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Selina Thompson LTD


Artist Selina Thompson sits at a table, looking at a conch shell balanced on her right palm.

Selina Thompson. Photo by Boxed Studios

Between a residency, an occupation, a workshop and a durational performance, Selina Thompson and an intergenerational group of younger and older women of colour from Tower Hamlets will be present and resident in Toynbee Studios, Artsadmin’s home for a two week period in May 2021.

Tower Hamlets is one of London’s most polluted boroughs, and the effects of climate change make a huge impact on people who live in our neighbourhood. Related to Selina’s ongoing artistic investigation of democratic participation, Immersion will explore strategies for pleasure, care and well-being in climate activism. The work is about designing a process/programme/space for this group to explore intersectional approaches to climate justice as an expression of democratic participation, led by the principles of pleasure activism, as coined by writer and activist Adrienne Maree Brown.

Immersion is commissioned and produced by Artsadmin and is also supported by ACT (Art, Climate, Transition) through the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, the Foundation for FutureLondon and City of London, and Arts Council England through Season for Change.

About the artist

Selina Thompson LTD (STLtd) is an interdisciplinary company that makes work that is urgent, playful and intimate. Since 2012 they have made theatre shows, installations, workshop plans and radio work for pubs, clubs, shopping centres and performance spaces across the UK and the world. In 2016 they retraced a route of the Transatlantic Slave Triangle by Cargo ship and went on to create Salt, which has since toured to four continents and won three awards. In 2017 they were commissioned as part of 1418NOW to begin a major new work looking at radical futures for democracy in the wake of the Suffragettes. And in 2018 they began to write their first mid-scale musical work, bringing together a Hip Hop Icon and the dreams and energy of teenage girls from across the world. They slept a lot in 2019, but they’re back in 2020 with new dreams about new democracies, and race and gender after the end of the world.

The Company currently consists of Selina Thompson, Sarah Cruickshank and Toni-Dee Paul, supported by a team of collaborators and our board.

About the organisation

Artsadmin is a producing organisation, which enables artists to create without boundaries, connecting bold interdisciplinary work with local, national and international audiences. The advisory service supports artists at every stage of their development with free advice and opportunities. In London’s East End, Artsadmin has established Toynbee Studios, a centre for the creation, development and presentation of new work, where new talent is constantly nurtured in the rehearsal, performance and meeting spaces.

Artsadmin is co-delivering Season for Change with Julie’s Bicycle.

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