In the Making: Yinka Shonibare MBE’s Howick Place ‘Wind Sculpture’

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Yinka Shonibare MBE with his ‘Wind Sculpture’, London

I’m delighted to be able to present After Nyne readers with an exclusive ‘behind the scenes’  video of the making of internationally renowned artist Yinka Shonibare MBE’s  ‘Wind Sculpture’.

The site specific sculpture was unveiled at London’s Howick Place earlier this month. The video contains an exclusive interview with Yinka Shonibare MBE.

Many thanks to Howick Place for giving me access to the video, which can be seen by clicking on the link below:

Have a lovely Easter, After Nyne fans.


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An Influential Role Model, A Skilful Artist – Double MOBO Winner YolanDa Brown Announces 22-Date Tour

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“Brown remains both an influential role model, and a skilful artist with a future”. John Fordham –  The Guardian

Award-winning double MOBO Winner – YolanDa Brown has been described as  the UK’s most exciting jazz talent.

Not only is YolanDa the UK’s premier saxophonist – she is as much an entrepreneur as she is a musician.

YolanDa has recently teamed up with the University Of East London to create a new music award for students offering four grants to their Music Students . She has a long-standing connection with UEL and was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2010.

YolanDa is proud to announce a  22-date nationwide  tour – May 2014-March 2015Taking in  1st and 2nd  November - Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho, London and Maidstone  on  8th November.  Plus the Jazz Café  7th February 2015.

 “I love nothing more than being on the road and meeting new people. Having just given birth to my first baby, I am really looking forward to returning to stages around the world and sharing my music, emotions and stories…”  Says YolanDa.

With two albums under her belt to critical acclaim – ‘ April Showers, May Flowers’  reached No.1 on the UK Itunes Jazz Charts in 2011.  In 2013, YolanDa  released ‘April Showers, May Flowers Live Sessions’ – which contained a live album and live DVD.

YolanDa has been listed in the Evening Standard as one of the top 30 black students in the UK selected by Gordon Brown.  She is also a celebrity ambassador for the Prince’s Trust and is also a Patron of The Mayor Of London’s Fund for Young Musicians -  which provides outstanding progression and development opportunities to young people  – who demonstrate significant musical talent and commitment.

A tour not to be missed.

All tour dates can be found at

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The London Original Print Fair 2014: An Exciting Array of Talks & Events


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London’s favourite boutique art fair, the London Original Print Fair opens at the Royal Academy of Arts on 24 April, showcasing prints from 50 exhibitors. This year’s fair presents a dynamic programme of talks and events by artists, printmakers and collectors.

Harland Miller: An artist’s view of printmaking
Friday 25 April, 6.30-7.30pm   £12 / £6 concessions
Artist and writer Harland Miller’s painterly screenprints combine his signature expressive abstract style with humorous, punchy text. Miller speaks candidly about his creative process, with an opportunity to see his latest prints on show in the Print Fair (Main Galleries).


LOPF will run a daily talks series in the Tennant Gallery at the RA. Each talk will be followed by an exclusive tour of the Fair by the speaker.
Bob Saich from Advanced Graphics in conversation with Albert Irvin RA
Thursday 24 April, 12 noon
Royal Academician and celebrated printmaker Albert Irvin will be talking with his printmaker Bob Saich.

Marcus Rees Roberts artist and Pratt Contemporary printmaker, in conversation with Dr Ben Thomas
Thursday 24 April, 3pm
Practising artist and master printmaker Marcus Rees Roberts will be speaking with Dr Ben Thomas, Art Historian and founder of the Kent Print Collection.

John Mackechnie artist and Glasgow Print Studio printmaker
Friday 25 April, 12 noon
John Mackechnie, master printer, artist and Summer Exhibition LOPF Printmaking Prize winner will discuss the collaborative process of printmaking with one of the artists he works with at Glasgow Print Studio.
Mark Hampson ‘Inky fingers, Tidy minds: Printmaking at the Royal Academy Schools’

Friday 25 April, 3pm
Mark Hampson, Head of Material Processes for RA Schools, will discuss the development, history and current status of printmaking in the Schools and RA Editions.


Chris Orr RA Talk and Tour
Saturday 26 April, 12 noon
Chris Orr RA will discuss his printmaking methods and inspirations, followed by a visit to the Fair for a guided tour and a chance to see his latest work.


Mike Taylor, Paupers Press
Saturday 26 April, 3pm
Mike Taylor, artist and master printer, will explore the relationship between artists and collaborative print studios, both in relation to the contemporary and antiquarian artist.

Anne Desmet RA Talk

Sunday 27 April, 12 noon
Anne Desmet, Royal Academician printmaker, will discuss her work and its inspiration in the Old Masters, as well as her position on the RA Summer Exhibition Selection Committee.
Anita Klein RE ‘Why artists make prints. And why I am addicted to printmaking’
Sunday 27 April, 3pm
Artist Anita Klein will discuss the methods and inspirations of her printmaking practice, including the traditional chiaroscuro woodcut technique.

Places on the talks are reserved for LOPF ticket-holders at no additional cost. Spots can be booked ahead of  visits by emailing Some places will be reserved for on-the-day visitors.
Young Collectors Evening
Friday 25 April, Main Galleries, 6.30pm – 10pm
The LOPF also offers several leading fine art print and publishing studios a platform to showcase works by contemporary artists. A number of galleries will be giving demonstrations of printmaking techniques during the Fair. Artist Tom Hammick will give a talk and demonstration at Flowers Gallery’s stand, and visitors to Jealous Gallery will be able to assist and print an exclusive print. There will also be guided tours aimed at the younger art buyer.

Twitter: @LondonPrintFair
Tel: 020 7439 2000


Dates and Opening Times

The London Original Print Fair 2014
Thursday 24 April: 10am – 6pm
Friday 25 April: 10am – 10pm
Saturday and Sunday 26 / 27 April: 10am – 6pm
Main Galleries, Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, London, W1J OBD
Fair Admissions (tickets available on the door)

Ticket £12 (includes catalogue), Concession £8, Free to Friends of the RA
Harland Miller Talk, 6.30 pm, Fri 25 April, Reynolds Room
Tickets are limited – to book
£16/£7 reductions* (price incl. exhibition entry) £12 (event only)




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Capital Xtra’s Music Potential, in partnership with Barclaycard, is back for 2014. Music Potential engages with 16 to 25- year-olds across London and Birmingham who are not in full-time education, employment or training (NEET).

The programme aims to help the next generation improve skills, develop talent and enhance employability to ultimately enable them to build a career in the music and creative industries. Young people will be able to take part in taster days through April and May that include workshops in music and radio production, song writing and performing. These events will be hosted at venues across London and Birmingham and will provide an opportunity to find out more about different areas within the music and creative industries.

Young people demonstrating the most promise will be invited to take part in the Music Potential Xperience (MPX), a further series of events running throughout the summer. As part of the programme, participants will receive practical, hands-on training and support, including intensive courses, industry mentoring and work placements. MPX will be hosted at high-profile venues, including London’s Roundhouse, Raw Materials and DV8 Music and Media Centre. Also as part of the programme, Barclaycard will provide access to a network of music and entertainment-related partnerships to help participants gain work experience and performance opportunities.

Many of the young people involved in Music Potential have gained valuable experience working or performing at a number of renowned Barclaycard British music events and venues, including Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park, the Barclaycard Mercury Prize and the NIA (National Indoor Arena).

Matt Harris, Barclaycard Director of Customer Planning, Marketing Strategy and Citizenship said: “Music Potential is a fantastic project, which we’re proud to support as part of our 5 Million Young Futures commitment to help young people develop the skills they need to fulfil their potential.’ “It’s really important to engage young people in what they’re passionate about and, over the last three years, we’ve seen how this inspiring programme creates unique opportunities in the music and entertainment industry, giving participants key skills and helping to transform their lives.”

Throughout the year, MPX participants will be supported by professional tutors, special guests, presenters from Capital Xtra and Barclays employees. The Music Potential Network, consisting of industry executives from Capital Xtra, Island Records, GRM Daily and EGA music, will provide mentoring throughout the project. Young people will also be given opportunities to work with music industry professionals, includes DV8 Training, Punch, Industry In The Streets (IITS) and established musicians like London singer Joel Compass and American rapper and model Dominique Young Unique.

Joel Compass

Joel Compass



Joel Compass, London singer and Music Potential Ambassador said: “I’m really pleased to be working with Capital XTRA and Barclaycard on their Music Potential scheme. There are many young people out there who have a ton of potential but just need a helping hand or advice on how to get into these industries and need access to training. This scheme does that and I’m proud to be an ambassador for it.”

Capital Xtra presenter Jade Avia said: “Music Potential is amazing for aspiring individuals, it really does set aside the people who have a real passion and pushes them into the industry with a head start! I wish I had something like Music Potential when I was trying to get into radio!”

The 2014 Music Potential programme will culminate with a final showcase event later this summer at leading London performing arts venue the Roundhouse, with performances from project ambassadors, special guests and Music Potential participants.

The 2013, Music Potential programme engaged more than 750 young people and culminated in an event at Wembley Arena, with performances from Wretch 32, Devlin, RoxXxan and 2012 ambassador, Angel.

To see what some of last year’s Music Potential participants are up to now, visit the official website at



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‘Blissfully Buoyant’ Painted Palms Announce European Tour Dates


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Amid continuing hype around recent album Forever, San Francisco’s Painted Palms are pleased to announce a European Tour this April.

Whether living four states away or four blocks away, Reese Donahue and Christopher Prudhomme have always found geography has no bounds against their psych electro pop output.

The two cousins grew up together in Louisiana, but started making music over the Internet when one moved to San Francisco. The virtual exchange proved to be such a fruitful method (with their first EP Canopy being personally discovered by Of Montreal’s Kevin Barnes and released with Secretly Canadian) that it spurred them to continue making music this way despite ending up living in the same city.

And so, the songs that formed their debut full-length Forever (released February 2014 with Polyvinyl), came together as if the musicians were still separated by 2000 miles.

Tours with Of Montreal, Braids and STRFKR around their first EP showed testament to the duo’s spacious persona – affixing themselves behind computer screens clearly has no impact on their physical affinity. With many more shows under their belt since, their songwriting and performance abilities are so inherent and compatible with each other that they can cross seas and energetically emit their blissfully buoyant tracks to live audiences as effortlessly as clicking ‘send’.

Characterised by pop structures and memorable melodies, don’t be fooled into thinking Painted Palms are a wholly sunny band. Forever can get dark particularly in its lyrics, with much of the focus centered on how it feels to be caught between the external world and one’s own thoughts. And in that moment a hint of irony is apparent, for as much as the members of Painted Palms want to get out of their own heads, they’re awfully good at writing songs that will immediately get stuck in yours.

Painted Palms’ European run is as follows:

April 17 Stockholm, Sweden @ Debaser
April 19 Bristol, UK @ Louisiana
April 20 Manchester, UK @ Soup Kitchen
April 22 London, UK @ Old Blue Last
April 23 Paris, France @ Espace B
April 24 Brussels, Belgium @ Botanique Witloofbar
April 25 Luzern, Switzerland @ Sudpol
April 26-29 Germany TBC
April 30 Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Bitterzoet

Stream the video for ‘Forever’ here:

Painted Palms online:

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Axel Vervoordt Company Announce Opening of New Gallery in Hong Kong

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The Axel Vervoordt Company is delighted to announce the opening of a new exhibition space in the heart of Hong Kong.  Due to open on 13 May 2014 during Art Basel Hong Kong, the Axel Vervoordt Gallery Hong Kong is an extension of the existing gallery in Antwerp.

It will offer a complementary programme of specially commissioned works, and will be an important platform for internationally renowned artists to participate in the radically-changing art scene in Asia.

Since the 1970s, Axel Vervoordt has developed a strong interest in Eastern philosophy, directly feeding into the spirit of the company, which has the ambition to create a dialogue between East and West.  As a result, the gallery has naturally worked with a broad range of artists who tend to explore concepts of void, universality or infinity.

The new space, which will be managed by Korean-born Mi Jeong Kim, will enable Axel Vervoordt Gallery to grow their roster of artists and in particular foster relationships with Asian contemporary artists.  The annual programme of exhibitions by established artists will be punctuated by showcases of work by younger and emerging artists.

Axel Vervoordt Gallery Hong Kong will open with a series of three specially-commissioned works by African artist El Anatsui.  El Anatsui (Ghana, b1944) grew up in a period typified by the search for social and personal identity, a central theme in his art. He investigates the erosion, survival and transmission of tradition.

Most of Anatsui’s sculptures are made out of materials once designed for another purpose.  His early works were built out of broken pottery or old wooden logs, which he cut up using a chainsaw.  In the past ten years, Anatsui has focused on large tapestry-like metal sculptures made out of thousands of colourful liquor caps.  Using found objects, he reworks and rearranges materials and transforms them into something new, while conserving the item’s history.

“This is an exciting moment for the Axel Vervoordt Company.  Following the success of the gallery in Antwerp, we have been planning our first international venture and Hong Kong is the obvious location from which to continue to explore the artistic dialogue between East and West which is so central to the ethos of our organisation.” Boris Vervoordt, Director Axel Vervoordt Company.

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Krept & Konan Guest on West London Singer/Songwriter Jem Cooke’s New Single ‘Only a Dream’

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Since releasing her debut mixtape Cookie Jam in 2013, West London-based singer-song-writer Jem Cooke has been preparing for new single ‘Only a Dream’ featuring rapping duo of the moment Krept & Konan.

With radio support across several mixtape tracks courtesy of Mistajam, CJ Beatz, and Adele Roberts, producers include Old Boy (Emeli Sande & Naughty Boy), ADP (Krept & Konan – Young Kingz), Mojam & Craze and Hoax (Emeli Sande – Our Version Of Events) and Levi Lennox (Studio City) and also has guest appearances from Dot Rotten, Double S, Rebler & Nasty Jack and Scrufizzer.

Now working closely with producers Naughty Boy and Hank Hughes, Jem is currently working on a new EP as well as her debut album, due for release Summer 2014. With growing grassroots support, and a live show that has been gathering critical kudos, Jem Cooke is firmly on the radar for 2014.

Stream ‘Only a Dream’ here:



‘Funny, Engaging, Painfully True’ – Nancy Freund’s ‘Rapeseed’ Explores Displacement and Transformation



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‘Synesthete’ author uses her own experiences of the neurological phenomenon to pen powerful, rich and uplifting novel about one family’s story of displacement and transformation

Before relocating to Greater London, Carolann Cooper has lived her life hiding from the secrets of her past. Born and raised in a small town in Kansas, USA, she is unsure whether her fourteenyear- old son Chip is her husband’s child or her twin sister’s husband’s and she is confined to a life of guilt and uncertainty. Carolann is a synesthete, so she sees her letters, numbers and memories in vast and varying colours and experiences powerful feelings of isolation, constantly feeling different to ‘normal people’, and an outsider to her own relatives.

When her family relocates to England, Carolann discovers the freedom she has so desperately been seeking for many years, and which, in result, cracks open her complicated history and exposes the secrets she has been keeping with and from her husband. Carolann must urgently figure out who she really is, in order to reconcile her own past with her family’s future as she can no longer return to the veils of privacy and comfort of her home. Rapeseed is a powerful story of self-discovery.

Based on the author’s own experiences of synesthesia, the novel explores the neurological phenomenon, and how it affects those who live with it. Rapeseed is a bright yellow flower, cultivated for its oil-rich seed, and which pays tribute to the theme of synesthesia throughout the novel and emphasises the idea that not everything in life is black-and-white.

The book is also based on Nancy Freund’s experiences of expat life, and offers an insight into the mind of a stranger in a new country. A multi-cultural novel, it follows one incredible woman on her journey dealing with issues and secrets of her past and laying them to rest in order to embrace a future of fulfilment, value and joy. Whilst a deep novel exploring family issues, disability and self-discovery, the book is an uplifting and at times humorous novel, making it a work of fine, contemporary women’s fiction.

As the Rapeseed fields begin to bloom across the UK, the book is a perfect spring/summer read. The book was named a finalist in the Book of the Year 2013 competition by ForeWord Magazine.

“Funny, engaging, and painfully true.” Meg Gardiner, Edgar Award winning author of The Shadow Tracer.

Nancy Freund is a poet, editor, reviewer and novelist who lives in Lausanne, Switzerland. Raised in Kansas City in the USA, she later moved to England where she married her husband and lived in Esher, Surrey as well as many different areas of London. Freund has a BA in English and Creative Writing and a Masters from UCLA.

Her poetry and fiction have appeared in many journals and she is a regular book critic. Her short story Marcus won the Geneva Writers’ First Fiction Prize 2013. Freund’s writing is all about contrasts and simple dialogue that’s sneakily profound. In her spare time she is active in community literacy projects for teens and adults and is a dog owner, horse lover, and art and education enthusiast.

Rapeseed by Nancy Freund (published by Gobreau Press LLC, RRP £7.99 paperback, RRP £5.97 eBook) is available online at retailers including and can be ordered at all good bookstores

Twitter: @nancyfreund

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After Nyne’s Music Recommendations – April 2014

One of the best things about working on After Nyne is the all of the fantastic music that passes through the HQ on a weekly basis.

We’ve compiled a crib list of what we’ve been listening to over the past few weeks, with links. Tracks for these artists are on our After Nyne Spotify Playlist - please give it a follow, we add new music all the time.

Ghetts – Rebel With A Cause LP

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Ghetts has been on the grime scene for a long time and has earned his stripes. Rebel With A Cause is fresh, urgent and confessional. I interviewed Ghetts for the Huff Post. Click here to read.

We’ve had this on repeat for quite a while.

Stand out tracks for us ‘Rebel’, ‘Fire Burning’ & ‘What I’ve Done’



Hanne Kolstø -One Plus One Makes One Out of Two


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The first track to be taken from Hanne Kolstø’s album ‘Stillness And Panic’ (out May 7th)

Hanne has been nominated for a Grammy in her native Norway. This track works as a great introduction to her sound, innovative production with massive pop choruses.




Moulettes – Constellations 

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Nominated for Best Group in Alternative BRIT Awards and Winners of Best Band category of  Spiral Awards 2013, Moulettes now are launching their third album ‘Constellations’ into a musical atmosphere that rarely sees such accomplished musicianship, storytelling  and song craft working so harmoniously together.

By exploring new blends of rock, pop, classical and folk music they have commanded respect by renowned players and DJs around the UK, including Bob Harris and Cerys Mathews.

Stream the single here:


Monica Azull – I Like It 

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Half Ugandan half Congolese, Monica came to England aged eight and is now living in London. Having been receiving some really positive feedback and being compared to top artists such as Ashanti, she is showing huge potential with her latest track.

Her debut track is a sexy, summery dead-cert hit. Monica’s unique tone layered with fantasy filled lyrics with a smooth beat for that touch of class, which on the whole creates a genuinely slick track.

Stream it here:





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Development of New App Places Mental Health and Well-Being in the Hands of Young People


A new app has been co-created by a group of 16-25 year olds to help young people affected by mental health issues.

The project has been led by leading arts centre FACT, in collaboration with Mersey Care NHS Trust and Red Ninja Studios, and has been funded by Comic Relief, Nominet Trust and the Creative Skills for Life initiative.

The In Hand App has been developed in response to growing concerns over mental health problems among under-18s, with one in ten now thought to be living with a diagnosable condition in the UK.

The app acts as a simple, digital ‘friend’ that promotes mental well-being and offers support through some of the difficult moments that many young people face.

Using a traffic lights system, the app allows users to communicate how they are feeling and empowers young people to control feelings of stress, anxiety or depression through suggesting simple actions. The app also aims to raise awareness and understanding of the steps individuals can take to manage their own mental wellbeing on a day to day basis.

Charlotte, one of the young people who has worked on the project said: “I genuinely feel that this app will be useful for young people in general, not necessarily just those dealing with the effects of mental health. Stress and anxiety is common in most adolescents and it is important to us that we can reach out and support other young people in the local and wider community.”

Louise Latter, Young People’s Programmer at FACT said: “The creation of In Hand has been a real joined-up effort, but essentially has been developed by young people for young people, which we feel is vital to the success of the app.

“Managing mental health is a sensitive issue and there is no ‘on size fits all’ approach. We listened to the things that were important to young people and have made the app customisable so that each user can tailor their own individual journey.”

The In Hand app will be officially launched at an event at FACT on Wednesday, 14 May at 4.30pm.

In Hand is just one project created by Freehand, the Young People’s Programme at FACT working with 13 to 25-year-olds in film, art and technology. FACT engages participants as producers as well as consumers of digital media, creating new forms of collective learning and expression, new tools and platforms for representation and dialogue.

Working at a pace that respects participants’ needs, FACT works closely with partner organisations to ensure projects are sustainable, support participants and provide longer-term cultural development.

In Hand has been created as part of the Innovation Labs initiative, funded by Comic Relief and Nominet Trust. Further support has been provided by The Creative Skills For Life initiative, funded by Creative England via the Government’s Regional Growth Fund, and managed by Creative England in collaboration with Creative Skills For Life and NHS England.

For more information on projects at FACT visit


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