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Discuss and Exchange: 'Self Care & The Sounding Board'

  • Site Gallery (Studio) 1 Brown Street Sheffield S1 2BS (map)

Led by Sheila Preston, R.M. Sánchez-Camus

This D & E session will look at the impact of socially engaged practice on artists health and wellbeing, focusing on developing a series of techniques that can serve as a platform for artists to support each other as sounding boards. 

Looking at techniques in therapeutic supervisions, creative mentoring, and group coaching, the session is an invitation for artists to think about how to incorporate self care into their project based practice, and how to develop and share methods and techniques to improve our support systems and mental health. 

Dr. Sheila Preston researchers and published on the role and the influence of the community arts facilitator. She calls for a more critical attitude vis-à-vis this crucial role in community arts and for a deeper awareness of the ethical dimensions in the work of community artists. She currently offers services for artists and organisations interested in mentoring and coaching services. 

Dr. R.M. Sánchez-Camus is a practitioner with a focus on outdoor arts, site-responsive practice, social interventions and the building of support systems for artists working in social art practice. He has worked in arts and palliative care, with a focus on arts as a therapeutic process in the dying process. With a diverse background in visual art, circus arts, immersive theatre, and street theatre his incorporates this all into his praxis.