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Artsadmin Youth Workshop: Doing things with (a body) of stories

Barbara Lehtna

Barbara Lehtna. Photo by Johan Elm

Artsadmin Youth is our free creative programme for young people aged 16-21 who live in Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Newham. Join us for monthly workshops at Toynbee Studios or online to explore creative ideas with professional artists. 

The workshop with artist Barbara Lehtna invites young people to associate with their (queer) body as an archive. Our interest is to discover what is the common social memory that is hidden between the muscles, the joints, the flesh, and blood vessels and how to access that memory through playfulness and curiosity. Saying things out loud could be giving voice to those marginalised by systematic silencing but it can also be a powerful experience of performing identities of ourselves and those who came before us. 

The body has a point-of-view. 

Practical information: Please wear comfortable clothes that let you move and stretch; bring with at least one printed photo of your past (it could be of you, of your family, of a relative, of friends, etc.)

two people sat facing each other and holding hands in an empty laboratory like building
“In the name of love”. Photo by Andreijs Strokins.

Artsadmin Youth is supported by Be Part through the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, The Simon Gibson Charitable Trust and the Allen & Overy Ben Ogden Memorial Fund.

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Barbara Lehtna (1990) has worked as an artist for eight years of which five years she has been devoting to making her own work. In 2021, she graduated with MA studies in Performance Practices at ArtEZ University of Arts in the Netherlands. In the same year, she was chosen as one of the artists for the European Network of BePart (Art Beyond Participation), which Artsadmin is part of. Her research topics consist of the culture of memory and queerness in the post-Soviet society, which is often met with her interests towards care ethics and personal archives. Her practice is built upon an interdisciplinary approach to different performance practices such as theatre, live art, and visual art. Through the years, Barbara has had a chance to work with such renowned artists as Doris Uhlich, Julian Hetzel, and Chris Kondek among others, which has led Barbara to distinguish her own style of inquisitive performance which emerges in a variety of settings. 

Barbara believes that art should be intimate and always political.

We’re been working hard to make Toynbee Studios as safe as possible for artists, audiences, hirers, café customers, tenants and staff. Read the safety measures we have in place.

  • Toynbee Studios is accessible to wheelchair users.
  • All of our toilets are gender neutral. Fully accessible toilets are located on the ground, first and third floors.
  • Read more about Accessibility at Toynbee Studios.
  • Please email if you have any further access requests.

Date and time

16 February 2022

Please note
This is now a past event.


Toynbee Studios or online. Please note, the workshop may take place online via Zoom depending on Covid safety.