Sketching Movement with Curtis Holder, Suzy Willson and Fukiko Takase

This image shows visual artist Curtis Holder drawing something. Holder is wearing a pink top and glasses, and he is facing to the right. The wall behind him is covered in sketches.
18.FEBRUARY.2024 • 10:00 - 17:00

Join celebrated UK artist Curtis Holder for a one-day workshop focussed on drawing moving bodies.



Sketching Movement is a chance to reinvigorate your artistic practice and bring bold aesthetic choices into your work. Ideal for those who love drawing and mark-making, participants will work alongside Holder as well as our Artistic Director Suzy Willson and dancer Fukiko Takase.

The morning session will consist of technique- and skills-sharing among the group. Participants can then put the morning’s learning into practice in the afternoon session, creating dynamic movements and images to capture on paper.

Materials will be provided by Clod Ensemble.

Curtis Holder (born Leicester, 1968) is a London-based artist who works primarily in graphite and coloured pencil to create large-scale portraits and figurative works on paper.

Taking inspiration from intimate conversations with the people he draws, Holder’s multilayered pencil portraits are dynamically tender, emerging in a wayward series of febrile lines to reveal a sense of his subjects’ form, movement and emotional intent. Preliminary pencil marks remain on the paper as part of his energetic process of capturing fleeting gestures and emotions with sensitivity and raw honesty.

In 2020 Holder won Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year, a prestigious portraiture competition televised in the UK. Impressed by his distinctive visual language, the panel of judges described his work as ‘magical […] courageous and startlingly new’. Garnering further critical acclaim and awards for his work ongoing since winning Sky Arts’ competition, Holder has exhibited widely in the UK and in Paris. His work is held in private and public collections including the National Portrait Gallery, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Soho House and the National Theatre where he became the first ever artist in residence in 2022.

Holder studied Graphic Design at Kingston University and completed postgraduate studies in Character Animation at Central Saint Martins, London. He is a member of Contemporary British Portrait Painters (CBPP) and an Associate Member of the Society of Graphic Fine Art (SGFA).


Fukiko Takase

Fukiko Takase was born in New York and raised in Japan. Trained by Katsuko Orita, she received the Cultural Affairs Fellowship from the Japanese government, and studied at both Codarts Rotterdam Dance Academy and London Contemporary Dance School. She has worked with Henri Oguike Dance Company, Company Wayne McGregor and as an independent solo artist. Fukiko’s works include ‘1001’ in collaboration with Dustin O’halloran premiered in Minneapolis USA and ‘ Don Juan Techno Club’ in collaboration with Daniel Brandt and Frieder Nagel, premiered in Nuremberg Germany.

She was featured in Thom Yorke’s Atoms for Peace music video ‘Ingenue’ and has choreographed music videos by Daniel Brandt and Hikaru Utada. In 2018 she toured Japan with Hikaru Utada for her 20th anniversary concert, also providing choreography, performing for an estimated 140,000 people. She performed Yoko Ono’s ‘Cut Piece’ In 2019. She has danced for Akram Khan’s ‘Jungle Book Reimagine’. In 2022 she became Honourable Professor for Shikoku University in 2022.



We are able to offer fully-subsidised bursary places to three attendees of this workshop. These places are primarily designed to allow people on low incomes to attend. This includes, but is not limited to, low-waged/unwaged attendees and those in receipt of benefits.

If you would like to inquire about taking a bursary place, please get in touch with us directly by emailing before Sunday 11th February. Successful candidates will be contacted after this date.



This event is wheelchair accessible. Further information about access to Clod Ensemble’s studios will be emailed to attendees in advance of the event. If you have accessibility requirements that you would like us to be aware of then please email and we will do our best to help.

Image credits: both Cameron Slater