Serpentine Pavilion Saturday 30 September 2023, 1.30 - 8pm Price: £5, £3 conc. Donate today BSL Interpreted

A day of discussion, activations and music to celebrate the launch of How We Hold: Rehearsals for Art and Social Change, a book by Serpentine Education and Civic.

How We Hold is a publication drawing directly from collaborative projects that span over a decade of Serpentine Education and Civic programmes. The book uplifts and celebrates the creativity and resistance of artists, organisers, and the many people who have generated and shaped these projects – including children in nursery, labour organisers, educators, carers, young people in academy schools, and those navigating the immigration system – who find hope, possibility and life in the most difficult of circumstances.

The book’s contributors and collaborators spoke at the 2023 Serpentine Pavilion to celebrate the launch of How We Hold. The day included discussion, activations and music by Barby Asante, Camille Barton, Ain Bailey, Adelita Husni Bey, Rae Johnson, Farzana Khan, Harold Offeh, Zahra Bei, Kadeem Marshall-Oxley and Jasleen Kaur.



13:30 Tea and coffee

14:00 Introductions

14:20 Opening with Barby Asante

14:45 Liberating Education: What does freedom look and feel like?

Adelita Husni Bey, Zahra Bei and Kadeem Marshall-Oxley

15:40 Break

16:00 Embodying Change: How can we work towards collective transformation?

Camille Barton, Rae Johnson and Farzana Khan

17:00 Embodying Empowerment with Harold Offeh

17:30 Blessings Amongst Blessings with Meenadchi

17:50 Thank you and food served

18:00 DJ Set by Ain Bailey

20:00 Ends

Displayed in the Pavilion were picnic blankets from Everyday Resistance, a project developed by Jasleen Kaur in collaboration with mothers and children from the Portman Early Childhood Centre, with design by Cecilia Serafini. The project asks how cooking and eating together can be a site of resistance.


About How We Hold

How We Hold brings together project notes and documentation, conversations, commissioned texts, and exercises to ask, where do we go when things fall apart, when home has been taken away, when the cracks appear? How do we find moments of rest, joy and pleasure within ongoing crisis? How do we organise?

The publication was created for arts educators, cultural workers, facilitators, organisers and those who are interested in working collectively with others, who want to use creative practice to work towards change, through personal and social transformation. Designed to be used both within organisations and as a tool to critique them, How We Hold supports dissenting and oppositional conversations, and offers pragmatic challenges to neoliberal and colonial models of education and administration still found in museums, arts organisations and other institutions today.

How We Hold Launch Credits

Curated by: Civic and Education Team – Amal Khalaf, Elizabeth Graham, Layla Gatens, Alex Thorp, Jemma Egan

Executive Producer: Holly Shuttleworth

Production Manager: Andy Downie

Production Assistants: Isobel Peyton-Jones, Manuela Cochat, K Bailey Obazee

Events: Esme Evan-Cook

BSL Interpreters: Rachel Jones, Deborah McLeod

Visual Notetaking: Sadie St Hilaire, Migrants in Culture

Design: in the shade of a tree

Video: SOUP Collective

Photography: Matthew Ritson, Saima Khalid

Food: Mestizo

Care Support: Hestia


With thanks to the wider Serpentine teams including on-the-day staff from facilities, cleaning and event set-up, delivery and take down.


How We Hold Contributors

Abdullah, ACT ESOL Research Group, agency for agency, Nelly Alfandari, Anti Raids Network, Barby Asante, Ain Bailey, Camille Barton, Khairani Barokka, Barking and Dagenham Youth Dance, Zahra Bei, Bedfellows, Beverley Bennett, Jay Bernard, Becontree Broadcasting Station, Birmingham Asylum and Refugee Association, Blak Outside, Sonia Boyce, Clare Butcher, Helen Cammock, Carlton Dene Care Home, Centre for Urban Pedagogy, Teresa Cisneros, Chloe Cooper, Collective Creativity, Cradle Community, Sam Curtis, Phoebe Davies, Kim Dhillon, English for Action, Patrick Farmer, FerArts, Andrea Francke, Christine Gasper, Gateway Academy, Joon-Lynn Goh, Green Shoes Arts, Jess Harrington, Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad, bell hooks, Adelita Husni Bey, Evan Ifekoya, Implicated Theatre, Interfaith Sanctuary Shelter, Invisible Spaces of Parenthood, Adam James, Rae Johnson, Jacob V Joyce, Raisa Kabir, Anton Kats, Jasleen Kaur, Farzana Khan, Suzanne Lacy, Latin American Workers Association, Taylor Le Melle, Gail Lewis, John Lockhart, London Asbestos Awareness Group, Paul Maheke, Kadeem Marshall-Oxley, Emma McGarry, Meenadchi, Micro Rainbow, Migrants Resource Centre, Jenny Moore, Nawi Collective, New Town Culture,, Harold Offeh, Omikemi, Other Cinemas, Pause, PEARL, Rory Pilgrim, Albert Potrony, Portman Early Childhood Centre, Raju Rage, Nisha Ramayya, RESOLVE Collective, Frances Rifkin, Ilona Sagar, Azad Ashim Sharma, Beverley Skeggs, Skin Deep, Unite’s Hotel Workers union, Daniella Valz Gen, Nicolas Vass, Voices for Domestic Workers, Voices That Shake!, Jackie Wang, Adam J B Walker, Ed Webb-Ingall, Westminster Academy, Westmead Elderly Resource Centre, Becky Winstanley, Chris X, Abbas Zahedi, Rehana Zaman, and others.


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