Home of Contemporary Queer Culture
In our many iterations in the last 5 years, Social Convention has always sought to embrace change. From going digital during the pandemic and providing much needed relief for performers and audiences stuck at home, to opening our first venue post lockdown.
Our small creative team has learned and grown so much in the last 18 months based at our home in Canning Town, Newham. We’ve excelled in offering joyful events and delicious drinks, supported first-time and experienced event producers, delivered accessible funding advice, and developed our own creative voice as a company.
As we enter our 6th year we continue to adapt and evolve, we want to prioritise our collaborative work with our creative and communities.Therefore, we have decided to close our venue and prioritise delivering our first programmed season ‘In Transition’ as a resident at Applecart arts, the Good Hotel and other venues across East London. Our mission has always been to queer cultural spaces and to deinstitutionalise the arts; we feel now is a good time to deliver that mission across Newham and in collaboration with other organisations who have similar values.
For the longer term future of Social Convention, we’re working to secure an even better space to deliver our mission and to programme more ambitious projects. This move from physical venue to mobile company is not permanent, just a transitional phase for us.
As CEO & Chief Creative Officer, Cimeon is responsible for both creative direction and business strategy at Social Convention. He works with partner organisations and resident creatives to develop new projects across music, cabaret, nightlife and performance that excite audiences and are financially sustainable.
Cimeon originally trained as a composer and music technologist (Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Trinity Laban) where he founded the UK’s first EDM orchestra – performing with international DJs Swedish House Mafia and Goldie. As one third of composers’ collective Brainer he created work on the boundaries of music, poetry and theatre. Brainer were Artists-in-Residence at the Borealis Festival (2011-2013, Bergen, Norway).
Cimeon’s work in arts policy and cultural management includes delivering the Cultural Olympiad in the London Borough of Lewisham, managing various arts grant-giving schemes and producing numerous arts and community festivals. As Chief Product Officer at The Audience Agency he built Audience Finder – a groundbreaking marketing and business intelligence tool aggregating audience data from across the UK. Cimeon holds a postgraduate certificate in Creative Commerce (Greenwich University) and a masters in Business Innovation (Birkbeck, UoL) – his dissertation focused on digital innovation in the performing arts.
After completing a BA in Music at Newcastle University, Emma moved to London in 2021 to complete a MA in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy at Goldsmiths University.
After a year building Social Convention with CEO, Cimeon Ellerton-Kay, she is now the resident Creative Producer with a mission to deinstitutionalize the arts by queering cultural spaces.
Also working as a Freelance Creative, Emma is a Graphic designer, Illustrator and Tattoo Artist, represented as Eklectic Studio. Her favourite designs to date include designs for Music magazine Coup De Main, musicians Mathilda Mann & Picture Parlour, as well as clothing brand, Consorta.
Miko is a Queer theatre director, writer and drag artist from Poland, based in London. His practice is based in telling the stories of silenced voices and fostering radical kindness amongst the audiences. He trained at Rose Bruford College and is the Creative Director at Social Convention, a new Queer arts venue in East London, and the Artistic Director of Glitter Theatrical.
Social Convention is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, company no. 11228671