Join us for this new workshop series focusing on the visual arts!
Scottish Black Writers Group is a free writers group facilitated by Titilayo Farukuoye and Jeda Pearl. It is a monthly event open to writers across the UK and Ireland who are Black/from the African diaspora, including people of mixed heritage.
Scottish Black Writers Group is a space to meet, chat, network and talk about the writing life – writers both published and unpublished are welcome to join us.
In these three sessions focusing on the visual arts, we’ll hear from artists working in different mediums, and use their work to inspire our own writing.
16 February: Ashanti Harris
Ashanti Harris is a multi-disciplinary artist, researcher and lecturer in Contemporary Performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Working with dance, performance, facilitation, film, installation and writing, Ashanti’s work disrupts historical narratives and reimagines them from a Caribbean diasporic perspective. As part of her practice, Ashanti co-facilitates the British Art Network research group The Re-Action of Black Performance alongside artist and curator, Sabrina Henry; is co-director of the company Project X – platforming dance of the African and Caribbean diaspora in Scotland; and works collaboratively as part of the collective Glasgow Open Dance School (G.O.D.S) – facilitating experimental movement workshops and research groups. Her recent research projects have explored: Dance of the African and Caribbean Diaspora in Scotland; Guyanese Women in Scotland in the 18th and 19th Centuries; and Oil’ Dorado – exploring relationships of extraction between Scotland and Guyana. Ashanti is currently taking a sabbatical from teaching to undertake a new performance research exploring Caribbean carnival performance aesthetics in a diasporic context.
Recent commissions and exhibitions include: Jerwood Staging Series 2022, Jerwood Arts, London (2022); Bacchana Le We Be Free, University of Dundee Museums, Dundee (2022); Our Stories, David Livingstone Birthplace Museum, Glasgow, (2022); An Archive: The Rehearsal, Edinburgh Art Festival, Edinburgh (2022); Dancing a Peripheral Quadrille, Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, Edinburgh (2022), The Ignorant Art School: Sit-in #2, Cooper Gallery, Dundee (2021/22); An Exercise in Exorcism, GoMA, Glasgow (2021) Opening Night, Timehri Film Festival, Georgetown (2021), JUMBIES, Glasgow International, Glasgow (2021); This Woman’s Work, Third Horizon Film Festival, Miami (2021); Radio Space, Borealis Festival, Bergen (2021); Miraculous Noise, Viborg Kunsthal, Viborg (2021); OHCE, Radiophrenia, 87.9fm (2020); Being Present, OGR, Torino (2020); In The Open, The Common Guild, Glasgow (2020); The Index Impulse, Alchemy Film Festival, Hawick (2020); Pre-Ramble, David Dale, Glasgow (2020); The Skeleton of a Name, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow (2019); Second Site, Civic Room, Glasgow (2019); Walking Through the Shadows Eyes Open, SUBSOLO Laboratório de Arte, Sao Paolo, (2019).
2nd March, 7-9pm
Adebusola Ramsay will join us!
Find out more about her work here: https://adebusolaramsay.com/
April, date TBC
Péju Alatise will join us!
Find out more about her work here: https://www.pejualatise.com/
Titilayo Farukuoye will be joining us. Titilayo is an Austrian-Nigerian writer and organiser based in Glasgow. They strive to dismantle structural oppression and concern themselves with community care and climate justice. Titilayo co-directs SBWN and the Anti-racist Educator, in 2018 they curated Our (In)visible Strengths, an exhibition celebrating Scottish African a. Afro-Caribbean communities. Their poetry featured at Fringe of Colour, 2020 Mixtape, Wrapped Up in This and Edinburgh Multicultural Festival. Media4Change and Future News Worldwide have recognised Titilayo’s journalistic work.
Details to come – watch this space!
Details to come – watch this space!
Before participating in this online event, please note the following:
- Tickets are free or Pay What You Can.
- All events are suitable for people 18+ years.
- Events are hosted online using Zoom (instructions will be sent 2 days before each event or can be accessed via the Eventbrite Online Event page).
- To participate you will need an internet/wi-fi connection, a desktop or mobile device to join by audio and/or video and writing materials/device.
- You may mute your mic/switch off video or take a break at any time.
- All SBWN events will adhere to our Safer Spaces Policy.
- Automatic live captions and transcripts are provided via Otter.ai. Please add your access requirements during registration (for example BSL/in-person captioner) and we’ll do our best to provide.
- For participants on low incomes, we have some bursaries for data (£7) and caregiver/childcare (£30) for online events; plus travel (within Scotland) for in-person events.
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.