Name: Lucie Barat
What she does: Artistic Director at Little Episodes
Impact: Co-runs an Independent Publishers which promotes art to excluded groups through workshops and acts as a hub for local community
Nominated by: Hannah Davies, One World Action
Little Episodes is an Independent Publisher run by Lucie Barat (Artistic Director) and Michaela Turner (Director of Publishing). Little Episodes aims to; dispel the notion that art is a corporate commodity; give the artistic industries back to the artist and promote the arts as a platform to incite empathy and understanding.
LE is about empowering people and fighting the constraints that exist within the artistic industries and the difficulties faced by people trying to enter them. In particular LE have run various projects and campaigns to raise awareness of Mental Health, for the LGBT community as well as promoting art and literature to urban youths, social inclusion for minority groups, promoting local trade and small businesses.
The spirit of LE is enabling self actualisation through creative means. LE is very much about giving each and every one of its members an equal creative opportunity or pathway. LE unites established talent (Sadie Frost, Melvin Burgess, Nina Antonia, Carl Barat, Adam Ant) with emerging artists and is run by all the members as a community/movement in the face of government cuts.
LE provides a hub for local community and anyone interested in trying their hand at something creative, simply enjoying other people’s work as an audience member or engaging in the day to day running of the venue. LE encourages its members to use the project to give themselves a voice – to raise issues and wage campaigns using art as a medium. LE also operates a mentor scheme between artists, puts on poetry and music nights, art exhibitions, and provides a large book exchange as well as running classes and book clubs.