Emergence at the Tate Exchange


Price: Free



Appearing for one day only, artists from the inaugural Emergence pilot project will be running live art events and talks that explore themes of power and narrative whilst also, for the first time in their careers, getting a foot in the door!

Join them in a variety of creative workshops featuring zine making, origami, mono printing and drawing in the expanded field. Pick up a free booklet featuring writing by the artists and ways to get involved with the programme via social media. Or attend our book launch celebrating the power of communities to support each other and nurture creative talent
This day-long programme of events is free, accessible and for all ages

What’s going on?

12 – 1pm Artist Talks
Artists from the Emergence Bursary Programme (Letty McHugh, Fae Kilburn and Lauren Saunders) will be speaking about the work they have made over the past 12 months and reflecting on how the opportunity has changed their practice

1pm – 6pm Participatory Art Making
Letty McHugh
Artist Letty McHugh will be launching the participatory phase of her Emergence-funded Seaworthy Vessel Project, which uses seaworthiness as a metaphor for emotional resilience. Participants will have the opportunity to make an origami boat to add to the growing collaborative installation; participants can write their own thoughts on seaworthiness and journeys on the paper to be folded and displayed.

Letty McHugh is an artist and writer, living and working in West Yorkshire.

Fae Kilburn
Join artist Fae Kilburn to create expressive monotypes on geometric pieces of paper, then display them on the wall with Fae’s work to create one large interlocking piece. How large can we make this collaborative print?

Fae Kilburn is a printmaker and arts facilitator based in Birmingham. She draws inspiration from history, disability, identity and the natural environment.

Lauren Saunders
Lauren Saunders invites visitors to experiment with mark-making through the use of wall-based collage and sensory drawing exercises as part of her ongoing work exploring environmental philosophy and drawing in the expanded field.

Lauren Saunders is an artist and activist living in Hull, and founder of accessible arts journal The Critical Fish.

Naomi Ronke
Naomi Ronke, an illustration graduate from Leeds College of Art, will be working with interactive linocut prints that participants can reorder to change the narrative of the print series. There will also be a zine that collects and illustrates the stories of people of colour and their experiences of using the NHS.

Naomi Ronke is a printmaker, character creator, book cover illustrator and narrative artist based in Yorkshire. They work primarily in the realms of horror, history and humour.

Sam Metz
Sam Metz will invite participants to experiment with different forms of mark making, encouraging people to use repetitive mark making and gestures as a way of dissipating stress. Sam is interested particularly in alternative communication that is non-verbal and body-based, and as a neurodivergent artist with sensory processing differences, the objects Sam works with permit them to work in non-verbal ways.

Sam Metz studied Architecture and Critical Theory (philosophy) at the University of Nottingham and previously trained in physical theatre. Based in Hull, Sam’s work researches, creates and reflects on the concept of what they refer to as ‘choreographic objects’.

Anita Roye
Anita is interested in encouraging experimentation and play, and will run a workshop which involves layering paint onto rolls of wallpaper. The paint will have a fluorescent quality, which will allow the surface to be lit from behind. This effect will be enhanced by using LED torches, revealing layers of mark making and colour. Anita plans to create a colourful wall installation by securing the rolls of dried paper to the wall and allowing them to roll onto the floor.

Anita Roye is based in Birmingham and currently studying for an MA in Art therapy. She is interested in the inner landscape, peeling away defences to reveal the true self.

4 – 6pm Drinks Reception and Book Launch
Join the Disability Arts Online team for a reception celebrating the launch of Electric Bodies, a book of transcription poetry and drawings inspired by the Disability Arts Movement by Allan Sutherland and Colin Hambrook. Allan will perform extracts from the book which has been created as a result of the D4D Connected Communities Project.

About Shape Arts
Shape Arts is a disability-led arts organisation which works to improve access to culture for disabled people by providing opportunities for disabled artists, training cultural institutions to be more open to disabled people, and through running participatory arts and development programmes.

About Disability Arts Online
Disability Arts Online is an arts organisation led by disabled people that occupies a unique global position with its UK-based website, social media network, partnership and consultancy work, artist development programmes, and vibrant community of disabled creatives.

Emergence is a pilot project designed to tackle the isolation and barriers faced by emerging disabled artists, run by the partners with bursary funding through a-n (Artists Information Company).

This event is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and D4D: Disability and Community, an AHRC Connected Communities project.

We would like to thank Cass Art for generously supporting us with artist materials.


Tate Exchange
Blavatnik Building, Level 5
London SE1 9TG