Young Queer Makers Club

Free creative workshops for LGBTQIA+ young people aged 13-18 years 

Monday 8, Tuesday 9, Wednesday 10 April

Through an artist led programme of workshops the Young Queer Makers Club will create an ‘Animist’s Play Kit‘. An animist is a person who believes all things, from plants to rocks, thunder to rocks, have a distinct spiritual essence that can affect humans.

The Animist’s Play Kit  will provide young people with the tools to slow down, zoom into the elements, have sensory experiences, tune into the supernatural, be curious, learn, play, and make magic with the ‘more-than-human’ world in the gardens at Forgan Arts Centre. Activities will include multimedia sculpture making, drawing , painting and ceramics.

Animist (from Latin: anima meaning ‘breath, spirit, life’) is a person who believes that objects, places, and creatures all possess a distinct spiritual essence. Animism perceives all things—animals, plants, rocks, rivers, weather systems, human handiwork, and in some cases words—as animated and alive.

The workshops will utilise the concept of “plork”, which combines play and work. A practice developed by American artist and activist Corita Kent. Artists Max Alexander of Play Radical and Nadia Rossi and Ruby Pester of Pester&Rossi will lead and facilitate the activities. 

Access costs for all attendees are supported, this might include travel, fuel, or other care costs, for example. Please chat to Ruby to find out how we can make it possible for you to join in: we will do all we can to support your participation.

This activity is possible thanks to Creative Scotland‘s Participatory Arts & Mental Health Fund. Image credit: Play Radical, and Pester&Rossi.

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