Working with two folk stories: Senara from Cornwall and The Selkie from Irish, Scottish, Faroese, and Icelandic folklore, we’ll be exploring myth, archetypes and how to express our responses and experiences through photography.
The workshop is an immersive experience and throughout the day we’ll be listening to stories, dressing up, having fun and creating images alone and with others. We’ll reflect on what we create together.
The aim of the workshop is to generate photographic work that derives from and embodies our responses to ancient tales. A photographic background is not a requirement - we welcome experienced photographers and those new to the medium but you will need to bring a camera or a camera-phone with you. (please do contact us with any further questions about this).
The workshop takes place in the Library at Conway Hall and is led by photographer Grace Gelder and designer-maker & storyteller Imogen Di Sapia.
* Please note- We have four earlybird places at £50 + booking fee. First come first served!
Imogen Di Sapia is a Brighton-based artist-maker in textiles. She graduated with First BA (Hons) in Art & Design in 2004, followed by a one-year bursary apprenticeship in costume making at the RSC, Stratford-Upon-Avon. Imogen moved to London in 2007 and developed a freelance career in theatre costume design and as a studio pattern cutter and collection sample cutter for fashion designers including Vivienne Westwood and Hussein Chalayan.
In 2010 Imogen studied Integrative Arts Therapy at IATE and incorporated hand-crafted and embroidered textile puppetry and storytelling into her creative practice, going on to develop therapeutic craft workshops and performances with her collaborative arts company, Bright Moon Theatre. Bright Moon Weaving Studio was created in 2016 as a way to combine the early-years maternity of her two children with artistic making, and has seen Imogen moving into ethical textiles, working with freelance spinners and a local sheep rescue centre to create unique custom yarn for use in her woven textiles. Bright Moon Yarn with be launching at YAK Brighton in March 2018.
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Grace Gelder is a London-based photographer and an arts workshop facilitator with a BA in Visual Performance and an MA in Photography. For the last 9 years she has been facilitating photography workshops and receiving private commissions for a range of clients and groups; often collaborating with charities and organisations that support women’s equality and wellbeing. Grace has developed a variety of approaches to the traditional structure of a photo-shoot and continues to research the role of photographer and subject. Grace’s work has been exhibited in China, Russia, Latvia and across the UK and her clients include Tate Gallery, V&A Museum, BBC, The Photographers' Gallery and Wellcome Collection.
A note from the venue:
We are committed to promoting inclusive practice at Conway Hall. Due to the constraints of our building, the Library is not currently accessible to wheelchair users or those with limited mobility, we are happy to discuss with you how we can make the contents and materials accessible to you. We carefully monitor which events are held in the Library, and will use your comments to enable us to develop ways to ensure that everyone should be able to attend events in the future.