THE CARGO TEAM
An important part of the project development is gaining the support and advice of other experienced professionals as we develop the exhibition to its full potential. These individuals will provide their specialist experience and expertise throughout the duration of the project.
LAWRENCE HOO - EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Lawrence Hoo is a poet and educator based in Bristol. His work is known for throwing a powerful light onto the overlooked experiences of those living in Bristol’s under supported communities. It also evokes the inspiring, under-celebrated histories which are the inheritance of Bristol’s immigrant communities. After a youth spent in and out of the care system, Lawrence developed an uncompromising poetic voice, and a calling for working with people from disadvantaged backgrounds, whose experiences he had lived himself.
Through his work Lawrence has engaged with disadvantaged children of all age groups in Bristol’s schools as well as within the United Nation’s Habitat programme, the YMCA, Kids Company Academy, and The Bath and NE Somerset Virtual School.
As an independent artist and entrepreneur, Lawrence has continually invested in the Bristol community he was raised in, and over the last two decades Lawrence has forged new connections between parties in the public sector in Bristol and the people who are most overlooked.
Through his own company Inner City Tales, Lawrence has published three poetry collections: Inner City Tales (2006), Hoostory (2011), and CARGO (2019) and exhibited across Bristol including at St Paul’s Kuumba Centre, The Wilder Street Art Gallery, Centrespace Gallery and at The Station. In 2016 Lawrence was invited to be Ujima’s radio’s poet in residence. As a public speaker Lawrence urges social justice in Bristol and agitates for positive change. He is a member of Bristol City Council’s Transatlantic Slave Trade Legacy Steering Group, and the University of Bristol’s Diversity Advisory Board. He has been awarded an MTM Award for services to the Arts in Bristol, and a RISE award for Arts, Community and Entertainment.
CHAZ GOLDING - CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Chaz is a senior creative at the design agency Hello Charlie. He’s a creative, versatile and highly experienced Director with a background in music television live events and visual effects. He has worked across the globe as a creative director on projects for the BBC, MTV, and Red Bull.
He has also directed and collaborated with individuals such as Kanye West, Rita Ora and Yohji Yamamoto. His expert knowledge, boundless creativity, has helped him to translate complex narratives and visually communicate to diverse audiences from all corners of society.
MASSIVE ATTACK - COMPOSERS
Massive Attack are a British musical group formed in 1988 in Bristol, consisting of Robert “3D” Del Naja, Grant “Daddy G” Marshall. Their debut album Blue Lines was released in 1991, with the single “Unfinished Sympathy” reaching the charts and later being voted the 63rd greatest song of all time in a poll by NME. Both "Blue Lines" and "Mezzanine" feature in Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. They have sold over 11 million copies worldwide, and continue to tour and release socially conscious and politically charged content.
Massive Attack will be curating and producing the soundtrack of the CARGO experience and act as audio advisors across the project.
TOM MORRIS - THEATRE DIRECTOR
Tom Morris, OBE is an English theatre director, writer and producer. He was the Artistic Director at BAC (Battersea Arts Centre) from 1995-2004, he has been Associate Director at the National Theatre since 2004 and Artistic Director of Bristol Old Vic since 2009.
His role in CARGO is a narrative as a narrative and creative consultant.
There are elements of live performance that will be captured and transferred onto the medium of holographic projection. Tom is consulting on all elements of performance and dramatic context throughout the project.
PROFESSOR DAVID PUNTER - HISTORIAN
Prof Punter is Fellow of the Institute for Contemporary Scotland, Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, and Fellow of the Royal Society or Arts (RSA). With regard to the RSA, he has been chair of it’s West Region for the past two years.
Professor Punter he has studied extensively Maritime history and post colonial literature. He has also published five small volumes of poetry, and perform poetry regularly in Bristol and beyond. David will oversee the historical exhibition content in CARGO as well as offer other educational support.