Introducing…Caravanserai’s 2014-15 Artists in Residence – FAITH Drama Productions!
A very interesting local company that’s going to be working in partnership with the Caravanserai during 2014 and 2015 is FAITH Drama Productions.FAITH Drama Productions is a Newham-based not-for-profit organisation that works to transform young people’s lives through inspiring, motivating and educational arts-based ventures. Their mission is to provide a “whole-istic” artistic experience that is created by working with locals and artists for the benefit of young and emerging talent.
Gbemi Ikumelo, Senior Project Coordinator, serendipitously wandered onto the Caravanserai site one sunny September weekend during Open House London 2013. She is passionate about bringing performing arts to unusual spaces, so was very excited to find such an unusual venue in around the corner from where she lives in Canning Town.
Gbemi told us: “We aim to forge links with new venues and spaces and encourage young people to experience ‘Their Newham” by visiting spaces and places that are new to them, thus growing an appreciation for all that the borough has to offer. Between 2014-2015 we will be based at the Caravanserai, bringing locals and those further afield in touch with this glorious space, and using engaging arts programmes and training opportunities do to so.”
From May 2014, Gbemi and her team will be delivering a year-long programme that will provide young people aged 16+ who are NEET (not in education employment or training) with transferable skills, encouraging them to make steps towards becoming self-employed and/or starting their own business.
This will link with the Caravanserai’s 2014 local business-mentoring and market-trading programme, and we hope to engage some of Gbemi’s young actors, performers, cameramen and directors with our business events in order to help them cement and pilot their arts-based business ideas.