As practicing artists we can tend to stick with our medium of choice. Even if that involves many different skills or practices, we can tend to stay in our comfort zones. And despite the wonderful communal element of working in a studio, our art practices are generally inherently solitary. Even working collaboratively, it can be difficult to communicate our emotional responses to the process and product. Often, there isn’t a forum, or vocabulary to describe or relate this.
And as practicing artists and studio members, we can be focussed on producing work with an agenda that isn’t entirely ours. Perhaps to meet a deadline, or to exhibit, or to be seen to be producing. As such, we risk losing that authentic connection to process and the self, and the relationship between the two.
This group aims and intends to provide a safe space within which practicing artists can meet and re-connect with art materials, art making and processes, themselves and each other in an alternative and authentic way. To provide a forum for this connection, and support discussion about the beautiful simplicity and complexity of the relationship between ‘the self’ and ‘the art’.
The sessions will incorporate elements of therapeutic art making, self-directed process and peer support both within the art making and reflective process. The facilitator’s role is to ‘’hold and contain’ as opposed to direct the group in terms of process. How the group progresses in terms of content will be determined organically by group members as the sessions progress. If the group gets stuck, the facilitator may offer support in terms of themes, guided imagery etc.
Dates: 18TH FEB – 11TH MAR
Times: 1PM – 4PM
Location: A4 Sounds, St Joseph’s Parade, off Upper Dorset Street, Dublin 1
Art 4 Artists Workshop Series at A4 Sounds