Jerwood Creative Fellows 2019

We give emerging artists from Greater Manchester opportunities to go behind the scenes at MIF, shadowing international creative teams and helping develop knowledge and understanding of working across artistic disciplines, at scale and internationally. During MIF19 we worked with six Jerwood Creative Fellows and a cohort of twenty artists through our Creative Lab programme.

MIF19 Jerwood Creative Fellows:
Remi Adefeyisan Rapper & producer – Tree
Nasima Begum Poet, producer & creative practitioner – The Anvil
Naqqash Khalid Writer & director – Studio Créole
Jack Sheen Composer & conductor – Invisible Cities
Caroline Ward Artist working with moving image, design & sound – School of Integration

The six MIF19 Jerwood Creative Fellows are: Remi Adefeyisan, a rapper and producer; Nasima Begum, a poet, producer and creative practitioner; Naqqash Khalid, a writer-director; Jack Sheen, a conductor and composer; Caroline Ward, an artist working across moving image, design and sound; and Yusra Warsama, a performance poet, actor, writer and theatre practitioner. You can read more about each artist below.

Remi Adefeyisan

Remi Adefeyisan is a producer and rapper who has planned, organised and performed at a wide variety of events, theatre, concerts and tours, including at HOME, the Royal Northern College of Music, the University of Salford, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, TEDx and Brouhaha in Liverpool. Previously awarded a Stage One New Producer bursary, an Arts Council England grant, a Made at HOME commission and funding from the Prince’s Trust, he produces work that breaks away from traditional genres, giving space for self-expression and encouraging co-creation.

Remi produces much of his work under the banner of the Truth Be Told theatre company, which he founded in August 2012 and embodies his philosophy of co-creation. He was previously the Creative Producer of the Manchester International Roots Orchestra (MIRO), founded by Community Arts North West (CAN) and the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM).


Nasima Begum

Nasima Begum is a poet, producer and creative practitioner. She is a board member of Young Identity and has been a member of the collective since 2013, and is also currently the Youth Development Lead and Acting Coordinator for the Manchester Bangladeshi Women’s Organisation.

Nasima has worked with Contact, HOME, the Royal Exchange Theatre and The Lowry, and has performed at the BBC’s Contains Strong Language poetry and performance festival, the Hay Festival, MACFEST, Bradford Mela, the Festival of Manchester and, in January 2019, the British Council’s #BritLitBerlin event in Germany. Nasima explores intersectionality and personal experiences within her work.


Naqqash Khalid

Naqqash Khalid is a director from Manchester working across film and live performance. He is presently developing his first feature film with Creative England, BFI, and BBC Films as part of iFeatures 2019 (the UK’s leading development lab for debut feature filmmakers). His latest short film ‘Stock’ was commissioned by Sky Arts, and had its broadcast premiere in Spring 2019, it is available on Sky On-Demand and on Now TV.

Jack Sheen

Jack Sheen is a conductor and composer who, in 2017, was appointed by Sir Mark Elder as the Royal Northern College of Music’s youngest ever Junior Fellow in Conducting.

Described by Tempo magazine as ‘the omnipresent wunderkind of British new music’, Jack is one of the curators of the London Contemporary Music Festival and founder of An assembly, a group dedicated to new music, installation and performance. He has worked with many of the world’s leading composers, including Christian Wolff, Michael Finnissy, Heiner Goebbels, Gerald Barry, Chaya Czernowin, Julian Anderson and Eli Keszler.

His music has been performed by orchestras and ensembles including the London Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic, Aurora Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Apartment House, EXAUDI, Plus-Minus Ensemble and Psappha, and commissioned by organisations such as Opera North, the Aldeburgh Festival and BBC Young Artists Day.


Caroline Ward

Caroline Ward is an artist whose practice works across moving image, design and sound to consider the biopolitics of coexisting with non-human species and matter. Her practice acts as critical explorations into the public imagination as a contested site, informed by architecture, geobiology and technology and focusing on posthuman perspectives. She is co-founder of Squirrel Nation, a studio that was artist-in-residence at the Stuart Hall Library at Iniva (the Institute of International Visual Arts) in London throughout 2018.

Caroline trained in fine art at the University of Brighton and was recently awarded a Masters in Research by the School of Architecture at the Royal College of Art. Her work has been shown at the Wellcome Collection, Abandon Normal Devices, Shuffle Festival and Brighton Digital Festival.


This is the second edition of MIF’s Jerwood Creative Fellowships, which are generously supported by our partners, Jerwood Arts. The Foundation is dedicated to imaginative and responsible revenue funding of the arts, supporting artists to develop and grow at important stages in their careers. The aim of its funding is to allow artists and arts organisations to thrive; to continue to develop their skills, imagination and creativity with integrity. It works with artists across art forms, from dance and theatre to literature, music and the visual arts.