Following the Gourd: Trans Star Map Workshop - VISUAL

VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art &
The George Bernard Shaw Theatre

Following the Gourd: Trans Star Map Workshop

with Ebun Sodipo

Saturday 23 October 2021 | 12pm - 2pm

Admission: Free

Book Tickets

Can the stars be evidence of our trans existence?

Join artist Ebun Sodipo for a workshop exploring trans stories, on Saturday October 23rd, 12pm - 2pm, as part of the Speech Sounds programme. In this workshop we will use collages, text and sound to record trans stories and histories.

In the second half of the workshop, we will be collectively and poetically exploring trans history, particularly black trans history.

These artefacts will be anonymously uploaded into a map of a fictional night sky which doubles as a digital archive, coming online Winter 2022, as part of Ebun’s project ‘Following the Gourd’.

This workshop is particularly intended for trans people, especially for black trans people. There is a travel bursary available for those attending living outside of Carlow town. Please email with your travel information and your ticket will be booked for you.

Please let us know any access requirements in advance by emailing

Speech Sounds

Speech Sounds is a learning, research and commissioning programme exploring communication, bodily difference and speculative fiction, curated by Iarlaith Ni Fheorais, as Curator-in-Residence at VISUAL Carlow. Join us in gallery and online throughout Summer - Winter 2021 for workshops, discussions, screenings, installations, texts, and research events with artists Joey Holder, Jonah King, Kumbirai Makumbe, Jennifer Mehigan, Maïa Nunes and Ebun Sodipo.

Ebun Sodipo

Ebun Sodipo is a London based artist making work for those who will come after: the black trans people of the future. Her interdisciplinary practice narrates her construction a black trans-feminine self after slavery and colonialism. Through a process of fragmentation, collage, and fabulation, she devises softer, other-wise ways of imagining and speaking about the body, desire, archives, and the past.