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Word Games and Choreography

14 May 10.30am – 2pm

Our last word games workshop with Anthony Schrag was lots of fun so we’ve invited him back for more.  Dancer and choreographer Lucy Boyes will be working with Anthony, picking up where we left  by adding some playful movement to the games.

a participant enjoys the word games with hand written signs: fire! and dance!

For more info or to join the workshop, contact Susan:


Dunbar’s Close Garden


a photo of the formal gardens with box hedges

Some great feedback for Ken Cockburn’s Let Loose workshop:

“I must say that I loathed poetry at school. I DETESTED it and this has been completely different. They should have done something like this in school. It would have saved me. Brilliant. I loved this.”

“I really enjoyed today with the excellent introduction to poetry which we were encouraged to play with. You have inspired me to go back and read more poetry.”


Poetry Workshop

In Dunbar’s Close

Ken Cockburn gave some examples of poetry in different forms before we spent the morning musing in Dunbar’s Close, off the Royal Mile – very pleasant and a bit addictive as we didn’t want to stop writing! This Haiku suited the day:

a hill without a name
veiled in morning mist
– Basho

Read the poems we created in the LET LOOSE POEMS BOOKLET

Read more about Ken and some of his work on the Scottish Poetry Library website.

Instruction Scores

Greg Sinclair led this workshop and immediately sparked lots of discussion by showing us  Nam June Paik’s Solo for Violin ( see below).  We started to think if instructions can be artworks, not everyone was convinced but it was a good discussion.  Our next workshop is outdoors, away from the electronic notetaker so we’ll be relying on written instructions.  I wonder if this workshop will make us think differently about them?

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Art by Instruction

Example of an instruction by Yoko Ono.  Painting for the wind Cut a hole in a bag filled with seeds of any kind and place the bag anywhere there is wind.Our next Let Loose workshop on Wednesday 5 March is with musician and performer Greg Sinclair.  Greg’s recent work I do do I? followed instructions written by primary school children which were performed at the Arches in Glasgow. There’s a long history of artists writing and exhibiting instructions in galleries, these examples are by Yoko Ono.

Instructions can be poetic or silly; simple or demanding.  Sometimes the audience is invited to spend time meditatively with an idea; sometimes materials are provided for an instruction to be carried out.

An exhibition of Yoko Ono's instructions simply typed on individual sheets and pinned up along the agllery wall.

If you’d like to try some or find out more, the Do It website has instructions by different artists – as you’ll see there are no rules.  In Wednesdays workshop, Greg will us help us to develop our own Art by Instruction.  The workshop is free and an electronic note taker will be available.  To take part or for more information, contact