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Lou Lou Sainsbury, Saint Tree, 2021. Drawing and poem in journal. Courtesy of the artist


“The ear is a kind of womb that makes the word Flesh.” - Nathaniel Mackey 

“Bodies sound different to how they look.” -  Jack Halberstam

What would it mean to write with trans* affirmation? Can writing be transformative towards our bodies?

Trans-sensuality* & Trans-poetics* is a series of writing workshops for transgender and non-binary people facilitated by the artist Lou Lou Sainsbury, inviting participants to experiment in collective speculative writing, share resonance, feelings and ideas in an open trans-for-trans space.

This will be the first in a series of workshops that will take an open, experimental, semi-improvised approach as a collective-research group, developed alongside the making of her exhibition Earth is a Deadname, which will be presented at Gasworks in July-September 2022. 

All ages and levels of art experience are very welcome! 

The asterix (*) in trans* is to include all varied manifestations of what a ‘trans’ body might be.


Session 1

The first session will focus on writing, drawing and sounding exercises, looking to uncover resonance with bodies in the world, and imagine trans* affirmation in everyday sensual experience that expands the languages of normative and often inaccessible medical treatment. Moving towards making a poetic constellation of affirmation that includes the more-than-human-worlds, stars and wanderers that inhabit it, how could we imagine a more ecologically-centered and liberated world? 

The session will also include readings by Lou Lou Sainsbury, and writings from selected texts as provocations to open up creative thinking.


Book your place

Booking is required to attend this workshop and it has a limited capacity of 15 people, to reserve a place please click here.

If you are unable to attend the workshop, we ask that you please cancel your reservation as soon as possible in order to allow people on the waiting list to attend.


Artist Biography 

Lou Lou Sainsbury is based between Margate and Rotterdam. Recently graduated from the Dutch Art Institute, she was an associate artist at Open School East in 2017 after completing the BA in Moving Image at the University of Brighton in 2016. She has exhibited individually at Well Projects, Margate (2020). Recent performances and group exhibitions include: Yaby and La Casa Encendida, Madrid; Centre for Contemporary Arts Prague (both 2020); Nottingham Contemporary; Tate Modern, London; Yaby, Madrid (all 2019); and Flat Time House, London (2018).