Room to Breathe @ The Workshop

Thu, 1st Nov, 2018 to Sun, 28th Jul, 2019
Thurs: 12-8pm, Fri-Sat: 12-6pm

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Open the door, put down your suitcase, take off your coat, let the outside world fade away. This is where it begins. A room that you can start to call a home. A room to breathe.

Room to Breathe is an immersive experience inviting you to discover stories from generations of new arrivals to Britain. Journey through a series of rooms filled with personal narratives and objects that bring to life the struggles, joys, creativity and resilience of living in a new land.

Explore rooms to sleep, eat, create and meet. Make these rooms your own. Open drawers, look through cupboards, settle into an armchair. Contribute your story and make connections to the past and present.

Artists in residence

Room to Breathe will serve as a setting for a series of residencies by migrant artists, who will be invited to use one part of the exhibition space as their studio. Each artist will host a series of workshops during their residency, and works created by all of our artists in residence will be displayed as part of a final group exhibition in summer 2019.

Find out more about our artists in residence (more details and dates to be added soon):

Dima Karout – 1 November–2 December

Dima will be hosting free Meet the Artist sessions throughout her residency every Sunday in November from 3pm–4pm, during which visitors will have the chance to ask a question, answer one, print a bridge and leave a trace in her art studio. No advance booking is required. See the Facebook event pages for more information:

Sunday 4 November, 3pm–4pm
Sunday 11 November, 3pm–4pm
Sunday 18 November, 3pm–4pm
Sunday 25 November, 3pm–4pm

Events and activities

We will also be staging a varied programme of exhibition-related events and activities, from cookery classes to flash performances, storytelling evenings to art and craft workshops.

Saturday 10 November (11am–3pm) Fingerprints woodcut and linocut workshop – by Dima Karout
Wednesday 21 November (6.30pm–9pm) Migrateful – Afghan cookery class with Habib, one of our upcoming artists in residence
Saturday 24 November (11am–3pm) Connect the Dots workshop – by Dima Karout

More details of other events accompanying this exhibition to follow shortly…

6 Nov 2018
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