To Be Here With You embraced practices of ritualistic and material processes to create a space of shared knowledge, gentle hospitality and open collectivity. Consisting of five free public workshops each led by an artist, the project sought to embrace connection and gathering for the individual participant and the collective to the natural world around us.
Saturday 22nd April - Gathering with Gail Dickerson
Sunday 23rd April - Activating with Rie Nakajima
Saturday 29th April - Infinitely with Alice May
Sunday 30th April - Tenderly with Rudzani Moleya and Yewande 103
Friday 5th May - Greening with Hannah Lees and May Hands
In partnership with Southwark Park Galleries the project was designed to complement Florence Peakes Factual Actual: Ensamble, reflected in our interests in presence, materiality, and non-hierarchical collaboration. The workshops responded to the site specificity of Southwark Park Galleries by all including a responsive walk through Southwark Park. Followed by a unique guided activity in Southwark Park Galleries’ Salter Space, the workshops ranged from mapmaking, sound-crafting, muraling, dance and sigil making. Each artist was invited to cultivate or respond to an interpretation of ritual, from the sacred of our everyday routines, ancient mythologies, earthly knowledges or pagan beliefs. Ritual as a connecting thread opened a space for individual and communal participatory practices, it implies a sense of intimacy and meaningfulness as well as material activation. The project explored dynamic spaces of learning, crafting and shared thinking referencing discourses around polyphony.
Each workshop aimed to open a pathway for audiences to appreciate the spaces we all inhabit, to rediscover the spiritual aspects of nature and to draw attention to the intimate. For me, the heart of this project has been to create an inclusive, diverse, and accessible learning space for participants. Relating to our groups interest in ideas of living-archives we sought to create ephemeral memory traces by forefronting the participant experience in the workshop format.
Additionally we hoped to create an invitational space for Southwark Park Galleries existing audience which is especially diverse, potentially including park goer’s as well as arts world. All the workshops were open to the public, aiming to be inclusive to casual participants as well as those who had a specific interest in each session’s topic. Attendees also had the choice to re-visit multiple workshops as an additional act of ritual and gathering.
To Be Here With You curated by students from the Royal College of Art MA Curating contemporary Art as a part of 2023 Graduate Projects in Partnership with Southwark Galleries. To Be Here With You was created in collaboration with Alice May, Gail Dickerson, Hannah Lee, May Hands, Rie Nakajima, Rudzani Moleya and Yewande 103.