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Idol, Jamal Gerald, Transform 19. Image - JMA Photography

Jamal Gerald

Jamal Gerald is an artist based in Leeds. His work is conversational, unapologetic, and provocative with a social message.

He makes the work he wants to see, intending to take up space as a Black queer person. He has created work for poetry slams, films, cafes, parties, and theatres. In 2018, he was awarded the Arts Council England Artists’ International Development Fund to do research in Trinidad and Tobago. He was commissioned by Transform and Theatre in the Mill to make Idol, which premiered at Transform 19. Jamal’s work has also been shown at Kampnagel Hamburg, SPILL Festival of Performance, Leeds Playhouse, Battersea Arts Centre, and the Barbican.

The Live Work Fund will enable Jamal to build on his long-term vision of starting a company that creates opportunities and brave spaces for Black queer artists. Throughout 2021 he will also be researching the Jumbie dance of Montserrat from a contemporary and queer perspective, to resurrect and archive an essential part of Montserratian heritage.

Jamal Gerald