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In 2020, we curated In Other Words, a collection of urgent artistic reflections in response to the global pandemic, with our Associate Producer, disabled dance artist and academic Kate Marsh. This first book invited artists to think about the ‘New Normal’ and their hopes and fears for the future as we were thrown into a landscape of change and precarity.

Following numerous lockdowns and continued questions about the future of the arts, we, along with co curators Kate Marsh, artist Harold Offeh and performance maker Xavier de Sousa set out to create a second iteration of In Other Words, asking “How are you now”. 

Kate explains: “It was always important that the book would be a legacy of sorts, documenting what was happening for creatives during this time. We also knew that we didn’t want these voices and experiences to be forgotten as the world moved back to ‘normality’.” This question “How are you now” was intended to make space for the experiences and perceptions of artists re-building their lives and their practice in unchartered territory.

Kate continues: “In Other Words 2 was curated without expectation. We did not want this collection to fix a broken world or even a broken art world. We wanted contributing artists to take up space with their thoughts and experiences of this moment.”

The result for this iteration is a collection of beautiful images and works responding to the question “How are you now”. In Other Words 2 brings together artists working across the performing, literary and visual arts to share their experiences and perceptions. Our hope is that In Other Words 2, will again hold these contributions in all their joy and rage, sameness and difference. Contributors explore longing, gender identity, racism, family bonds, mental health, and ableism amongst many others. 

Participating artists include: Aby Watson, Amy Pennington, Ashleigh Williams, Bryan Giuseppi Rodriguez Cambana, Darren Pritchard, David Sheppeard, Dinis Machado, Dominic Johnson, Emilyn Claid, Estabrak, Fado Bicha, Funmi Adewole, Gabriella Davies, Greg Wohead, Istanbul Queer Art Collective, Jack Ky Tan, Jess Thom, Kat Hawkins, Lynn Lu, Marikiscrycrycry, Monique Jackson, Oozing Gloop, Pankaj Tiwari, Paul Kindersley, Ren Neoh, Ricardo Guimarães, Rieko Whitfield, Robert Softley Gale, Sam Metz, Samra Mayanja, SERAFINE1369, Simone Yasmin, Subira Joy, Sulaiman R. Khan, Symoné, Syowia Kyambi, Tara Fatehi, Tia-Monique Uzor, Toke Broni Strandby, Valerie Asiimwe Amani, Veronica Cordova de la Rosa, Welly O’Brien

Visit our online shop to get your limited edition copy. Price £10 plus postage. An audio described version of the book by the participating artists is also available to download here.

The publication will be taking part in a range of literary events across the country, with a number of the contributing artists discussing their work. To find out more check out our social media channels (@MetalPeterborough).

The Launch of In Other Words 2