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Bow Skills Panel: exposing the ‘guts’ – artistic labour and future ecologies with Ama Josephine Budge, Angela YT Chan, and Becky Lyon 

Tuesday 12th September 2023 , 6:00pm to 7:15pm

What lies in the intersections of ecology, art, and labour? And how can we embody these ideas as a means to move towards an Otherwise? Join Ama Josephine Budge, Angela YT Chan and Becky Lyon as they reckon with the stickiness of these questions and expose the guts and mechanics of how the arts currently operate. 
Ama Josephine Budge, Angela YT Chan, and Becky Lyon (L to R)

Homing in on specific threads from their practices, Ama, Angela and Becky will begin the event with a series of provocations, to set the tone and the sow seeds of their conversation. 

Using these provocations as a springboard, the trio will discuss how art and ecology relate to futurity and imagining ways of doing Otherwise, unraveling the possibilities these intersections hold. They will speak to how they each actively engage with reworking, resisting, transforming and critiquing the problematics of the arts sector through artmaking and interrogation, and the impact that navigating such a system has on personal practice and artistic value. Before closing with a reflection on how pleasure and the body converse with ecological practice and thinking. 

The panel will end with time for reflections and a Q&A where you can put all your burning questions to Ama, Angela, and Becky. 

This event will be held on the mezzanine level at Well Bean co. 1-2 Upper Dock Walk, London, E16 2GU.

The Well Bean co café will be open for the duration of the event, selling a range of delicious drinks and snacks until 8pm! 

£7 £5 Concessions

Concession rate applies to students, over 65s, under 18s, Bow Arts artists, National Art Pass members, and key workers

1-2 Upper Dock Walk
London, E16 2GU
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More about Ama Josephine Budge 

Ama Josephine Budge Johnstone is a speculative writer, artist, scholar and pleasure activist whose praxis navigates that which she has termed “Intimate Ecologies” to explore Blackness, aesthetics and queer, pleasurable, interspecies futures. Ama is an Associate Lecturer at University of the Arts London: Central Saint Martins, and also teaches at the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam. Ama’s wider intra-disciplinary work thinks through sustainable ecologies of care and more-than-survival for BIPoC women and queer folk in the arts and academia. She has had essays, short fiction and art writing published internationally, and has been exhibited across Europe. Ama is a curatorial fellow with Frame Contemporary Art Finland (Helsinki) and EVA International (Limerick); a participant of the first Postnatural Independent Programme (Madrid); and was the 2020/21 Keith Haring Fellow in Art and Activism with Bard College (New York). Ama’s work has been translated into Twi, German and Swedish. 

More about Angela YT Chan 

Angela YT Chan is an independent researcher, curator and artist specialising in climate change. Her work explores power in relation to the inequity throughout the history of the climate crisis, through self-archiving, rethinking geographies and speculative fiction. Her recent research-art commissions focus on water scarcity, conflict and everyday experiences through climate framings and communications. Since 2014, Angela has produced curatorial projects and workshops as Worm: art + ecology, collaborating with artists, activists and youth groups. She co-directs the London Science Fiction Research Community and is trained as a data engineer. Angela is also a research consultant, having worked in international climate and cultural policy and on climate and sustainability projects for major cultural institutions.   

Web: angelaytchan.com  

IG: @a.y.t.c  

Twitter: @angelaytchan 

More about Becky Lyon  

Becky Lyon is an English-Jamaican artist working at the intersection of art and ecology. She’s interested in how art practice can help us re-body back into the animate, vibrant, tangly messwork of our ecology and is interested in ecology as a sourcebook for co-flourishing in times of ruin. Her work manifests in multiple forms from tactile installations to rituals, sensory artefacts and word-foolery. She is interested in alternative forms of ecological stewardship that resist the current dominant paradigm and is Grounder of Ground Provisions – an artist-led, schooled-by-the-forest for grown ups hosting participatory gatherings, walks, sensory seminars and reading groups for a range of audiences. She has an MA Art & Science from Central Saint Martins and an MA Art & Ecology from Goldsmiths University and is a volunteer London National Park City Ranger. 


About Bow Skills  

Bow Arts seeks to support creative professionals at all stages of their careers. In 2015 Bow Arts launched Bow Skills in response to an artist survey which showed over 90% of practicing artists find it useful to receive further support outside formal education.   

Bow Skills is a dynamic and relevant programme of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) which is informed by an artist steering group and open to all creative practitioners across London. The programme of talks, panel discussions, new skills labs and peer crits is open to all, with concession rates available to students, over 65s, under 18s, Bow Arts artists and key workers.   

Access information  

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