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The Estuary Workshop

  • TATE MODERN SE1 9TG United Kingdom (map)

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*MEET outside the main entrance to the TATE MODERN. We will then move to 11 Bedford Square, WC1B 3RE later in the day.

Taking place on the Thames Beach as well as at Bedford Square, the workshop will develop themes taken from the roundtable above 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 movement-based tasks.

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.

Julie 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 materials. She has been awarded several residencies including Craignish in Argyll, TheObservatory 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 place. Julie is currently a PhD Researcher in Fine Art at the University of Reading.

Libby 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. For publications and more information see

Libby is organising the ‘Performing’ events.

Earlier Event: September 13
The Estuary: A Roundtable Discussion