4UBU Residencies

We introduce our 4UBU artists in residence and music programmers in residence.

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Where It’s Warm

Where It’s Warm is a platform for good music, curiosity and connection, existing between genres and traversing between timelines. “We’re really looking forward to working with NAE, 4UBU is a great opportunity to experiment with new ideas and share the music we love with our community.

Shekayla Maragh + Lou Robbin

Lou is a multidisciplinary artist, writer and producer, intent on making work that explores the beauty in ritual and mental health. Drawn towards the unconventional, they are particularly interested in performance, artist development, and producing innovative participatory projects and events. Involvements include: Shoreditch Town Hall, The MAIA group co, Venice Biennale, The Marlborough Pub & Theatre, Wellcome Collection.

Shekayla is a cultural producer specialising in live music touring, event and festival production. She has delivered both nationally and internationally for a range of music and arts organisations and was selected as an Innovator for Keychange EU 2020.Shekayla is also the founder of CUBE, a Midlands based music development space which focuses on supporting and nurturing minority music talent across the music industries. CUBE designs space through providing information, industry development, education and mentoring to encourage artistic integrity, creative freedom and promoting sustainable careers in music.

Instagram: @lou_robbin // @shekayla_maragh // @whereitswarm_

Where It’s Warm Manifesto

Music for –
Creation, Rest, Play + Movement.
Music which –
Encourages experimentation
Music as –
Music to –
Activate Curiosity
Music that –
“Damn, that’s my tuneee!”
Music which –
Brings people together
Music that is –
Resonant, Grounding + Healing
Music for Us

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Mac Collins

Mac Collins is an emerging British designer, maker and artist from Nottingham. Collins graduated with a degree in Three-Dimensional Design from Northumbria University, Newcastle, in the summer of 2018. In the years since graduating, Collins has been committed to designing and making narrative-rich and impactful furniture and objects. In this pursuit, Collins focuses on manipulating, yet still celebrating, the inherent beauty of the materials that he works with. Alongside this material driven approach, Collins brings personal and cultural narratives into his work, and deems his practice as a means of exploring his own identity and position within the African Diaspora. As a designer of Jamaican descent, Collins draws on his Caribbean lineage to create artefacts that are often informed by the stories and the charisma of his elders.

Instagram: @maccollins__

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Sofia Yala

Sofia Yala is a visual artist who divides her time between England and Portugal. Yala artwork explores archival material combined with unexpected encounters in life. Her recent series of portraits weaves layers of identity and memory. Yala’s art conveys storytelling bringing in different, times and textures. With previous studies in African Studies and Anthropology, Sofia is currently developing her practice with the MA Film & Photography degree, keeping her work with the photographic medium alongside other formats and compositions. Sofia has a wealth of experience and success and recently won the John E. Wright Prize from Format Festival 2021.

Instagram: @yala.photo.ish

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