'Elements of Performance Art' public workshops with Anthony Howell
30 June to 6 August 2017, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, 2-5pm


Public workshops will take place throughout the exhibition guided by co-founder of The Theatre of Mistakes, Anthony Howell. If you wish to take part, kindly meet with Anthony either half-an-hour prior to the workshop starting time, or at its end. 


During the early years of The Theatre of Mistakes (1974-6) workshops were held in public and private spaces around London. They were open to all and attended by artists and students from different disciplines: writers and poets; dancers and choreographers; visual artists of all media and architects. Participants would develop instructions and games-based exercises under a basic rubric: that if you designed an exercise then you were in agreement to perform those by others. Over these two years the group noted and recorded hundreds of these exercises, which core members Anthony Howell and Fiona Templeton refined and distilled into their 1976 publication, Elements of Performance Art. Arguably, this publication is the first manifesto/manual for Performance Art in the UK. It will operate as a starting point for Howell’s workshops and ‘free sessions’ at Raven Row.



Image: Richard Quarrell, workshop at Ting studio, London (1974). Photographer unknown. All images courtesy of The Theatre of Mistakes.