DIY 2020: Rachel Gomme – Resourcing in the Ruins

A workshop for artists who lost projects in 2020, sharing what we have lost, learned and gained, creating mourning rituals and (re)discovering our individual and collective resources.

This DIY is run in partnership with Norwich Arts Centre.

About the workshop

A collaborative workshop for artists who lost projects in 2020. This lab aims to acknowledge the individual losses resulting from a huge structural shift, to make a space for grieving those losses, and to reflect on how we find resources and new possibilities amid the ruins of cherished projects. Following the shock and the day-to-day coping, what resources do we already have, and what can we discover or acquire, that will help us to re-emerge creatively?

Through online group and partner work, and solo work in our own spaces, we will explore resources on many levels, from practical skills to emotional resilience, from ancestral or inherited practices to skills newly acquired, from new relationships to unacknowledged resources in our own bodies. The aim is not just to share specific skills and practices, but to gain a renewed sense of the resources we already hold and our capacity for finding new ones, our own resourcefulness. The final in-person group session will gather the lost fragments to create a collective mourning ritual, and together build a sense of what we do have, as well as what we have lost, that can support us to continue working creatively in our own practice and to develop new ways of living and sharing with others.

Participating artists will receive £100 towards travel and expenses.

Dates and location

Day 1: Remote online group workshop, Sunday 29 November 2020

Day 2: Remote solo activity, provisional date Sunday 13 December 2020

Day 3: In-person group workshop, mid-January 2021 (date TBC, location London, Norwich or elsewhere)

How to apply

To apply follow this link and submit a paragraph describing your practice and the project you had cancelled or curtailed owing to Covid-19, and listing one resource (e.g. a skill, form of support, community, practice etc.) you already had that you have found useful this year; one new resource that you discovered or acquired and one that you think would be helpful to acquire in the future.

Video/audio applications also accepted via WeTransfer to [email protected].

About the artist

Rachel Gomme is an artist and researcher working in live art and installation, with a focus on durational and site-specific performance, one-to-one interactions and participatory walks. Her recent practice centres on organic growth in the city as a model of resilience, and a community of being of which humans are a part. Her major project engaging with street trees through performance was curtailed by lockdown in March. Resources she has found helpful this year include local woodland and making her own oat milk. She would like to get better at resting, and to learn to sign.

For more information please contact [email protected]

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