Somerset House Studios

Grounding Practice: Florence Peake

Sat 25 Sep
11.00 - 16.00 (inc. break)
£20 / £15 concessions

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Lancaster Rooms
New Wing

Studios resident Florence Peake leads a performative group workshop.

As part of Grounding Practice, a rolling programme of workshops, presentations, conversations, and peer-to-peer meetups, Florence Peake leads a session that takes movement and the body as a grounding point to explore the notion of liveness.

The workshop considers proposals for how we experience our liveness - in living, in performance - to question what a live encounter can be.   

Participants are encouraged to each bring an imagining for liveness to the group - inviting encounters spanning the small and intimate to the epic in scale. 

Header image by Tim Bowditch. Performers Katye Coe and Florence Peake.

About Florence Peake

Florence Peake is a London-based artist who has been making solo and group performance works intertwined with an extensive visual art practice since 1995. 

Peake produces movement, interactive sculpture, paintings that use the whole body’s physicality, text, film and drawings which respond and intercept each other to articulate, extend and push ideas. Peake’s work explores notions of materiality and physicality: the body as site and vehicle of protest; the erotic and sensual as tools for queering materiality; the subjective and imagined body as a force equal to those that move in our objective flesh-bound world. 

By encouraging chaotic relationships between the body and material, Peake creates radical and outlandish performances, which in turn generate temporary alliances and micro-communities within the audience. Peake’s painting is as an extension of the body itself: it is produced gesturally and performatively, and is both a manifestation of the external body in motion and the way personal experience and feeling is recorded within the tissue and bones. Their painting practice comes together with sculpture and performance in a reciprocal nature: engaging in a shared dialogue and creating multiple modes of processing performance, and the interrelations between dancers, audiences and sites. 

Peake is part of the Hayward Gallery’s touring British Art Show 9 (2021). Peake’s work has been presented at Arsenic theatre and Sudpol theatre in Switzerland (2020),Venice Biennale 2019; CRAC Occitanie, Sète, France (2018), London Contemporary Music Festival, UK (2018), Bosse & Baum, London, UK (2019); De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, UK (2018); Palais De Tokyo, Paris, France (2018); Hayward Gallery, London UK (2018), Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, UK (2017), Studio Leigh, London UK (2017); Sara Zanin Gallery, Rome, Italy (2017); Serpentine, London UK (2016); Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (2016); ICA, London (2016); Modern Art Oxford (2016); BALTIC, Newcastle UK (2013), Frieze, London UK (2013), Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2012).