Education

Creative Leadership - The School for Social Entrepreneurs - 2020-22

MA Filmmaking: Screen Documentary - Goldsmiths, UoL - 2020-21 (Distinction)

 

BA (Hons) Fine Art - Liverpool Hope University - 2015-18 (First Class)


Selected Exhibitions & Screenings

2021

MA Film Screening - Goldsmiths Curzon Cinema, London, UK

 

Fringe of Colour - (Online)

Filmed Up - HOME, Manchester, UK

5 Elements Screening - Bluecoat, Liverpool, UK

IFE NKILI Festival - 
(Online)

 

2020

Screening 12 - NOW-INSTANT LA, US

Without Walls Exhibition - 
Liverpool, UK

PUSH Festival - HOME, Manchester, UK

The Screen Group Exhibition - Winchester School of Art, UK

2019

39 (Solo Show) - OUTPUT Gallery, Liverpool, UK

2018

Black History, Movement & Hair - Tate Exchange, Liverpool, UK

The World Transformed Festival - Baltic Cinema, Liverpool, UK

We Got The Sauce - Drummer Boy Studios, London, UK

Fine Art Degree Show - Liverpool Hope University, UK

Commissions

2022

 

Jerwood x Tetley Commissioned Curator - Leeds, UK

Artist Commission - Treasurers of the British Library Display, London, UK

2021

15k for 15 years - Shoot The Company, London, UK

Welcome to England (BHM) - Manchester Museum, UK

2020

Agudas (Film) - 20 Stories High

100 years of Justice - Magistrates Association



Talks & Workshops

2021

 

Lubaina Himid In Conversation with Amber Akaunu and Sadé Mica - Starr Cinema, Tate Modern, UK 

HerStories // Shelf Life - INIVA, London, UK

Film Workshops - WOW Fest, Liverpool, UK

2020

Making Zines & Community Talk - SEAS Brighton, UK

'Should the North take the knee?' Panel - People's Powerhouse, UK

ROOT-ed Zine Lecture - Kingston University, UK

BFI Film Academy Q&A - Instagram Live

Act 1: Ira, Curiosity & Creative Language - INIVA/Manchester Art Gallery, UK

Zine Not Heard Workshops - Blaze Arts x ROOT-ed Zine, UK

Panel Discussion with Lubaina Himid: Black Women Artists Symposium - UcLan, UK

2019

In Conversation with Travis Alabanza for Homotopia - International Slavery Museum, Liverpool, UK

Black History Art Tour - Lady Lever Art Gallery & Walker Art Gallery, UK

Glossary Review Workshop with Jade Montserrat - Humber Street Gallery, Hull, UK

In Conversation with Michelle Williams Gamaker - Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK

The Watermelon Woman Screening & Discussion - Spirit of Liverpool, Toxteth TV, UK

Press Room with Ciara Phillips - The Human Library, Crosby, UK

2018

Graduate Artists in Conversation - Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, UK



Features/Publications

2021

Black History Month: 5 Black Artists you should know about by Contact Mcr 

Magistrates Association Interview with Amber Akaunu

From Nigeria to Brazil: Responding to Agudas by Amber Akaunu

A reimagining of Relations, a publication by INIVA and Jade Montserrat

2020

A Q&A with Amber Akaunu by a-n

 

Afro Hair Rituals by Bido Lito

My lips belong to no one by BBC Arts

ROOT-ed Zinte Interrview by Made In Bed

Interview with New Creative, Amber Akaunu bu Voice Mag

 

Present Tense, a publication by The Double Negative - Chapter 3: Zine Scene meets Art Scene

2019

 

In Other Words, a publication by METAL and The Live Art Development Agency


Awards

2021

Arts Council Develop Your Creative Practice

2020

 

BAFTA Kirsch Scholarship

 

LCR Culture and Creativity Student Inspiration Award

David Lewis Grant Award

 

2019

Steve Biko Young Achievers Award




      

Amber Akaunu (b.1996) is a Liverpool born Nigerian-German filmmaker working in cinema, art, and tv to document and explore Black culture, identity, and history. Amber is a BAFTA scholar and recent MA film graduate who is currently residing in South London. Her creative practice extends to her role as co-founder and editor of ROOT-ed Zine where she works to support Black, Asian and PoC artists in the North West of England through publishing, workshops, guest lectures, curating, and producing.