‘O~philia’ A live performance by Keziah Joseph created in response to the Anj Smith exhibition ‘A Willow Grows Aslant the Brook’

Keziah Joseph with Anj Smith, 'False Steward', 2019-20, oil on linen. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth
©Anj Smith. Photo: Mark Hinton

Saturday 31st July 2021

11.45pm and 2.30pm 

Free, drop-in, no need to book


Duration: approximately 20 minutes.


Actor and performance artist Keziah Joseph has devised a multi-layered performance in response to Anj Smith’s recent paintings, focusing on a contemporary re-interpretation of the character and story of Ophelia from Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The piece includes elements of dance, gesture and psycho-physical movement, accompanied by a soundscape that features readings from the play as well as recital of original texts by Joseph written in response to Smith’s work. Joseph’s incorporation of multiple genres and reference points is directly inspired by the rejection of traditional genres and other delineatory conventions within Smith’s paintings.



Anj Smith, A Willow Grows Aslant the Brook

Until 5 September 2021

A major solo exhibition by renowned British painter Anj Smith. Comprising of 23 paintings and prints, the show includes new and recent works, some seen for the first time in Walsall.