stowage & what not'


7 October 2022, 5-7pm

Handpicked transmissions by Black filmmakers here and there. It is B.O.O.K’s (Building Our Own Knowledge) honour to activate another moment to gather in the wake as we experiment with collective reading sessions, film screenings, and food sharing.


Spaces are limited to offer a comfortable and enhanced intimate experience – accompanied by a lovely spread of food. Please note the capacity for this event is 15 signed-up beings only.                           

Tickets are free but booking is essential via eventbrite: 


Thursday 6th October 2022

Location: Yard Art House: time 6-8pm

25 Rotton Park St, Birmingham B16 0AE

films and selected readings by Lolo Arziki (Lisbon), Candice Onyeama (Coventry, London, Berlin), Jérémie Priam (Martinique)


Friday 7th October 2022

Location: Vivid Projects: time 5-7pm

16 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley St, Birmingham B5 5RT

films and selected readings by Divine Southgate-Smith (London), Jade Blackstock (Sicily/UK), Yinka Essi Graves (Seville)


Saturday 8th October 2022

Location: Public House: time 1-3pm

9 Priory Square, Birmingham B4 7LG

films and selected readings by Stelly G (Gadigal Land), Ibrahim Cissé (Dakar and Bakoteh), Roxane Mbanga (Amsterdam), Denise Ferreira da Silva & Arjuna Neuman (Berlin)


B.O.O.K offered a £200 fee to those brilliant beings in exchange of the pleasure sourced from the opportunity (toward-port) to Build Our Own Knowledge by experiencing their work. The invited filmmakers have also selected textual passages by Black artists/ authors for us to immerse deeper in their worlds. B.O.O.K has an access budget. Please email us in order for us to accomodate your needs:


Join us as we tend to Black filmmakers and more.



On site therapist: Karen Dhlamini

Photographer: Ayesha Jones (B.O.O.K working group member)

Facilitator: Simone Mendez (B.O.O.K working group member)

artist-curator: melissandre varin (B.O.O.K working group member)

Partners: Yard, Vivid Projects, Public House

Caribbean food by Dane’s Catering

Funding: The National Lottery Community Fund

Divine Southgate-Smith, Thicker Than Water, CGI Animation, 4K Video Installation, 2022.