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The Foyer | Writing workshop with Rosie Roberts

Part of Learning

27 January 2024
2—4pm

Anatomy Rooms
Marischal College, Shoe Ln, Aberdeen AB10 1AP
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A still image, shot on 16mm film, shows a person's foot pressed against a grey floor and sticking out from under a blue curtain. The person is wearing a black sock.
Rosie Roberts in collaboration with Kirstin Halliday, ‘Trying Notations’, 2023. Image courtesy the artists.

Join artist, writer and editor Rosie Roberts and members of the LUX Scotland team for a writing workshop as part of our Aberdeen programme. The session will take place on Saturday 27 January from 2 – 4pm in the Project Space of Anatomy Rooms.

The Foyer is a workshop which examines entrances both in our own writing and figuratively through the texts of others. The workshop will serve to explore ideas and methods of introduction and immersion.

The opening passage of a text like the opening scene of a film has specific function and form. Like the foyer of a building it is a public gesture – transient, sometimes even, in the end forgotten. In writing it sets up a duration, a scene, some expectations – introducing the subject, laying the groundwork, beginning the thought. Participants will explore the first paragraph, stanza, page, scene, dialogue from a variety of texts and discuss the ways writers make decisions regarding the passage of knowledge to the reader through reveal, feint and intention.

To situate the ideas attendees will engage texts through copying, speaking, reading and collaging. Arriving at any stage in the process, sometimes left till last, beginnings are often knotty, we will ask how much we expect of them, what we want them to do and why? Attendees are encouraged to arrive with a thought at any stage of development, an entire novel or collection or no idea at all.

There are eight workshop places available, open to those with an interest in the role of writing and exploring varied ideas and approaches. We would expect that the group would include participants at an earlier stage in their careers who would value learning new methods and developing their writing in a supported space.

Please note that the workshop is for those who are no longer in full-time education.

This workshop is part of a wider professional development programme by LUX Scotland for early career Aberdeen-based artists and curators. The programme includes workshops, screening and discussion events and is supported by Aberdeen City Council Creative Funding.

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A still image, shot on 16mm film, shows a person’s foot pressed against a grey floor and sticking out from under a blue curtain. The person is wearing a black sock.

Rosie Roberts

Rosie Roberts is an artist, writer and editor living in Glasgow generally working collaboratively through ideas of feminist documentation, time, locality and accessibility. Through iterative artworks she connects people with effect, examining how we come to understand issues that surround and sometimes overwhelm us creating space to think critically and find solidarity. Roberts is interested in the relationships we form in the shadow of political and environmental crisis – she uses experimental and auto fictive documentary methods – recording, filming, verbal and textual notation and score – to make work. Trying Notations, an exhibition of Roberts’ new work will open at Glasgow Project Rooms on 2 – 9th December 2023.

Access

A small access fund is available to cover participants’ access costs. We 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 Anatomy Rooms to attend the workshop from within Aberdeen. To access this fund please email email hidden; JavaScript is required to let us know how much you would like to be paid and you will be sent an expenses form.

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 this workshop. 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.

To access this fund please email email hidden; JavaScript is required to let us know how much you would like to be paid and you will be sent an expenses form.

VENUE ACCESS

The workshop will take place in the Project Space, managed by All In Ideas at the Anatomy Rooms. Below is the venue access information provided by All in Ideas.

-Non gendered toilets are available on the ground floor.

-Power-assisted wheelchairs welcome

-Guide dogs, hearing dogs and other recognised assistance dogs are welcome.

-Accessible toilet available

- Disabled parking bays are available on Queen Street or in Marischal College Multi-storey car park. For more information visit Aberdeen City Council website.

HOW TO GET THERE

The venue is accessible via public transport, buses run on a regular basis.

-Alighting from Union Street turn onto Broad Street.

-From Broad Street take the first right on Queen Street

-Continue along Queen street, take the first left onto Shoe Lane and the first left onto a smaller road. Marischal College Multi-storey car park will be on your right.

-Go past the red and white barrier and through the tunnel.

-Anatomy Rooms entrance is a black door on the right.

Access fund available

Fund for childcare, carers and support workers available

Partners

The Aberdeen Programme is supported by Aberdeen City Council Creative Funding.

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