Imaginate at The Work Room - Robbie Synge & Julie Cleves


Having never worked together with young people, and particularly in close physical contact, this residency week will be a genuinely fresh and daring period of research that allows our curiosity to meet with those of young people around difference and cooperation. Terrifying but timely and in with the best possible support we can imagine to do this.

—Robbie Synge

After a call out for an Imaginate at The Work Room residency for 2019, the standard was so high we decided to support two projects. One of these projects is with Robbie Synge and Julie Cleves who will work together in late October 2019, you can read about the second residency with Women Dancing here.

"I am excited to work with close friend and long-term collaborator Julie Cleves along with Imaginate and The Work Room to test ideas around developing a group workshop with young people. Maybe. We will, at least, hold a number of workshops with young people to see what arises through playful invitation to physical cooperation and conversation with us and each other. This may be a stepping stone to a playful participatory event of some kind. 

Julie Cleves and I share a collaborative practice that has been ongoing for about ten years now and has led to many outcomes in film, DIY object designs, discussions and performance encounters of various kinds in art spaces and in public. Our main interest is in testing the possibilities of how we negotiate spaces and terrains together in order to achieve simple ideas - sitting on grass or traversing rough terrain. This is quite a quiet and intimate partnership, but encountering the striking physicality and design solutions of our actions tends to fuel conversations and questions around cooperation, difference, touch, physical access and many more themes."  Robbie Synge

The BBC made a short film featuring Robbie and Julie, as part of their developing practice together.

You can read more about Robbie and Julie's previous work together, with images and a short film.

Robbie Synge
Julie Cleves