Venuebfmiff2015 / bringing the unseen to light
“…a genuine centre of excellence that enables opportunities for the education and development of local people in a supportive environment…”
The centre was one of the Mayor of London’s “Mayoral Projects” and was pinpointed by Haringey Council as using culture to celebrate diversity, to improve the quality of life for communities and to transform Tottenham.
Bernie first proposed the idea of creating a flagship venue to promote BAME arts, for arts related training and enterprise in 1994, his aim being to help with the social, economic and physical regeneration of Tottenham. The idea was for the centre to be accessible to all, to provide hi-tech facilities for emerging creative businesses and for the local community to participate and take pride in the centre.
About the Bernie Grant Arts Centre
bfmiff2015 is proud to be hosted at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre (BGAC), Town Hall Approach Road, Tottenham Green, London, N15 4RX. BGAC, designed by David Adjaye (OBE) and opened in 2007, was set up to showcase the best of local, national and international artistic talents. In a pivotal collaboration, bfmiff2015 and BGAC has joined to form a platform which seeks to nurture a film industry and the screening of alternative film. bfmiff2015 forms a strand of such a platform.
Bernie Grant was one of the UK’s first black politicians. He was a councillor in the late 1970s and rose to the position of leader of the council in the mid 1980s and MP for Tottenham in 1987. In 1989, he established the Parliamentary Black Caucus, dedicated to the advancement of opportunities for the UK’s ethnic minority communities.