How to Survive and Thrive as an Artist: Creative Resilience

9.45am - 4.30pm

A workshop for socially engaged artists and creatives who would like to be able to bounce back from challenging situations and find new ways to protect themselves from the negative effects of stress.

During this workshop attendees will learn practical, workable examples of the 7 elements of Creativity Works’ resilience model enabling you to explore, develop and grow in your personal resilience and artistic practice. By the end of the course you will:

  • Understand what Resilience means and how to apply it
  • Develop the skills and confidence to manage challenging situations
  • Identify personal assets and strengths
  • Develop your innate creativity
  • Learn flexible and adaptable approaches to problem solving and staying motivated
  • During the day you will identify a personal or professional challenge and using tools and activities begin to develop a solution for that challenge.
  • By the end of the workshop you will have worked through your identified challenge and have learnt how to apply the 7 elements and tools to all areas of your life.


The Facilitators

Oliver Jones, Director of Creativity Works

Oliver joined Creativity Works in January 2014 after a short stint as Creative Learning Manager of Cambridge Junction. Previous to this, he spent five years as Associate Director of Trestle Theatre Company. In collaboration with Middlesex University, he created and delivered a unique MA Education (drama) for teachers of secondary drama and theatre studies. He was also on the Arts Council steering committee examining whether Drama GSCE is fit for purpose and has fulfilled many other significant roles within the arts.

Working with the co|Create Steering Group made up of Artists, Oliver has developed this course as well as others to address the needs of emerging and experienced socially engaged artists and creatives across the South West.

Christina Sanders, Writer and Trainer

Christina’s writing practice includes short stories, sudden, flash fiction, journalism, spoken word, and more recently, creative non-fiction. Her work has appeared in a variety of anthologies: Fish, Bare Fiction, The Bath Short Story Anthology, Words with Jam, Litro, Rattle Tales, Best Small Fictions, Toasted Cheese. In 2017, she won the Aesthetica Creative writing award.

Increasingly, she has become interested in working across boundaries, exploring different genres, collaborating with artists, natural scientists and academics to extend and develop my practice, both in terms of my approach to place, and the way I choose to write about it.

In the past 18 months Christina has run a creative Walkshop in Bath for Creativity Works. As well as working with three other artists on the Creative Resilience programme, exploring ways evidence based approaches can develop resilience, tapping into and strengthening our innate creativity. Apart from being a brilliant programme, it has helped her personally as being a writer, rejection’s always hovering in the wings!


How to Book

Tickets cost between £25 – £50

Book via Eventbrite here.

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