26 March 2024

Words matter – or do they?

Warehouse 51

Storytelling Workshop led by Shannon Holden

Starts 8:00 pm

Venue Warehouse 51


Everyone loves a good story. In the hands of the right storyteller, a good story can inform, evoke memories, feelings and strong emotions. Today, more and more people are using digital platforms to consume information designed for short attention spans, while forgoing printed matter like books and newspapers which are static indicators of a particular moment of time. What becomes of all these pages? And how can they be used to tell other stories? This workshop is about the afterlife of a newspaper and how to create a narrative through a woven craft-making technique. Participants will use discarded newspapers to select images, phrases, and colours to create a thematic woven mat.

Shannon Ayers Holden is the Community Relations Manager at Alserkal Avenue. In 2011, she managed the region's first and most extensive exhibition on contemporary African art titled As It Is! Contemporary Art from Africa and the Diaspora, at Mojo Gallery, Dubai, featuring the works of 24 African artists. An alumna of Campus Art Dubai's inaugural cohort, her CAD exhibition on the aesthetic of funk titled Chaos into Clarity: Re-possessing a Funktioning Utopia was presented at Sharjah Art Foundation. Most recently she was a participant in Rewilding the Kitchen , an experimental culinary project curated by Nahla Tabba. This workshop in an extention of her contribution to the project.

Alserkal Arts Foundation Common Room

Programmed by Alserkal Arts Foundation