A community that often feels disconnected, our stories forgotten in a system
that refuses to listen... but the time has come to break the silence.
Universal for who: your silence will not protect you is a series of creative
workshops that aim to provide a welcoming space for people to connect through their
experiences of being on universal credit. Societal discourse on receiving benefits
makes sweeping generalisations, moulding us into a tick-box society, with little
consideration of the individual circumstances that result in unemployment. Our
emotions and responses are downplayed and replaced with negative stereotypes.
In light of recent cuts, how can we navigate these feelings, both old and new? We
are not offered a space to connect and build a community in which we can confront
our feelings together, until now.
Universal for who: your silence will not protect you seeks to create a space
where we can explore this area of our identity unapologetically, allowing us to
understand our own relationship with the benefits system, free of judgement and
Fortnightly sessions will provide a platform for authentic discussion and a chance to
re-build a sense of belonging in our communities as we work towards weaving our
stories together to form a bold tapestry that will stand firm in the community, just like
us. We will support one another in this process whilst challenging discussion on
universal credit and the wider benefits system.
Sessions will be led by Tsipora St. Clair Knights, a recently graduated emerging
multidisciplinary artist whose work explores the complexities of identity through
movement, film & spoken word.
Tsipora has just completed Theatre Peckham’s Young Producer’s Scheme and is
currently involved in the Black Writers’ Collective at Southwark Playhouse, Our
Culture at Rising Arts & 100 Agents of Change Residency with In Place of War.

Nov 2, 16, 30 and Dec 14, 4-6PM

Free event.