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 thoughtfully considered and explored the 2017 theme over a number of months before presenting their creations from 21 to 23 July 2017. The 2018 artist application process will begin in September 2017.
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Saturday 22 July Doors open 6pm
Sunday 23 July, Doors open 3pm
Download a copy of the UNVEILING 2017 Festival Guide, which provides more details on the various art presentations and performance timings. Note that there are limited spaces on the Workshops and Mini Hub Taster (you can reserve a place via firstname.lastname@example.org).
Nailah Daley-Allen is a visual artist who creates the most absorbing and atmospheric paintings. She grew up in a creative family. As a result, she developed a deep love for the arts. In addition, Nailah received further encouragement and exposure to the arts at secondary school. There, she took her first steps into art direction. Specifically, the production of a mural at Stamford Hill Train station.
She went on to study Art & Design and also attended LCC University of Arts to study Interior Design for retail environments. A few years later, Nailah launched NiArtFr3edom workshops. Through this project, she offers people of the community the opportunity to explore and express themselves creatively. Nailah noted that creativity can be used to help heal, showcase skills and express a vast sea of emotions. Therefore, she uses her workshops to encourage young people as part of the Engine Room project. They provide a creative outlet, the opportunity to learn more about the creative careers and help to build life skills.
Nailah’s experience of God’s love heavily influences her work. Her paintings speak of overcoming adversity, of deep connections and how love promotes growth. We look forward to sharing her work at UNVEILING 2017. We invite you to get tickets in advance at our special Early bird rates.
SoulBox is a Manchester-based duo blending soul music, beatboxing, spoken word and rap for an authentic sound. The members are Jon Sewell (UNVEILING 2016 artist Just Jon) and Ben Davies.
This duo has a passion to help people engage with God. Furthermore, their personal stories of transformation (alongside their ability to communicate their faith), resonate with audiences young and old.
SoulBox have been all over the UK performing and sharing the gospel in schools, coffee houses and even in a cinema. They have seen hundreds of people make first time decisions to follow Jesus.
Recently, the duo travelled to Poland and Japan to share their faith. They have also been in the studio recording. There are whispers of an album release later on in the year.
SoulBox are part of The Message Trust and also of the Higher Tour (the largest youth mission to the UK for a generation). Ben and Jon are passionate about communicating the gospel of Jesus and seeing lives transformed.
We invite you to get tickets in advance at our special Early bird rates. Soulbox will be performing in Session 3.
Alley Nichols is a visual artist with particular interest in painting (oils and acrylics), ink drawings and prints. She has been developing her sculpting skills in clay and other mixed media.
Alley studied Theology and Psychology in South Africa. She is currently studying a Masters in Art Therapy at the University of London, Goldsmiths. Alley has a deep passion to use the visual and creative arts to work with vulnerable people. Specifically, her focus is on working with children. She is also a Pastor for Children and Families at Christ Church Spitalfields.
Alley wants to create a sense of the deep love of God in every piece of art and to communicate this to every viewer. Her prayer is that every person would see the art and be drawn into a personal interaction. Also, that each person would experience the love of Jesus and explore their identity in God.
Dimitri ‘Wolfy’ McIntosh is a charismatic, passionate and determined young man. Through music and spoken word he is able to inspire by expressing his views, thoughts and ideas. Wolfy started performing because he wanted to show young people they have a voice; that they can express their beliefs in faith, life and worship. In his day job he works with young people and helps to enrich their lives.
Within the past 2 years Dimitri has co-led for the New Wine festival in the acoustic venue and has been part of bands for the Impact venue. He has worked with David’s Tent and co-led for the early morning worship sessions. Wolfy has appeared on Premier Gospel Radio, “Your Shout” as both an interviewer and interviewee talking about various topics such as life, marriage, music and role models.
He does it all with zeal, a passion for God and a smile on his face. We are delighted to have him on the 2017 team as a Participating Artist.
We invite you to get tickets in advance at our special Early bird rates. Wolfy will be performing in Session 2.
Allan Silva is a fresh up and coming artist packed full of soul. He grew up in Brazil and moved to the UK when he was 14. His Brazilian roots give Bossa-Nova, Funk and rhythmic feel to his music whilst his English upbringing help to give a catchy rock edge.
Allan describes music as a coping mechanism, outlet for thoughts, processing pain and everything else. Furthermore, his passion for music is coupled with his passion for God. Allan’s music is deeply honest; he believes that one of the most powerful forms of inspiration is the feeling of relating to someone or something. That is why he shares his music. Allan hopes that people can relate to his songs in the same way he relates to and is inspired by the music he listens to.
While studying at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP) he was the lead singer and songwriter for the band Eden. They performed at various venues around the UK as well as releasing an EP entitled ‘Temporary Home’, which featured on ‘Premier Radio Unsigned’.
Since Eden, Allan has been on a personal journey finding his sound as a solo artist. For the last 5 years he has been writing and working on new material. His debut solo EP is to be released later in the year so watch this space!
We invite you to get tickets in advance at our special Early bird rates. Allan Silva will be performing in Session 1.
Tuomo Karjalainen was born in Helsinki, Finland and moved to London in 1999. After playing in several bands over the years he decided to leave this world behind and focus instead on writing music entirely for the guitar. Tuomo felt that this allowed for a much wider artistic expression on the instrument than was possible within a band.
Tuomo’s music has been described as visual or cinematic, but he prefers to refer to it as ‘cinematic dream guitar’.
As well as gigging regularly in London, Tuomo also produces visual art and writes poetry. Recent performances include a modern rendition of the Kalevala (a seminal work in Finnish literature) at the Finnish Church in London, combining Tuomo’s guitar playing with this ancient Finnish poetry and also regular guitar performances with the Newham Poetry Group.
We believe Tuomo will bring a unique perspective on the 2017 theme and look forward to presenting his work.
We invite you to get tickets in advance at our special Early bird rates. Tuomo will be performing in Session 4.
Mr. K is a spoken word artist who fuses spoken word with musical genres such as Hip-Hop, Jazz and Soul to create dynamic, genre-bending spoken word music. Furthermore, Mr. K is passion is to provoke thought and inspire audiences of all ages. An explosive performer, he has taken his music to stages across the UK and Japan.
Mr. K draws from his personal story, experiences as a youth mentor and observations of societal issues to fashion music that captivates his audience whilst also inspiring and challenging. To this end, he released his debut album My Great Transition in October 2014. It is a spoken word musical journey into the themes of maturity, seeing dreams fulfilled and living with purpose.
We consider Mr. K to be a great example of what we look for in Associate Artists and a magnificent addition to the UNVEILING 2017 lineup. Hence, we look forward to presenting him in July.
We invite you to get tickets in advance at our special Early bird rates. Mr K will be performing in Session 4.
Emilly Silva is a contemporary dancer & dance teacher. Her background is in rhythmic gymnastics, where she trained for 5 years and competed at national level (representing her local club) before diving into dance full time. Emilly began her professional dance training in 2010 at Middlesex University, graduating with a First Honours Degree. She joined Rebirth whilst in her second year (a hip hop/contemporary dance company), touring in various festivals across the UK. In 2015 Emilly completed her PCGE in Dance Education and has been busy teaching , delivering workshops in the community and enjoying dance herself.
As for her future ambitions, Emilly would love to develop herself to use the art of dance as a form of therapy for victims of human trafficking and other vulnerable people. She wants to help them re-gain confidence, to encourage creativity and freedom as well as providing a platform to express themselves.
We are delighted to have Emilly lead a dance workshop for the youth (11 – 18s) at UNVEILING 2017. We look forward to offering our younger guests the opportunity to express themselves creatively and receive expert tuition from a highly trained, skilful teacher.
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:
We invite you to get tickets in advance at our special Early bird rates. Daughters of Davis will be performing in Session 3.
“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 thought provoking and often 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. She is the artistic director and co-writer for a play entitled ‘Why Not Us?‘. It is a stunning production and is based on real experience, exploring some of the true, modern struggles that young men and women face.
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 the UNVEILING Arts Festival. 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 were similarly delighted to have him join the team of Participating Artists for the UNVEILING Arts Festival. 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 Whittaker (née 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 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 passed on her skills and love of the harp to the next generation of budding musicians.
Zanna trained classically but has a deep interest in cross-genre collaborations with other artists. Due to her desire for self-improvement and adventure, she spent seven months training in Brazil with Cristina Braga. Listeners can hear the latin influence on her latest album, ‘Dreams Rising’. Furthermore, she is one of the pioneers behind the new London Jazz Harpers events. This project promotes use of the harp in Jazz and improvised collaboration with various other instruments.
Zanna took part in the first UNVEILING Arts Festival. She performed original pieces exploring ideas of truth and freedom. We are delighted that she will take part in the UNVEILING Arts Festival once again.
We invite you to get tickets in advance at our special Early bird rates. Zanna will be performing in Session 2.
Emily Barroso is an accomplished writer with extensive training and experience in all areas of literature and the arts. Especially, she has a keen instinct for character-based study of historic events. For instance, ‘Big Mens Boots – The Way’ is first in a series of books exploring the Welsh Revival.
Emily is highly active in supporting the creative efforts 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 wrote and directed her first play, entitled “The Call”, for UNVEILING 2015. She called upon the formidable acting talents of Jo Faith and Sevda Levent to present this work. Since then, she launched the Fluid Theatre company.
We look forward to presenting her next artistic creation.
Full details of artists, coming soon!
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We aspire to entertain approximately 300 guests at each UNVEILING Arts Festival. 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.
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