Facilitator and education artist
Over the last 15 years, Arji Manuelpillai has been a facilitator and education artist working with people from all walks of life. This includes working in settings including prisons, youth clubs, detention centres, immigration removal centres and hospitals. It has also meant working with all ages and cultures with a practice that is led by words but delves into all creative mediums. This multi-disciplinary approach combines drama, music production and poetry into one exciting, accessible cauldron of creativity.
Arji has an extensive knowledge of music production, as well as a thorough understanding of drama and theatre, this has allowed him to work with theatres including The Young Vic, Hammersmith Lyric, The Roundhouse, Estonia’s National Youth Theatre, The Albany, Lewisham Youth Theatre, York Palace Theatre and many more.
He has also brought music and lyric workshops to Dover, Yarl’s Wood and Harmonsworth Immigration Removal Centres, as well as poetry to many schools and prisons including Wandsworth, Feltham, Leeds secure children's ward and many more. Arjunan has worked freelance for a variety of organisations including Mousetrap Theatre Projects, EEA (Emergency Exit Arts), Rithmik Studios, Heart and Soul, BAC and Apples & Snakes. He is currently associate artist at Kazzum Arts.
For over 10 years Arji has worked with migrant communities both nationally and internationally. Recently he was commissioned to create a podcast series based around the practise of working with migrant communities. Click here to have a listen.
Arji produced and hosted this poetry podcast called Arji's Poetry Pickle Jar. Each week he invites a new poet from across the world into the studio to unpick some of the country's favourite poems.
Recently Arji has worked closely with Abram Wilson Foundation to create activities for children and their families.
Recently, Arji was part of the team to start People's Parlour, a group of over 60's who meet for arts and chat every Thursday in Greenwich
Arji have been an associate artist with Kazzum for over a year. This has meant that he has created and delivered some wonderful projects. This is one of them. Every Wednesday Arji runs Brighter Futures. Their aim is to create media to raise awareness about issues facing refugees and asylum seekers.