Olawale Arts

Producer, Writer, Artist

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Image courtesy of Mark Simmons © 2006 Dry dock SS Great Britain, MAKING WAVES performance

Bristol based playwright, film maker and poet, Ros Martin is also a creative producer, a writer/artist in schools who runs creative workshops for schools and community groups. Her development as a writer/artist has evolved through a process of visioning, creative experimentation and bringing together like minded artists and others on collaborative multi-art-form projects from drawing board to production. Projects are as diverse as: a community radio show: ‘BLACK WOMEN ROCK THE BOAT’ 2005, a multi art-form theatrical production: A WING A PREY A SONG animation & theatre project with community engagement Mike Stuart (animator) 2013 ‘I WITNESS’ 2007, a creative education project: ‘VICTORIAN WORKING LIVES ON BOARD THE SS GREAT BRITAIN’ 2006, a children’s radio drama: ‘PINK MONGOOSE’ 2005 and an educational film resource: ‘BUYING INTO BANANA’S LIBERTY’ 2007 She has also written articles for the Voice Newspaper.

 

Works

In development

WHAT THE EYES DON’T SEE 2015 a Bristol cultural partner commission Brechtian & dogma 95 style stage play enabling exploration of the British colonial regime through fictionalised events in the life of British Nigerian Lagos born actor, Orlando Martins 1885- 1985 the writers great uncle…

ARTIST RESIDENCIES
TAKT BERLIN
climbingwall

Friedrichshain 3months writing & early workshop of WHAT THE EYES DON’T SEE play with English speaking German actors & director David Kantounas

2013 Guest Projects Africa artist E London residency for her A WING A PREY A SONG

EXPERIMENTATION
Theatre, animation & community engagement experimentation under the auspices of international artist Yinka
Shonibare MBE and supported by Arts Council England. www.awingapreyasong.org

‘Brave idea, immersive on site work in progress…. exhilarating’
‘Very vibrant, loved the combined effort that brought music, dance, acting, set and animation together’

Mike Stuart drawing
birds

Noah’s boat bird
paperBird

PRODUCED
Stage plays
RETURN OF THE VANISHING PEASANT
Soho, London, Cambridge Junction. Colchester Mercury(2013)

‘OSMW ‘I WITNESS’ a theatrical tribute. Performance venues: KUMMBA Arts, Cotham School of Performing Arts, British Empire and Commonwealth Museum, (2007)

UNPRODUCED PLAYS

‘GRACE’S NIGHT OFF’ (short-listed for the Alfred Fagon Award 2002) both plays received rehearsed readings in the Bristol Old Vic Studio(2001)& (2003).
‘THE HOMECOMING’ (2001),

LET’S JUST CALL THIS AN ADVENTURE 2009
SHANTYTOWN LOVE 2011
MOONHEAVEN 2011

Stage Plays/ Awards
Alfred Fagon Award shortlist for: LOOKING OUR FOR GRACE (2002), MOONHEAVEN (2010) and SHANTYTOWN LOVE (2011)
MOONHEAVEN Alfred Fagon Special Commendation Award. National Theatre studio workshop.
MOONHEAVEN Longlisted for the Bruntwood Prize for playwriting in 2013 MOONHEAVEN. Recipient of Jerwood Arvon mentoring programme for play writing under tutelage of Rebecca Lenkiewicz in 2010.

Radio Work
Community Radio broadcast ‘BLACK WOMEN ROCK THE BOAT,’ (2005) a topical women’s discussion presented and produced by Black Women Writers group.

Radio plays ‘PINK MONGOOSE’ a community radio childrens’ drama (2004) co produced with Commonwealth FM.

STORMING’ a 20 min radio drama commissioned by BBC Radio Bristol Roots Project (2006) and recorded live at Bristol Old Vic studio.

SHORT FILMS commissions

‘UNSUNG NO MORE…’ (2005) a directional debut short (15mins) celebrating African Caribbean history’s heroes and sheroes struggles with reference to Bristol. The film was shot in Bristol with the assistance of pupils at St Barnabas School. Commissioned by South West Screen/ Kuumba).
‘Inspiring’
‘Moving’
Screened at Watershed 2005
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BUYING INTO BANANA’S LIBERTY (2007) a 2min short commissioned by Firstborn for BREAKING CHAINS Bi centenary exhibition at British Empire and Commonwealth Museum.
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EXHIBITIONS
Pierian centre 2007
Video installations BUYING INTO BANANAS LIBERTY
Barbados 20
Images of Ros Martin’s Work
(1) HamburgVending Machine project 2012

PERFORMANCES

As a member of Bristol Black Writers Group from 1999-2004 Ros has performed regularly at KUUMBA for Carnival and during Black History month. She has also performed for PAX Productions, Bristol Zimbabwean Association, Pierian Centre, Our History, Our Heritage. WHAT THE EYES DON’T SEE Berlin poetry reading 2015

Bristol Poetry Festival Arnolfini 2010 COAL OIL LAND ME AND TREES spoken word and music performance with musician Alphonse Daudet Touna and Fidelis Mherembi.
100 Days of Climate Change Arnolfini 2009
African Writers Abroad and Platform ‘Remember Saro Wiwa’
Performance with kora player Moussa Kouyate

Bristol Black Womens Writers Group and VIVIDA ( Asian Women’s Writing Group) collaboration for International Women’s Day. A ‘BREATHING FIRE’ performance event 8/3/05 took place at the Empire and Commonwealth Museum. Creative work: ‘I WONDER’ was inspired by the museum exhibits.
OSMW MAKING WAVES

PERFORMANCES (2006) in the dry dock of the SS Great Britain ship. Creative work ‘The Conjuror’s Tale’.
MA HELBA means ‘transformation’: an exploration of Bristol’s history and landscape; a live poetry performance event with a backdrop of moving image, live music and poetry from Roxanna Freeman and Ros Martin. Music by Alphonse Daudet Touna.
Reading in WHAT THE EYES DON’T SEE Takt Berlin artist residency

CAN ANYONE REMEMBER? 2009 Arnolfini
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnvO6_VwuUM scroll to bottom of page for film
BUYING INTO BANANA’S LIBERTY 2005
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jh5ZJYjuxqk&feature=youtu.be
BREATHING INTO YOU A FREER BEING
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdY4OT3mAA8

STREET PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT

Regularly undertakes street chalking events to mark International Womens Day , International Workers Day & Emancipation Day (new). The aim is to create a spectacle underfoot, get passserbys to relate their own personal & local concerns in chalk & relate to global issues, past and present. International Womens Day 2015 was marked in this way in Kreuz burg, Berlin 2015
speakmind
(M shed 8 March 2014)

collage
May 1st 2014

Founder member/ lead artist member of professional artists’ association of ‘Our Stories Make Waves’(OSMW) (2005): artists of African diaspora heritage, who collaboratively develop projects for performance, exhibition and education.

http://www.brunel200.com/legacy/bristol_arts_projects/our_stories.htm
She is also Founding member of Bristol Black Women’s Writing Group 2002-2—4. Owner of Our History, Our Heritage(2002 onwards) OHOH producing, developing and promoting educational resources and workshops in African Caribbean history and heritage. She has also been a member of Bristol Black Writers from 1998 -2004, KUMMBA mgt committee and KUUMBA’s Afrikan History month committee from 2002-2004.
FOR CHILDREN

See OHOH workshops
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CONSULTANCY

Cute/ BATH COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP SRB BID development 2001 Assessing needs of Bath’s Black and minority ethnic groups Jan- March 2001
PANEL MEMBER FOR AFRICAN’s in ONE: ‘The COLSTON DEBATE British Empire and Commonwealth Museum Passenger Shed 12/10/08.

ARTICLES

Martin. R ‘Taking the Colston Out of the Hall’ Voice Newspaper 11/6/07
Martin, R ‘ Lion Hart at 90’, No Small contribution to Caribbean history. Voice Newspaper 25/6/07
Unpublished: Curiously Looking through the Looking Glass 2013

BOOKS

MARTIN. R and WHITEHEAD. C Speaking Up for Health HEA 1992 ISBN 185448 463X
She has also work published in anthologies

No Condition is Permanent
19 poets on Climate change and justice (anthology)
Publisher Platform 2010 ISBN 978-0-9567365-0-5

The Reality is…….The Bristol Black Writers Anthology
First published 1999 ISBN 0953613801
Publishers the Bristol Black Writers Group

Marginalia Jerwood Arvon mentoring scheme Anthology vol 2
Published by the Arvon Foundation 2011
ISBN 978-0-9543422-7-2