Creative workshops, collaborations, and other forms of making~together are integral to my projects and processes, expanding concepts and drawing~out ideas, inviting dialogue and new perspectives, and nurturing connection and community.
Whether as lead or co~artist, producer, facilitator or host, I endeavour to create an atmosphere of welcome, care, openness and exploration.
Drawing Connections (2022) was a workshop I designed and led at Attenborough Arts Centre, commissioned by UK New Artists for their Leicester City Takeover. Working with a group of young people from Leicester/shire, we imagined new ways to see the city, printing individual and collective maps on plantable paper.
Participants received a take~home seed bomb activity pack, to plant along their paths and bring renewal to their own neighbourhoods.
Part of my Re~Construction Signs project, Renewal in Paradise (2020) was a sign~making workshop in local park, Paradise Gardens, bringing residents together to make and place their own symbols of hope and healing.
In a later iteration of the project, I collaborated with local translators to create signs in languages spoken by East London communities, commissioned by gal~dem and V&A East for the Olympic Park, Newham.
Part of my artist~residency with Husk Creative Space, I ran a programme of Mending Workshops in the centre's community café. Sessions included a sashiko stitch workshop with textile artist, Zannah Cooper, and a series of 'kintsugi' fixing sessions, repairing broken crockery retrieved from the café, as well as participants' own items.
This programme ran alongside my solo~show, Shards and Seams (2018), expanding on themes of repair and restoration. Fixed cups, plates and teapots were recirculated in the café for the duration of the exhibition.
Husk Creative Nights
Husk Creative Nights was a series of workshops and events I curated for Husk Creative Space, Limehouse.
Led by local artists for local people, the programme ranged from Sylheti poetry with artist and activist Saif Osmani, to experimental mark~making with designer Aga Robak, to collective den~building with musicians Wilderthorn and Sekrit.
Ran in conjunction with Husk's exhibitions and Artist~in~Continuum residency, the programme gave artists space and support to explore new ways of working collaboratively with the local community.
White House Dagenham
As Assistant Curator at the White House, I co~ordinated their New Town Culture programme, supporting artists to collaborate with young people accessing social care services.
I worked with artists on the planning, design and delivery of remote and in~person workshops, as well as a series of new commissions co~created with participants. I facilitated creative activities ranging from poetry and zine~making, gardening and cooking, DJing and podcasting, DIY video gaming and exploring local archives.
In this role, I also supported the White House's wider curatorial programme, as a public space for art and social activity on the Becontree Estate, Dagenham.
“Kirsty is a natural facilitator, her gentle and open demeanour created a safe and inspiring place for our participants, all strangers to each other, to explore new ideas collectively and individually… The workshop was well constructed, the pace well planned and participants were clearly engaged throughout. Kirsty is a pleasure to work with and I look forward to working with her again.”