Listening Playground workshop, Anna Horton Cremin, 2021 | Image: Mark Devereux

Warm up the palms of your hands

Anna Horton Cremin | Julia Calver | Emily Warner

Mark Devereux Projects are pleased to invite you to a full-day workshop at Metal, Liverpool on Friday 13 May. Led by artists Anna Horton Cremin, Emily Warner and writer Julia Calver, you will be invited to participate in creative exercises exploring our connection to the environment.


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Metal Culture

Tunnel Road
Liverpool, L7 6ND
0151 707 2277

Tuning in and listening to our bodies and place in the environment can help us understand it to connect to the land and world around us. Healthy ecosystems can be heard and the changing landscapes over time can be noticed by the altering sounds within a space. Ecologists often use sounds as a marker to map and understand the evolution of landscapes across the world.

During the workshop, Anna will bring these approaches and ideas to the urban setting at Metal. We will start by exploring the spaces close to the site, listening to sounds of the environment. We will then bring these experiences back to create a collaborative, immersive artwork together in the workspace at Metal.

Following a complimentary lunch, where we will sit together surrounded by the artwork, Julia Calver will lead a creative writing workshop to further explore our experiences from the morning session. Through reading, writing and listening together we will think about the material and mental connections between ourselves and others, and the transitions between open and urban spaces.

Warm up the palm of your hands, draws on the idea of listening to our ecology to understand how the world is changing. Having started in summer 2021 in the Wild Rumpus woodland site, Anna developed a series of workshop ideas to build empathy with the woodland space through play, listening and building together. The project and workshops have been inspired by Pauline Olivros’ deep listening movement, forest school activities and Donna Harroway’s description of string figures from ‘staying with the trouble.’

Warm up the palm of your hands, has been produced by Anna Horton Cremin in collaboration with Julia Calver, Emily Warner and Mark Devereux Projects. This workshop is kindly hosted by Metal, Liverpool with funding from Arts Council England and Cheshire East Council.

Book Your Visit

We are asking participants to pay what you can as a donation towards the cost of the food and facilitating the workshop. Our suggested donation is £7, but you can pay as little as £1 to confirm your participation.

Booking is required in order to help us cater for everyone’s lunches. Please book your place via Eventbrite via the link above.

Further Info

We are inviting people interested in themes of ecology, environment, connection, nature, deep listening to come and move, listen, make and write with us on

Friday 13th May
10:30am – 3pm
Lunch is included please email [email protected] with information about any dietary requirements

Further information about the workshop will be shared with participants closer to the time.
For further information please contact: Mark Devereux: [email protected]

In Liverpool, Metal work from the iconic buildings of Edge Hill Station, the oldest active passenger railway station in the world. The original 1830s buildings now serve as a cultural and creative hub for artists and the surrounding neighbourhoods, carrying on the building’s proud history of innovation and creativity. Metal believes that artists can affect change in our society, and to this end Metal Liverpool acts as a catalyst for art and artists to create innovative societal change. It is our goal to bring creative imagination and ideas to the neighbourhoods of Edge Hill, Kensington, Wavertree and Toxteth, creating a positive impact for the people living there. Metal produces an exciting programme of international/UK artists in residence, artist development labs, eclectic dinners, plus a wide range of social events, education programmes and creative projects, all designed to encourage the participation of local people and communities.

Access & Contact

The workshop will involve walking for approximately 20 minutes to a nearby green space. Please make sure you bring appropriate footwear. We will also invite participants to take part in short meditation activities during the course of the day. If you have any access requirements or if there is anything we can do to help make your experience of the workshop easier please contact us in advance at: [email protected].