How can we bring new perspectives to our varying relationships with English grammar?How does a ‘good’ writer structure a sentence? How can we rethink the building blocks of written communication, and generate new forms of language to suit different needs?
In this workshop led by curator and writer Taylor Le Melle, we will review concepts that have been put forward by one particular system of English grammar. We will discuss some of the common elements that can be used to structure a sentence or phrase, and will look at examples of how these elements have been ‘mis-used’ by writers of fiction and song. Join us in thinking through how we can re-formulate the sentences in existing texts and use these methods day-to-day: writing emails, letters, poems, essays – or art criticism.
The workshop will begin with a talk by Taylor, and will be followed by a social break, and a discussion and writing exercise. The session will be conducted in English, but all are welcome, regardless of your first spoken language.
Groundwerk is a monthly series of free practical workshops for artists and creatives wishing to gain the skills to support their practice. This session has been programmed in response to Ima-Abasi Okon and Taylor Le Melle’s exhibition, Technical – Adjacent, currently on in our gallery space. A version of the workshop was initially developed for Chisenhale Gallery in July 2019.
This workshop is free to attend and open to all but booking is recommended, as spaces are limited.
This event will now take place online via a video conference service called Zoom, once you have booked, you will be sent the link to join the workshop closer to the time.
// ABOUT TAYLOR LE MELLE
Taylor Le Melle is a curator and writer. Recent writing has been featured in publications including: Sad Sack by Sophia al-Maria (Book Works); Che si può fare, Helen Cammock, Max Mara Prize (Whitechapel Gallery); Gender, Space (Macmillian) ed. Aimee Meredith Cox; as well as in periodicals such as Art Monthly and Flash Art. Taylor is a member of not/nowhere, an artist workers’ cooperative, and co-runs PSS, a publisher of printed material. Taylor was writer-in-residence at Jerwood Visual Arts in 2018 and curator-in-residence at Wysing Arts Centre in 2019.
Studio Notes with Draft Object, Courtesy Taylor Le Melle
Studio Notes, Technical Adjacent, Courtesy Taylor Le Melle and Ima-Abasi Okon