From June 9th, a series of short workshops will be made available gradually online, with new content appearing throughout the summer. These will be short videos, and they will vary in theme and content. Participants can choose their own path through the material. The aim of these video workshops will be to provoke insight into the creative process and its role in improving wellbeing. Creativity in its many forms will be explored from gentle movement and visualisation practices to journaling, drawing, mandala making, voice, rhythm and listening.
More information about these workshops here. Since wellbeing outcomes will be researched at the beginning, middle and end of the project, you need to be referred so that feedback forms are filled in. Once these steps are in place you will get access to the course material.
After you've enjoyed some workshops, you'll be encouraged to share your work. Your contribution to the project could take the form of photographs, written words, music, song, a time-lapse video of your favourite place in nature. It could be video of you doing a hobby or process that you enjoy (e.g. knitting, guitar), or that you learned through the workshops (e.g. drawing, mandala making).
Most phones have cameras and mics. These can be used to record your work. Working collaboratively with the lead artist, your contributions can potentially be shaped into a VISUAL POEM; an evocative mix of sound and visual elements that express a sense of your unique outlook, what you feel, or where you are in the world. If your contribution is sound, you will be supported to get visuals, if you submit images, you will be supported to find sounds etc.
A number of participant's visual poems and/or a collaborative group project will be showcased as part of First Fortnight 2022. Read more below about how collaborative work might take shape.
Once you've taken part in some of the 'Creative Activation Workshops', you may choose to meet online or in person with other participants. As a group, we can collaboratively decide on work we can develop together.
We can collectively decide on 'Work-in- Movement' rules or prompts, for example :
In order to take part, you need to be referred by a Social Prescriber, Occupational Therapist, Counsellor or through a Community Wellbeing Group (eg. Wellness Café, Worklink etc.) Referral Information here. You can self-refer through a Social Prescriber.
Social Prescribers link you to sources of support within the community to help you maintain wellbeing, e.g. Physical Activity, Arts & Creativity, Learning new skills, Self help, Books for Health, Green Prescription, Support Groups. Visit the DONEGAL SOCIAL PRESCRIBING NETWORK page on FB. You can ring your local Donegal Social Prescriber on these numbers. Ardara/Glenties/Killybegs: Caroline (087) 3652577, Bunbeg/Derrybeg/Gweedore: Andrea (087) 1511855, Buncrana/East Donegal: Carmel (086) 0406950. Derryveagh/Dunfanaghy/Falcarragh: Bernie (086) 0766670. Donegal town/ Pettigo: Miffy (087) 3814639. Rosses/Dungloe: Linda (087) 1511855. Letterkenny: Simon (083) 1335700. Lifford/Castlefin: Mary (089) 4589663. Milford/Rossguill/Fanad: Lesley (089) 2157232. Moville: Ann (089) 4318831
Read More about Creativity
CLICK HERE to read the blog post 'I am an Artist and so are You' by Maria Coleman
CLICK HERE to read about how NASA have shown that a whooping 98% of children are in the 'exceptionally creative' bracket, while a mere 2% of adults make the cut.)