About / CV

okcandice (one word, all lowercase) is a writer, artist-curator, archivist and musician between Birmingham and Berlin. They are a Jerwood Arts Curatorial Fellow and Obsidian Foundation Fellow.

Their practice is concerned with uses of text, methodologies of grief through sound and collective performance alongside the production, preservation and maintenance of Black audio/visual archives and libraries. 

okcandice is a co-founding member of the collective poet & prophetess and co-director of the non-profit Bredryn CIC. In 2019, they founded all fruits ripe — an independent series for queer, Black/Global Majority filmmakers. Forthcoming is Portals — a digital archive documenting British West Indian customs in the domestic.

Today, they maintain the digital project okcandice archive, host the experimental broadcast Bedtime Stories on Cashmere Radio and the audio/research series Must Be The Music on Refuge Worldwide.  
okcandice has worked with…
3-hd Festival (Creamcake Berlin), Berlin Art Link, Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham Museums Trust, BIPOC Film Society, British Council Germany, BOM, BOZAR Brussels, Cashmere Radio, Coach, DICE Conference & Festival, Eastside Projects, Film and Vid Umbrella, Frieze, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Hebbel Am Ufer Theatre, Highsnobiety, iniva, Jerwood Arts, Kunstverein Hamburg, Literarisches Colloquium, New Art Exchange, Night School Berlin, Pop-Kultur Festival, Roter Salon/Volksbühne Berlin, Savvy Contemporary, Sleek Mag, Sneakersnstuff Berlin, Soho House Berlin, Soho House Gallery Birmingham, SoMad NYC, Tramlines Festival, Trauma Bar & Kino, Torstraßen Festival et al.

more life / more love / more fruits


2022-23 Blood & Fire: Our Journey Through Vanley Burke’s History, Soho House Gallery (Birmingham) // co-commissioned by Birmingham Museums Trust and The Commonwealth Games
2021 Portals, Eastside Projects (Birmingham) - Exhibiting Artists: Jade Foster, Marlene Smith, Rianna Jade Parker, Vanley Burke
2021 LOOP, Eastside Projects (Birmingham) // co-curated with Eastside Projects & Harold Offeh. Co-commissioned by Eastside Projects and Birmingham International Dance Festival
2021 UP:RISE, International Curators Forum Study Day, BOM (Birmingham) // as part of Baff Akoto’s public art exhibition UP:RISE
2019 Poet & Prophetess: Kingdom Return, F-K Kollektiv (Berlin) // curated for Opashona Ghosh’s solo show Till Kingdom Come
2017 gal-dem x Contemporary &: Creating Spaces for Women of Colour in Digital Media, ifa Gallery (Berlin) // co-curated with Will Fredo

2023 Reframe, Southbank Centre (London)
2022 Dark Advances: ‘Affect Aliens’ & Revolutionary Despair, Motto Books (Berlin)
2021 SUMMER CAMP, Eastside Projects (Birmingham)
2019 Laboratory for Feeling Right, Creamcake: 3hd Festival at Hebbel Am Ufer (Berlin)
2018 sync, psych, self (sic): the self-portrait exhibition, F-K Kollektiv (Berlin)


2023 Offering V6, How Love Moves: Prelude, Gropius Bau (Berlin)
2023 Offering V4, Prompt Corner, La Casa Encendida (Madrid) 
2022 MY BODILY REMAINS, Tai Shani, Fabric (London)
2022 Offering V2, Miserere by Jesse Darling, St James Piccadilly (London)
2022 Tales of the Orisa’s w/ Lekan Babalola, Symphony Hall (Birmingham)
2021 Pop-Kultur Festival (Berlin)
2021 Tramlines Festival (Sheffield)
2020 The R.A.P Party, Afropolitan Festival, BOZAR (Brussels)
2020 The Orator as Non Mythic, Oscar Murillo: Horizontal Darkness In Search of Solidarity finissage, Kunstverein (Hamburg)
2019 The Morning After Love, Manifestos For Queer Futures Festival, Hebbel Am Ufer (Berlin)
2019 The R.A.P Party, B-Side Hip Hop Festival, Birmingham Hippodrome (Birmingham)
2018 Live Writing, Berlin to Lagos: Mobility & Heritage, Gallery Wedding (Berlin)
2018 Poetry Meets Jazz: PARATAXE Symposium III—AfroBerlin, Literarisches Colloquium (Berlin)

2020 Recession Grimace: Jesse Darling & Friends, Klosterruine (Berlin)
2020 Bedtime Stories #3: Candice Nembhard and Lauryn Youden (Hosted by Olamiju Fajemisin - Digital)
2019 Deutsche Antidiskriminierungstage w/ Black Brown Berlin, Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin)
2019 The Blood of a Poet I, Roter Salon/Volksbühne (Berlin)
2019 Poet & Prophetess, Broken Dimanche Press Roundtable, Tropez (Berlin)
2019 Fiction Canteen, Unabhängigen Lesereihen Festival (Nürnberg)
2019 Live Reading, GeoVanna Gonzalez: When We Open Every Window finissage, gr_und project space (Berlin)
2017 A History of Remembering, Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz (Berlin)

2023 Blk Art Group,  Wolverhampton Gallery (Wolverhamton)
2021 UP:RISE, International Curators Forum Study Day, BOM (Birmingham)
2021 Music & Migration, Pop-Kultur Festival (Berlin)
2021 Studio Visit: Will Fredo, Eastside Projects (Birmingham - Digital)
2021 Show and Tea: okcandice, Activation TV x SoMad NYC (New York City - Digital)
2021 Networks of Pride: Creativity, Queerness, and Blackness, New Art Exchange (Nottingham - Digital)
2020 Studio Visit: Harold Offeh, Eastside Projects (Birmingham - Digital)
2020 Residing In The Borderlands, Savvy Contemporary (Berlin - Digital)
2019 Poet & Prophetess: Kingdom Return, F-K Kollektiv (Berlin)
2018 UK/Germany 2018 Friendship Stories: Amanda & Candice, British Council Germany (Berlin)
2018 sync, psych, self (sic): the self-portrait exhibition artists talk, F-K Kollektiv (Berlin)
2017 gal-dem x Contemporary &: Creating Spaces for Women of Colour in Digital Media, ifa Gallery (Berlin)

2021 Portals, Eastside Projects Birmingham
2020 BIPOC Film Society, Oyoun, Berlin
2020 Beijing Queer Film Festival, Beijing
2020 Alvozay Festival, District, Berlin
2020 BIPOC Film Society, Oyoun, Berlin
2020 ALL FRUITS RIPE III, Soho House, Berlin
2019 ALL FRUITS RIPE II, be’kech, Berlin
2019 ALL FRUITS RIPE I, Trauma Bar & Kino, Berlin
2019 Manifestos for Queer Futures Festival, HAU, Berlin
2019 Berlin In*vision - Seminar & Festival
2019 ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival, Berlin - Shortlist for Best Poetry Film
2019 Maverick Women & The Moon w/ Margaret Atwood, Moon Festival, London

WORKSHOPS (Facilitator)
2023 Archiving the Everyday, archive books (Berlin)
2023 Play & Archiving, Wysing Arts Centre (Cambridgeshire)
2021 Imagining Queer Histories, Black Queer Writing Group (digital) - supported by Arts Council England
2021 An Ode to the Ghazal, Pop-Kultur Festival (Berlin)
2021 Poetry & Music, Eastside Projects (Birmingham - Digital)
2020 Sleeping Voices: Awakening The Lost, Night School Berlin x Changing Room (Berlin)
2019 Poet & Prophetess: On Writing and Performance, Altes Finanzamt (Berlin)

2023 REFRAME Residency, Southbank Centre, STEAMhouse, Midlands Art Centre
2023 Adaptations Practice Development Award, Artquest London
2022/23 Jerwood Arts Curatorial Accelerator Fellowship
2021 BEYOND #2 Film Grant, Film and Vid Umbrella

2022 Government Art Collection - CVAN West Midlands

2020 Queer Direct
2020 KAPUT Mag
2020 e-flux
2019 Lit Radio for ULF Festival

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