Drawing on auto-fiction, haunting and the ways that folk horror has historically expressed the anxieties of the culture in which it was produced, plot building and storytelling will be used in this workshop as form of criticism and of catharsis. Participants don’t need to have a writing practice or any in-depth knowledge of folk horror films to take part.
‘One of the most common folk horror plot devices is an outsider encountering an insular community, whose idiosyncratic and impenetrable customs seem to be rooted in a time long past. Workshop participants will work alone or in small groups to develop storylines, characters and scenes for folk horror films set in the art world. Amongst other things, this could involve arcane traditions, cult leaders, strange objects in possession of magical properties, ideas of centre and periphery and why writing a funding application is a bit like a séance.’
This workshop is part of Shifting Tactics is a series of free workshops programmed by Collective and LUX Scotland in direct response to the last two years of lockdowns. These workshops aim to support artists to move on from this period of cancelled exhibitions, closed workshops and the reduction of the important in-person conversations between artists that would have been formative experiences for early career artists under different circumstances.
Led by artists and aimed at artists who are trying to develop their practices, the workshops aim to create a shared space of care and support. Participants will be encouraged to question and explore conditions that impact the practices of early-career artists in particular. What skills do artists need to navigate and challenge the practical, theoretical, organisational and economic concerns that they face?
Drawing on artists’ experiences, the workshops encourage participants to challenge their thinking around ideas of success; question existing art sector structures and‘opportunities’; challenge their own systems; imagine what alternatives could exist and devise strategies to enact them.
Trigger warnings: clips of folk horror films may be shown.
A small access fund is available for applicants.
Fund for Childcare, Carers & Support Workers
Support towards the cost of childcare, carers or support workers is available on a first come first served basis to support you to attend any of the events within our Shifting Tactics programme. This is a limited fund that we will try to spread across different sessions. We will pay you £15 per 1 hour session.
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.
For this workshop please be in touch by 5 May 2022. We may need to close the fund earlier if it runs out before this date, so please get in touch as soon as you can.
Fund for Travel
Support towards travel to the workshop for applicants based in Scotland is available on a first come first serve basis.
For this workshop please be in touch by 5 May 2022. 2022. We may need to close the fund earlier if it runs out before this date, so please get in touch as soon as you can.
Additional Access Support
Timothea Armour is an artist and writer whose ideal film would be an amalgamation of The Wickerman, Ghost World and A Knight’s Tale. Her previous work includes East Lothian Gothic, a six-part radio play about a group of artists trying to make a folk horror TV series set in East Lothian.