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Visually Literate:

Creating The City

Do you select your courses from the ‘Writing’ or from the ‘Arts’ section?

Ever thought it might be nice to combine the two?

Explore how words and images can work together, visit inspriational places and make and discuss (written and visual) work back at the Mary Ward Centre.

All levels are welcome.

Who is this course for

This new course has been designed to cater for writers and/or visual artists of all levels, who wish to draw inspiration from visiting new places, and who are excited about the possibilities of crossover – adding words to visuals and visual to words. Explore how using both practices simultaneously can generate new and surprising ideas.
Whether you already mix up the visual and written, or would just like the space to broaden your practice as either a visual artist or maker or a writer, here is a chance to play.
All levels of experience – as either writers or visual artists or both – are very welcome.
Be prepared for some walking.
Whilst those for whom English is not a first language are welcome, a good grasp of written and spoken English is essential.

What does this course cover

Spend three whole Fridays exploring how words and images can work together, making more than a sum of their parts. Each week we will visit somewhere new, and you will be given prompts to set you on your creative journey.
Following an initial introductory session at the Mary Ward Centre, you will be visiting a different location each week for three hours of on-the-spot creativity. After a lunch break, back at the Mary Ward Centre, you will share some of your brand new material in a supportive and constructive environment.

By the end of the course you should have:
– developed the skills for supporting and sustaining your practice independently, and gained an appreciation of strategies you can employ on future visits to places of interest.
– developed confidence in sharing your own work, and in responding constructively to the work of others.
– started to explore the possibilities of using visual and writing practices together
– collected your own written and visual material from several locations to provide inspiration for further creative work.
– started to develop creative work from the written and visual material you created on location.
– reflected on how you can take this work further after the course

Taking inspiration from the wealth of museums, galleries, and public buildings within a stone’s throw of the Mary Ward Centre, you will be visiting new places each week, and discovering how to use these experiences as a spring board for your creativity.
At the start of each day, you will be provided with guidelines and prompts, along with on-hand support and tuition, and there will also be plenty of space to generate your own responses.
Back in class, you will be encouraged to share your work, and to participate in healthy and supportive feedback of each other’s work.

Visually Literate: Creating the City

BOOKING:

42 Queen Square, WC1N 3AQ

Main reception: 020 7269 6000

Mary Ward website

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About claire collison

Writer, photographer, creative facilitator, and breast cancer survivor, I am currently Artist in Residence at the Women's Art Library (WAL) My first novel was a finalist in the Dundee Book Prize, and my short stories and poetry have appeared in print and online. In 2015 I was awarded second place in the inaugural Resurgence Prize, the world's first eco poetry competition, judged by Sir Andrew Motion, Alice Oswald, and Jo Shapcott. This blog began as a space for words generated on my walking/writing workshops at the Mary Ward centre in Bloomsbury - Writing the City (WTC). WTC has since grown to include many other venues, including the Museum of Broken Relationships, the Barbican, the River Rom, Southwark Woods, Aylesbury Estate, and most recently, as part of Walking Women festival, An Intimate Tour of Breasts. I have worked with Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, as the recipient of the first Max Reinhardt Literacy Award, designing teaching resources; and for The Photographers' Gallery, helping school children develop visual literacy as part of 'Seeing More Things'. If you would like me to design a workshop or walk for you, please be in touch!
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