Be part of a collective new body of work by leading artist Florence Peake.

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Southwark Park Galleries is commissioning Florence Peake to create a new body of interdisciplinary performance, live sound and visual art works. This work will re-interpret ‘Factual Actual’ (performed at the National Gallery, December 2021) as its starting point and then grow it into bigger, more complex piece in response to our two galleries.

At Lake Gallery, Peake will create one continuous 4m x 45m painting on canvas using gestural and movement marking techniques that will wrap around the gallery’s walls to interrogate what a painting can be to an excessive, almost camp/hammy degree. This work will take the viewer on a journey as they walk from one end to the other simultaneously resisting the idea of the white cube space as the static frame for paintings.

What to expect?

Florence will start the workshop with an introduction to the work and a light warm-up. Participants will then be invited to mark the canvas laid in Dilston Gallery and ‘paint through movement’. The workshop will conclude with a reflection on individual’s experience.

Please note: shoe protectors will be provided. Participants will be invited in some touch exploration (optional). Your name will be credited in the final artwork exhibited at Southwark Park Galleries (optional).


Tuesday 22 November 2022, 11am – 12.30pm // Over 55+

Thursday 24 November 2022, 11am – 12.30pm // Families

Friday 25 November 2022, 11am – 12.30pm // 16+

Artist Bio //

FLORENCE PEAKE (b. 1973) is a London-based artist that has presented work internationally and across the UK in galleries, theatres and the public realm, Peake is known for an approach which is at once sensual and witty, expressive and rigorous, political and intimate.

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.

Performances and Exhibitions:

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).

Education and Training:

Advanced Teaching Certificate in Skinner Releasing Technique (2011)

MA in Contemporary Performance Making, (Distinction), Brunel University (2007-09)

Teaching Certificate in Skinner Releasing Technique (2002-04)

Dance Diploma, Lewisham College (1992-94)