THE BLACK-E APPOINTS DR REBECCA AMISSAH MD AS ITS NEW JOINT CULTURAL DIRECTOR

THE BLACK-E APPOINTS DR REBECCA AMISSAH MD AS ITS NEW JOINT CULTURAL DIRECTOR

The Black-E is thrilled to announce that Dr Rebecca Amissah MD will become our new Joint-Cultural Director on the 31 March 2022. Working alongside our founder and Cultural Director, Bill Harpe.

Dr Rebecca is an artist who combines her cultural practice with her role as a respected clinical practitioner in child and adolescent mental health. Dr Rebecca has trained in theatre, performed as a live artist and has written and lectured both in the UK and internationally on intergenerational trauma. Dr Rebecca is a graduate of Southampton Medical School and trained at The Poor School, ID Theatre School. Dr Rebecca is a Winston Churchill Fellow and a member of the National Black Arts Alliance.

Dr Rebecca will work with Bill Harpe, who as a co-founder of the Black-E (Connecting artists and communities) helped establish it as Britain's first national community arts project. Bill has continued to work at the Black-E as both artist and administrator. His work as an artist has focused on the arts and participation and creative and co-operative games.

Dr Rebecca says: "Liverpool, and the Black-E’s place in our nation’s history speaks to the generations of creators, often rendered invisible, who have made and shared great and magnificent work. I like to think that in many respects when my grandparents got off an Elder Dempster Lines ship in Liverpool, from the Gold Coast, it was at that moment my family history somehow entwined with Liverpool and the Black-E. Working with Bill a true visionary, who comes from the tradition of great thinkers & doers like John Ruskin, Jennie Lee and Joan Littlewood, fills me with a mixture of joy and trepidation. If I get lost on the way – I know the team at the Black-E will make sure we find a new route! "

Wendy Harpe, Chair of the Board, says: " Over 2021, during the COVID19 pandemic we met with many potential candidates. We wanted to appoint a cultural practitioner who knows the importance of building opportunity in partnership with our diverse communities. We were unanimous in our decision to appoint Dr Rebecca, because of her unique cultural expertise, work with local communities and approach to helping grow personal resilience. Her advocacy around mental health and intergenerational trauma will help us translate our work into the next phase of our journey."

Bill Harpe speaking on Dr Rebecca’s appointment said: “The choice of the trustees is inspired. I am very much looking forward to working with Dr Rebecca. I see this less about legacy, and more about working jointly and innovatively - as the bridge builders we need to be – building a bridge across troubled waters... connecting artists and communities.”

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