arts-led community engagement


Artist-led engagement. Lagos,  Nigeria

Susie first visited Lagos, Nigeria with filmmaker Fiona Whitty in 2013, invited by Rhoda Youth Centre to work with the young people creating films with local communities. Susie is now a regular visitor to Lagos where she has been researching and photographing local communities. Susie is developing future projects examining the dissonance between globalization and traditonal culturalism.


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Creekmouth Heritage Project

Humourisk, public art commission, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. The final art work was inspired by local people through an arts-led community engagement process in Thames Ward, Barking. The work was installed in Farr Avenue parade in May 2015.


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Susie Miller Oduniyi, Humourisk Artistic Director led the engagement strategy for the Hackney Olympic Handover celebrations in 2008, creating arts installations and projects to contribute to the Hoxton 1948 Street Party. In 2009 Susie completed the Cultural Leadership Programme, an Arts Council England initiative to provide training and research based development opportunities for cultural leaders. As part of the programme Susie completed a placement as Public Engagement Associate at LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre), developing a model of arts-led community engagement, researched within arts organisations in the UK and Chicago and dissemminated across the UK arts and cultural sector. Susie created the Arts Activists a group of local residents in Barking and Dagenham who designed and delivered a community engagement strategy as part of the LIFT Festival 2009.  Susie went onto to deliver art commissions for the Olympic Delivery Authority as part of London 2012, Sparked series of exhibitions at The View Tube on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for The Legacy List, 2013-2015 and a public art commission for the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham co-created with the community of Thames View Estate in 2015.


New View Arts project

A Humourisk project for young volunteers and children in Barking and Dagenham has recently completed the film 'Creekmouth and the River', funded by Arts Council England, which documents the history of Creekmouth Village a remote village built in 1857 by Lawes Chemical Factory. The Village was located where the River Roding meets the River Thames (Barking Creek), now Creekmouth Open Space. The Village was flooded during the Great Eastern Flood in 1953 and the residents were moved to the newly built Thames View Estate. Local Young Volunteers and children took part in art, film and photography workshops, interviewing past residents of the Village and explored the their local benefits of living by the River.

Catch our film 'Creekmouth and the River' on our Humourisk YouTube channel.