Celebrating Creativity and Wellbeing Week 2021
CUH Arts partnered with Arts and Minds, a local mental health charity, to offer CUH Staff a “Creative Break” with three relaxing and playful online workshops.
Please note these events have now passed and this page has been left as an example of our creative wellbeing opportunities for CUH staff. We hope to offer similar events in the future and will advertise through the usual channels: Bulletin, Facebook, emails, and through new Portal pages under Creative Wellbeing.
All workshops are FREE, artist-led and have been designed especially for the CUH staff community. Don’t worry, no previous arts experience is necessary and you won’t need special materials – the workshops are designed to use things you’ll already have around you. See details below to find out more!
Workshops will last one hour, and are accessed via Zoom. Each workshop is different and is booked individually. Workshops are free of charge but booking is essential; numbers are limited to 15 places for each workshop to enhance your experience and give time for the groups to talk and interact effectively.
Arts and Minds
Arts and Minds is a leading Cambridgeshire charity who offer Creative Breaks as a form of Arts on Prescription. Their artists develop creative programmes to support wellbeing through creative exploration, encouraging self-expression and reducing anxiety.
How to sign up:
As stated above, these events have passed. Watch out for future offers via the usual channels.
Workshop 1: Tuesday 18th May 1-2pm
Balancing Act – A tower, a relief, a hanging mobile
Make something beautiful and unexpected on your own or with others. A chance for everyone to take a moment out of your day to think, play and experiment. In this workshop we’ll be looking at artist’s inspiration and working with familiar objects from our homes, offices or the outside world.
Your facilitator will be Susanne Jasilek, a mixed-media artist and facilitator, and founder member of arts and wellbeing charity Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination.
Workshop 2: Thursday 20th May, 6:30-7:30pm
What Comes Next? – Creative Writing for Wellbeing
This creative writing workshop will explore how we emerge from the last extraordinary year and imagine what may follow. The workshop will take inspiration from a poem, which we will use collectively to reflect on our own experiences. You will be encouraged to find an expression of this in writing, individually, to share with one another, if you choose to.
Your facilitator will be Ruth Cocksedge, an experienced practitioner psychologist and teacher. She is an enthusiastic reader and writer, has a Master’s degree in Creative Writing and is fascinated by its therapeutic potential.
Workshop 3: Friday 21st May, 1-2pm
Making Names – What makes me?
In response to feeling masked, hidden or isolated, this workshop will allow you some time to reconnect with your own sense of identity and explore what symbolises ‘me’ by using objects to create and photograph a temporary image of your own name.
Your facilitator will be Jane Frost, a visual artist who specialises in textiles, environmental and nature-based work. Jane is actively involved in social sculpture research and exploring sense of place and people’s connections with the natural and built environments.
We look forward to welcoming you to these sessions!