The Silence and the Swamp | Programming workshops with Alaya Ang

Part of Aberdeen Programme

18 — 25 February 2023

Aberdeen Art Gallery
Learning Space, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Schoolhill, Aberdeen AB10 1FQ
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Sónia Vaz Borges and Filipa César, ‘Mangrove School’ (2022). Image courtesy the artists.

Join artist and curator Alaya Ang and members of the LUX Scotland team for two programming workshops as part of our Aberdeen programme. The sessions will take place on the 18 and 25 February 2 – 4pm at the Learning Space in Aberdeen Art Gallery.

How do we learn from and think with the swamp as artists and curators? In this 2‑part session, we investigate the notion of the swamp through film, music and conversations, thinking with this rhizomatic structure to contemplate ways of developing programmes through interdisciplinary methods. We will also read Audre Lorde’s Your Silence Will Not Protect You’ to think about forms of legitimacy to speak, and experiment with ways of writing that encourage horizontality, using citational engagements, remixing notes, silence and disfluency to create a weaving and merging of texts.

The event is open to those who are interested in learning about different approaches to making public programmes of moving image work. There are fifteen workshop places available and we encourage participants to attend both sessions, where possible. We would expect that the group would include participants at an early stage of their career who would value learning new methods and developing their interests in a supported space led by an established programmer. No prior experience of curating is expected.

On booking participants will be given further information to prepare for the workshop. 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.

Image description: A film still of two young people wearing short sleeved patterned clothes. They are sitting at a bench and table which are made from thin, freshly cut lengths of wood that are tied together with light green straps. They each have a notebook and pencil and are intently focusing on what they are writing. The background is a dense mangrove wetland

Alaya Ang

Alaya Ang is an artist and curator whose practice is activated through performance and writing, realised through expressions of collaboration and community that centre anti-racist, feminist and ecological values. They are currently curating at CCA Glasgow developing a research and residency programme around water, Confluence, and artist-in-residence at the Talbot Rice Gallery.


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 Aberdeen Art Gallery to attend the workshop from within Aberdeen. Contact email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Venue Access

The screening will take place in the Learning Room, on level 1 of Aberdeen Art Gallery.

Below is the venue access information from Aberdeen Art Gallery’s website, you can find their website here.

  • Guide dogs, hearing dogs and other recognised assistance dogs welcome

  • Lift to all floors and level access to all spaces

  • Changing Places Toilet on Level 2

  • Power-assisted wheelchairs welcome

  • Large print labels, magnifiers and portable stools are available

  • Induction hearing loops at the Welcome Desk, ground-floor café servery, Cowdray Hall and Learning Space. Portable hearing system also available.

  • Quiet Time is on a Monday afternoon

  • Our staff have taken part in Dementia Friends training

  • We are part of the Breastfeeding Welcome scheme


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

Aberdeen City Council

Part of Aberdeen Programme

The LUX Scotland Aberdeen Programme aims to support early career Aberdeen-based artists and curators. The programme has run from since 2018 and has included job opportunities, workshops, screenings and online commissions. The programme was led by Project Manager Rachel Grant between 2021–24.

Supported by Aberdeen City Council Creative Funding, this continues our previous work to support, develop and promote artists’ moving image practices across Scotland, and builds on our work in the Aberdeen area, which began in 2018.

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