DIY16: 2019 — SWEAT: the sky leaks I leak

DIY: SWEAT: Edythe WooleyImage courtesy the artist

Honing in on sweating as a bodily function and as a process found in nature, this DIY conceived and led by artist Edythe Woolley will cultivate an embodied practice of dyke/queer resistance through observing and experiencing the act of sweating.

Over 3 days at Scottish Sculpture Workshop, we will consider collective sweat. Through sauna sittings, impulse writings, long walks, nature observations, deep thinking, and working with our hands to build ceramic vessels, we will get closer to thinking about the how liquids transform, intermingle and are exchanged in the natural world and how we might embody this process.

SWEAT is responsive to the dramatic changes we have been seeing in our global weather systems. Like disrupted weather patterns, dykes and queers are misdirected, shut down and experience an attempted ‘straightening out’ by pervasive heteronormative culture. Through these workshops, sweat stained armpits and leaking groins, damp arse cracks and clammy palms are eruptions of resistance to and healings from the straight channels of influence.

This DIY offers the opportunity to detox, sweat and breath each others’ bodily fluids in a moment of calm and queer healing.

To apply

Apply for this DIY with Edythe Woolley via the Live Art Development Agency.

This DIY is free and travel costs up to a total value of £75 will be covered. Simple, shared accommodation on site at SSW will be provided for the DIY dates of Thursday 17 – Monday 21 October.

Daily evening meals will be provided, which participants will prepare and eat together.

Food for lunches, snacks and breakfasts will not be included.

If you have any specific access requirements you would like to discuss please contact jenny[at]ssw.org.uk . Information on disabled access at SSW can be found here.

If you have questions about SWEAT, please contact SSW Programme and Communications Manager:  jenny[at]ssw.org.uk


This DIY is open to folk who are dykes, queer or bi; this includes cis, trans, gender non-conforming and intersex folk who have dyke sentiments. Proposed participants would share the notion that it is important for dykes and queers to have space to leak, sweat and engage in environmental conversations. We intend for this DIY to find healing and growth between our queer bodies and the landscape, to take the experience into our own practices and future collaborations.

Edythe Woolley and SSW welcome applications from artists at any level of experience and from all practices and disciplines. Artists should have a keen interest in environment/ecology.

UPDATE: This DIY is open to all artists regardless of location.  Travel expenses will be covered up to a value of £75.

About the artist

Edythe Woolley is a live artist with an interdisciplinary practice which draws on visual art, film and theatre. Described as “Surreal and sassy as fuck” (Great SEXpectations) Edythe’s work confuses the glamorous and the grotesque. Edythe uses physical endurance and the body as sculpture to create dreamlike, visceral and playfully political performances that foreground queer feminist narratives. Edythe has two full-length solo shows Did You Get That From Your Mother?(SPILL Festival, Buzzcut, Camden People’s Theatre, The Marlborough) and FISHY (NEXT Festival, Steakhouse Live, LAB, The Cube) and also performs on the queer club scene as drag king, Manly Stanley.

About DIY

DIY is an opportunity for artists working in Live Art to conceive and run unusual research, training and professional development projects for themselves and other artists, supported by Live Art Development Agency.

2019 is the third year SSW have participated in the DIY network. Collectively we understand DIY is all about creating spaces to explore new ideas and test new methodologies. We want to hear from you if have an idea for an exciting, innovative and idiosyncratic professional development project that offers something different and is geared to the eclectic and often unusual needs of artists whose practices are grounded in challenging and unconventional approaches, forms and concepts.

Previous DIY at SSW include:

DIY 15: Project O – How do we DEAL and how do we do better/do US? (2018)

DIY 14: Peter McMaster – Performing Landscapes (2017)

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