DON’T SETTLE PROGRAMMES

Don’t Settle Programmes empower young People of Colour from Birmingham and the Black Country to change the voice of heritage through the arts, research, and governance. 

CURATOR PROGRAMME

READY TO MAKE CHANGES?
History is a collection of stories.
We want to change whose stories get told.

The curator programme Interrogates the relationships between the heritage sector and young people minoritised by society, systems and structures. It is a development program that supports young people of Colour in unearthing hidden narritives, allows young people to develop creative skills and tells the stories of communities minoritized by the heritage sector. They work with our partners, finding ways to make changes that are valuable, meaningful and long-lasting.

Since 2013 Poetry Jam has been an open mic platform for stories, poems, raps, monologues, rants and debates and has grown in love, attendance and adoration since then. We host word smiths who are looking for a vibey and non-judgemental space amongst fellow creatives to share their verbal artform.

It doesn’t matter if you are performing your first poem or your one hundredth, we want to hear the story you wish to tell! It’s a non-genre-specific open mic night It’s a place where the topics can go from love to comedy, to grief in a heartbeat, a place for free verse, for a slam, for sonnets and for lyrics. It’s raw, uncensored and sometimes explicit. – we don’t edit or alter the artistic work, so keep in mind that sensitive topics and explicit words may be used.

Everyone is welcome, whether you’re just here to drink in the culture, or you want to speak up and be heard. 

Want to Get involved on our next Curator project?

Secure your ticket and head down from 6:30 pm onwards and talk to one of the We Don’t Settle team to confirm your first-come, first-served performance slot.

CURATED PROJECTS

In partnership with Birmingham Museums’, our curators reinterpreted Soho House in Handsworth, making permanent changes to the objects and interpretation of the house.

RE-IMAGINING SOHO HOUSE

2019

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Along with our partner Birmingham Museums’ at Soho House. The Curators launched an all day event consisted of two components.

THE AUDACITY OF BOULTON

2019

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Our young people worked with our partners Chance Heritage Trust  to create an installation piece that communicated the history of Chance, invited audiences to reflect on the present, and consulted with the community on the future of both Chance and Smethwick.

STORIES OF SMETHWICK

2019

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An installation piece with a live reenactment of the experience of the race riots in Smethwick during the 1960s.

GIVEN THE CHANCE

2019

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Black is Beautiful. Blackness without Apology’ exhibition at Aston Hall created by our curators on the Orange is in Season programme.

BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL. BLACKNESS WITHOUT APLOGY.

2020-21

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We had two separate groups working with our partners at Roundhouse Birmingham. One of which was Birmingham By Night which created a display that focuses on the perception of Birmingham’s night shift workers from the late Victorian period, and from today. 

BIRMINGHAM BY NIGHT

2020-21

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The second group that worked with The Roundhouse Birmingham was Pens to Paper and they focused on creating a non-traditional guide book for the exhibition titled “Herstory of Birmingham” that aimed to highlight the  women who played an important role in Birmingham’s rich and diverse history.

HERSTORY OF BIRMINGHAM

2020-21

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Created by Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery in partnership with We Don’t Settle to redisplay the museum’s iconic Round Room. A team of six wonderful young Women of Colour-Lauren Vidal, Justine Luaba, Kiran Samra, Masharah Powell, Gabriella Songui, and Olivia Agbe – worked together to define what it means to be from Birmingham and portray this in the artwork.

WE ARE BIRMINGHAM

2022

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‘My Voice My Path’ is a Black heritage audio tour of Ladywood in Birmingham. The tour is curated by young activators, Rayhanah Rowe, Nina Ma, Tia Hortin, Ilhan Adam and Amirah Harvey-Head with contributions from a range of local people, businesses and cultural organisations. 

MY VOICE, MY PATH

2022

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We partnered with Wednesbury Museum & Art Gallery and Multistory to creatively respond to the narratives surrounding objects connected to communities of colour in the museum’s collection and to interrogate an object’s journey/life with the museum.

WEDNESBURY MUSEUM & ART GALLERY

2022

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