Critics Club is a collaboration with professional art critics Gabrielle de la Puente and Zarina Muhammad (The White Pube), to find a new way for people in Bexley to come together and voice their own opinions about arts and culture in the borough.
Following an open call in June 2021, eight founding members joined the club and took part in six online training sessions with Gabrielle, Zarina and special guests including writer and filmmaker Morgan Quaintance.
These sessions supported the club members to start producing their own reviews, by introducing an approach to criticism based on what you feel about local arts and culture in relation to your own experiences of life, rather than how much you know about it.
All eight members have been commissioned to write two reviews of Three Rivers activity that can be published on our website. Reviews can take any format, for example written, video, podcast or spoken word, and will be paid at a professional rate of £250 per review.
Three Rivers is committed to learning and acting on the honest views expressed by the Critics Club, which we hope will start a public conversation in Bexley about what we are doing well, and more importantly what we could be doing better.
The current Critics Club members are Agnes Otuedon, Dani Tagen, Janice Aribisala, Maria Northwood, Thelma Obirai and Valentina Simion Craciun.
The White Pube is the collaborative identity of Zarina Muhammad and Gabrielle de la Puente through which they write about exhibitions, video games, the arts world and more on www.thewhitepube.co.uk and across social media as @thewhitepube.They are based in London and Liverpool respectively.