The UNVEILING Arts Festival is a community-driven music festival that brings together the best independent artists to create and present astounding, inspirational art.
Your sponsorship will enable us to continue our festival and make it bigger and better every year.
In return we will give you many benefits – simply select the sponsorship level you are considering in the form on the left, and that level’s benefits will be revealed.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
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