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Uncovering the Archive: Youth Workshop (16-25) with Bloom

March 18, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm GMT

Following from our successful pilot session with Lola Olufemi, we are back with Iniva to bring you another archival collaboration with the Bloom collective!  These workshops are intended for young people (16-25) from marginalised backgrounds, i.e. Black, QTI/people of the majority, working class, migrant, Disabled.

We want to introduce the archive as a resource and archiving as a mode of storytelling available to, and representative of, the identities and lives of those normally excluded from history-making practices. By working with the collections held both at MDR and Iniva, the programme aims to offer young people with the tools to confidently explore, interrogate and create the stories they want to tell or wish were told through engaging activities that centre creative play, conversation and making. We recognise that archives are often spaces accessed by people with privilege – wealthy, higher educated, able-bodied, neurotypical, and so a core objective is to work to open up these spaces through prioritising access, inclusion and safety. This programme is facilitated by creative practitioners from marginalised backgrounds whose practices are informed by disruptive approaches to history telling and making!

This month join nature practitioners Ali and Idman from Bloom in a two hour workshop exploring the elements, senses and our relationships to the natural world. Through grounding practices, creative crafting, storytelling and collective reflection. They will be taking inspiration from MDR and Iniva archives to encourage participants to respond to the question – how can the land help us create a sense of belonging?

About the Bloom Collective

The Bloom collective is an iteration of the Bloom 2020 / 2021 nature programme which was a series of online and in person events and workshops platforming the skills and expertise of Black women and femmes. Through sessions focusing on herbal remedies, natural dyeing, embodied movement practice, food justice, ancestral connection and play, Black and POC from London and beyond came together to connect with ourselves, each other and the natural world in community. Bloom is now an emergent black-led nature collective consisting of landworkers, artists, healers, community builders and dreamers based in London.

Limited spaces. Book your place by filling in this form.


March 18, 2023
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm GMT
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16 John Islip St
London, SW1P 4JU⁣⁣ United Kingdom
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