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The ONCA Gallery will re-open this summer. In the meantime, our events remain online and our exhibitions are available to view online and in the Gallery window from outside. The ONCA Barge is now open on Friday mornings and for one-off events. See below for more information.

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Political Drag: workshop with Leah Kirby AKA Cyro

24 June
2:30 pm
4:30 pm

Political Drag with Leah Kirby AKA Cyro: creating art inciting change and incorporating non-Western performance techniques, Leah Kirby / Cyro explores socio-economic and political issues through non-traditional formats. Thursday 24 June 2.30 - 4.30pm, Barge. For Barge directions and accessibility information click here. In this workshop, Cyro dissects their practice and techniques when it comes to building drag performance around the black trans experience: How to consider mental care when delving into art that centres ‘honouring your anger’ and voicing…

Meeting The Unruly Dead: Workshop with SL Grange

25 June
3:00 pm
4:30 pm

Part of The History Bois residency at Barge, this online workshop run by poet, drag king and artist SL Grange is for folks wanting to connect with their Queer tr/ancestors. Using writing, drawing and performative processes, we’ll create our own rituals and art to uncover, honour and meet lost queer heroes. If you already know which member of the unruly dead you want to work with, bring them along. Alternatively, SL Grange can suggest some historical Queeroes for you to…

Show Thyself! Queer history self-fashioning workshop with SL Grange & E.M. Parry

26 June
2:30 pm
4:30 pm

Show Thyself! At this workshop, multi-disciplinary artists SL Grange & E.M. Parry invite you to an exploration of historically-inspired queer self-fashioning. Saturday 26 June, 2.30 - 4.30pm, Barge. For Barge directions and accessibility information click here. Combining creative writing with photographic portraiture and dressing up, we will guide you through a gentle, playful process that invites you to explore an alternate self, play at being someone else, and/or meet your unruly dead tr/ancestors by becoming them. Bring clothing items, props,…

Bats About Data: Curiosity Club workshop with Cliff Hammett

29 June
4:30 pm
6:00 pm

For this experimental art/science workshop aboard the Barge, we will look at how to gather data about bats, and ways to share this data in creative and unusual ways. Bats live all around us, roosting in trees and our homes, foraging for insects in parks and woodland. But they are also very vulnerable to humans changing the environment – for instance, by demolishing buildings they roosts in, or placing too much lighting where they feed. Bats are protected under law.…

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