The Artists’ Call
Workshop with Toni Stuart

Sat 22 July, 11am - 2pm

Rivington Place

London, UK

Event, £5

Award-winning South African poet Toni Stuart will lead a hands-on workshop exploring the call to artistic work.

Why do you feel called to do the work you are doing? How does that calling sustain and inform the work you choose to make and the jobs you say yes or no to?

Whether we paint with oil or light, we write poems or film scripts, sculpt with clay or sound - each artist has an obsession, a desire, an unanswerable question that simultaneously draws us in to the work, and out of ourselves in the quest to answer it.

This question could have many other names: vision, purpose, mission, the dream. All of these things are the various forms that this question can take - but the question itself remains the same. It is the very foundation of our work, it is what drives us and motivates us, and the way in which we answer it, is what distinguishes our work from others. 

In this 3-hour workshop, Stuart will guide participants through an exploratory process towards learning what this question might be for you, in your work as an artist. 

About Toni Stuart

Toni Stuart is a South African poet, performer and spoken word educator. Her work has been published in anthologies, journals and non-fiction books locally and abroad.

Her performances include, a group show at the Paris Autumn Festival 2013 (as part of France South Africa Seasons 2012/2013), poetry installation Here To Listen (London, 2015), poetry & film exhibition From My View with filmmaker Shelley Barry (South Africa, 2013); Stretching Silence with visual artist Firdous Hendricks (South Africa, 2013); sound installation Between Words and Images with curator & visual artist Ernestine White (South Africa, 2013). In 2014 was part of the Scottish Poetry Library’s Commonwealth Poets United exchange.  In 2013 she was named in the Mail and Guardian’s list of 200 inspiring Young South Africans.

She has an MA Writer/Teacher (Distinction) from Goldsmiths, University of London, where she was a 2014/2015 Chevening Scholar. She is one half of international poetry/music duo Gertrude & Jemima with UK poet/drummer Remi Graves. 

Additional Info

Autograph ABP
Rivington Place
London EC2A 3BA

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The main entrance is on the side of the building.

We are located in the heart of Shoreditch, a short walk from Old Street, Liverpool Street and Shoreditch High Street stations.
Buses: 26, 43, 48, 55, 67, 149, 205, 242 and 271

Rivington Place is fully accessible, with step-free access to all areas of the building.