The artists we work with are pioneering new ways of reaching out to, and working with, individuals and communities to empower them through creativity to change their lives and perspectives. To facilitate artists to do this ground breaking work, and continually innovate their practice, our co|Create programme provides structured support in the form of:
- training courses for both new and emerging socially engaged artists
- Creative Conversations bringing together leading thinkers and practitioners to reflect upon emerging issues and debates, and share ideas
- creative networking events to share inspiration and provide peer support.
Events coming up include:
Creative Conversation: What is Socially Engaged Art?: 4-6pm Thursday 29 October
Leading thinker and practitioner of situation-specific public art, Hannah Hull, reflects on what is meant by socially engaged art and how it links to movements in visual and performance art and culture. She will lead participants in activities that aim to get us talking and thinking and sharing our ideas.
The Creative Conversation will take place at Bath Artists’ Studio gallery. Cost £5. Attendees are invited to stay on to attend the private view of Bath Artists’ Studio’s outreach programme Enjoy:Create exhibition.
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Mindfulness, Mental Health and Creativity workshop: 10am-1pm Friday 6 November
The links between mindfulness, meditation, and mental wellbeing are increasingly being recognised. As well as bringing about a calm, focused state and cultivating positive emotions, mindfulness can also free us from habitual, reactive or stressed mindsets, and result in a more spacious, creative frame of mind. This half day practical workshop, led by Jack Eastwood, an experienced meditation teacher and dramatherapist working in psychiatric and old age settings, focuses on two key tools to improve mental health and creativity. Accessible and down to earth, the workshop is suitable for artists, creatives and mental health or social care workers who would like to improve their own focus and creativity, as well as learning more tools to use when working with people experiencing mental health challenges.
Jack Eastwood (Nagamudra) has been teaching Buddhist meditation techniques for over 30 years. He trained in physical theatre at the Lecoq school in Paris and has worked as an actor and director for 15 years. He then trained in dramatherapy at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, and specialises in the healing power of story and myth. He currently works in Bristol with psychiatric in-patients on an intensive care unit and with older adults.
The workshop will take place at The Natural Theatre Company studio, Widcombe Hill, Bath BA2 6AA. Cost: £15
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