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Linett Kamala

Associate Lecturer, MA Performance: Design and Practice
Central Saint Martins
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Linett  Kamala


My specialisms are dramaturgy, sound system culture, large scale festival logistics, carnivals of the African diaspora and sonic dynamics on mass gatherings. I would describe myself as an interdisciplinary artist, educator and carnivalist, with extensive experience working with organisations across a broad range of sectors.

I am President of the University of the Arts London Alumni of Colour Association having graduated from UAL in 1991, a Board Director for the Notting Hill Carnival, the second biggest festival on the planet, and Founding Director of Lin Kam Art. Lin Kam Art delivers performance outreach work in mainly educational and community settings, facilitating the therapeutic joy of expression through festival culture. Examples include curating the Uplifting Langa through Reachable Art (ULTRA) Wellbeing Festival in Langa, Cape Town in South Africa, and the ongoing Recipe for a Happy Mind Project for young people in Hanover, Jamaica and across schools in London.

I work across various disciplines including mixed media paintings, street art, DJ soundscapes and performance. My visual artworks are recognised by a signature style expressive hand script, which I refer to as freestyle calligraffiti. My work has been showcased nationally in the UK by Google and has a permanent online presence on Google Arts and Culture.

I have delivered talks, lectures and programmes for various renowned art and educational institutions including the V&A, University of Melbourne, Australia and Boston College, USA.

Statement of practice

Reimagining, collaboration and spontaneity are features of how I like to create.

I’ve trained in the therapeutic and educational application of the Arts and believe festival culture provides an essential space to express ourselves for the benefit of our mental health.

Deeply rooted in community empowerment, my socially engaged practice champions bringing people together in site specific environments and gatherings which foster wellness.

I draw inspiration from my Jamaican heritage, oral histories, carnival culture, academic papers and plants. My main three projects are State of Education, Carnival, a force for healing, and Recipe for a Happy Mind.