Artist workshop with The Famous Lauren Barri Holstein

Artist workshop with The Famous Lauren Barri Holstein


Attack of the 50 Foot Woman is a free workshop led by the Famous Lauren Barri Holstein for artists identifying as female, non-binary, polygendered, polyspecied, alien, monster, or witch

Through practical exercises and discussions the participants will explore together the multiple ways that marginalised artists can access and politicise spaces, sites, and contexts within a system of representation that often rewards normativity.

“This workshop will encourage performative acts of disruption, dystopia and provocation, as we explore what it means to infiltrate cultural contexts and institutions

As a group of monsters, we will inhabit and takeover a cultural space – and, possibly, the town itself. We will create performative actions together of both gargantuan insurrection, and nanoscopic infiltration, seeping through the cracks and folds of normative structures, leaving chaos and destruction in our wake.

This will be a space for ‘difficult women’ – marginalised bodies of various experiences, backgrounds and identifications – to imagine a world in which we are not crammed into the corner, the basement, pulling a show out of a suitcase every time we rock up to a venue.

What would it look like for us to dominate, infiltrate, to take up space and to stop apologising for our bodies, our mess, our boldness?”

– The Famous Lauren Barri Holstein

This workshop is part of the Live Art Development Agency DIY scheme – 25 workshops FOR artists BY artists.

Read the full brief for ‘Attack of the 50 Foot Woman’ workshop on their website.

How to apply

This workshop will be open to any artist identifying as female, non-binary, polygendered, polyspecied, alien, monster, or witch. Artists from all genres, including performance, visual art, film, literature, etc are invited to apply.

“I want a bunch of bold, risk-taking killjoys, who aren’t afraid of their own bodies, or, at the very least, don’t want to be. I am committed to creating an inclusive group of participants, whereby people of colour, non-cisgendered, mixed ability artists are both welcome and given a space to vocalise, experiment, and create impact.”  – The Famous Lauren Barri Holstein

Deadline for applications: 2pm, Thursday 20 June.


Dates, times and location

Dates: 20 – 22 September 2019
Location: Hastings

More about the artist 

The Famous Lauren Barri Holstein interrogates constructions of gender and desire in a ‘post-feminist’ cultural society. Her work blurs the lines between Live Art, Dance, Dance Theatre, Contemporary Performance and Fine Art, playing on the borderline between the virtuosic and the abject, entertainment and boredom, pleasure and humiliation, ‘the real’ and the represented, and success and failure.

Her new work, Notorious, was supported by ACE, The Barbican, Reykjavik Dance Festival, PACT Zollverein, Koneen Saatio, Fierce Festival and Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts. It recently toured to Kampnagel, Hamburg as part of their season opener and opened Take Me Somewhere Festival at Tramway.

  • When Deadline: 2pm, Thursday 20 June.

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