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Future Network Shorts #9

Opening: 25/02/21 1:00 PM – 8:30 PM | Free



Hosted online, every last Thursday of the month.
At each event, 6 artists from across the UK will each host a 20 minute sharings of work, performance, conversations or experimentation.


THURS 25 February 2021


1pm: Magnard Ensemble 

Instagram Live

Magnard Ensemble is a group of musicians and friends who come together to make, perform and share wonderful music. At their core, they are a wind quintet, and their work varies from formal recital and concert appearances to education and community work with children of all ages, and everything in between.

For their Future Network Short they will share an extract and discuss a new piece of work they are developing, a musical adaptation and animation of the award winning children’s book ‘Odd Dog Out’, by Rob Biddulph. A story about the courage it takes to be different, about leaving home, finding yourself and your place in the world.

A family friendly sharing, perfect for a lunchtime break from home schooling.



2pm: Talya Stitcher

Instagram Live

Talya is a queer, Jewish poet who loves (and sometimes writes about) cats, chocolate, crime dramas, dark lipstick and pottery. She produces Sounds Queer in Sheffield, which celebrates and platforms the queer community of Yorkshire and is very close to her heart.

She has been selected for UK New Artists’ 2021 Leicester City Takeover, recently competed in the Roundhouse Poetry Slam and placed as runner-up in her heat at BBC Edinburgh Fringe Slam 2019. Other credits include Homos and Houmous, Leeds Queer Film Festival, TEDx Utrecht and Vagina Museum’s Edinburgh Fringe launch.

Among other poems about family history and friendship, Talya will be sharing her piece ‘Learning to Fly’ which was recently published in Eastside’s ‘I know I wish I will’ anthology.

3pm: Amber Akaunu

Instagram Live

Parallels in Geography and Ancestry is a presentation of Amber Akaunu’s current research towards making a documentary around geographical parallels within immigrant families after finding both definite and speculative parallels within my own family history. 

Influenced by afro-futuristic narratives and the line “from slave ship to spaceship” by Ali Mazrui, Amber invites Future Network Shorts’ audience to reflect on the geographical parallels within their ancestry through her family’s story. Through this sharing Amber hopes to find contributors that can share their stories of migration and ancestry to be part of the final film.

Amber Akaunu is an artist from Liverpool who works across several mediums to explore concepts and ideas around race and identity. She is also a co-founder of ROOT-ed Zine, a quarterly magazine and social platform that promotes, supports and inspires North West creatives of colour. Amber recently directed a short film titled ‘Afro Hair Rituals’ which was shown on BBC 4 earlier this year. Amber’s interest in hip hop, which she believes is comparable to documentary filmmaking, encourages her to create art that incorporates elements of the music genre such as storytelling, sampling, realism and flow, with the aim to create a similar impact to what hip hop has had on her.


6pm: Katherina Radeva (Two Destination Language)

Instagram Live

As part of Future Network Shorts Katherina Radeva will be sharing ‘Lone Wolves’. Lone Wolves is a film created to mark / in response to the UK leaving the European project. It explores ideas on agency and representation of identity. It is an act which foregrounds power, invisibility and hypervisibility. It plays with the invisibility of (often migrant) cleaners in institutional spaces, despite our dependence on them. It is an act of cleaning, of tribute. A sacred act. 

Katherina will give an insight into their company Two Destination Language and concept of the work over on Instagram live, with an opportunity for you to ask questions. 

Katherina Radeva is a migrant from the Thracian Valley, Bulgaria. An award winning theatre maker, space maker (set & costume design) and visual artist she is a co-artistic director of Two Destination Language whose work tours nationally and internationally and explores identity and belonging and celebrating difference


Lone Wolves is a Theatre in the Mill seed commission, supported by National Theatre Scotland and The Point


7pm: Dan Wilson

Instagram Live 

Dan Wilson is a graphic artist that uses illustration, design and collage to explore themes of identity, counterculture movements and the subcultures of the late twentieth century. His route into creativity came through playing in bands and working with other musicians to create record sleeves, flyers and poster designs. Music plays a vital role in his work which has crossed over to a wide variety of projects around the world. His work aims to poke fun at those in power, challenge old ideas and maybe put a smile on your face. 

Join us at 7pm foe ‘HOME IS WHERE THE ART IS’ – a sharing of the work Dan’s created throughout lockdown.

8pm: Ashleigh Owen

Instagram Live

Ashleigh Owen is a queer, dyspraxic, anxiety-ridden, working class Artist, Theatre-Maker and Performer based in Liverpool. She makes work about things that keep her awake at 3 in the morning. It challenges misconceptions and stereotypes linked to her lived experiences and identity;  commenting on societal norms and injustices, to encourage social change. Her work has a lot of heart and sends audiences on an emotional journey using music, cabaret, comedy and parody.


Ashleigh is sharing a section from the new show she’s writing. 4AD is about rebuilding your life after a lengthy visit to Depression Land (it is like Disney Land but less magic and more tragic). It recalls Ashleigh’s chaotic journey of learning to navigate the world as a nervous wreck whilst constantly looking over her shoulder in fear of the darkness returning. Using lip-sync, comedy and a lot of heart, she emerges from her bedroom (with matted hair and stained pyjamas) to tell a brutally honest tale of trying to move forward and relearn how to self-care. 4AD also explores how depression and anxiety effect not just us, but the people who love us, as she realises, she never actually fought alone. 



Follow @MetalCultureUK for updates.

Future Network Shorts is a digital programme from Metal, developed from existing live events which take place at all Metal venues (Future Network in Peterborough, Future Park in Southend and Future Station in Liverpool). This programme originated as part of a revised programme, aiming to financially support artists through and beyond the testing time of COVID-19 and connect them with online audiences through diverse, entertaining and engaging content.

Future Network Shorts takes place on the last Thursday of each month.
The event runs as a mini online ‘festival’. Across the day, 6 different artists will make appearances throughout the day, or host work digitally for you to engage with – this might be via a Zoom call, a digital workshop, a live performance on our social media channels or a virtual exhibition / article on our website. Similar to the ‘3 Min Wonders’ format which is often used in Metal’s programming, these 10 minute slots are open for artists to test out ideas, perform, showcase work, hold conversations, experiment and take risks.

There is no set format or theme to these sharings.
We look forward to presenting  discussions, experiments, how to guides, dance, short talks, workshops, scratch shows and much more, hosted live by artists from their homes.

Get involved :

To show your interest in filling a sharing slot, please send a brief outline (no more than 300 words) of what you would like to share and why.
Each month, we look forward to hosting 6 x artists, from all career levels, art forms and practices.
Send your proposals to paige@metalculture.com

As this is a programme shared across all 3 Metal sites, the best place to get all the info is by following Metal Culture UK on social media. Follow @MetalCultureUK on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, as not to miss out! Here, we will announce our artists, set times and digital access information.



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