Critical Contemplations: Reading/Writing Workshop

Thursday, 7th September 2023


Join us at 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning for a reading/writing workshop with Chloe Filani and Rhoda Boateng. In this practical workshop, participants will explore their writing practice in a facilitated, intimate space and have the opportunity to read their work aloud and receive critical feedback in a supportive environment.

Doors: 18.30, Workshop: 19-20.30


Please note: this workshop is aimed at writers/readers who identify as black or afro-diasporic only. If this doesn’t sound like it’s for you, please look out for other events we have on offer at 198. We’d love to welcome you another time.

Critical Contemplations is an ongoing artistic programming strand by lead curators Languid Hands at 198 Contemporary Arts & Learning, focussing on dialogue, debate and exchange, inviting artists, thinkers, activists, writers and creative practitioners to share their practice and perspectives in an actively political and critical forum for discourse and praxis.

The event is free to attend, with donations welcome at All donations will support the work of 198 Contemporary Arts & Learning, allowing us to continue our over 30 year legacy of supporting and showcasing the work of artists and creative practitioners who are Black or of colour through exhibitions, programming, artist development and other forms of engagement, and of creating creative learning opportunities to local communities.

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Chloe Filani is an artist, performer, poet and writer working with and in her lived experiences as a black trans woman of Nigerian Heritage Yoruba and Eshan. Examining the broader themes of identity and power structures, Filani’s work is about going on artistic journeys, be it solo or in collaboration with play, movement, expression of her voice and using her body to communicate the artistic self. Especially working with other Black women and femmes of similar experiences and expression within art – trying to find a way to communicate something through poetry, performance and sound work. Filani is currently working on a research project called Negro ecstasy/Black Ecstasy.

Rhoda Adum Boateng is a poet and archivist, playing with errant forms of memory and sense. Rhoda is in the current cohort of the Griot’s Well Poetry Development Programme and is a member of BORN::FREE writer’s collective. She works as Project Archivist for the McKenzie Heritage Picture Archive, a large-scale collection of Black and Asian photography at Black Cultural Archives and blogs under the moniker ‘trusting mechanics’ writing about maintenance, food and archival entanglements.

198 Contemporary Arts & Learning’s artistic programme is supported by Arts Council England, Freelands Foundation & Lambeth Council.