Bristol born artist, activist & politician, Cleo Lake has established her reputation as a strong social justice activist and campaigner particularly regarding anti austerity and issues effecting African heritage communities.
Cleo Lake is the former Lord Mayor of Bristol (2018-2019) and was elected as a Councillor for Cotham (2016-2021). During the last five years as a politician, Cleo served as Deputy Green Group Leader, was an MEP Candidate, a Green Party National Deputy Leader Candidate and more recently candidate for Police & Crime Commissioner for Avon & Somerset securing almost 65,000 votes to finish 3rd.
Involved within the arts and culture sector for almost two decades, Cleo’s experience includes being Chair of St Pauls Carnival, Arts and Events Manager for Stapleton Road, Radio producer and presenter on Ujima, and writer in residence at the Arnolfini. She is currently an actress with Sheba Soul Ensemble, Director of international arts organisation Black*Artists On The Move, Choreographer with newly formed Libations Dance Company, is a dance therapist and leads a weekly elders creative dance exercise class ‘Moving Words.’
Cleo is driven by the idea of utilising art and expanded performance to aid civic engagement and to reframe storytelling as a resilience tool to embed cultural knowledge, empathy, understanding and cohesion.