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Screen Shot of Beverley's workshop

Beverley Bennett – Simon Says/Dadda Gatherings

Wed 6th October 2021 The Shieldfield Centre

Please join us for a one-off workshop with the artist Beverley Bennett who will be exploring relationships between fathers and daughters.

Beverley Bennett is looking for 8 participants to take part in a project entitled Simon Says/Dadda it is part of an ongoing research project working towards the production of a new artist film of the same name. 

Beverley is looking for women of colour to share stories about their family relationships with men and how living in a patriarchal society effects their day to day.

Further Information

Simon Says/Dadda is a personal essay film exploring relationships between fathers and daughters of colour inspired by Bennetts own experiences. The title comes from a mixture of Bennetts father’s first name and the term in Jamaican dialect (patois) used to describe their grandfather (on their mother’s side). Their stories and those of the women they have worked with will be interwoven throughout the film as it moves from the personal to the universal, capturing experiences of familial relations and patriarchy. 

The film will seek to draw out the connections between personal experience and wider politics, both emotional and analytical, focusing on stories, voices, and bodies under-represented in the art world and wider society. 

This project is in partnership with Grand Union (Birmingham), Metal (Liverpool), LUX (London) and The NewBridge Project (Newcastle).  

For more information about the artist please visit 


Ahead of film shoots in late Spring 2022, the artist would like to house gatherings at the sites of the project partners working with women of colour looking at themes arising from the project. The women taking part in this second gathering will be a mixture of those who they have worked with previously as well as those who have been invited via word of mouth / closed open call. 

Each gathering will focus on a particular theme linked to the film and will run for approximately 1 hour. The minimum age for a participant is 18 and the group will consist of group size 3 – 10 maximum. Each session will be documented and attended by producer Qila Gill, assistant producer Lauren Gee and therapist Gemma Brown.

How to apply to be a participant

Deadline for signing up: Wednesday 29 September 

This open call has been commissioned to specifically support people women of colour based across the North East — you do not need to have any formal arts training or arts practice to be part of this project. We encourage applications from all backgrounds, communities, and industries.

With a limited number of spaces available, participants will be selected on a first come first served basis, so to get involved please email your interest to 

There are also several travel bursaries available for participants to attend this workshop, please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about eligibility or access. Due to the pandemic our phones aren’t always being manned so email is the best way to get in touch.

Please note that this workshop is a closed event and you must apply to participate – see more information above about the project and how to take part.


Event: Wednesday 6 September, 6 - 8pm

This workshop is a closed event and you must apply to participate by Wednesday 29 September (see more information above).

There are a limited number of spaces available, so participants will be selected on a first come first served basis, so to get involved please email your interest to


The Shieldfield Centre, 4-8 Clarence Walk (off Stoddart St), Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 1AL

Accessibility: Our front door is automatic, and on ground level on Stoddard Street. Our public spaces can all be accessed by lift, and there is an accessible toilet on each floor.