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Aisha Mirza & Aaks B

A playful, gentle evening of installations and creative workshops exploring ecological grief

mini purple sandcastles on pieces of embroidery
MISERY, Sad Girl Summer event 2020, Ella J Frost

The line-up includes
DJ Leala-Rain 
Huq That
Maymana Arefin
Lateisha Davine Lovelace-Hanson
Alexandra Yellop
Mohammed Z. Rahman
Ella Frost and Aisha Mirza

Download the programme (PDF)

Grief gives no fucks about linear time or capitalist notions of productivity, corporate wellness or respectability and for that we admire her. It comes when we lose something, when we miss each other, when we lack or yearn for connection. Grief recognises that something is missing. We can grieve things that never have been and we can grieve things that haven’t happened yet or might never happen. We can grieve parts of ourselves. Acknowledging the absence of something we need is healthy. The fact that we have no space to do so is not.

We know that the climate crisis is disproportionately affecting disabled and BIPOC communities around the world. Some of us watch on as our ancestral lands are sinking, as our people face yet more displacement and violence. We want to run but no-where is safe from colonialism or white supremacy driven environmental destruction.

Many of us are learning to live with ecological anxiety (apprehension and stress about potential threats to our environment) and ecological grief (pain, sadness or suffering we can feel due to the loss of our ecosystems) but are pathologized and dismissed when we express anguish. It’s a scam!

Join us at What Shall We Build Here, Artsadmin’s festival of art, climate and community and let your grief breathe. We ask:

  • What can fungi teach us about community building, mutual aid and alternative systems of care?
  • How can being with the natural world help us to move through difficult emotions like grief, or to heal intergenerational trauma?
  • What do we envision for the radical, decolonial, queer alternative futures which we want to build and what do we need to get there?
  • What do we do with all this sadness?

Come through for a playful and gentle evening of installations and creative workshops to collectively explore, imagine and embody strategies and practices on how to survive the end of the world.

This event is for people of the global majority only. Queer/Trans people particularly welcome.

This is a sober event – no alcohol will be served.

Capacity will be limited for social distancing.
We’ve 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. 
Our safety measures remain unchanged since 19 July and we are committed to an inclusive reopening.

Global majority is a collective term that first and foremost speaks to and encourages those so-called to think of themselves as belonging to the global majority. It refers to people who are Black, Asian, Brown, dual-heritage, indigenous to the global south, and or have been racialised as ‘ethnic minorities’. Since black, indigenous, and people of colour represent over 80% of the world’s population, this wording points out the demographic inaccuracy of the euphemism “minority”.

Date and time

10 September 2021
This event is for people of the global majority only. Queer/Trans people particularly welcome. This is a sober event - no alcohol will be served.

Please note
This is now a past event.


Toynbee Studios
28 Commercial Street
London, E1 6AB
Tel: 020 7247 5102
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