Gaylene's new creative venture The Space To Come has launched. TSTC brings together artists, healers and the public to create projects that heal and connect us. The company is an umbrella for a range of commissioned and curated projects. It also features an online gallery and the first commission, Listening to Ourselves, is an interactive audio-visual project designed to ignite a conversation between you and yourself.
In a landmark year, Gaylene served on the EE BAFTA film jury for the Rising Star Award, alongside leading casting directors, culture editors and acting talent Alicia Vikander, Naomi Ackie and Jo Hartley. She also served on the new longlisting jury established to ensure diversity across key award categories. After criticisms of the lack of gender, ethnic, physical ability and regional diversity in previous awards, BAFTA, led by new Chair Krishnendu Majumdar, broadened the membership base and changed the voting process. The result was a more expansive representation of contemporary talent.
25 years ago, post the '92 LA uprisings, Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of Toronto International Film Festival launched Planet Africa, a programme of African diaspora films. In 2000, Gaylene took over the programme for its' final four years. This year, the year BLM went global, Planet Africa would have turned 25. TIFF is hosting a special reunion to reflect on the legacy of Planet Africa and black film and cultural politics now on 13th Sept.
Gaylene will be chatting with author Bernadette Russell at the launch of Bernadette's new book How To Be Hopeful in September 2020. Bernadette is a "compassionate activist" and a treasured friend and has been working to create imaginative toolkits to help us thrive with grace.