Wellbeing and Art

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Bang Your Fist (8th or 10th November): Over the past 6 months we have been scared, incarcerated, out of work and some of us have been bereaved. Levels of uncertainty around health, loved ones, travel, income, exam results, food, loo roll, the hair dressers and the dentist have been unprecedented in peace time. As a society we are collectively on the change curve. And collectively, we are ranting. The change curve informs us that it’s ok to be angry. “Anger is a necessary stage of the healing process... the more you truly feel it, the more it will begin to dissipate and the more you will heal” (Kubler Ross) Being angry will help us shift to acceptance and enable us to get on with our new lives in a healthy and positive way. Join the rant-fest and produce posters to illustrate, educate, inform, share or simply get it all off your chest. 


In My Shoes (15th or 17th November): During lockdown many of us made decisions to live a slower life, but we now find ourselves rushing and running and striving to keep up. Treat yourself… get off your hamster wheel and pause to consider who you are and remind yourself of what you are good at AND produce a beautiful and unique piece of art work. This workshop uses painting shoes as a metaphor to explore how you put your best foot forward, what your Achilles Heel is, what you have in your soul (sole), what you keep hidden and how you hold yourself together. 

Map Sticks (22nd or 24th November): This workshop calls on the tradition found in many cultures of Map Sticks or Journey Sticks. We often get swept along with life and find ourselves at odds with what is important to us. We can expend time and energy maintaining who we are and what we do which, when we stop to consider, might be at odds with our deep values. Make a Map Stick to explore your values, where you have come from and where you are going. This workshop provides an opportunity to stop, take stock AND produce a beautiful and unique piece of art work which can help you to navigate your life. 


Self Portrait (29th November or 1st December): This workshop uses maps as a basis for self portraits. Whilst producing your map-based self portrait, you will be guided on a thought provoking journey through your personal history, shedding light on the impact of the places and environments you have lived in and how they have shaped you. This exploration and revisiting of personal terrain can help to provide an anchor in your current 2020 Covid circumstances.


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