Toni Lewis


Saturday 19th - Saturday 26th November (excluding Sunday) Various Leeds Kirkgate Market

Satellite is the conduit for an expansive curatorial research project which uses evolving creative methodologies to document, archive and celebrate stories, communities and individuals across the Black diaspora, U.K and beyond.

SATELLITE is a public artwork, installation and sculpture but also acts as a pop-up venue, time capsule and hub. Satellite  hosted a curated programme of encounters throughout the festival.

Satellite played host to Hairlooms, a 1-1 participatory performance workshop using storytelling, hair and mourning jewellery techniques to explore death, grief and celebration of life. Satellite hosted events such as‘Do Yu Read Mi?’ and Sable Radio curated a live podcast with Arise Collective exploring platforms for Black female creators in the north.

"There are so many moments and experiences I will treasure during the 10 day festival; the overwhelming generosity of people took part in Hairlooms, the incredible artists on the line-up Arise Creatives and Musufing Whyles and the expertise and stories shared, the vibrancy of Leeds, Kirkgate Market and it’s spirited traders. I’m so glad we got to launch Satellite into existence in such a diverse and magical city. I can’t wait to come back. Oh… if you’ve not yet had a falafel wrap and mint tea from Sweet Saeeda I strongly recommend it!"


Lead Artist & Curator – Toni Lewis 
Project Producers – Toni Lewis & Alice Withers
Assistant Producer – Elle Money & Yasmin Goodison-Braithwaite 
Design Concept – Toni Lewis
Design – Matt Sykes-Hoban, Liza Violet & Sandra Falase 
Technical Design & Construction –  Matt Sykes-Hooban, Tom Woodland & Liza Violet
Digital Marketing & Administrative Assistant – Giulia Cilenti  
Marketing & Communications – Lydia Cottrell, Yasmin Goodison-Braithwaite & Giulia Cilenti
Co-curation – Baile Ali & Sophie Okonkwo
Photography & Videography – Sophie Okonkwo

With special thanks to Demi Nandhra and Karen Bachman 

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