TOMA Project Space
Saturday, May 22, 2021
Sunday, September 12, 2021
Unit 13, Royals Shopping Centre, Southend, SS1 1DG
South East England
TOMA (The Other MA)

Launching Saturday 22 May 2021

> Group exhibition at TOMA Project Space, Unit 13, Royals Shopping Centre, Southend, SS1 1DG. Opening Saturday 22 May from 12-6pm. EXTENDED until 12th September (open Saturdays and Sundays).

> A series of workshops and events at The Old Waterworks, North Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, SS0 7AB every Saturday and Sunday, > full schedule below.

> A new postal care package commission, posters and writing commissions will accompany the project.

‘Precarious straits ~ survival on Southend’s new coast, Southend-under-Sea’ is a collaborative project from TOMA (The Other MA) and TOW (The Old Waterworks) and is a Creative Estuary co-commission with additional funding from Arts Council England. The project consists of a group exhibition, a series of events, workshops, a postal care package, new writing and poster commissions responding to the precarious times we inevitably face.

The exhibition will be at the TOMA Project Space and a series of events and workshops leading away from the rising tides of the estuary, down the high street and in-land to TOW. Alongside this activity we have invited three writers-in-residence, Holly Firmin, Rose Cleary and Zarina Muhammad from The White Pube, to reflect on ‘Precarious straits…’, these will be published in-house at TOW. There will also be a newly commissioned care package with Bella Milroy, Evan Ifekoya and Jade Montserrat. These three artists will make work to be posted out to recipients who may not be able to visit this month-long programme or be able to access new artwork. We will prioritise disabled people, people with caring responsibilities or people otherwise unable to access arts and culture in person, bringing physical artworks to people’s doors.

‘Precarious Straits…’ will be a manual for awareness and survival, looking at the speculative economic, political and ecological futures people may have to navigate. Our starting point comes from research put forward by Climate Central—an independent group of leading scientists and journalists—suggesting much of the world’s coastlines will be submerged due to flooding by 2050, including Southend. TOMA and TOW will use this research and our existing ways of working together as a point of departure. A place to begin thinking and practicing in these uncertain times, working out ways to support small art ecologies in Southend and beyond. Solid foundations will, after all, help us in precarious straits.

‘Precarious straits…’ will run alongside Estuary 2021.

Precarious straits exhibiting artists:
Adam Hogarth
Amy Pennington + Sophie Chapman
Anna Chrystal Stephens
Emma Edmondson
Lolly Adams
James Ravinet
Louise Ashcroft
Raju Rage
Sara Trillo
Sean Roy Parker
Sofia Niazi
Solidarity Syndicate
The right lube

Precarious straits events/workshops:
Laura Trevail
Morgan Quaintance
Rabiah Mali
Ruth Hazel
Sean Roy Parker

Precarious straits care package commissioned artists:
Bella Milroy
Evan Ifekoya
Jade Montserrat
Jane Lawson

Holly Firmin
Rose Cleary
Zarina Muhammad from The White Pube

Book your timed slot for the exhibition opening via Eventbrite here:

Workshops and events at The Old Waterworks (the space will be open for programmed events & to view the library & poster installation. There will be a cash donation bar)

Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 May – Screening of Estuary Festival 2021 opening weekend live broadcast with cash donation bar. Writer-in-residence launch: Holly Firmin.

Saturday 29 May – Morgan Quaintance film screening.
Sunday 30 May – Workshop with artist Ruth Hazel.

Saturday 5 June – Fermenting workshop & with artist Sean Roy Parker. Writer-in-residence launch: Rose Cleary.
Sunday 6 June – Tincture making workshop & walk with medical herbalist Rabiah Mali.

Saturday 12 June – Workshop with artist Laura Trevail.
Sunday 13 June – Writer-in-residence launch & talk at TOMA Project Space: Zarina Muhammad from the White Pube.

Saturday 10 July – ‘Donna Haraway: Storytelling for Earthly Survival’ film screening

Saturday 11 September – Dystopian Pub Quiz Fundraiser

Please check our websites to book time slots for the exhibition and tickets for the workshops and events ~ ~ ~

*TOMA is a 21st century art education programme and exhibition space in a shopping centre. It is artist-run and based in Southend. TOW is an artist-led charity and artists’ studios based out of a former Victorian pumping station in Southend.

**‘Precarious straits ~ survival on Southend’s new coast, Southend-under-Sea is funded by The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport funds the Cultural Development Fund which is administered by Arts Council England and by Arts Council England’s Project Grants.

* Website: * Instagram: @theotherma @theoldwaterworks * Email: [email protected] [email protected]