Florence Peake

Class Description | Morning Class | 19- 23 November 2018

Drawing on somatic dance practices including contact improvisation, Skinner Releasing Technique and Florence Peake’s own art and dance background this workshop relates to sensitivity, connectedness and integration. In an ever changing political landscape, this class fosters a sensorial and democratic environment by revealing and releasing conscious and subconscious desires. Incorporating writing, drawing, voice and movement.


Florence Peake’s practice encompasses visual art, dance and performance that stimulates a studio practice that is both diverse and immersive. Often working performatively to incorporate drawing, painting and sculptural materials. Through public performances and choreographed works Florence Peake challenges notions of physicality, loss and political concerns such as the commodification of art by the corporate world. By encouraging chaotic relationships between the body and material, Peake creates radical and outlandish performances, which create temporary alliances and micro-communities with the audience. In believing that objects and materials have their own autonomy and subjectivity, Peake draws on the vocabulary of materials to expand connections with movement and the body.

Florence Peake’s work has been shown nationally and internationally; she is a recipient of the Jerwood Choreographic Research project, 2016. Currently, she is working on an ongoing project with the Cass Sculpture Foundation, UK.

Her solo performance piece, Voicings, has toured to Sara Zanin Gallery, Rome, 2017; the Serpentine Gallery, Mysterical day, 2016; Somerset House for Block Universe performance festival, 2016. Solo exhibitions include: WE perform I am in love with my body Bosse and Baum Gallery 2017, The Keeners Solo show at SPACE 2015; Hall of the swell, Gallery Lejeune, 2015; The BALTIC, Newcastle ensemble piece MAKE. Group exhibitions include: Walled Gardens in an Insane Eden, curated by Marcelle Joseph 2017, Hayward Gallery, a 3 month performance installation as part of Mirrorcity, 2015; National Portrait Gallery, performing group work Paper Portraits, 2015. She has done commissions from: Whitechapel Art Gallery; Yorkshire Sculpture Park; Modern Art, Oxford; Chapter Arts, Cardiff; Harris Museum, Preston; David Roberts Art Foundation, London.

Peake teaches extensively nationally and abroad recently in Athens as part of a 3 week intensive. She works as a performer for a range of choreographers, directors and film makers, including : Gaby Agis, Jonathan Baldock, Gary Stevens and Station house Opera.