MY WHY

I was lucky enough to join an awesome online performance course called Sunday Skool over the summer of 2021.

One Sunday, after being directed to go on a mindful walk, a peer shared their reflection. They read out several statements, realisations one of which was "I am afraid of people". This statement hung on to some part of me.

Over time, I glimpsed at it and realised that it hung to me because it is also a truth. Something in my mind rejects the word afraid, but I am [...] of people, and long to feel close, this want for closeness and connection is what drives my work. 
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Lydia Newman is a multi-disciplinary artist with a background in directing and creative facilitation. In September 2021, Lydia graduated with a first-class MA in Performance Making from Goldsmiths. Additionally, she participated in Martin O’Briens Sunday Skool and PeARL Laboratory Moscow - London 2020 – 2021.

 

Lydia works with visual art, installation, soundscaping and movement; ultimately, central to these modes of expression are personal narratives that enable her to connect to herself and her viewers with authenticity, gentleness and venerability. 

 

Lydia’s practice is an evident corroboration of her experience in facilitation and innate creativity. Up until this point, she has kept one foot firmly rooted in the charity sector. Currently, Lydia works with London Youth, creating a Mental Health Tool kit for youth workers to aid their work with innercity Black Girls, Lewisham Youth Theatre writing and delivering a programme to train young POC facilitators (all with lived experience of Mental Health) and does Quality Control for Young Urban Arts Foundation. Lydia has remained in this field of work for the last decade, treating creative projects as additions to her work. Lydia Newman has stayed within the charity sector as people, and open dialogue is crucial to her.

Lydia has been prominent in many creative projects over the last seven years.

 

In 2017, she co-directed Extremism as part of NT Connects, performed in Jacksons Lane, The Soho Theatre and The National. After this, Lydia co-direct Van Goth on the Beach, which performed in the Cockpit Theatre as a part of the Camden Fringe Festival of August 2018. 

 

In 2019-2020 Lydia was commissioned to work with the Musician and Producer Labrinth to lend Art direction for his animated film to release his second album, Imagination and The Misfit Kid.

 

Lydia was then commissioned by Collage Arts in January 2021 to create a 10-minute artistic response to the title of A Primal Scream. This televisual performance was used as a stimulus to initiate cross-cultural conversations between POC women in The Gambia, the UK and Brazil. A Primal Scream was also invited to feature in an online exhibition: The Body is My First Mother,  hosted by the online platform Black Discourse.

 

In addition to this, Lydia has creatively facilitated projects for a range of participants in the UK, various African countries, and Indonesia. Working with Age UK, Save the Children, NHS and The South Bank Centre.