on the settee

In The Front Room, the settee offers a place of sanctuary; a place where you can take a load off.

On our settee you’ll discover conversations that will slot into your day like a catch up with an old friend, or your favourite song
 –  something that makes you feel at home, open, yet vulnerable and connected with yourself and others.



current series: Movers + Shakers

This next chapter of On The Settee brings together intersectional practitioners that are shaking up the fields within which they work, not only through what they do, but also by being authentically who they are. Expanding upon the personal conversations with artists earlier this year, which looked at the internal, everyday experiences of the pandemic through the lens of their creative practices, this series looks more externally at the wider environmental, social and cultural factors at play as we navigate the next stages of COVID-19 together. In this series, spend time with those moving between a range of different spaces, across different facets of their identities and the interconnected purpose(s) of their work that takes us beyond any one compartmentalised reality and into new realms of possibility.

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ongoing neighbourhood series

From July 2020, we are inviting our neighbours round to chat on the settee on an ongoing basis.

Conversations explore everything from faith, creating spaces that are very much needed and don’t exist, neurodiversity and disrupting the city’s waterways, to community gardening, family and neighbourhood networking, and regeneration. These conversations will shine a spotlight onto their important work happening in the community and across the city.

Watch back previous conversations below, and check back for further upcoming sessions.

artists series

The first series of On The Settee featured artists whose creative practices spoke to different facets of our individual and collective experiences of the pandemic; from our changing relationships to the elders in their family and reimagining our commercial livelihoods, to gaining new insight and understanding from those for whom lockdown is nothing new, and how to deal with grief and loss whilst isolated from those we love.

Hosted in May 2020, watch the recordings from this series below, featuring Navi Kaur, Bolade Banjo, Demi Nandhra and Cass HM.

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