For one day only, these four performance artists will be joining Joe Williams on the Leeds Black History Walk. They will be providing a creative response to a section of the walk that inspires them.Find out more about who they are: 

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Jamal Gerald

Jamal Gerald is an artist based in Leeds. His work is conversational, socially conscious, a celebration of individuality and focuses on identity and lived experiences. Jamal makes the type of work that he wants to see, with the aim of taking up space as a Black queer person. He has made work for poetry slams, films, parties, cafes and theatres. He was also a co-deviser and performer for Scottee's critically acclaimed Putting Words in Your Mouth, which premiered at the Roundhouse in November 2016. In 2018, he was awarded Arts Council England's Artists' International Development Fund to do research in Trinidad and Tobago. Jamal's work has also been shown at zKampnagel (Hamburg), SPILL Festival of Performance, Leeds Playhouse, Battersea Arts Centre and the Barbican.

Rheima Robinson

Rheima Robinson, is a poet, producer, and presenter. She is also the founder and creative director of The Sunday Practise (TSP), a creative hub and open event based in Leeds. TSP has toured artist across Florida (USA) and Europe. Rheima has worked as a teaching artist for 10 years, facilitating spoken word workshops throughout Yorkshire and abroad and taught GCSE English for 1 year. As a poet and speaker, Rheima has performed nationally and internationally including venues such as Chicago Theatre and the Nuyorican Cafe and the UK House of Lords.

Asher Jael

Asher Jael is a writer, digital content maker and abolitionist. His work focuses on the intersection between social injustice and community arts. He recently graduated from his MA in Peace Studies at Leeds Beckett where he specialised in the Black British experience between 1968 - 2018. You can contact Asher on

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Leah Francis

Leah Francis is a Co-founder of Speak Woman Speak theatre collective. The Company formed in February 2013, and seeks to highlight hidden voices of diverse women. Some of the work by the company: Loss, Unknown and Soledad & Betto funded by Arts Council England. Performed at Yorkshire Dance and West Yorkshire Playhouse, Slunglow’s The HUB in Leeds, at Fira B Theatre Festival in Palma De Mallorca Spain. Their current piece in development is White Walls, a piece about Mental Health and Black Spirituality. Leah is also a youth theatre practitioner at Freedom Studios. As an actor she has performed for companies such as Red Ladder, Heritage Corner and Chickenshop Shakespeare. She has experience in Directing for companies like Mind the Gap and Tribe Arts.

Leeds Black History Walk: New Responses will take place on Saturday 10th October at 11am and 2:30pm. 

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