Art or act… does it matter? Miss Valentina takes you on a journey starting at a Whitechapel library

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An appropriately tacky setting as Miss Valentina holds her Whitechapel sessions

THANK HEAVEN for the Arts Council. Without it we might never see shows with names like Ideas In Ideas which, in keeping with the tradition of innovative exhibitions, is described as “interactive” and “site-responsive”.

The intriguing Miss Valentina, above — in reality, Shakti Orion — “comes from an occupational-therapist background”, which she finds helpful when she encourages participants in her workshops at the Idea Store in Whitechapel to “reflect on their own experiences of learning, using drawing, movement, and speech to investigate individual journeys”.  (See below for link for booking free tickets.)

Ideatorere: Poplar 120816 © David.Altheer[at ]gmail.com

Orion says she draws on sculpture, sound design, performance and other skills she has developed as an artist and teacher. She adds: “Miss Valentina brings some fun to the work.”

Hamish Scott 131217

* Ideas in Ideas will be in action at the Idea Store, 321 Whitechapel Road E1 1BU, until Friday 29 Dec 2017. Booking

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