For our third Write Club session we were joined by the London based artist Ruth Beale.
Ruth Beale’s practical writing workshop will explore narrative perspective and present/past tense as a conceptual device. Drawing on her performance ‘Their Constructive Materials’, performed at Eastside Projects in March 2016, the workshop will consider how archival research can be used in writing, to shift from immediate to remote, fact to fiction.
‘Their Constructive Materials’ combines objects and stories to meditate on the political and artistic concerns predicating each of Birmingham’s four successive central libraries, and their physical manifestations within the city’s shifting civic centre, from 1865 to the present day. Participants will carry out a number of exercises before developing a short piece of writing to share with the group.
Ruth Beale considers the evocative relationships between culture, governance, social discourse and representation. Her practice includes drawing, performance, video and the collection and re-presentation of archival materials. She has performed and exhibited at Whitechapel Gallery, London (2015), ICA, London (2015), Turner Contemporary (2013), Basel Kunsthalle (2012), MoMA Ps1 (2014), South London Gallery (2011) and Modern Art Oxford (2014). She is co-founder of Performance as Publishing with Nicole Bachmann, and collaborative practice The Alternative School of Economics with Amy Feneck. She is currently undertaking a major commission with Create London, working with communities in Manor Park, Newham.
To sign up to Write Club please send an expression of interest (250 words max) to firstname.lastname@example.org explaining how you would benefit from the programme and how you could contribute to it.
* Please note that at this early stage Write Club is flexible and open, so you are welcome to come and attend each session you are interested in. Step by step in the course of the future sessions a more stable group of participants will be formed.