Nourishing Ourselves

A free workshop facilitated by Artists Alaa Alsaraji and Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan, who will provide a set of prompts and guided activities to support you in using various art forms to nourish yourself. Saturday 21st May 10:30am - 15:00pm Phytology, Bethnal Green Nature Reserve, Middleton St, Bethnal Green, London E2 9RR

On Saturday 21st May, we will bring together a group of 20 people who use creative methods in their work or activism to use those same methods to nourish ourselves. People who use art or creativity in their work rarely get the chance to use their own skills to nourish themselves. We often get caught up in commissions and making ends meet, but when was the last time you used your creativity to nourish yourself? This can include any art-form, from writing, visual art or music.

This half-day workshop is for people of colour only.

BSL interpretation will be available and the venue is wheelchair accessible.

Bookings and more information can be found here -

Agenda: 10:30 - Arrival & intro to space 11:00 - Reflection & get to know each other using clay 12:05 - 15 min break 12:20 - Observation & Exploration using nature & your chosen art form 1:30 - Free-flow creative time in any art form 2:00-3:00 Eating together

- Wheelchair accessible - BSL interpreter - Food and snacks will be provided but you are welcome to bring your own - Prayer mats will be available for use

Alaa Alsaraji @alaa_alsaraji Alaa is a visual artist, designer and creative facilitator. Through her creative practice she aims to explore themes such as belonging, reimagining space and community, predominantly using the medium of digital illustration. Alaa is also the arts editor of Khidr Collective, a multidisciplinary artist collective creating platforms and spaces for young Muslim creatives through the annual Khidr Zine and online platform.

Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan @thebrownhijabi Suhaiymah is a writer, poet and educator disrupting understandings of history, race, knowledge and violence. To find out more about her, her books and work. *Note, there are only 20 spaces for this workshop. Sign up here and we will be in touch with you soon to confirm your place.

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