Workshop: Developing Your Artistic Practice with Shy Bairns

23 Nov 2019

2 - 4.30pm

OFFSITE - McAulay Studio (Clore Hub), Level 0, Tate Modern , London

A collaborative zine making workshop for early-career artists which explores the need for ongoing reflection and self-development within an artistic practice. Participants will have a collective conversation while working alongside artist collective Shy Bairns to create a collaborative zine printed live on the day.

Shy Bairns workshop is organised in collaboration with Tate Modern’s community team, and is located just a five minute walk away from Jerwood Arts, It will be hosted in their newly relaunched Clore Hub off the Turbine Hall, a space dedicated to providing visitors the opportunity to experiment, ask questions, have discussions, and make their own work.

This workshop draws on Shy Bairns new commission for Jerwood Collaborate!, Shy Bairns Fill The Void: Developing Our Creative Practice, an installation and publication which looks at the often hidden process of artistic progression. In this work, Shy Bairns document the process of working together on a range of development projects including learning new skills from each other such as typography, lino printing and sketchup alongside tutorials with fellow artists, research trips to print studios across the UK and critical self-reflection on the way that they act and relate to each other within the collective.

Shy Bairns

Shy Bairns is the collective practice of artists, designers and curators Izzy Kroese, George Gibson, Eleanor Haswell and Erin Blamire, based in Manchester.  Since 2016, they have been working together on a responsive programme of zines, exhibitions and workshops. They are interested in interrogating the accessibility and interactivity of contemporary art, and though their practice aim to create a conversation between exhibition/artwork and viewer, rather than via a traditional one-way approach. They use DIY publishing practices, utilising zines, print workshops and installations to invite audience participation and to create collaborative works. For Manchester International Festival 2019 Shy Bairns were commissioned to create An Appointment at the End of the world, a David Lynch fan publication to accompany David Lynch at Home, Home, Manchester alongside running a public workshop. In November 2019 they will be curating Fanspeak at Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, UK. Recent group exhibitions have included Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2018 at South London Gallery, London, U.K and Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, U.K; Festival of the Not, Star and Shadow Cinema, Newcastle, UK; and Multipack, Bunker Gallery, Manchester, U.K.


We want to make sure that our exhibition and events programme are welcoming and accessible. Please contact us if you would like to discuss how we can support you, or have any feedback on the accessibility of our work.

You can contact us via email at [email protected] or telephone +44 (0)20 7261 0279. 

This event is supported by Jerwood Arts and Tate.

The workshop is free to attend, but capacity is limited:

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