Yewande 103 nurture tender,
compassionate, creative encounters.
Our work firstly lives in our bodies. Our form of embodied activism is
responsive. Themes of repair, loss, joy and intimacy define our work. We practice holding multiplicity and intersectionality by staying in creative processes.
Yewande 103 was founded in 2020 by interdisciplinary artist Alexandrina Hemsley. The organisation amplifies Alexandrina’s established creative practice in dance for inclusive, access-led change. Yewande 103 leadership is co-held with producer Nancy May Roberts.
We are one of the UK’s only Black, disabled, neurodiverse, survivor and artist-led dance organisations. We hold an
access-led practice across dance, arts and mental health.
Origin & Ethos
Yewande’ is Alexandrina’s Yoruba middle name. It has been passed down the women in their family from their great-great-grandmother who ran away from slave traders in Nigeria. She hid, survived and lived until she was 103 years old. In Yoruba, Yewande means ‘mother has returned’.