#Battersea Arts Centre have shared videos from three of their 2020 Agents on how they launched their creative social enterprises amidst the challenges of last year. Danielle Honger (22), Dulcie Usher (22), Prince Agyei (24) are all artists in their own right, but they also share a goal to lift up their communities and help them to (re)connect with their own creative expression and identity.
The 2020 Agents pushed ahead and adapted their plans around the COVID restrictions throughout the year. Meeting the spike in need for safe, positive spaces within their own communities, which has been growing for years but visibly worsened since the pandemic.
With Unrestricted LDN, Danielle runs workshops and curates exhibitions and zines to platform unheard voices. Dulcie’s Horizon Retreats focuses on 13-16yr BAME girls at risk of offending, removing them from familiar negative surroundings and influences to experience more of the world and challenge themselves to discover something new. As musician De.ViZION, Prince is recording an album co-created with young artists and people in Wandsworth based on influences and stories from their lives.
Through pioneering programme The Agency, these changemakers build a business in the way that only artists can, supported by Battersea Arts Centre in areas like networking, funding, creative enterprise expertise.