Kitchen Conversations

The Nest Collective

30 Jun – 1 Jul

Shipwright, Deptford

Free, open to application

If your work sits at the intersection of the Black experience, or your activism is contributing to conversations in this space and you are interested in attending, please get in touch. Details below.

Providing equitable access to art and culture is central to LIFT’s mission. This performance and other invite-only events taking place during LIFT 2022 are an example of our commitment to engage with diverse and marginalised audiences, and to enable artists to connect deeper and more locally to London than ever before.

Intimate conversations about activism over food.

This is a space requested by Kenyan artists the Nest Collective to meet and interact with those whom identify as Black, BIPOC Londoners who are active in social change. It is a rare opportunity for global majority artists to connect and part of LIFT’s commitment to enabling artists to connect deeper and more locally to London than ever before.

Bringing together London’s feminist, trans, queer and ecological activists, Kitchen Conversations will connect Londoners who identify as Black, African, and African diasporic. The Nest will host a series of salons for improvised, intimate and in-depth conversations, where they’ll explore activism, identity, and create new connections between the African Diaspora and people who live on, and are more connected to, the African continent.`

Kitchen Conversations is presented in partnership with the with London Borough of Culture and supported by SOAS. These are events which prioritise Lewisham residents and SOAS staff and students to come together and discuss activism and Black experience.

We strive to be an inclusive and anti-racist organisation. We are commitment to acknowledging the intersection of people’s lives and believe it is important to create safe spaces for those whom have what may be considered as subcultural beliefs within marginalised communities, to share personal experiences which may cover sensitive topics such as discrimination/abuse free from fear of being judged.

Those whom advocate for others have an important role in society however this event aims to bring together, celebrate and give platform to those who typically have unheard voices in wider society.

We encourage those who identify as Black, African, and African diasporic and have relevant professional work experience or track record of activism to participate. This can be at the intersection of feminist, trans, queer, race and ecological activism.

If you would like to attend this event or know someone who you’d like to nominate for an invite, please contact 



Commissioned by LIFT, Institute for the Creative Arts at the University of Cape Town, the British Council and LIFT Tottenham. Supported by British Council’s Sub-Saharan Africa new Art new Audiences programme, the Goethe-Institut London, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, We Are Lewisham and the Albany. Presented in association with Shipwright.

We Are Lewisham is presented by Lewisham Council and the Albany as part of the Mayor’s London Borough of Culture 2022.

Artwork by Leon Davis (@xtrava.ganza).



Shipwright, one of the few remaining parts of Deptford’s former royal dockyard, is a home and creative space for artists, performers, and audiences from around the globe.