Neequaye Dreph is a university lecturer and former KS3 secondary school Art Teacher, and holds a PGDE, post 16 teaching qualification. He has comprehensive subject knowledge and Is passionate about bringing real life experience into the learning environment. He prides myself on his ability to engage, enthuse and motivate learners.
Dreph has delivered art programs in schools and for the youth service, prison service, youth justice and pupil referral units around the country. He has experience working in SEND and PRU establishments and with young people with mental health difficulties or with medical problems. The young people he has worked with were from all walks of life and often were those considered to be hard to reach. Projects often focused around issues of health, citizenship and community agendas.
Bolton School of the Arts
Two hour Zoom lecture to Creative Practice, Applied and Community Art and Arts Management MA students for their Arts and Cultural Landscape module. This module is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of current social, political and cultural contexts for the arts.
Creative Learning Lab, Southbank Centre
Visual Narration with English Teacher, Sophie Palmer (Greenwich International Academy)
Creative Learning Lab is a Southbank Centre project bringing together artists and teachers to encourage creativity in the classroom. In this lesson myself and Sophie brought together visual arts and core KS3 skills for English and Art. Students explored character from both visual and narrative perspective. They played with creating a character through descriptive language and by the end of the session, created art all over the windows of one of London’s most iconic landmarks.
History, Chemistry and English classes were designed to teach core subjects through the arts and have been created by teacher and artist pairings, to inspire the pupils to Flex your creativity and get inspired to learn in new ways. Other facilitators included Julia Bliss (City Academy Islington), Sara Medina (London Nautical School), Sarah Freestone (Musician), LionHeart (Poet & Presenter) and Eugene Skeef FRSA (Musician and Facilitator) and Alice Chesterman, Southbank Creative Learning Manager (schools).
Favela Sounds Residency, SolNascente, Ceilândia, Brazil
Two week Favela Sounds artists residency based at Awakening Wisdom Association, bringing graffiti artists from all over Brazils’ capital city Brasilia, to teach mural techniques and graffiti to the children from the community of Sol Nascente in neighbouring Ceilândia. Sol Nascente (Rising Sun) is now considered to be the largest favela in South America. Favela Sounds organise an annual music festival held in the heart of Brasilia, and this was their first visual art residency.
I was invited to speak at TEDxTottenham’s 2019 event at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre. The event was themed “The Place We Make”, and aimed to showcase Tottenham as an emerging hub of innovation and as a challenger to the established power centres within London.
Watch the talk HERE
Royal Institute of British Architects
To celebrate Black History Month, Royal Institute of British Architects hosted an evening of talks celebrating and exploring aspects of black culture and experience within architecture and art.
The lineup of speakers for the evening included the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, Elsie Owusu OBE, Thomas Aqualina and Chrissa Amuah, founder of Africa by Design.
Black Blossoms & Shades of Noir Artist Conference @ UAL
Black Blossoms & Shades of Noir Artist Conference for UAL Students and Black Blossoms Artists embarking on their professional futures in the creative and cultural sectors. University of Arts London
University Of Portsmouth
It was an honour to return to my former uni as a visiting lecturer after 21 years. I wouldn’t say that I was the most engaged student but I am forever grateful to one of my lecturers Jackie Batey, who encouraged me to focus on my faces and later bought some pieces from my degree show. I’m happy that I had the opportunity to let her know just how inspiring that was to me and also to share my journey so far. Thanks to Jackie, Ros, Nicola and all the students for receiving me so warmly.
Beyond Boundries, Tate Modern
I was recently invited by Tate to be one of five mentors to mentor five emerging artists. The five artists were tasked with creating large-scale outdoor artworks around the Bankside neighbourhood to help the public reconnect with art, galleries and each other.
Each young creative was invited by TateCollective and Better Bankside to produce a new commission that responds to lockdown, the easing of restrictions and the chance to see people again.
Myself, juliavogl_socialsculpture victorsozaboy layasland and london_artist1 were each paired with one of the young artists, to help guide them through the project, discuss their work and offer advice on the industry.
It has been such a pleasure to get to know and work with such a passionate, conscientious and supportive group of people. For me mentoring isn’t a one way street, and this project has been inspiring and such a fantastic learning experience.