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#BigFeels: Creating Space for Mental Health in the Arts: Launch Party

Enjoy refreshments and hors d’oeuvres as we kick-off #BigFeels! Join us for an evening of meeting and mingling with members of your local arts community.

Visit the Workman Arts photography exhibit “Mindset,” where Workman members responded to the theme of EXPOSURE from the standpoint of its formative effects/affects, whether from the point of view of having been exposed to external factors or influences, or assertively self-disclosing, exposing, and bringing to light.

Featuring a live performance by Workman Arts’ BRUISED YEARS CHOIR composed of and lead by Workman Arts Members. The Choir has a vast repertoire of innovative, re-arranged popular songs, many of which explore themes of madness and hope.

Community Arts Activity: Weaving our Network of Care – an interactive active to prepare us for our work together, we will take strips of fabric and create our centre. Lead by Phyllis Novak (Founding Director of SKETCH).

Grant My Wishes

This intensive hands on workshop focuses on proposal writing for grants. Writing speculative proposals is challenging. By writing then being part of a mock jury you will experience how a jury reads proposals and what works well in that context. The workshop includes a comprehensive handout with resources to take home.

The Brain Storm

An unstructured studio drop-in where artists can meet, talk, brainstorm, share techniques, materials or ideas they are engaged with.

Unstuck

Being creative is hard, and staying creative over the long term can be difficult. This workshop provides knowledge and tools to help you navigate around creative obstacles. I will present relevant research on creativity and the group will engage in a number of exercises designed to liberate their creative minds. Participants will reflect on what worked for whom and consider why, enabling the development of individual techniques to guide you through your creative block.

Mini Crit with guest artist Micah Lexier

You will receive honest feedback and encouragement from two established artists. Between the three of us, we will explore ways to further the work so that it is more compelling and engaging. Choose between a 30, 45 or 60 minute critique with myself and Micah.

Film Screening: Taskafa, Stories of the Street

As part of “We Look At Animals Because,” Critical Distance and South Asian Visual Arts Centre (SAVAC) presents a film screening by filmmaker Andrea Luka Zimmerman. Structured around readings by renowned critic and essayist John Berger, “Taskafa” (2013, 66 mins) offers a brilliantly incisive meditation on urban space and city life by investigating the complex history of Istanbul’s street dogs. Despite several major attempts by Istanbul’s rulers, politicians and planners over the last 400 years to erase them, the city’s street dogs have persisted thanks to an enduring alliance with civilian communities that recognize and defend their right to co-exist.

“Taskafa” gathers the voices of diverse Istanbul residents, shopkeepers, and street based workers, all of whom display a striking commitment to the well-being and future of the city’s canine population. Interwoven to this narrative are readings by Berger from his novel “King,” a story of hope, dreams, love and resistance, told from the perspective of a dog belonging to a community facing disappearance, even erasure.

Andrea Luka Zimmerman is an artist, cultural activist and filmmaker. She is the first director to be shortlisted for both the Grierson and Jarman Awards, and in 2017 she received the Artangel Open Award for her feature drama Cycle, produced in collaboration with Adrian Jackson. Currently Zimmerman teaches at Central St. Martins in London, where she also studied for her PhD.

Mini Crit with guest artist Suzy Lake

You will receive honest feedback and encouragement from two established artists. Between the three of us, we will explore ways to further the work so that it is more compelling and engaging. Choose between a 30, 45 or 60 minute critique with myself and a guest artist.

Show Your Stuff

This exhibition application workshop covers all aspects of putting together an artist package for a curator or exhibition application. It includes handouts and examples of CVs, Bios, Image Lists and tips on visual support material and websites.

What Next?

This is a brand new workshop designed to help you create conditions for success and figure out how to move your work and your career forward. The discussion will be complimented with information about different types of exhibiting contexts and as a group we will brainstorm for short term solutions that guide you towards your long term goals.

Grant My Wishes

This hands on workshop focuses on proposal writing for grants. It involves a mock jury exercise and a handout with resources to take home.