Manifesta is a not-for-profit limited company which develops and delivers media, arts and cultural projects addressing cultural diversity, social exclusion / inclusion and anti-racism.
We devise, develop, produce and manage programmes and projects - using film-making and art forms as mediums for exploring and commenting on key contemporary social issues.
We work in the UK and in Europe, brokering innovative collaborations, and involving carefully selected local partners.
Through our work, we tackle and contribute to current affairs debate - social, artistic, cultural.
We put marginalized voices - including those of old and new migrants - centre stage, online, on television, in conferences and at festivals, so they are heard. We also work with museums, bringing new curators and audiences.
We make a special point of encouraging and promoting youth participation and engagement - training and developing skills, creating intra and inter-generational links and lines of communications/dialogue where there are none or too few.
We offer particular expertise in film and video - and in the last four years, we have produced more than 100 short films, seen in museums and community centres, on European television and online, and at festivals and international conferences. We were nominated by the CRE 2000 Race in the Media Awards, and received 2 UN Alliance of Civilisation Awards in December 2009, and again in November 2011.
Advice and Support
We also provide consultancy services on UK/European initiatives - advice, strategic development and evaluation.
A transnational initiative (London, Paris, Lisbon) designed to enable young people to explore intercultural dialogue - grounded in the specificity of personal and social opportunities, as well as the challenges which arise around new migrations and the making of new communities.
In the summer of 2007, two groups of teenagers from the London Borough of Newham uncovered sites related to historical racism and anti-racism in the West India Docks area of London and expressed their view of this history and heritage by using digital media and their imaginations. Each participant produced a personal short video, or 'postcard', informed by their learning.
Opportunity to be Brilliant
In early 2012, we embarked on a new initiative, aimed at students and recent graduates about to start their professional life. Working with the Chemistry Group, the challenge was to give creative students and recent graduates a first professional experience - to make short films illustrating some Chemistry case studies, responding to a client brief - and win each £1,000 in the proces.
In My Shoes will be an interaction between people and place, centred on heritage, identity, art and culture, offering a variety of perspectives and interpretations of specific locations − personal visions, reminiscences, historical contexts, with dynamic, creative interactions.
The two main museums/heritage teams that will contribute to the project are the Tate-Horizon Art Maps project and the Museum of London in the Docklands.
How museums can draw from perspectives outside of the sector to respond to the riots and shape future programming with young peopleOne year on, here is a short audio slideshow of the event held by the Museum of London and chaired by Manifesta co-founder Colin Prescod - which summarises some of the key points raised by the participants..
A call for creative video proposals invited students and recent graduates to send submit ideas for illustrating a particular case study.
We can announce that the 'Breaking into the Museum' films are permanently anchored within the Galleries of Modern London in the Museum of London, thanks to the use of QR Codes captions which have been added to each exhibit on which the young participants decided to focus in their films. From now on, when looking at the object in question, the public will be encouraged to upload the films, by scanning with their smart phone the QR Code placed alongside the exhibit. See Press Release here