Be Seen, Be Heard
Young Black Creatives Forum

A platform to support young black artists in Lewisham & South East London

Be Seen, Be Heard aims to introduce fresh voices into the visual conversations that echo round our cities as well as provide a forum to debate the roles of art, visual activism and change within the art world. 

Our intent is to create opportunities for exposure, paid work, networking and professional development for black creatives aged 16-25 in Lewisham and South East London.  

As an art gallery, we are committed to listen, learn, evolve and to further diversify the art world, not only in representation but also in the leadership.

BSBH Coordinator: Jada Perry 
BSBH Volunteer: Flynn Rychards

BSBH Mentors:
Cedric Whilby

IG @ beseenbeheardse14

Supported by

‘13th Amendement’

As part of the BSBH Forum, Urdang Dance Students Anya & Remi Ferdinand created a workshop with their fellow dance students exploring the 13th amendment through expressive movement.

The dance was inspired by the quote “Institution ain’t just a building but a method of having black and brown bodies fill them.” from the song ‘Letter to the Free’ by Common. This work aims to inspire, empower, educate and entertain our audience and fellow dancers.

Insta: @theferdinandtwins

BSBH 2020: Art for POSTERity in Lewisham

A project and exhibition featuring poster artworks of young black artists from Lewisham and South East London.

The first exhibition organised by the Be Seen, Be Heard Youth Forum, brought together 50 black artists and creatives from Lewisham & South East London celebrating black lives as well as addressing disparity, marginalisation and the need for change.

Street posters have continually been used as a powerful form of protest and a symbol of visual activism. The skill set used to make posters range from folk art inspired works to slick graphics by professional artists and designers. In a poster, the art is repeated and its message is multiplied as the energy and enthusiasm that they evoke, can contribute to meaningful change.

All poster-artworks are for sale as limited editions at an affordable price of £30. The profits will be divided between the young artist and the BSBH Forum fund to continue to create opportunities for young black creatives in Lewisham. The exhibition features work made by painters, illustrators, graphic designers, social activists, dancers, fashion designers, mixed media and fine artists, who created unexpected, thought-provoking contributions to the urban spectacle in the form of a digital image / poster.

Art for POSTER-ity in Lewisham was coordinated by Jada Perry, Visual Communication student at Ravensbourne University & Flynn Richards, Interactive Digital Design student at the Brit School; with the mentoring support of Cedric Whilby, community enabler.
Be Seen, Be Heard: Art for Poster-ity in Lewisham is kindly supported by Lewisham Council.

Exhibition in hARTslane: postponed to 2021

BSBH 2020 Award

The jury panel selected the best entry to win the BSBH 2020 Award:
Congratulations to Jas Nandoo who submitted her artwork ’Only half’

BSBH 2020 Jury members:

  • Fred Agbah, artist and photographer
  • Cedric Christie, artist
  • Shereener Browne Hudson, actor and theatre producer
  • Cedric Whilby, community enabler


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