Cherilyn Yeates

Spine Festival

Artist in Residence #SPINE2019 | Thursday 7 March – Saturday 16 March
Libraries are creative spaces.


Working alongside Emma McGordon, an award winning spoken word artist, Chez is taking part in SPINE Festival 2019 as Artist in Residence in Wimbledon Library. They have devised a programme of activities for teens exploring mental health.

Thinking about how we talk to ourselves, how the world listens to us and how we can be heard- Chez’s workshop explores visual conversation and asemic writing as a means of self expression. Looking at how we can manipulate mark making, use shape and colour to convey emotion and thoughts.

Really positive, inclusive experience!
— Teacher
I used it as a way to express emotions and thoughts I usually keep to myself, which was useful to me because I felt I opened up...I could use it to find new ways to approach issues in my life and find things to keep me happy.
— Year 10 Student

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Now in its 5th year, SPINE Festival will be running in 17 boroughs across London from 7 – 16 March. Produced by Apples and Snakes, SPINE 2019 is a multi-disciplinary arts festival giving young people the chance to engage with workshops and live performances for free at their local library. The theme of this year’s festival is teen wellbeing. The festival celebrates creativity and community across the capital.