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BLM, Healing & Allyship. Where Are We At?

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Time: 2-4pm


Age: All Ages


Location: In The Artland


Price: £Free

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On Saturday 7 May Jupiter Artland hosts BLM, Healing & Allyship: Where are we at? a public discussion curated by award-winning broadcaster Gemma Cairney. In the eyes and minds of some of Britain’s most innovative thinkers on human rights, activism and allyship, this panel addresses the past, present and future of BLM, what has changed and what still needs to happen. Gemma Cairney is joined by award winning author of The Good Ally Nova Reid, and model, writer and media activist Naomi Shimada and Scotland’s renowned campaigner for racial and gender justice Mukami McCrum MBE.

Following the talk, attendees are welcome to join a Kundalini Yoga session led by Naomi Shimada. Lighthouse Books are curating a selection of books that will be available at their stall before and after the talk.
Tickets for the talk and yoga session are free although advance booking recommended as spaces are limited.

2 to 4pm: Panel Discussion SOLD OUT
Gemma Cairney, Jupiter Artland’s Thinker in Residence 2022
Nova Reid, Author of The Good Ally
Naomi Shimada, Author of Mixed Feelings
Mukami McCrum Chair and founder member of Kenyan Women in Scotland Association (KWISA)
4.30pm Kundalini Yoga in the garden (weather dependent) SOLD OUT

This talk will be BSL interpreted. A subtitled video will be made available to attendees after the talk. The venue for the talk is a less than 3 minutes from Jupiter’s accessible car park across level ground. If you have any questions about access, please contact us at and we will work with you to support you. For full access information on Jupiter Artland, visit

BLM, Healing & Allyship: Where are we at? is part of Jupiter Live, a series of free talks, workshops and public programmes addressing the intersection of art and the most pressing social issues of today. This event is presented in association with the BLM Mural Trail and Lighthouse Books.

Nova Reid is a thought leader, author, TED speaker and curator of courageous conversations.
Often described as a force to be reckoned with, Nova uses her professional background in mental wellbeing to encourage meaningful change from the inside out. Through her impactful advocacy and powerful public speaking, writing and storytelling, she has become renowned as an agent of change, selected as one of Black Magic Network’s Top 100 Black British Women and receiving a Precious Award for Social Impact.

Naomi Shimada is a model, co-author of ‘Mixed Feelings, Exploring the emotional impact of our digital habits’ and the host of the ‘Beauty Fix’ podcast on BBC Sounds. She is currently a Kundalini Yoga teacher in training and launched her newsletter ’Tender Contributions’ in November 2021. Her work attempts to encourage practices of care and tenderness with ourselves and the world around us.

Mukami McCrum is a Kenyan who has lived in Scotland most of her adult life. She previously worked as a teacher in Kenya, as equality officer in local government, as Chief Executive Officer of a racial equality organisation in Central Scotland and finally as policy manager in the Equality Unit of the Scottish Government.

She is currently the chair and founder member of Kenyan Women in Scotland Association (KWISA). She has contributed significantly by serving as a trustee and as a board member on committees and by serving on advisory forums of many local, national and international secular and religious organisations.

If you have additional access requirements, please email prior to the event to let us know.