This year, Amanda Holiday has worked with Harts Lane Studios on their ‘Come Dine in Blue’ community arts project. She facilitated art and poetry workshops with members of Be Seen Be Heard – collective of young black creatives in Lewisham.
As part of the project, Holiday was commissioned to write a hybrid text ‘Blue Bloodlines’ for the accompanying publication due later this year. Blue Bloodlines uses poetry, autobiography and reportage to trace blue bloodlines, royalty and migration.
Under The Bridge
‘Under The Bridge’ is a new public art project of Southwark Council and Black Blossoms School of Art and Culture. Amanda Holiday worked alongside photographer Bernice Mulenga with Year 4 pupils at Kender Primary School to facilitate creative responses to Southwark's food action plan. Children created food poems, took photographs and created collages which have been collated for display on billboards ‘under the bridge’ on the Old Kent Road.
As part of the project, Black Blossoms also commissioned both artists to create a piece of new work. Holiday’s poem ‘The Day it Rained Peas’ is now on display on one of the billboards.
Story of Me
Since October 2021, Amanda Holiday has been engaged as part of Mercury Theatre & Ministry of Stories' Paul Hamlyn Foundation supported two-year teacher development project finding ways of using storytelling to diversify the curriculum in primary schools in Barking and Dagenham.