You will gain access to a series of online or live workshops that will vary in theme and content, but will all be focussed on activating creativity for wellbeing . Participants can choose their own path through the material. The aim of these 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, sound making and photography or video making using a mobile phone.
More information about these workshops here. Since wellbeing outcomes will be researched at the beginning and end of the project, you need to be referred or meet the artist through your school or group so that these 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 :
This 1 minute film gives an idea of what a visual poem could look like. This has music, a narrative and video shot on a mobile phone. Another approach could use a series of still images, text could be used etc.
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In order to take part, you might wish 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.)