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Member Led Workshops: Vote NOW!

4 to 19 September 2017

This new initiative is designed to build on, and make use of, the skills and interests of ESP members. Following an open call earlier in the summer we received six workshop proposals which all ESP members are now invited to vote on. The democratic peer selected process allows members the opportunity to influence the forthcoming ESP programme.

To cast your vote, here’s what you need to do:
– Read each of the proposals below
– Click on THIS link
– Cast your vote!

Deadline for voting: 19 September

Proposal 1: MAKE YOUR OWN ALL-IN-ONE MARBLED SOAP BAR WITH EMILIE ATKINSON 

Looking at the common everyday ritual of using soap and the common hygienic myths associates with its function the workshop will explore the history and practicalities of soap making. The workshop will begin with an introduction to soap making exploring its historic origins and practical production before moving onto making. During the workshop moulds of all shapes and sizes will be used to create forms before ingredients are weighed, heated, mixed, coloured, scented and set.

Proposal 2: SHAPE SHIFTERS WITH LAURA COOPER

In this performance and drawing based workshop we will use an adapted version of the Goethean Observation Method to study and deeply consider our sensorial relationship to other non-human (and later some human) beings. The workshop will involve plant/animal/people based observation as a practice to hone and extend ones sensory perceptions. This process of attuning might result in subtle gestures, acts or performative responses. We will meet at the Birmingham Wildlife Centre (which has a range of animals and plant life and is set in a large city park not to far from the centre of Birmingham) where we will find our subjects and work through the four-part observation method producing drawings, descriptive responses and physical embodied reactions (movement, actions, emotions) as a result of observing our chosen subject. We will practice the method focusing on three different subjects staring with plant/mineral then animal and lastly human subjects.

Proposal 3: CLAY MEDITATION WITH IAN GILES

Clay Meditation is a participatory workshop that invites you to collectively pause, listen and centre. Taking place in a relaxed environment, each participant is given a small amount of clay to paint each other’s faces with. The clays drying time allows space for meditation. Artist and composer Diana Policarpo will develop a live soundscape to accompany the meditation using found objects. Following the workshop a light meal will be shared allowing time to share approaches that might enable our minds to avoid anxiety and procrastination.

Proposal 4: INFLATABLE ALTER EGOS WITH DOLLY KERSHAW

The workshop will focus on creating inflatable sky dancers using ripstop nylon to dance on the roof of Ugly Duck near London Bridge. The workshop invites participants to consider the limits and uncertainties involved in the engineering and design of the dancer. Over the course of the workshop designs will come to life by sewing, testing and inflating the giant sculptures. Once created the sky dancers will come to life on the London rooftops.

Proposal 5: BASIC TAXIDERMY WITH VICKY RODEN

This one-day workshop will cover the basics of artistic taxidermy. While this is in no way an expert workshop, this will be an opportunity to learn a basic taxidermy method using white mice, stuffed with cotton wool.

The focus is very much on creative taxidermy – each participant will be provided with all the equipment required, together with a variety of bits and pieces to be rather more creative with their creations including doll parts, model pieces, fabric, ornaments and crockery. This said, the option to try to create a more naturalistic piece of work will also be available.

Proposal 6: WHY DO IT? WITH TOM SMITH

This workshop will look at defining the motivations of its participants to make art, the inherent contradictions of making art, and the advantages of being a visual artist over other kinds of creative practitioner. The 1 day workshop will be divided into three sessions:

1. In Seth Price’s book Fuck Seth Price, 5 reasons are given for commercially successful artists to make work. Having read this short extract the group will decide which, if any, of these reasons are not valid and if any new reasons can be added to the list.

2. Tom will present a short overview of Thomas Mann’s Tonio Kröger, how it relates to his concerns over what motivates his practice, and how he believe it describes a fundamental contradiction in all artists work.

3. Each participant will give a 5-10min talk about what motivates them to produce art without discussing what their art is about.