Skip to main content

Between November 2018 and July 2019 artist Jacob V Joyce and OPAL (Out and Proud African LGBTI), an African Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,Transgender and Intersex, human rights activist charity, developed a number of creative activities exploring issues of isolation, racism, black history, and LGBTI+ struggles and liberation.   

These themes were tackled through t-shirts and collage-making workshops as well as poetry writing sessions with poets Keith Jarrett and PJ Samuels, which went on to form the content of We Exist, a beautifully printed and online publication. In addition Jacob travelled to Trinidad where they extended the same creative process by hosting a series of Black Queer World Building workshops to create a safe space for local LGBTI+ artists.

Throughout the residency Jacob worked closely with project evaluators FOTL (Future of the Left) who were keen to develop a more engaged and supportive way to evaluate socially engaged art projects. You can find out more about their work by signing up to their monthly newsletter.

We Exist - A publication of images and poetry produced by members of OPAL and from the Black Queer World Building workshops run by Jacob V Joyce, Silver Linings TnT and I Am ONE TnT in Trinidad. 

Poetry - Watch a video of poetry readings by participants from the workshops led by Jacob V joyce with writer PJ Samuels and Keith Jarrett.


Jacob V Joyce's illustrations and comics have been featured in international human rights campaigns and the Guardian Newspaper. Jacob's self published books cover a wide variety of issues that aim to disrupt commercial and community spaces by addressing personal and global instances of systemic oppression. Jacob has been artist in residence in youth centers, homeless shelters, day centers for the elderly and more recently Nottingham Contemporary Gallery (September 2017 and July 2018). Having just finished an MA in Art and Politics at Goldsmiths, Jacob is currently in residence at Tate Modern and Tate Britain from September 2018 to July 2019.

Connecting Communities is supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation.