(A) Wake for Gender | Free Word

9 April 2019
18:30 20:30-

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Interactive writing workshop with Soofiya

Artist Soofiya returned to Free Word with a unique therapeutically informed writing workshop.

(A) Wake for Gender takes the form of an imaginary funeral for ‘Gender’.

Exploring feelings from grief to relief at Gender’s passing, audiences were invited to mourn, celebrate, observe and collectively write a legacy for what ‘Gender’ leaves behind, creating a ritual to mark its passing while imagining our futures without it.

Soofiya is a visual artist and lecturer. Their work has featured in The Guardian, Metro and The Independent, and at institutions including Tate Modern and Tate Britain, Parsons School of Design, New York and muca-Roma, Mexico City.

Photos: Benedict Lombe

Graphic Design: Denny Kaulbach

9 April 2019
18:30 - 20:30
£6 / £5 / £2



Visual artist and design educator

Soofiya is a visual artist and design educator. Soofiya's art practice and writings aim to articulate a commentary on gender, race, politics and bodies through a DIY and therapeutically informed approach. They are currently a lecturer at Ravensbourne, and facilitate workshops across the UK in museums, galleries, schools and universities. Soofiya's writing has been in a handful of books including Can We All Be Feminists, as well as independent magazines and newspapers both online and in print. Soofiya's work has been featured in Creative Review, The Guardian, Metro and The Independent. Soofiya's art, publications and work have been showcased internationally at institutions including Tate Modern and Tate Britain in the UK, Parsons School of Design in New York and muca-Roma in Mexico City. Selected pieces of work have also been archived by the Marriott Library in Utah and The National Poetry Library in London, as well as other archives and libraries across the UK and internationally.



There is step-free access to all areas of Free Word and a number of other facilities available to make the venue accessible. 

  • Our box office, theatre and hall are all on the ground floor with step-free access from the street
  • Meeting rooms and offices are accessible by lift from the ground floor
  • There are two accessible toilets on the ground floor
  • Hearing loops are available at the box office and the theatre (when set up theatre style) and in all meeting rooms
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