Approaches to making video | Workshop with Natasha Thembiso Ruwona

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14 November 2022

152 Nethergate Dundee DD1 4DY
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Quite an abstract and blurry image showing an underwater scene (a riverbed with small stones)
Image courtesy Natasha Thembiso Ruwona

Natasha Thembiso Ruwona leads this workshop for artists who would like to learn more about approaches to making in a small group setting.

Participants can expect to learn more about Natasha’s practice and working processes with a particular focus on distilling research material into new writing that shapes final video work.

The workshop will start with the presentation of and introduction to a new sound-based work that Natasha is developing as part of their current research project with Alchemy Film & Arts. This work-in-progress titled what is held (between waters)’ explores and meditates on Britain’s first black school teacher, Tom Jenkins (1797 – 1859), the River Teviot and the migratory patterns of Atlantic salmon.

The workshop will include some group discussion and some short practical activities. Participants will be guided through a mapping exercise, devised by Natasha, which aims to create a map for a potential moving image work. This activity will allow for reflection on how different parts of a creative process (research, development and production) might fit together.

There are 12 places available and the workshop is open to artists working with the moving image based in Scotland who are no longer in full-time education.

This workshop is delivered in collaboration with DCA.


Please email email hidden; JavaScript is required with a short expression of interest (no longer than 200 words) describing why this workshop would be useful for your practice at this time. Please also let us know in which region of Scotland you are based.

We welcome expressions of interest in other formats such as voice notes and video recordings (up to 2 minutes). Expressions of interest must be received by 10am on 10 November 2022.

We will select participants based on who would most benefit from the learning opportunity and those who are interested in learning more about Natasha’s practice. We will consider participants’ location within Scotland, to ensure that the selected group represents artists from different parts of the country. All applicants will be notified about the outcome of their application by email by 5pm on 10 November 2022.


This event will be live captioned and a transcript of the sound-based work will be available for participants. This workshop will take part in the Meeting Room at DCA which is accessible by lift. Accessibility information about the building, including a visual guide to visiting DCA, can be found here.

A small access fund is available to cover participants’ access costs. Once selected, we can discuss access requirements and allocate funds to support participation, based on a first come first served basis. For example, this fund could cover your travel to DCA to attend the workshop.


A fund is available to cover the costs of childcare, carers or support workers to support you to attend this workshop. Once selected, we can discuss access requirements and allocate funds to support participation, based on a first come first served basis.

Then, we will pay you £15 per hour and the money will be paid directly into your bank account (alternative arrangements can be made if required). Please make your own arrangements as we are unable to book childcare, carers or support workers on your behalf. This fund will be made available to participants when they have been selected to take part. At that point, you can let us know how much you would like to be paid and you will be sent an expenses form.


A fund is available to cover the travel costs of a small number of Aberdeen based artists to attend this workshop, through support from Aberdeen City Council’s Creative Funding Programme. Once selected, we can discuss your travel requirements and allocate funds to cover your train travel costs. Travel funds are only available to artists living and working in Aberdeen city council wards or artists who have a studio in Aberdeen city council wards, which are requirements of the Creative Funding Programme.


Natasha Thembiso Ruwona is a Scottish-Zimbabwean artist, researcher, and creative programmer. They are interested in how Afrofuturism and ecology can meet through storytelling and by listening to the landscape. Using water as a method for thinking, Natasha investigates entwinements of Scottish history and Black Geographies via their transatlantic connections. Through their investigations, they are also seeking to understand how healing and improved well-being are impacted when we explore our relationships with our environment.

Live Captions

Transcript of audio work

Access fund available

Fund for childcare, carers and support workers available


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