The Serpentine offered free, artist-led workshops for school groups with the Schools Artist-in-Residence 2019, poet and writer Belinda Zhawi.
Over the course of a day, students worked with Zhawi to create a sonic poem that drew connections between their experiences, ideas in the exhibitions and her artistic practice.
Zhawi’s poetry reflects the dialogue between multiple cultures and places. Her work explores Afro-diasporic research and narratives, focusing on memories of living in rural and urban Zimbabwe.
The workshops were free to state-funded schools in the Greater London area and for groups of up to 30 students, 10-15 years old (Years 6–10).
Serpentine Galleries supports Artsmark Schools. Artsmark is Arts Council England’s nationally recognised flagship programme. For further information about Artsmark, visit artsmark.org.uk.
Belinda Zhawi is a Zimbabwean born writer & educator currently based in London. Her work explores Afro-diasporic research & narratives; how art & education can be used as intersectional tools. She was the 2016/17 Institute of Contemporary Arts Associate Poet & is co-founder of, literary arts platform, BORN::FREE. Belinda is the author of Small Inheritances (ignitionpress, 2018).