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The Apocalypse Reading Room Residency Sharing

Lateisha Davine Lovelace-Hanson

Lateisha Davine Lovelace-Hanson. Photo credit Max Zadeh @ The Queer House

The Apocalypse Reading Room is an installation by speculative writer and artist Ama Josephine Budge: an on-site library, a world of talking stories in the face of environmental and social transformation, a gathering of all the books we might need to change the end of the world. The installation is installed in Toynbee Studios’ Arts Bar & Café for the summer months from 1 July – 30 September 2021.

Lateisha Davine Lovelace-Hanson and Mohammed Z Rahman are the two artists selected to be in residence with the Reading Room over the summer, to sit in and with the space and to use this time as a chance to think, read and create in silence as well as in conversation with one another, the project’s founder/curator artist Ama Josephine Budge and the books themselves.

Join us for an evening sharing in the Reading Room hosted by Lateisha with her/their chosen guest whose literary work can be found in the installation. This intimate conversation will be a chance to share, talk and reflect on the possible futures that already exist within the minds and intentions of books and their authors. Chaired by Ama Josephine Budge. 

Guest speaker to be announced in the coming weeks.

Lateisha Davine Lovelace-Hanson

Lateisha Davine Lovelace-Hanson is a performer, writer, theatre-maker, somatic practitioner, educator, community-healer, curator and facilitator of Jamaican heritage who enjoys swimming in open water, tending to what grows and plant-based cooking/nurturing/futuring.

Lateisha inhabits embodied tools for connection, intimacy and transformation – creatively accessing tools and healing pathways we need to live, love, and thrive through and beyond trauma, marginalisation and oppression. Her/their work flows across intersections of race, gender, queerness, class, earth-climate and (dis)placement/diaspora, rooted in prophetic wisdoms of Black, Indigenous and POC queer feminist ecologies. She/they have worked intergenerationally and interdimensionally through social-engagement over the last 15 years.

Lateisha is the creator of TO THE RITUAL KNOWLEDGE OF REMEMBERING, a community-lead project space exploring decolonial relationships to our bodies, memory and the land.  Involving a 3 day retreat for 13 artists & activists ( co-developed with LADA, supported by ]performance space[ and Diverse Actions). As well as inviting 14 international QT/BIPOC healers & artists to co-facilitate a programme of free events (supported by 12ø collective).

Follow Lateisha on Instagram: @lateisha_davine #ApocalypseReadingRoom

Ama Josephine Budge is a speculative writer, artist, curator and pleasure activist whose praxis navigates queer explorations of race, art, ecology and feminism, and who has been both exhibited and published internationally.
Follow Ama on Instagram: @amajosephine#ApocalypseReadingRoom

  • The Arts Bar & Café is wheelchair accessible and there is a wheelchair accessible toilets. Read more about Accessibility at Toynbee Studios.
  • All toilets at Toynbee Studios are gender neutral.
  • BSL is available on request – please tick the box during the booking process.
  • Please email if you have any further access requests.

Date and time

19 August 2021

Please note
This is now a past event.


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