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Practitioner Wellbeing Course: A Course About Work, Wellbeing And Self Care For Artists.

12 Mar 2022
Practitioner Wellbeing Course

This course is now SOLD OUT.


Dates: 10:30am - 5pm. 12th March, 19th March, 26th March, 2nd April and 9th April.

Course Fee: £250 Due to generous funding from Garfield Weston we are able to subsidise all places for the 2022 cohort - so the course will cost practitioners just £50.

Age:     18+ 

Made up of five full-day workshops, this programme will offer a safe, supportive space for artists to reflect on their practice, to discuss, learn, create and be inspired together. Building on our skills and experience in supporting others, we will focus on how we support ourselves and nurture our wellbeing.  

We will consider the process of creativity and address the foundations of delivering participation sessions with a minimum of stress. We will discuss mental health, neurodiversity, accessibility and LGBTQ+, as well as other topics you will bring to the sessions. Artists will have the opportunity to learn more about dementia and become a ‘Dementia Friend’, part of a national awareness project. 

As practitioners, we rarely make time to nourish our own creativity, so each day of the course concludes with a creative session. This will offer an opportunity to relax and enjoy a workshop delivered by an experienced artist, then reflect on the experience.  

By the end of the course, artists will have a personal plan for continued practice in which we hope they will feel more supported, less stressed, less isolated and have an improved sense of wellbeing.   

After the course, there will be an option to attend 6 further monthly follow-on peer-support sessions for continued reflection and discussion. More details to be announced at the first session of the course.   

This pilot programme is part of the Derby QUAD ‘Uplift’ Programme and supported by Garfield Weston Foundation. 

There will be drinks on arrival, lunch provided and ‘afternoon tea’ in the break, including cakes and healthy treats. 

QUAD is fully wheelchair-accessible, and the course aims to be as accessible as possible. If you have any additional needs which you’d like to discuss, we’d love to hear from you.  

Programme leader - Jane Hardstaff 
With a long and varied career in creative wellbeing and participatory practice in museums and galleries, Jane is also a qualified psychotherapist, coach and adult tutor.  She is founder/co-director of Common Threads creative arts and health organisation and artist in residence at the Beeches Perinatal Unit, Derby Royal Hospital. She is currently researching for a PhD in museums and mental health through an AHRC-funded partnership with the University of Leicester and the Holburne Museum, Bath.   

Guest practitioners 
These include practitioners with exemplary practice who will present creative sessions and share their practice. 

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