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  • Fusion Artist Network

    PROJECT Fusion Artist Network Fusion Artist Network Through this project we aim to provide a platform for artists, help them connect with potential partners and share opportunities that can take them to the next level. The Fusion Artist Network came about as a lived experience of MOAKWO’s founder Laura Nyahuye. The question that often came up was; Why should Art or creative practice be accessible to a few? And so was born the Fusion Artist Network Project. A Networking group made up by Artists and for the Artists. To promote themselves, their work and find avenues and support through like-minded individuals. Through an invite only Whatsapp group, participants are encouraged to share anything they come across that can help their projects or help other artists find new projects and work. Project Gallery Previous Project Next Project ​ Participate in this Programme ​ REGISTER INTEREST Are you an artist or someone based in Coventry, West Midlands, wanting to get involved in the creative industry. to join the project register your interest here. ​ Partner with us Are you looking for new talent in various art forms and disciples? Do you have an event or a programme that can benefit artists especially from the marginalised and minority background. To know more, register your interest here. REGISTER INTEREST Donate

  • YXNG & GXFTED

    PROJECT YXNG & GXFTED YXNG & GXFTED A project to give young people a voice to make changes in spaces they don't seem themselves. The Yxng&Gxfted project works with young people aged 11-17 year from migrant and marginalised communities. Through this project these young people are given the opportunity to learn and experience what it means to be an artist, and explore various art practices. This is done through creative workshops and training, the project also participates in wider projects such Black Futures and CVX to name a few. Project Gallery Previous Project Next Project ​ Participate in this Programme ​ REGISTER INTEREST If you would like to be a part of the Yxng & Gxfted Project, register your interest here. ​ Partner with us Are you looking to work with young people aged 11-17 years, then we have some synergy going. To know more, register your interest here. REGISTER INTEREST Donate

  • Young Leadership Programme | Maokwo

    PROGRAMME Young Leadership Through the Young Leadership Programme we aim to enable migrant artists to develop & establish their creative practice and expose them to the creative & cultural industries, creating opportunities and equity. In the words of Cesar A Cruz; ‘Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable’, is a philosophy that deeply resonates with MAOKWO. Therefore, as an organisation we are dedicated to developing young talents from migrant communities and fostering a new generation of young leaders in the arts and our communities. The Young Leadership Programme was born out of our FUSION ARTIST NETWORK project. In the year-long programme, we work with 5-7 young people (aged 18-25) in each cohort. The participants are encouraged to develop their work through training & workshops by industry practitioners. They are also encouraged to network and build their own networks to establish themselves as artists. On the completion of the programme, the Young Leaders exhibit their artworks at a recognised institution, putting them at par with the professional world. Programme Gallery ​ Participate in this Programme If you would like to join the programme as a participant, please send us a statement of interest along with samples of your work. REGISTER INTEREST ​ Partner with us The Young Leadership Programme is expanding itself to different creatives, and if you would like to partner with us, please get in touch. REGISTER INTEREST

  • Projects

    Projects Fusion Artist Network Through this project we aim to provide a platform for artists, help them connect with potential partners and share opportunities that can take them to the next level. Read More Girl on Fire To help women navigate their lives consciously and provide them with encouragement, and well being support. And also offer a platform for networking and opportunities. Read More Mbereko The Mbereko project aims to support sanctuary seeking women and the everyday challenges they face. To stand with them in solidarity and help them in every possible way. Read More YXNG & GXFTED A project to give young people a voice to make changes in spaces they don't seem themselves. Read More

  • About | Maokwo

    Our Story Our Story Make (MA-O-K-WO) is a Shona word (a native language from Zimbabwe) that translates to Hands. Physically and metaphorically speaking, our hands play a crucial role in our day-to-day lives and enables us to carry out simple and complex tasks. There’s a belief in Zimbabwe; that when a child is born, they come with clenched fists because they hold on to their gifts. However, their palms open up as they share their talents with the world. At MAOKWO, this is our philosophy and practice; we reach out to sections of society that need hands to hold on to, and we do so by giving them our hand How did MAOKWO come about? ​ Today, we are more global than a local city, region, or country. As people migrate to different places because of political and economic instability or even work opportunities, they bring along; their cultures and identity to their new place of residence. And this brings us to the question; How accepting are we of those who make this land their home? MAOKWO was born of the experiences of its Founder & Creative Director, Laura N Nyahuye, an artist from Zimbabwe who came to the United Kingdom in 2002. She acknowledges coming face to face with labels, like the other, the migrant, the asylum-seeker, the refugee. Laura's experiences got her to question what had happened to humanity? However, it was her faith in God and her art that helped her navigate through the journey. Thus, Maokwo was born with the ambition to bring about the change we wanted to see. And since our inception, we have always been ready to respond creatively to real-life issues and causes. We work primarily in supporting marginalised and minority groups, especially women, children, refugees, asylum seekers, and migrant artists. We do so through our various projects and programmes. Our vehicle to change is Love, Prayer, Peace, and Art. As people of colour, our stories matter. So we take responsibility to create our own. Why Maokwo Why MAOKWO? ​ We see Maokwo as ‘pfuko’ - a traditional clay brewing pot - with the lived experiences of migrants, refugees, asylum seekers, minoritised humans, and artists from migrant backgrounds at the heart of what we do and how we creatively respond. We tackle under-representation, working with clients from all different backgrounds - communities on the margins, women, young people, families - developing a universal language, and ways of being that are inclusive. We tell the stories of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers; develop projects in response to needs and experiences of the artists and communities we work with; provide opportunities for artists from these backgrounds to explore and develop their creativity in an authentic way that is true to their cultures. We share their stories with a wider public as audiences, and provide consultancy for partners we work with. The majority of our advisory board are people with lived experience as first or second generation migrants, refugees and asylum seekers Meet the team Meet the team Laura Nyahuye Artist / Creative Director / CEO Karen Dhlamini Board of Trustee / Well-Being Consultant Lou Sarabadzic Writing Facilitator / Administrator

  • Mbereko

    PROJECT Mbereko Mbereko The Mbereko project aims to support sanctuary seeking women and the everyday challenges they face. To stand with them in solidarity and help them in every possible way. At Maokwo, women's social issues are at the heart of what we do. These come as lived experiences and first hand real life events of women ,migrants, refugees and asylum seekers and artists from migrant backgrounds are the heartbeat of what we do, who we are. And thus Maokwo has created the Mbereko project a space for women seeking refuge, women who have been granted refuge in the United Kingdom, especially in Coventry and the Midlands. Project Gallery Previous Project Next Project ​ Participate in this Programme ​ REGISTER INTEREST Are you a Coventry/midlands based woman seeking sanctuary. Would you like to be counselled or supported in any manner, then register here. ​ Partner with us Is your organisation looking to work towards supporting women and their causes, then through the #GirlonFire Project, there are amazing opportunities to do so, register your interest here. REGISTER INTEREST Donate

  • Girl on Fire

    PROJECT Girl on Fire Girl on Fire To help women navigate their lives consciously and provide them with encouragement, and well being support. And also offer a platform for networking and opportunities. Launched in August 2019, the #GrilonFire Project is a safe space for women from all walks of life, to come together and be themselves. They are encouraged to share not only their hopes and dreams but also their challenges and struggles they encounter in the different roles and settings that make up part of their lived experience as well as aspirations. In 2020 as the world grappled with COVID-19 lockdowns and we were all trying to find our feet with the experience of living through the lockdown. The #GirlonFire Project became a much needed space for women not only across the UK but also the US and Africa. The #GirlonFire sessions are conducted via zoom and/or in-person meetings. Project Gallery Previous Project Next Project ​ Participate in this Programme ​ REGISTER INTEREST Would like to be a part of the #GirlonFire Sessions and experience a safe space where you can be yourself and be encouraged. Then register your interest here ​ Partner with us Is your organisation looking to work towards supporting women and their causes, then through the #GirlonFire Project, there are amazing opportunities to do so, register your interest here. REGISTER INTEREST Donate

  • Home | Maokwo

    WE ARE ARTISTS. INCLUSION. CULTURE. The Projects we undertake at MAOKWO are platforms through which we work with the migrant and marginalised communities. EXPLORE PROJECTS Our Programmes are time bound and result oriented platforms that take our participants from one level to the other. EXPLORE PROGRAMMES At MAOKWO, we offer various workshops to spark creative ingenuity in people, because it is in creativity that lies the answers to most of our problems. LEARN MORE At MAOKWO, our consulting practice's mission is to help individuals, companies and organisations find a visual representation for their brands, events and cultural activities. LEARN MORE

  • What's On | Maokwo

    What's On Projects Projects Girl on Fire LEARN MORE Fusion Artist Network LEARN MORE Mbereko LEARN MORE YXNG & GXFTED LEARN MORE Girl on Fire LEARN MORE Fusion Artist Network LEARN MORE Mbereko LEARN MORE YXNG & GXFTED LEARN MORE Girl on Fire LEARN MORE Fusion Artist Network LEARN MORE Mbereko LEARN MORE YXNG & GXFTED LEARN MORE Girl on Fire LEARN MORE Fusion Artist Network LEARN MORE Mbereko LEARN MORE YXNG & GXFTED LEARN MORE Girl on Fire LEARN MORE Fusion Artist Network LEARN MORE Mbereko LEARN MORE YXNG & GXFTED LEARN MORE Girl on Fire LEARN MORE Fusion Artist Network LEARN MORE Mbereko LEARN MORE YXNG & GXFTED LEARN MORE Girl on Fire LEARN MORE Fusion Artist Network LEARN MORE Mbereko LEARN MORE YXNG & GXFTED LEARN MORE Girl on Fire LEARN MORE Fusion Artist Network LEARN MORE Mbereko LEARN MORE YXNG & GXFTED LEARN MORE Programmes Programmes Writing the Journey A Programme to help women navigate their lives consciously and provide them with encouragement, and well being support. LEARN MORE Young Leadership Programme Enabling migrant artists to develop & establish their creative practice and expose them to the creative & cultural industries. LEARN MORE Workshops & Consulting At MAOKWO, we offer various workshops to spark creative ingenuity in people, because it is in creativity that lies the answers to most of our problems. We conduct workshops in writing, drawing, painting, poems, and other creative art forms. If you would like to engage with us through our current workshop offering or have something specific that you would like us to conduct, click the button below to register your interest. ENQUIRE At MAOKWO, our consulting practice's mission is to help individuals, companies and organisations find a visual representation for their brands, events and cultural activities. Through our knowledge and practice of various art forms we leverage our learnings to deliver solutions that are desired, optimum and effective. If you would like to engage with us through our Consulting offering then click the button below to register your interest. ENQUIRE

  • about-our-team

    Team Members Laura Nyahuye Artist / Creative Director / CEO This is placeholder text. To change this content, double-click on the element and click Change Content. Read More Karen Dhlamini Board of Trustee / Well-Being Consultant This is placeholder text. To change this content, double-click on the element and click Change Content. Read More Lou Sarabadzic Writing Facilitator / Administrator ​ Read More

  • Connect | Maokwo

    Connect Collaborate or Join ​ Collaborate with us At MAOKWO, we believe in the collective power of collaborations as it opens doors to wider corridors and better outcomes. Through our shared knowledge and various experiences we can reach and touch more people, enriching their lives and impact our society at large. If you would like to collaborate with us on any of our existing projects and programmes or would like to reach out to our community through a new project or programme. Then click below to leave us a message REGISTER INTEREST ​ Join a Project or Programme Do you belong to Black, Asian, or Ethinic Minority? Are you a migrant, refugee or someone with an artistic background? Would you like to explore opportunities, networks and platforms that can help you on the personal and professional front? Then click below to register your interest. REGISTER INTEREST Get in touch with Maokwo First Name Last Name Email How can we help you Choose an option arrow&v Your message Submit Thanks for submitting!

  • Writing the Journey | Maokwo

    PROGRAMME Writing the Journey Through the Writing the journey Programme we aim to enable migrant women and young people to tell their stories authentically. As the world gets smaller through migration different people come together occupying a common land, however each person brings with them their individual story and experience of life, woven as Culture and Heritage. At MAOKWO, we endeavour to preserve these stories by giving them a voice and value. The writing the journey programme was born out of our #GIRLONFIRE project. Each year we run the WTJ programme every six months with different cohorts of 5-7 young adults and Women. The participants are taken through training & workshops on writing by industry practitioners. The journey helps them to pen down their authentic stories, which is then turned into a performance by the participant themselves. On the completion of the programme, the participants showcase their performances at popular venues, telling their stories to audiences. Programme Gallery ​ Participate in this Programme If you would like to join the programme as a participant, please send us a statement of interest through our contact form. REGISTER INTEREST ​ Partner with us The participants of WTJ Programme showcase their works through performance and we’re always on the lookout for venues. If you would like to partner with us, please connect with us. REGISTER INTEREST

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