Surviving or Thriving? Supporting Wellbeing in the Arts Sector

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Programme Announcement 23 February 2021:

The Arts Council/An Comhairle Ealaíon and Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) have announced details of an innovative new online series designed to support the wellbeing of arts professionals in Ireland, with particular relevance to the present Covid-19 pandemic.  Entitled Surviving or Thriving?, the series of panel discussions, workshops and podcasts, which is open to all those working in the arts in Ireland and is free of charge, aims to strengthen resilience, restore confidence and promote connectedness across the arts sector.  The programme features panel exchanges chaired by psychologist Dr Maureen Gaffney, with guest speakers from a range of art forms, including writer Anne Enright, musician Eleanor McEvoy and artist Austin Ivers, in addition to follow-up workshops and online resources exploring self-care and wellbeing.  Surviving or Thriving? takes place over three weeks from 15 March to 01 April 2021, with podcasts and other online resources available ongoing.  See below for further details and booking links.  See also www.artscouncil.ie

Surviving or Thriving? has been developed in response to the cessation of arts activity due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  Covid-19 has had a profound professional and personal impact on artists and arts workers, with major structural impacts for organisations.  Artists and arts workers from across the arts sector in Ireland provided a myriad of real-life examples of the effect the pandemic has had on their wellbeing to the Arts Council for its report Survive Adapt Renew.  Among its recommendations the report included commitments to building resilience, inclusion and sustainability in the sector as it faces into the future.

Each element of Surviving or Thriving? seeks to inspire and support, while acknowledging current challenges and realities.  Recognising the need to break through the saturation of online events available and to offer real value to the target audience of arts professionals, WHAT has been liaising with national and regional art form and development organisations who have offered their expertise and guidance in developing the programme and putting together a high calibre line up of speakers.  These organisations include Music Network, Visual Artists Ireland, Theatre Forum, Words Ireland, Create, Age and Opportunity, Minding Creative Minds and Dance Limerick.

Surviving or Thriving? programme schedule:
Please note: Live captions will be available for all Panel Exchange events
Monday 15 March:
Panel Exchange 1: Literature
Chaired by Dr Maureen Gaffney, with guest speakers writer Anne Enright, writer Helena Close and poet Stephen Sexton.

Tuesday 16 March:
Workshop 1: Literature Slowing Down as a Source of Creativity, facilitated by poet Lani O’Hanlon

Thursday 18 March, 10.30am:
Panel Exchange 2: Visual Art
Chaired by Dr Maureen Gaffney, with guest speakers artist Brian Kielt, artist Miriam O’Connor and artist and educator Austin Ivers.

Friday 19 March, 10.30am:
Workshop 2: Visual Art Sustaining the Self, facilitated by artist Marie Brett.

Monday 22 March, 10.30am:
Panel Exchange 3: Collaborative Arts
Chaired by Dr Maureen Gaffney, with guest speakers visual artist Deirdre O’Mahony, choreographer/ curator Ruairí Ó Donnabháin and dance artist Tobi Balogun.

Tuesday 23 March, 10.30am:
Workshop 3: Collaborative Arts Building a Culture of Care: Anti-burnout practices for socially engaged artists, facilitated by trainer, researcher and activist Dr Krini Kafiris and artist Kate O’Shea.

Thursday 25 March, 10.30am:
Panel Exchange 4: Dance
Chaired by Dr Maureen Gaffney, with guest speakers choreographer and dance artist Fearghus Ó Conchúir, choreographer and dance artist Catherine Young and choreographer David Bolger.

Friday 26 March, 10.30am:
Workshop 4: Dance Embracing your dance practice and knowledge to support your wellbeing, facilitated by Dr Jenny Elliott, dance artist, choreographer, Artistic Director and CEO, Arts Care, a leading arts and health organisation in Northern Ireland.

Monday 29 March, 10.30am:
Panel Exchange 5: Music
Chaired by Dr Maureen Gaffney, with guest speakers songwriter and performer Eleanor McEvoy, composer Jennifer Walshe and Tony Sheehan, Director, Triskel Arts Centre, Cork.

Tuesday 30 March, 10.30am:
Workshop 5: Music Nurturing the Creative Mindset:  Time and tools to support resilience and forward thinking, facilitated by Grainne Hope, musician, Director of Kids Classics and Atlantic Fellow Global Brain Health Institute at TCD.

Thursday 01 April, 10.30am:
Panel Exchange 6: Theatre
Chaired by Dr Maureen Gaffney, with guest speakers theatre maker Louise Lowe, actor Aaron Monaghan and costume designer Catherine Fay.

Thursday 01 April, 12.30pm*
Workshop 6: Theatre Working in the Arts: How to live on the edge of chaos, facilitated by Chartered Psychologist and musician Louize Carroll.
*Note: Different time for this workshop

 

Surviving or Thriving? Panel Exchange 1: Literature

Panel Exchange 1: Literature Monday 15 March, 10.30am (online) Chair: Dr Maureen Gaffney Speakers: Writers Anne Enright and Helena Close, and poet Stephen Sexton. From Waterford Healing Arts Trust in partnership with the Arts Council.


Surviving or Thriving? Workshop 1: Literature

Workshop 1: Literature Slowing down as a source of creativity facilitated by poet Lani O’Hanlon Tuesday 16 March, 10.30am (online) UPDATE: This workshop is fully booked


Surviving or Thriving? Panel Exchange 2: Visual Art

Panel Exchange 2: Visual Art Thursday 18 March, 10.30am (online) Chair: Dr Maureen Gaffney Speakers: Artists Brian Kielt, Miriam O’Connor and Austin Ivers. From Waterford Healing Arts Trust in partnership with the Arts Council.


Surviving or Thriving? Workshop 2: Visual Art

Workshop 2: Visual Art Sustaining the Self facilitated by visual artist Marie Brett Friday 19 March, 10.30am (online) UPDATE: This workshop is fully booked


Surviving or Thriving? Panel Exchange 3: Collaborative Arts

Panel Exchange 3: Collaborative Arts Monday 22 March, 10.30am (online) Chair: Dr Maureen Gaffney Speakers: Dance artist Tobi Balogun, choreographer/ curator Ruairí Ó Donnabháin, and visual artist Deirdre O’Mahony. From Waterford Healing Arts Trust in partnership with the Arts Council.


Surviving or Thriving? Workshop 3: Collaborative Arts

Workshop 3: Collaborative Arts Building a Culture of Care: Anti-Burnout Practices for Social Arts Practitioners facilitated by artist Kate O’Shea and trainer, researcher and activist Dr Krini Kafiris Tuesday 23 March, 10.30am (online) UPDATE: This workshop is fully booked


Surviving or Thriving? Panel Exchange 4: Dance

Panel Exchange 4: Dance Thursday 25 March, 10.30am (online) Chair: Dr Maureen Gaffney Speakers: Choreographer David Bolger, choreographer and dance artist Catherine Young and choreographer and dance artist Fearghus Ó Conchúir. From Waterford Healing Arts Trust in partnership with the Arts Council.


Surviving or Thriving? Workshop 4: Dance

Workshop 4: Dance Embracing your dance practice and knowledge to support your wellbeing facilitated by Dr Jenny Elliott, dance artist, Artistic Director and CEO, Arts Care, a leading arts and health organisation in Northern Ireland. Friday 26 March, 10.30am (online)


Surviving or Thriving? Panel Exchange 5: Music

Panel Exchange 5: Music Monday 29 March, 10.30am (online) Chair: Dr Maureen Gaffney Speakers: Songwriter and performer Eleanor McEvoy, composer Jennifer Walshe and Tony Sheehan, Director of Triskel Arts Centre. From Waterford Healing Arts Trust in partnership with the Arts Council.


Surviving or Thriving? Workshop 5: Music

Workshop 5: Music Nurturing the Creative Mindset: Time & tools to support resilience and forward thinking facilitated by Grainne Hope, musician, Director of Kids Classics and Atlantic Fellow Global Brain Health Institute at TCD. Tuesday 30 March, 10.30am (online)


Surviving or Thriving? Panel Exchange 6: Theatre

Panel Exchange 6: Theatre Thursday 01 April, 10.30am (online) Chair: Dr Maureen Gaffney Speakers: Actor & director Aaron Monaghan, costume designer Catherine Fay and theatre maker Louise Lowe. From Waterford Healing Arts Trust in partnership with the Arts Council.


Surviving or Thriving? Workshop 6: Theatre

Workshop 6: Theatre Working in the arts: How to live on the edge of chaos facilitated by Louize Carroll, Chartered Psychologist and musician Thursday 1 April, 12.30pm (online) UPDATE: This workshop is fully booked