Creating the City: Visually Literate

Three amazing weeks.

I was a visual artist before I switched to writing, and for a long time I have been plotting a new course that used words and images – designed for writers who wanted to play around with visuals, visual artists who wanted to explore using writing, and those who, like me, like to use both. Creating the City: Visually Literate was the result. It ran over three Fridays earlier this summer. We began at the Mary Ward Centre, and returned there to share work each week. We visited Sexology at the Wellcome Collection, Duane Henson and the Pavilion at the Serpentine Galleries, and William Blake – both at Tate Britain, and also on the streets of Waterloo.

All the prompts and the resulting work can be found on the pages:

Scavengers, Sexology and Boxes

Triage at the Serpentine

Blake, Tate and Mosaics


Serpentine Marlena gets under the skin
Week 2- Ray applies triage and nail varnishRay performs triageMarlena finds common ground

pavilion drawingIMG_1019IMG_0588IMG_0816IMG_0865IMG_0897IMG_0869

Mary's box

Mary’s box

Duane Hansen PINKDuane Hansen by Phyllis LaneIMG_0661

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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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2 Responses to Creating the City: Visually Literate

  1. gegallas says:

    Hello there: Thanks for sharing! 🙂 I thought you might be interested in my graphic novel “The Poet and the Flea” (Volume 1) about the poet-painter William Blake: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/868711984/the-poet-and-the-flea-ode-to-william-blake-volume Please check it out and help spread the word! Thank you so much! —G. E.

    • Hello G.E. Glad you found your way here. I discovered your amazing work when I was researching our Blake outing. Do you know ‘Ladeez do comics’? If not thought you might be interested in making contact. Best, Claire

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