These workshops are specially designed for gallery spaces and provide a playful way to encourage public discourse and creative response with works of art.

Participants will literally seek inspiration in the art as they use paintings, sculptures and photographs as jumping-off points for their creativity.

These workshops are suitable for all levels of experience and ability making them perfect for the experienced creator looking for inspiration or the beginner looking for confidence.

Workshops led by Sean Bruno and Luke Dixon (bios at bottom of page).


Explore the people in the portraits and give them a voice.

Participants will be encouraged, through a series of exercises and prompts, to look at a portrait of their choice in depth; finding out all they can from the clues and suggestions in the picture and weaving what they learn into writing a monologue in the voice of the sitter.

At the end of the workshop, they will have the opportunity to perform their monologue in front of the portrait that inspired it.

This is a workshop for anyone with an interest in acting, writing, or just the curiosity to find out more about the people in the portraits.

It is also possible to share the monologues with the rest of the group,and the wider public, as recordings listened to on headphones on smartphones as if secretly listening to the thoughts of the sitters.


This workshop will use the artwork as a prompt for the participant to examine and transform their own stories, thoughts, opinions, and anecdotes about art, into confessional monologues.

Participants will leave their inner-critics outside the gallery door and place themselves at the centre of the works by answering the questions, “What am I really thinking when I look at art?”, “What in my life does this work remind me of?” and “Why is this important?”

Whether a Rembrandt reminds you of the love of your life or the worst job you ever had, this workshop is both an exploration of the relationship between artwork and observer as well as a celebration of the exotic and everyday feelings, memories and sensations which art evokes in us.

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Luke and Sean have collectively over 50 years of running performance, writing and other creative workshops.

Sean and Luke’s acclaimed ‘Creating Solo Performance’ is published by Routledge and was called by The Stage, “A welcome addition to an actor’s bookshelves” (18 Sept 2014).

Luke Dixon is a performance maker, writer, teacher and academic, internationally known for his innovative productions of Shakespeare, his site-specific performances, his teaching of actors and his research into performance. His productions for theatre nomad, of which he was Artistic Director for 20 years, have been seen in China, North America, South Africa, Germany, France, Poland, Russia, Czech and Slovak Republics, Spain and the UK. Luke has a doctorate in ‘The Performance of Gender’. Recent work includes A Summer of Ecosex with Annie Sprinkle & Elizabeth Stephens. His book hugely influential, ‘Play-Acting’, a guide to theatre workshops, is published by Methuen in the UK and by Routledge in the US.

Sean Bruno has been called an “Arresting Spoken Word Artist” by the BBC. His solo and collaborative practices draw upon various performance disciplines and styles, including; theatre, spoken word, dance, multimedia, site-specific and even folk music. He has worked in various writing, performance and dramaturgical capacities with performance companies as The National Theatre of Ireland, Theatre Nomad, The International Workshop Festival, Lo Commotion Dance, Teatro Vivo and Sweden’s The Harbour Project.