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Essex Writers House & Emerging Writers Festival : Home As Archive
This year Essex Writers’ House is delighted to be collaborating with Emerging Writers’ Festival, Australia.
The Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) is one of Australia’s most established and well-respected literary festivals developing, nurturing and promoting Australia’s new writing talent, creating platforms for connecting writing communities and their audiences.
Five writers working in Essex and five writers from Australia perform dramatic readings about the wonderfully complex world we live in, and explore the notion of ‘home as archive’. Each writer dives into their personal archive with their own words, uncovering histories and artefacts not mentioned in traditional history books.
Essex Writers :
Delaine Le Bas
Blown Fuse Theatre Company : Michelle Barrington & Eleanore Frances
Metal New Artist Network: Assembling a website with Laura Trevail
Top tips on assembling your first artist website from artist Laura Trevail.
Thanks to our guest speaker Laura Trevail.
Metal New Artist Network : Project Management with 12ø Collective
Top tips on managing projects from Kelly, Lou and Eva of 12ø Collective.
Thanks to our guest speakers from 12ø.
Metal New Artist Network : Planning And Working Collaboratively With People with Xavier de Sousa
How to plan a project and work collaboratively with people.
Top tips on developing and working with communities.
Thanks to our guest speaker, Xavier de Sousa.
Erotic Dance for Self – Rowena Gander
Erotic Dance for Self is a short screen dance about identity and sexuality in relation to sensual dance. Lesbian sexuality resists male gaze and objectification, and these themes are often stigmatised in erotic dance. Rowena’s dance counters the traditional aesthetic of erotic movement, showing us that it can exist in different forms and in spaces outside of strip clubs. The rest is up to you to interpret.
Erotic Dance for Self, online IGTV sharing, 30th January 2021, 1pm GMT
Join Rowena in her IGTV entitled ‘Erotic Dance for Self’. In this video which will be shared on Metal Liverpool’s Instagram account, you will see her work in progress, with a discussion about Rowena’s movement process, the origins of erotic dance, why it is so stigmatised and how that stigma can be reframed through lesbian solo process and subversion of gaze.
Rowena will be answering any questions in the comments section between 1pm-1.30pm, so be sure to leave a comment if you want to connect.
Erotic Dance for Self, Online Movement Workshop, 6th February 2021, 11am, GMT, Zoom. Ages 18+
This workshop will take place via Zoom, in a safe and welcoming space that is open to all womxn and to individuals who identify as non-binary. We’ll start with a warm up and a short movement sequence with elements of erotic dance to encourage a deeper bodily connection. The workshop is suitable for all, welcoming beginners to experienced dancers. We’ll also talk about our experiences of the movement, power, sexuality, and self-expression.
Please book in advance and wear loose clothing that can be easily shifted around the body. The workshop is suitable for small home spaces.
Art Class by Andrea Luka Zimmerman
Art Class (2020, 49mins)
By Andrea Luka Zimmerman
Art Class is a filmed performance lecture playing on, and exploring, the perennial tension between the two key words in its title. It uses the tropes of scholarly presentation and personal confession alongside extracts from the artist’s work, guest interventions, martial arts and meditation exercises and evidentiary found material.
The sequence tests the limits of access that working-class artists have to cultural production and to the relevant institutions circulating these outcomes. Alternately playful and provocative, serious and satirical, Art Class favors wit over weaponizing and reflection over rhetoric but does not pull its punches when it comes to the real obstructions to working class creative progress, or to the strategies necessary to overcome such outmoded hindrances.
Available to stream until 18 December
Metal New Artist Network : If You Can’t Plug Yourself…with Tammy Reynolds
If You Can’t Plug Yourself, How In The Hell You Gonna Plug Somebody Else?
Top tips on approaching arts organisations and seeking opportunities from Tammy Reynolds.
Warning : Contains strong language
Thanks to our guest speaker, Tammy Reynolds aka Midgitte Bardot.
Metal New Artist Network : Getting Paid with Emma Edmondson
Top tips on getting paid fairly and finding support as an artist from Emma Edmondson
Voices for Change – A Community Conversation
As part of our Remote Residencies programme, our team in Southend have been working with Southend for Black Lives Matter.
This group emerged in response to the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, mobilising to bring together our local community to make a stand against racism through socially distant protests, vigils and performances which encourage discussion and education.
Here you can watch Voices for Change – a short film which discusses racism through a combination of interview and performances.
Made in partnership with SACSA (Southend Art Collective for Social Change), with support from Metal Southend, Focal Point Gallery and filmmakers Gabrielle Milanese and Paul Bates.
Metal New Artist Network : Getting Paid with Kei Maye
Top tips on how to make money as an artist or designer from Kei Maye.
Metal New Artist Network : What 2 Do Online with Travis Alabanza
5 top tips on creating an online presence as an artist, from Travis Alabanza.
Click the ‘CC’ at the bottom of this video for subtitles.
Thanks to our guest speaker, Travis Alabanza.
Caretakers: Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery – Gum
The Caretakers invites you inside 6 UK museums in the last month of lockdown. Your hosts are those who have been caring for the collections in our absence- security and buildings teams. They’ve spent time making audio recordings of themselves talking while alone during their shifts. Artist Eloise Moody has been working closely with them to create the audio, shaping it into the series which you can now hear.
The final recording in this series is from Gum at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.