Two people make shapes with their bodies, connected by colourful lines

Groundwerk: Reconnecting Through Making Together

As Covid restrictions loosen in the UK and irl connections become possible, can we find creative ways to embrace and explore this shift?

At Park Hill Park, Croydon (meeting location sent in advance of the session)

As Covid restrictions loosen in the UK and irl connections become possible, can we find creative ways to embrace and explore this shift?

In this outdoor workshop, join The Viral Papers in responding creatively to the theme of opening up. Drawing on the inspiration of events such as animals emerging from hibernation or homemakers embarking on spring cleans, the workshop will be playfully based around a series of games and activities to help us reflect on and document the year that has just been, and to celebrate our collective re-emergence. Expect time-capsules, turning the inside out, cardboard boxes, sketching, a game of Consequences, and more!

Please bring along something that has accompanied you through this past year, to be used as a starting point for our reflections together. This could be an object, phrase, scrap of paper, book, or something else…

This workshop is free to attend and open to all but booking is necessary, as spaces are limited. This workshop will take place outdoors in Park Hill Park, Croydon. Further information on meeting location will be sent in advance of the session. All activities will take social distancing and Covid-safe practices into account. If you have any access needs that you would like to discuss with us in advance of the session, please get in touch: holly@turf-projects.com

Groundwerk is a monthly series of free practical workshops for artists and creatives wishing to gain the skills to support their practice. This workshop is supported by Arts Council England.

// ABOUT THE VIRAL PAPERS

The Viral Papers was set up in spring 2020 as a creative response to the restrictions of the pandemic by two friends, Anna and Julia Lasica. Since then, it has evolved into a multimedia project exploring community and the ways in which we form connections with one another. Looking to the past, to the present, and particularly at artistic practice, the Viral Papers aims to interrogate the ways in which community is formed, and foster a sense of togetherness through art.

Julia Lasica is a writer, editor, teacher, and artist based in London. She graduated from the University of Cambridge with a BA in English in spring 2020 – during her time at university, Julia was interested in exploring practices of documentation, the materiality of writing, and stained glass windows. Since then, Julia has continued exploring these themes through her role as co-founder of the Viral Papers, and as editorial assistant at the independent magazine, Friends on the Shelf.

Anna Curzon Price is an artist based in London. Her work is about questioning the way in which value is given to ‘Stuff’ and is motivated by a desire to challenge the way in which our society relates to the material world. She is currently making a body of work investigating objects found in Poundland through painting, print and performance. Anna graduated from the University of Cambridge with a BA in Social Anthropology in 2020 and is currently doing an art foundation course at Kingston. She wants to develop an artistic practice which turns an anthropological gaze onto our own society and helps to build new sorts of community through creating together. She co-founded the Viral Papers with Julia.

Images courtesy of The Viral Papers

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