RE:seeding, in correspondence

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A new performance to camera by Jade Montserrat.

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RE:seeding, in correspondence is a new performance to camera suggesting that there is a connection between ourselves and the earth and that this line, or connection, like our communications with one another, is drawing.

Developed with film-maker Webb-Ellis, Jade Montserrat seeks to visualise these exchanges of energy, the lines, the communications, and with that, consider, maybe on a global scale, stewarding of our spaces.

RE:seeding, in correspondence documents processes of making virtual connections with a local community of people who have refugee status or are seeking asylum. Jade’s research topics on ownership, body and land, explored through a workshop with participants from MAFWA Theatre – an organisation in Leeds who makes theatre with sanctuary seekers in Burmantofts, Lincoln Green and Mabgate – included an exchange of materials: charcoal, a sketchbook, herb seeds and materials to grow them in with the intention of locating commonality through shared connection to earth, soil, and growth.

A development of Drawing as Contagion, a text and workshop devised in response to exhibition Instituting Care (Bluecoat; Humber Street Gallery) RE:seeding, in correspondence extends Jade’s central idea that drawing is a mode of being or a mode of operating, allowing further exploration of the question: What does it mean to survey and reclaim ‘environments’, our relationship to space, and where are potentials for reclamation or belongings?

Performance to Camera Collage by Jade Montserrat and Webb-Ellis.

Engagement and Project Management by Helen Moore.

In partnership with East Street Arts, Counterpoints Arts, MAFTWA Theatre.

Commissioned by performingborders, East Street Arts and Counterpoint Arts for performingbordersLIVE20. Supported by Live Art Development Agency, with funding from Arts Council England.


Jade Montserrat is the recipient of the Stuart Hall Foundation Scholarship which supports her PhD (via MPhil) at IBAR, UCLan, (Race and Representation in Northern Britain in the context of the Black Atlantic: A Creative Practice Project) and the development of her work from her black diasporic perspective in the North of England. She was also awarded one of two Jerwood Student Drawing Prizes in 2017 for No Need for Clothing, a documentary photograph of a drawing installation at Cooper Gallery DJCAD by Jacquetta Clark. Jade’s Rainbow Tribe project – a combination of historical and contemporary manifestations of Black Culture from the perspective of the Black Diaspora is central to the ways she is producing a body of work, including No Need For Clothing and its iterations, as well as her performance work Revue. Jade was commissioned to present Revue as a 24 hour live performance at SPILL Festival of Performance, October 2018, a solo exhibition at The Bluecoat, Liverpool, (Nov – 10 Mar 2019) which toured to Humber Street Gallery ( July-sept 2019) and was commissioned by Art on the Underground to create the 2018 Winter Night Tube cover.

performingbordersLIVE20 (March – November 2020). A public programme of open calls, artist digital commissions, residencies, workshops, open conversations, and events, focusing on the exploration of experimental and exciting artistic practices happening within the UK Live Art sector around notions and lived experiences of physical, cultural, juridical, racial, gendered, class, and everyday borders. Curated by Xavier de Sousa and Alessandra Cianetti. Presented by performingborders and Foreign Actions Productions in partnership with Counterpoints Arts (London), Live Art Development Agency (London), Contact (Manchester), East Street Arts (Leeds), MAFWA Theatre (Leeds), The Albany/Deptford Lounge (London), Something Human/Asia-Art-Activism (London), Never Done (London), Ọ̀RỌ̀ ÀNÍKÉ (London), Queer Art Projects (London), East London Cable (London), Green Rooms Hotel (London), HowlRound Theatre Commons (Boston, US), Warehouse9 (Copenhagen, Denmark). Supported by Arts Council England.


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23 October 2020

7:00pm (GMT)

Approx. 1h15min


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Image credit: Jade Montserrat, RE:seeding, in correspondence, 2020. Still from video

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