Chardine Taylor-Stone is an award winning cultural producer, writer and activist who uses music, art and fashion history to instigate socio-political analysis. She is the founder of Black Girls Picnic a global movement in collective self care for Black women and girls and Stop Rainbow Racism. She was formerly on the advisory board for Schools Out LGBT History month and is currently a board member for the Museum of Homelessness and Duckie Youth. She was featured in The Voice newspaper as one of the Women Who Rocked the World in 2015, Diva Magazine’s LGBT Power List 2016 and Buzzfeed’s ‘The Most Inspiring British LGBT People Of 2016‘ and the ‘Pride Power List 2017’. In 2017 she was awarded the British LGBTQ award for contribution to LGBTQ life in 2017.
As a writer, educator and commentator Chardine uses music, art and fashion history to instigate socio-political analysis. She often lectures and facilitates workshops on topics such as Black / Working Class feminism, Black Queer identities, Afrofuturism and music subculture histories.
She is regularly asked to speak and consult on these topics for media such as Channel 4 news, BBC Three, BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, London Live and TedXTottenham as well as film/culture festivals, conferences and art institutions such as the BFI, Tate Modern, ICA and British Library. She also bangs the drums in Black feminist punk band Big Joanie.
Inspired by an impromptu visit to the Afro- Caribbean Millennium centre whilst living at Metal’s ‘Queer Commune,’ Chardine wants to continue to explore how Black British Identities have been formed in Peterborough as a resident artist and researcher.
Black Britishness in the UK is often associated with the urban rather than suburban. Often stories of migration and integration are centred around London, however in smaller cities like Peterborough there has been a modern Black presence since the 1940s and even earlier. How do the histories and present day experiences of Black Peterborough residents challenge what it means to be Black British and what culturally informs that identity? Alongside this research I will be using my time at Metal to explore the use of photography in my work as it seems to be a natural extension to my practice which is mostly based in unearthing and interrogating archives. I would also like to host community-led events and discussions at Metal, inviting artists with connections to the region to engage with the topic of Black British Suburban identity. Eventually I would like to share my research with the wider community in some form.