Young Londoners are invited to join a series of interactive online workshops facilitated by The Fandangoe Kid to explore experiences, challenges and issues faced during the pandemic.

Participants will produce type driven artwork which reflect the many narratives of the current times, truthfully and honestly. The workshops will experiment with typography, layouts and graphic elements, alongside mixed media and collage, to make bold and engaging statements, to gather a collective voice in response to essential questions concerning young people.

What you will need: Typography (newspapers/magazines/bills!), a scalpel/cutting knife and/or scissors, a cutting mat or a chopping board, large format paper, materials for collage, found objects, mixed paper, washi tapes, receipts, anything of interest in terms of colour palettes and found patterns, acrylic paints in bold colours and paintbrushes, ready made stencils.

Please note: these workshops are interactive, and we encourage you to have your camera on during the sessions to help us to interact better and to have more involved conversations, whilst we create our works. The sessions are not recorded, only people taking part in the workshops are able to view the workshops.

The learning from the workshops will become part of a larger visual art project as part of London’s World Mental Health Day 2020 Festival, taking place on 10th October.

Workshop dates and registration

Workshop: Simple and effective ways to maintain self-care and support our wellbeing

Tuesday, 25 August, 16.00-18.00

Register for this workshop here.

This workshop will explore the following questions and themes:

  • How do you look after your own mental health? What works for you?
  • What advice or useful techniques could you offer to someone struggling? Why is this so important?
  • Equally, what doesn’t work for you when you’re struggling with your mental health?
  • How can we work together to support each other with language and actions in a simple, daily practice that aids our collective mental health?

Workshop: Post pandemic and a whole new world shake up!

Friday, 28 August, 14.00-16.00

Register for this workshop here.

The world has changed forever. People have spoken about a return to normal but for most of us the pre-pandemic world wasn’t actually working. We don’t want a return to normal, we want a whole new future with some radical change!

  • How can we maintain mental health and wellbeing when the future is so uncertain and so much has changed?

We have all had to address our mental health and wellbeing during lockdown, whether we are actively conscious of that or not.

  • Can we carry some of the new skills we have learned during lockdown into this new era?
  • How can we stay connected to the world and the rapidly changing news updates without damaging our mental health?
  • As we move into 2021, how can we navigate the uncertain present and future and still maintain some calm amidst it all?

About The Fandangoe Kid

The Fandangoe Kid is a London based print artist who makes large-scale narrative driven pieces for the public realm. She seeks to smash taboos around complex subject matters such as loss, trauma release, mental health and gender constructs.

She has created work for a wide range of purposes, most recently installing artwork on 14 metre pillar for University of the Arts London’s 120th year anniversary and a large-scale permanent piece of public art at the Southbank Centre for the charity CALM.

For World Mental Health Day 2019, she installed an 80 metre floor narrative at City Hall for the Mayor of London and Thrive LDN (below), addressing the connection between movement and mental health. Additionally, she screened her film Into Your Light, directed with Tara Darby, at Tate Modern and on the Manhattan Bridge, looking at dancing as a tool for survival following great personal loss.

Much of the artist’s work is driven by navigating her own story, following the loss of many individuals in her family back in 2011, her practice being largely underpinned by the will to create a platform for open dialogue around the still taboo subject of grief.

She has worked with young people in Hackney and inner city London for over a decade, her remit being to encourage young people from all backgrounds to know themselves better through their creative practice.