technē Conflux: 'How Like A Leaf', Estuary Workshop
18th Sep 2019 11:00am-4:00pm
This workshop is offered as part of a TECHNE Conflux, an extended training, development, exhibition or performance programme
which aims to enhance research or intellectual skills, or facilitate the sharing of expertise amongst doctoral students in the arts and
It is recommended that students who attend this workshop also attend the linked Performing Roundtable on 13th September.
Location: Thames ‘beach’
central London with de-brief at Royal Holloway, 11 Bedford Square, London
The workshop will develop themes taken from the roundtable
and offer practical, creative activities in direct response to the Thames
estuary environment (exact location to be shared on sign-up). Working at the
low tide we will respond to the ebb and flow of the river through direct
observation and through individual and collaborative material and
Participants do not need to have experience of working with
movement/dance or visual art as the activities will allow for a wide range of
responses drawn from students own art practices. Two hours will be spent on the
Thames beach focusing on multi-sense awareness of the space, with simple
materials and collaboration. We will then travel to Bedford Square for a late
lunch and sharing of experiences/discussion.
The workshop will be facilitated by movement practitioner
Libby Worth and visual artist Julie Brixey-Williams with detailed instructions
for the day sent to participants on sign-up.
Brixey-Williams is a member of The
Royal Society of Sculptors, whose work
sits in the space between sculpture and performance. Much of her work is
co-created with a specific place, exploring playfully through gesture and
allowing time to listen as it “speaks meaningfully”, before responding through
She has been awarded several residencies
including Craignish in Argyll, The Observatory at Lymington (SPUD), Cove Park
(winter opportunity programme), and The Association of Anaesthetists of Great
Britain and Ireland (funded by the Leverhulme Trust).
Works are held in collections including The Yale Center of British Art, Tate Gallery Artists’
Publication archive, National Art Library, Birmingham Museum of Art Library,
Kingston University, University of Kent, National College of Art and Design in
Ireland, The Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland,
Laban Centre, and Queen Charlotte’s Hospital
Alongside her personal practice, she has
longstanding collaborative relationships with performer Libby Worth and the
multi-disciplinary collective, point and
Julie is currently
PhD Researcher in Fine Art at the University of Reading.
Worth has had extensive experience of working on site based
performance through her original training with the renowned choreographer Anna
Halprin through to current performance making and PhD supervision.
She was part of site-specific performance companies prior
to her academic career and has consistently retained strong links with site
work within her practice. She has collaborated with artist Julie Brixey-Williams
most recently on a dance film on a canal boat moving through the Avon and
Kennet Canal. She has written on dance improvisation and its relationship to
everyday adaptability and change.