It Gets Lighter From Here – Monday 21 December

HUNDREDS OF 60 SECOND FILMS, PROVIDING MOMENTS  OF HAPPINESS AND HOPE, TO BE RELEASED THROUGHOUT THE DAY ON MONDAY 21 DECEMBER 

It Gets Lighter From Here is a collaborative, cultural experience from the West Midlands Culture Response Unit (WMCRU) –  a virtual day of hope and positivity, showcasing a collection of 60-second films from organisations across the region. 

The event, curated to mark the Winter Solstice on 21st December, was born out of a WMCRU Artistic Directors & Artistic Leads meetings – further developed by a working group of Erica Love (Culture Central), James Yarker (Stans Cafe), Karen Newman (BOM)Tyrone Huggins (Actor & Playwright) and Ed Collier (China Plate). Deliberately marking the shortest day / longest night of the year, the purpose of It Gets Lighter From Here is to provide moments of happiness and hope during what has been an incredibly challenging and unprecedented time for the industry – before it does, quite literally, start to get lighter.

Artists and cultural institutions from across the West Midlands are coming together to release hundreds of short films across their social media channels, through the hashtag #ItGetsLighterFromHere. Involving a huge cross-section of artists and art-formssubstantial audiences and networks will be reached across the region and beyond, creating a wide celebration of hope, optimism and possibility for the future. 

It Gets Lighter From Here has raised a total of £34,050 for artist commissions, providing vital financial support for the region’s freelancers and community members who have been left unsupported through the Covid-19 pandemic, with a lack of job security and stable, regular income.   

On the shortest day of the year #ItGetsLighterFromHere will share the brightest West Midlands artistic talent with the world.

 

Organisations who have commissioned films for It Gets Lighter From Here include:

ACE Dance and Music
Aesop
Art Alert Nuneaton
BCMG
Beatfreeks
Birmingham Opera Company
Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Birmingham Royal Ballet
Black Country Touring
BOM
Centrala
China Plate
Coventry 2021
Coventry Caribbean Association
Creative Black Country
Culture Central
DESIblitz
Friction Arts
Heartbreak Productions
Heritage & Culture Warwickshire
Historic Coventry Trust
JQTH
Live and Local
Meadow Arts
Midland Arts Centre (mac)
Museums Worcestershire
Pentabus
Punch
Rogue Play
Rosie Kay Dance Company
Royal Shakespeare Company in partnership with University of Birmingham
Severn Arts
Spectra
Sonia Sabri Company
Stan’s Cafe
Tales From Coventry Tables
Tazeem Khan
The Playhouse
Theatre Absolute
This Bird Sings
Town Hall Symphony Hall (Jazzlines)
University of Worcester
Vivid Projects
Warwick Arts Centre
Warwickshire County Council
Woolly Mammoth Stitch Works CIC
Workshops for Schools
Zawiya Trust

Artists whose work will be showcased include:

Craig Aaron
Sioda Adams
Amara Antoinette
Romy Ashmore-Hills
Lerah Mae Barcenilla
Rinkoo Barpaga
Sakab Bashir
Vivienne Baylis
Ishan Bhadra
Richard Beckett
Yshee Black
Radical Body
Bones
Catalin Boros
Emma Bourke
Jane Bracey
Rhi Breakwell
Raymond Brien
Thomas Jack Brown
Tanna Chamberlain
Faye Claridge
Ben Cook
Jill Davis
Erin Dhesi
Laura Dicken
Paul O’Donnell
Aaron Douglas
Charlotte Dunn
Adrian Earle
Remi E
Wes Finch
Sam Frankie Fox
Lisa Franklin
Rosa Francesca
Jasmine Gardosi
Barbara Gibson
Fractured Glass
Hafsah Godsil
Lewis Goode
Nafeesa Hamid
Faisah Hashmi
Oliver Hassell
Adaya Henry
Ibrahim Hirsi
Anna Vienna Ho
Tina Hofman
Emily Holtom
Katie Holtom
Sam Horseman
Fergal Hughes
Kieran Hunt
Ishtiaq Hussain
Bex Isley
Georgie Jones
Queen Kadi
Alexander Kaniewski
Wyban Kanyi
Rupi Kaur
Marta Kochanek
Jason Lee
Shiyi Li
Asnarth Losala
Maral Mamaghanizadeh
Charis McRoberts
Morgan Munroe
Edie Murray
Sipho Ndlovu
Jaivant Patel Dance
Josepth Potts
General Public
Quartzcrystallus
Tess Radcliffe
Billy Read
Adele Mary Reed
Steph Ridings
Revolutionary Ideas Over Teaching (RIOT)
Ricardo Santos Rocha
Tara Rutledge
Rebecca Saw
Daryanne Scott
Jerome Scott
Mandip Singh Seeha
Shane Shambhu
Shintastic
Scott Simpson
Ayeisha Siniara
Poppy Small
Symone
Jade Tanisha
Ashley Tolley
Lauren Trim
Daniella Turbin
Alice Watson
Curtis Wright