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The Apocalypse Reading Room Residency Sharing

Mohammed Z Rahman

Mohammed Rahman. Photo by Rajiv Bera

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.

Mohammed Z Rahman and Lateisha Davine Lovelace-Hanson 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 Mohammed with the bare minimum collective, 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.
The conversation is chaired by Ama Josephine Budge. 

The event will be recorded and shared online in September. 

Part of Season for Change, a UK-wide cultural programme inspiring urgent and inclusive action on climate change, led by Artsadmin and Julie’s Bicycle, and supported by Arts Council England and Paul Hamlyn Foundation. #SeasonForChange @JoinTheSeason_

Mohammed Z Rahman is a British-Bengali writer, painter and illustrator based in East London. His work often deals with food, migration and gender. Mohammed’s literary output includes short stories, poetry and creative non-fiction; his visual output includes illustration, painting and zines.

Graduating from SOAS, University of London, with a BA in social anthropology, Mohammed approaches art as both an intimate and political force. Drawing global, queer, self-reflexive and critical perspectives Mohammed’s work celebrates his communities’ dreams, disrupts violent power structures and makes peace with the unspeakable chaos of the world. 

Mohammed has enjoyed working with grassroots arts organisations including clavmag, Writing Our Legacy, Failsafe Magazine, Skin Deep Magazine, Aire Place Studios and The Willowherb Review. He has also worked on various projects and placements with cultural institutions including the Goethe Institut, UCL Culture, Tate Modern, the Smithsonian Institute and V&A East. #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.
@amajosephine #ApocalypseReadingRoom

The bare minimum collective is an interdisciplinary anti-work arts collective who believe in doing nothing or at the very least, as little as is required of us. We work smart, not hard. Amongst us are: black feminists, reluctant writers, artists, queer theorists, film-makers, architects, someone who understands the internet better than lil’ Nas X. We’re working across mediums with no regard for disciplinary boundaries. We want you to know that we are friends, we love and carry each other and that is what has brought us here.

  • 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.
  • The event will be recorded and shared online in September.
  • Please email if you have any further access requests.

Date and time

26 August 2021

Please note
This is now a past event.


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