Belén L. Yáñez – our artist-in-residence from 2 May–2 June 2019

Belén L. Yáñez is taking up residency in the art studio in our Room to Breathe exhibition from 2 May until 2 June 2019.

Belén’s interdisciplinary work merges performance with visual art and multi-media installations and explores human connections, identity, migration and feminism.

Her participatory art projects seek to discover new and original ways of reflecting on social issues, creating captivating environments in which the audience can immerse themselves, broadening their perception of the world and pushing their known boundaries. Her practice always encourages collaboration and conversation between audience members.

Belén’s recent production, Awakening, Sweet & Sour, is a reflection of society which immerses audiences in a journey of self-discovery and encourages them to reflect on their culturally-learned behaviours. She will be performing Awakening, Sweet and Sour on Thursday 23 May as part of her residency at the Migration Museum (see below for more details).

Encounters, her new participatory video installation funded by Arts Council England, takes this experience to the next level, as it uses the artistic medium to empower positive change within the community and potentially socioeconomic regeneration. This free installation will be staged as part of her residency on Sunday 26 May, Saturday 1 June and Sunday 2 June 2019 (see below for more details).

Belén’s fields of expertise are strongly interdisciplinary and cross-cultural. Her academic training includes an MA in Contemporary Performance Practices from the University of East London, and a BA (Hons) Politics & International Relations from Santiago de Compostela University, Spain.

Since 2006, she has been travelling and collecting ideas around the world, growing and transforming to become a migrant artist able to adapt and thrive wherever she goes. Her participatory art projects have been presented in several countries around Europe.

Find out more about Belén by visiting her website and following her on Instagram.




SEEDS – Collage workshop with Belén L.Yáñez, Saturday 18 May 2019 | 1pm–4pm | £10 – book via Eventbrite


Awakening, Sweet & Sour – Participatory performance, Thursday 23 May 2019 | 7pm–8pm | £15 – book via Eventbrite

Encounters – Participatory video installation
, Sunday 26 May, Saturday 1 June  and Sunday 2 June 2019 | 3pm–3.45pm and 4pm–4.45pm | Free – register via Eventbrite

Saturday 4 May 2019, 3pm–4pm
Saturday 11 May 2019, 12pm–4pm


Residency details
Dates: 2 May–2 June 2019
Address: Migration Museum at The Workshop, 26 Lambeth High Street, London SE1 7AG
Opening hours: Thursday 12pm–8pm, Friday–Sunday 12pm–6pm


About the art studio in Room to Breathe
The art studio inside our Room to Breathe exhibition is a space curated by visual artist and educator Dima Karout to explore the role of art and creativity in helping people settle into new lives in Britain, and to offer educational art experiences for visitors. Each month, the studio will host a different migrant artist to share their work and process.

View the full schedule of artists in residence and find out more about Room to Breathe

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