Writing from History Workshop

In this workshop, participants will be offered a variety of stimuli from different disciplines to get them writing.  Artists Kirsty Smith and Jo Willoughby, and writer Deborah Gearing, have spent the last year in God’s House Tower as part of the residency GHT: A Reincarnation.

You will also share thoughts and discussion around the special responsibilities (or not!) of writing history and consider different ways we can present writing. There will be some working outside (weather permitting!),  so please bring a notebook, pen and rain-wear.  

Suitable for all levels of writing experience.

Kirsty Smith is a visual artist working in video, performance and collage; she has has exhibited nationally and taken part in a number of residencies including God’s House Tower – a reincarnation. Her broad interdisciplinary practice is concerned with the representation of language, process and action. Video works use materials to hand to abstract seemingly familiar movements into a formal language that references our fascination with the screen.

Jo Willoughby is an experimental visual artist using mixed media to make installations and participatory workshops. She was recently awarded a residency at Back Lane West after her involvement in Inland Arts Festival in Redruth, Cornwall. She often works as part of collective Stair/Slide/Space who during August 2017, ran a 3 day participatory project called ‘Conversation Station’ as part of Summer in the Square for John Hansard Gallery. She has taken part in residencies and exhibited widely with spaces such as Newlyn Art Gallery and Folkestone Triennial Fringe. Jo’s practice is centred around the everyday and the clues, signs and fragments of our daily narratives.

Deborah Gearing is a playwright and writer.  She has written for a variety of theatres, and venues big and small, around the UK.  Historical writing includes Between Wind and Water, following Southampton families whose living was tied to the water, and From St Mary Mede to Agincourt, a play commemorating the battle of Agincourt for the Great Hall, Winchester. She is Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of Southampton. Deborah is currently working on a sound installation, a Forest Forge/National Parks Authority commission following a residency in the Observatory at Bucklers Hard as part of the New Forest Arts Festival.


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