TRINITY: Michael. and Ashley Holmes in conversation

21 Jul 2022


Jerwood Space, 171 Union Street, London, SE1 0LN

Please note: This event has been rescheduled from Thursday 7 July 2022 due to staff illness.

In response to Michael.’s commission cleave to the BLACK for Jerwood/FVU Awards 2022, Michael. invites artist Ashley Holmes who designed the sound for the installation to join him for a conversation.

Michael.’s installation cleave to the BLACK depicts through a moving-image triptych, the continuing legacy of Black male experience. This event will explore the references such as music, text, and spoken word that influenced Michael. in the making of the work, alongside Ashley’s responses, questions and references in reaction to the work.

As part of the event Michael. will lead a short grounding breath exercise at the beginning of the event.


About the Speakers

Michael. is a Black British artist-filmmaker and community worker born and based in London. His work explores the poetics of blackness and being. Michael was formerly known as Michael McLeod and has since dropped his surname due to its historic colonial context.

Ashley Holmes (b. Luton, 1990) is an artist and DJ based in Sheffield.His interdisciplinary practice combines sound, moving image, performance, installation, radio broadcasts and ongoing collaborative projects. Holmes’ recent work is informed by an interest in the value and potential of music as a research methodology that allows us to think relationally within broader social, cultural, and political discourses and reimagine notions of listening, storytelling, collaboration, ownership, place-making and belonging. Ashley currently hosts Tough Matter, a monthly broadcast on NTS Radio, and also facilitates Open Deck – a series of gatherings giving space to collectively listen and hold discursive space around relationships to music, sound and oral histories.



Starting at 7pm, this event will last approximately 90 minutes with the chance to ask questions.

We will screen Michael’s film cleave to the BLACK (35 minutes) at 6:15pm for those who would like to watch it ahead of the event.

Capacity for this free evening screening of the Jerwood/FVU Awards is limited. We welcome walk-ins but encourage visitors to register to attend via Eventbrite, book now.



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This event is free to attend:

Michael., cleave to the BLACK, 2022. (Still). Image courtesy of artist.