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Miselo Kunda returns to STUN from Sabbatical

Miselo Kunda_5771email2It so great to be back from sabbatical. The team is stronger than ever. I would like to start with a big thank-you to all the people who have come together to strengthen the work of STUN. I will attempt to briefly update you on the latest activity, changes of staff, new board members and to announce the long awaited happy news of the STUN –Z-Arts partnership space to launch in December.

New members of staff

Anwen Lewis Hub Manager:                                                    anwen@stunlive.com

Pauline Etim-Ubah Organisation Development Manager:  pauline@stunlive.com

Garfield Allen Spaces Development Manager                       garfield@stunlive.com

Esrene Hepburn trainee event management                        events@stunlive.com

New Board Members

Segun Lee-French

Garfield Allen

Brief update

  • STUN are now officially a CiC
  • We are pleased to announce that our new 3se-friendly accountants are Slade & Cooper, based at the Greenfish resource centre, headed by Jim Gore-Langton
  • We delighted to announce that Z-Arts and STUN finally made the commitment, we will be living together for the next ten years
  • The new STUN Board had visioning Day and concluded that we are a nurturing house
  • STUN completed two successful Road-show in Liverpool with UNITY Theatre/Sense of Sound and in Blackburn with Action Factory. STUN struggled to collate BAME artists in Blackpool. Research and networking has continued and we now have plans to conclude this run this particular set of road-shows in Morecambe (STUN Members welcome to contribute)
  • Digm (Dance Initiative Greater Manchester have offered our STUN dance members  support in funding strategies and applications
  • The Lowry contacted STUN as they have extended their programming to include more diverse work in the Studio. Programming and pitch opportunities to follow.
  • Lemn Sissay has offered to work with STUN to develop writers
  • STUN have started a partnership with the Z-Arts and The New Black culminating 4 events during Black History month at Z-Arts
  • Maya Chowdhury is back in post as our Web Mistress
  • We are introducing weekly drop in sessions for networking and to assist member to correctly up-load their profile
  • STUN took a road trip to Nottingham Play House to explore best practice in developing the hub and was introduced by Bea Udeh to Deborah Stevenson of The Mouthy Poets… awesome! Great artists, great vibe.. watch this space as we broker new partnerships

 

Special Thanks

Thank you Sarah Sayeed to for stepping up to Chair during my brief absence. Yusra Warsama thank you so much for taking time out of your incredibly busy diary to up-date the website and Sarah Gleyebi for your wonderful insight and experience and your input in hiring and matching the right people, with right skills base to the STUN Team. Also the leadership skills and hard work that went into organising the visioning day for STUN.

The STUN Board would like to thank Ekua Bayunu for her tireless vision and all the hard work she has put into the space project, in getting us this far. Ekua Bayunu will no longer be acting as Space Manager in the delivery of the ‘Space’ project in partnership with Z-Arts.

We look forward to continuing our relationship with her as National Chair of Sustained Theatre, in developing long-term strategies and forging a national network of spaces.

Finally..

The main focus for the STUN team in September will be artistic programming, rentals & hire and membership activity.

Should you wish to contact me or any other member of the STUN team our office number is 0161 232 6088. Further enquiries should be directed to Anwen Lewis the first port of call for STUN on anwen@stunlive.com, and my email address is miselo.kunda@stunlive.com. I work part time and I’m in the office Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Thank you

Miselo Kunda

STUN Chair

 

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