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.
Tate Modern, Beyond Boundaries
I was invited by Tate Modern to participate in Beyond Boundaries in the capacity of an artist mentor. Beyond Boundaries invited five young and emerging artists to create a site-specific work in and around the Tate Modern area. Central to these responses is helping their audiences to (re)connect with the world, art and their galleries through encountering art in public spaces.
The programme was led curatorially by Tate London’s Young People’s Programmes with support from Tate Collective and in collaboration with Better Bankside to encourage people to see spaces in new ways with fun and joy as a core element.
The mentoring space was a nurturing and safe space. It was artist-led and the process started with the artists responding to the brief and then expressing what it is that they are trying to say, achieve. It was a space to also share the things that they are struggling with. From here assigned mentors and the group offered support and guidance to help the mentees find resolutions. I mentored Ornella Ospina aka Blk Moody Boi. Mentoring took place via zoom, whats app and email and actually worked really well and really showed what was capable despite our inability to engage face to face. All the artists have grew so much in their work and expressed that they have also grown in confidence and opened them to the myriad of possibilities outside of their current ways of working.