I’m Angie, Hackney dweller, mother of three, believer in the power of art to give kids a leg up in life. In a borough where 41% of kids live in poverty, it cheeses me off that there’s a real disconnect between those who get to benefit from arts participation and those who don’t.

In March 2016, I embarked on a year-long mission to give me and the kids I love a #KickUpTheArts. Over the course of that year, I documented my efforts here, here and here sharing information and tips, hoping to inspire people to get up of their ar(t)ses and make the most of East London’s brilliant cultural scene.

In the past year, I’ve come across inspiring, hard-working, passionate individuals and organisations who are the unsung heroes of this culturally resplendent community of ours. I think it’s time someone thanked them for their efforts, got them some publicity and gave them a good night out, so… I’m teaming up with LoveEast magazine to do just that.

The #Artskickers Awards will recognise and reward individuals and organisations whose hard work, dedication, passion, slog and effort inspires communities to engage in and with the arts in East London.

I’ve got a totally #artskicking team of volunteers organizing the whole shebang with me.

If you’d like to join us, we’d probably find a job for you so please get in touch