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Monika Akila Richards

"No one is an island, no one lives in this world for themselves" (Monika Akila Richards, Performance Poet, Writer and Teller of Tales)

Akila is also an experienced practitioner - employed and freelance in the arts, cultural and diversity sector combined. Her passion is to empower artists and practitioners that do not neatly fit in a convential way.

She has worked for the Arts Council, Local Authorites, the community and voluntary sector to address gaps and under representation of services to diverse practitioners and communities, by partnership work and collaborations, strategic programming and setting up initiatives.

Akila currently works for Permeate www.permeate.org.uk, a programme that seeks to challenge inequality and conventional thinking in the visual arts by creating meaningful internships and dialogues that will lead to lasting change.