Olivia Twist

Olivia has led on two Family Studio events using imagination drawing to transport children to other places! Children, parents and carers turned a shoe box into their dream bedroom, made posters for their dream holiday destination, and then transformed the Community Studio into a cinema! (popcorn included).

Over 3 days in the Easter Holiday a group of KS2 children from Tower Bridge primary school created an immersive news set with Olivia Twist. The children imagined and drew their own news stories, designed their costumes and a large backdrop. On the last day the children proudly showcased their stories with a performance to their parents. As part of the ROCK PAPER SCISSORS: A Snapshot – a trail of exhibits around Drawing Room to coincide with the Drawing Biennial 2024 Olivia showcased several of her own permanent marker pen drawings. These drawings document everyday moments and the mundane as a way to record people, place and conversations.

Olivia Twist is an artist-illustrator or from East London with a socially engaged practice which centres community. Her work explores place, family, the mundane and overlooked narratives. Her visual language comprises of a myriad of esoteric layers informed by a propensity for human-centred research methods. Selected clients include Nike, St. Christophers Hospice , Penguin Books, Carney’s Community Youth Club, It’s Nice That, Tate, House of Illustration, Levi’s, Graeae Theatre, WePresent, The Guardian, BBC, Bonnier Books, Vans, Victoria & Albert Museum, Welcome Collection, The Design Museum & Blackhorse Responders.

Thanks to all involved:

Alfie, Ezra, Lena, Louay, Melissa, Nafissah, Noor, Theo: Holiday Club children, Tower Bridge Primary School.

Asha Fontenelle, Workshop Assistant, Drawing Room

Betsy Dadd, Learning Curator, Drawing Room

Genevieve Miller, Learning Coordinator, Drawing Room

Jesse Ajilore, Workshop Assistant, Drawing Room

Olivia Twist, Artist

Solomon Williams, Workshop Assistant, Drawing Room

Will Nicholls, Workshop Assistant, Drawing Room