THE PALACE OF THE DOGS
ThePalaceOfTheDogs advocates art to marginalised and under-privileged communities. Redirecting the purpose of art within our society to guide conversations that will empower the voiceless.
We do this by practicing arts activism and supporting creatives that use their craft as a vessel for their activist views; to increase progressive conversation around identity, politics and social issues. We endeavour to be a creative resource for the youth, to both inspire and empower them, challenging the narrative that has been placed upon the inner city youth.
Founder & Editor
Daniel 'Kwabena-James' Bailey
Daniel 'Kwabena' James Bailey is the founder of The Palace of The Dogs. Currently exploring Film Making, Playwriting, photography, Journalism and Creative Writing – he makes his living as a Performer in Theatre.
Originally from Hackney, London; The 'Arts Activist' cares deeply for the issues concerning those whose voices are silenced within British society. He endeavours to advocate the need for those affected by racism and classism to have access to an artistic platform, as a means to express themselves in a safe and healthy environment.
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Activist Using the power of art to dismantle the system and using her influence to inspire and provide opportunities to young people of colour. Introverted spiritualist, music lover, yoga and meditation enthusiast. Somewhere around the millennial age bracket. Gender female.
Creative Artist. Working to dismantle the current and longstanding narrative to give any group other than the standard societal ‘norm’ the chance to thrive and feel represented.
Oil Painter/ Writer/ Actor/ Coffee Lover. Age: Irrelevant Gender: Irrelevant Height: 6’2 Political or Nothing
Creative. Lover. Activist. Raising the vibe of love and creativity in the community, empowering the next generation to understand their gifts, their voice and the power of emotional intelligence through creative outlets. Strings to her bow include playwrite, director, actress, healer, dancer, spoken word and creative life skill facilitator. Older than you think, younger than you feel. An angel from the universe.
The Palace Of The Dogs has been very lucky to have gained support and guidance from their Patrons. Offering a wealth of knowledge that both challenge our activist views and nurtures our future endeavours.
Simon Albury MBE
Simon Albury is Chair of the Campaign for Broadcasting Equality. He was formerly Chief Executive of the Royal Television Society, Chair of the Centre for Investigative Journalism, Chair of the British Screen Advisory Service Committee on Ethnic Minority Employment in Film, Director of the Campaign for Quality Television, board member of Nafsiyat – The Intercultural Therapy Centre, a founder member of the Film Diversity Action Group and was a founder executive director of Meridian Broadcasting. Simon has been engaged in equality activism since the 1960s when he was a volunteer in the US Civil Rights movement.
Solange comes from an impressive family of activists. Born to the late Leonie Urdang (Founder of The Urdang Academy) who fled South Africa in the sixties to London after witnessing apartheid and its injustices. Solange trained at Urdang, went on to have a successful career in commercial dance, theatre and the music industry before going onto study Art and Design. Becoming CEO of The Urdang Academy in 2001, she has since developed it into one of the UK's prolific vocational colleges with an internationally renowned reputation. Solange has spent her career pushing boundaries and building cultural bridges, promoting and developing diversity in professional musical theatre and dance training. As well as being co-founder and co-director of The Black British Theatre Awards, she is the founder of Link Talent agency and is involved in various charity based projects both in the UK and South Africa. Solange is delighted to be a patron of The Palace Of The Dogs.