The Apocalypse Reading Room at Arts Admin

During a time of many social, political and environmental apocalypses, could we read enough to shape a new future? 

The Apocalypse Reading Room is an on-site library curated by Ama Josephine Budge: a world of talking stories in the face of environmental and social collapse, a gathering of all the books we might need to change the end of the world…

The Apocalypse Reading Room transforms a public arts space into a post-apocalyptic library installation filled with books for all ages, exploring ways to build, transform, rethink, rewrite and reimagine our futures. 

In summer 2020, Arts Admin presented a digital version of The Apocalypse Reading Room: Room2Room with online readings published weekly. Selected guests were invited to read a section of their apocalypse survival guide from their favourite reading rooms: nooks, living rooms, bedrooms, attics, garages, closets, stairwells and basements.

You can explore the reading room in person at Toynbee Studios from 1 July – 30 September 2021 as the library will be installed in the Arts Bar & Cafe. The Apocalypse Reading Room will be activated by two artists, Lateisha Davine Lovelace-Hanson and Mohammed Z Rahman, who have been selected for a three-month residency programme at Artsadmin’s home, Toynbee Studios.

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