the:nublk is an award-winning digital platform that celebrates Black creativity and joy through art, conversation and film.
An advocate for creative partnerships, the:nublk has sought to work with likeminded organisations who understand the importance of collaboration.
Created in 2008 by graphic designer Gabrielle A. Smith as a blog to celebrate Black History Month, the the:nublk has grown into a digital creative hub whose definition of Blackness is activated by the content and the context of the creators it features.
An advocate for creative partnerships, the:nublk has sought to work with likeminded platforms and organisations who understand the importance of collaboration including Caribbeing, Island Girls Rock, Parlour, Think Cinematic and We Are Parable.
Now in its thirteenth year, the:nublk has transitioned to producing events and serving as a digital archive highlighting the cultivation of creativity and the bolstering of the voices who help create it.
During its time as a digital publication, the:nublk has profiled the work of over 100 emerging and established creatives including: Sarah Diouf (Tongoro Studio), Andrea Pippins (I Heart My Hair), Akwake Amezi (Freshwater), Ceclie Emeke (Strolling), Andre Leroy Davis (The Source) and furniture designers Yinka Ilori and Nicole Crowder
About the founder
Gabrielle A. Smith is a British-Grenadian multidisciplinary Designer and Cultural Producer.Her work focuses on producing impactful visual approaches about the often overlooked stories, trends and movements led by historically marginalised communities that need more attention in the world-at-large.
Gabrielle’s work as a designer and creator of the:nublk has led to her recognition and participation in events by organisations such as The Royal Society of Arts, Google, Tate Britain, SXSW, Social Media Week, London School of Economics, University of the Arts London.