The Dispensing Wisdom creative team is made up professional artists – Marysa Dowling, Kat Francois and Mila Sanders and Young Ambassadors – Lucy Elderton, Abira Hussein, Morgan McManus Lee, Naomi Money, Evelyn Nnabuife and Keisha Riley Douglas. Find out more about them below.
MARYSA DOWLING – Artist
Dowling’s practice as a photographic artist is participatory and rooted within portraiture. It is concerned with human behavior, an exploration and observation of how people communicate and relate to each other and the places they live. Working closely with her subjects she explore the ways in which we represent ourselves. Projects also concentrate on our sense of place, relationships, family and community. Recent commissions and residencies have centered on interaction, communication, objects and journeys within cities.
Dowling has worked on commissions, projects and residencies in the UK, Ireland, Los Angeles, Cuba, South Africa, Mexico and Lebanon. She has been commissioned to produce work for publication and exhibition by The Whitechapel Gallery, The Photographers’ Gallery, Belfast Exposed, The Courtauld Gallery, Tate and Barnardo’s.
LUCY ELDERTON – Young Ambassador
I’ve been working with All Change since I was 15 as a peer leader. My role has changed a bit since starting as it now involves researching females and their health in Islington over the last century, as opposed to just working with solely with young women.
So far, I have enjoyed looking through the local archives and can definitely see myself doing research projects in the future. I want to be a clinical or criminal psychologist and this job is helping me work towards that as im gaining experience in working with people and doing research.
KAT FRANCOIS – Artist
Kat is a well‐known performance poet on the UK and global scene. As resident poet at Theatre Royal, Stratford East, London, she hosts and organizes a monthly poetry and music night called Word4Word. Kat also runs a Poetry night every first Friday of the month at The Poetry Café Covent Garden, called INTIMATES. She is published in a number of poetry magazines and anthologies and a contributor to BBC radio.
Since 2005 she has also been forging a name for herself in theatre as a playwright and performer. Her first theatre piece SEVEN TIMES ME has toured nationally and internationally, including the Edinburgh and Adelaide Fringe Festivals, to rave reviews. She has also written and performed a one woman play called RAISING LAZARUS, charting the journey of West Indian soldiers who came to fight for Britain during the First World War, which was first performed in 2009.
Francois is also an educator and has 20 years experience working with young people as a youth worker, workshop leader and PHSE facilitator.
ABIRA HUSSEIN – Young Ambassador
I have a keen interest in the arts, and the positive impact it has on communities. As a Young Ambassador I’m interested in working with young women and using the arts to challenge the status quo. With a background in science I’m fascinating with relationship between art and science. And how that can be used to answer the challenges we face today.
MORGAN McMANUS-LEE – Young Ambassador
I am a peer leader for the B-project – a project that offers arts activities to young women aged 13-19. I am also working on the Dispensing Wisdom team, researching Manor Garden’s history, and also women’s healthcare in Islington in general.
I’m passionate about photography and I am currently working towards my Gold Arts award in creative writing and photography. I am studying A-levels in Economics, History and Maths and plan to read History at university.
NAOMI MONEY – Young Ambassador
Last year, I graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a BA(Hons) in Drama with English. Though I have a wide-ranging interest in the arts, at uni, I developed a keen interest in Verbatim Theatre: a form which utilises the real words of real people. This is also linked to my enthusiasm for Community arts-based projects.
EVELYN NNABUIFE – Young Ambassador
Evelyn first participated in an All Change young parents project in 2007 at 17 years of age, and with All Change’s support she secured a place at The Roundhouse to participate in the Gallery 37 project. She continued to work at The Roundhouse as Youth Support Intern and later as an apprentice which lead to a full time role as an Events Producer and Production Coordinator, producing a series of successful
events. While working, Evelyn still found time to study English, Politics, Law and Media at College for A-levels. After a few years away, Evelyn returned to work with All Change as Project Support Worker with Inspire! young parents project. She is a Bronze and Silver Arts Awards Advisor and has
recently been invited to complete her Gold Arts Award with All Change.
KEISHA RILEY-DOUGLAS – Young Ambassador
Keisha Riley-Douglas first participated in an All Change young parents project in 2004 at the age of fourteen. As part of her first project she was involved in creating a short film entitled ‘Babes’ which went on to win a First Light Film Award for Best Documentary. She went on to study Health and Social Care at college but has always been interested in the arts. When she was contacted by All Change and invited to take part in the Gold Arts Award project she jumped at the chance. Following successfully gaining her Gold Arts Award in September 2009 she is now working as Projects Officer with All Change and has completed her degree in Community Arts Practice and Youth and Community Work at the University of East London.
MILA SANDERS – Artist
Mila studied Drama at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth before taking an MA in Theatre Design/Scenography at Wimbledon School of Art.
She enjoys collaborating with directors to create a language for storytelling, and relishes impossible challenges and the rewards they offer the imagination. She has experience in touring, puppetry, musicals, site specific, working with projections, dance, outdoor theatre, new writing, Shakespeare, as well as working with young people and community groups and workshop leading and devising.
Mila has also devised and led design based workshops ranging from primary schools to adult groups, including work for the National Theatre, Almeida, London Bubble, Hampstead Theatre, All Change, Kazzum and the Young Vic. She also regularly designs and teaches at East 15 Acting School.
JEMIMA WILSON – Young Ambassador
I grew up on a farm in the middle of nowhere so when I first visited the British Museum and V&A aged 15 I was blown away! I studied Culture, Criticism and Curation at Central Saint Martins where I became interested in women missing from the history of art.