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The 2021 Apocalypse Reading Room installation was hosted by Artsadmin's Toynbee Studios from July 30th to September 30th with resident artists Lateisha Davine Lovelace-Hanson & Mohammed Z. Rahman. Click here to listen back to our live events programme.


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…

In summer 2020, The Apocalypse Reading Room: Room2Room goes digital and you can listen to readings online each week on a newly curated Apocalypse Reading Room webpage. Selected guests are 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. Each reading is accompanied by questions or provocations for reading groups, and we invite you to read these texts and share your thoughts via social media: @artsadm on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #ApocalypseRoom2Room. From February 2021 visit the Apocalypse Reading Room: Room2Room digital installation at Red Contemporary: Nourishment Centre in Hull.

Ama Josephine Budge is a Speculative Writer, Artist, Curator and Pleasure Activist whose work navigates intimate explorations of race, art, ecology and feminism, working to activate movements that catalyse human rights, environmental evolutions and troublesomely queered identities.

You can explore the physical reading room in person at Toynbee Studios from June 2021, produced and supported by Artsadmin, and part of Season for Change, a national programme celebrating the environment and inspiring climate action in partnership with Julie’s Bicycle, Free Word and Bernie Grant Arts Centre. This project is supported by BE PART through the Creative Europe programme of the European Union and Future's Venture Foundation's Radical Independent Art Fund

The Apocalypse Reading Room was realised in partnership with Free Word for their All The Ways We Can Grow season in 2019. Created with additional support from The Reading Agency, and donations by Housman’s Radical Bookshop, Skin Deep magazine and various publishers including Harper Collins, Hachette Children’s Group and Walker. 

The Apocalypse Reading Room: Room2Room is supported by Carcanet Press. Illustration by Kylah Benes-Trapp. Virtual installation designed with web developer support from visual artist Alaa Alsaraji

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2021 Installation @ Artsadmin's Toynbee Studios 


Images by Bettina Adela

Over the course of a three month residency, Ama, Lateisha and Mohammed spoke together and with our gorgeously wise and generous invited guest speakers Zahra Delilah and Bare Minimum Collective. You can listen to these conversations below.

After working with the incredible queer crip creative access consultancy organisation Quiplash, we were honoured to welcome audio describer Dot Alma to create an audio description of the installation. You can listen to it below (and we are working on a transcript).

Reflective Resources

  • Reflections from resident artists on the residency and future of the Apocalypse Reading Room (coming soon).

If you are a QTIABPOC artist, feel free to download and use this resource to develop your own list of terms and conditions for working with arts institutions. 


Apocalypse Installation Book List Coming Soon!

ARR Installation @ Artsadmin Audio Description by creative access worker Dot Alma.

ARR @ Artsadmin Public Programme Sharing Event:

In-conversation with ARR artists in residence Lateisha Davine Lovelace-Hanson & Mohammed Z. Rahman, chaired by Ama Josephine Budge.

ARR @ Artsadmin Public Programme Sharing Event:

In-conversation with Mohammed Z. Rahman & Bare Minimum Collective, chaired by Ama Josephine Budge.

ARR @ Artsadmin Public Programme Sharing Event:

In-conversation with Lateisha Davine Lovelace-Hanson & Zahra Dalilah, chaired by Ama Josephine Budge for What Shall We Build Here Festival.

Want to purchase one of our readers apocalypse survival guides? 


ARR: ROOM2ROOM Reading Group Engagement Pack -

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ARR: ROOM2ROOM Reading Group Resource Pack -

Week One download here

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Week Two download here

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Week Three download here

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Week Four download here

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Week Five download here

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Week Six download here

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