ARTS AND MINDS – EMBODIED CONNECTIONS
NOTES ON EMBODIMENT – SOMATIC APPROACHES TO MOVEMENT, ATTENTION, AWARENESS AND ACTION.
PANEL DISCUSSION & Q&A – With Artists Bronagh Lawson – James King – Steve Batts – 4th March at 7pm via Zoom – Please contact email@example.com for Zoom Link
I will be discussing how Belfast artists, and art therapist’s have a unique opportunity to be global leaders in contemporary art, underpinned with art therapy of which performance art is a key element, using the example of the Hydrangea Project Belfast-Chicago, a 10 year collaboration between myself and Suellen Semekoski Adjunct Professor of Art Therapy at the School of art Institute Chicago who specialized in working with veterans.
Bronagh Lawson is an artist, art columnist for Belfast media group. Lawson has spent 13 years developing and running cross border cross community projects on interface areas of Belfast. Works include, 2011 –Hydrangea project – Belfast Chicago: with adjunct Professor Suellen Semekoiski of school of Art Institute Chicago, contemporary art with art therapy. Book, Belfast City of light, looking and listening to Belfast, come with me. A book on her experience of visiting every church in Belfast for service. 150 etchings exhibited in Dublin supported by the British Council and An Roinn Ealaion, Oidhreachta agus Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht for the 1916-2016 Easter Rising commemorations. Her work is held in the UTV collection, Belfast Trust, South Eastern Trust, Ulster Museum, Irish Architectural archive, Office of public works. Lawson Chairs: Women’s Tec, Belfast Print workshop currently with Pssquared. Lawson has received Awards for, Arts and Alzheimer’s, Fulbright scholar & Regional talk talk digital heroes.
I will be discussing two main themes,
1. How embodied performance as a performance artist has helped me towards knowing my mind and heart and enabled me to express feelings, concerns and aspirations, within the safety of an aesthetic frame.
2. How qualities engendered by the practice of Performance Art have been used by me as facilitator with a group of vulnerable adults.
James King retired as a Lecturer in Community Drama at the University of Ulster in 2004, after thirty years in post. Within his teaching during these years were several systems or forms of community drama, although integral to them all were improvisation and group interaction. In 1997 King became a registered drama therapist with BADTh. He developed extra mural groups in the community, primarily with elderly people and people with a learning disability; and day centre members. Since retirement, in 2014, King has progressed his performance art practice, focusing upon voice work; mainly with Bbeyond. In his performance actions, although doing solo work from time to time, King most frequently collaborates with individuals and groups endorsing the Ubuntu belief, “I Am Because We Are”.
I will be asking some questions about the difference between a poetic intent and a therapeutic intent and about collaboration and support between therapists and artists.
Steve Batts has been making movement based art work, performing, directing, and teaching for almost forty years. Batts has been artistic director of Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company since 1991. The company has been based in Derry since 1997. Batts has worked in a very wide range of contexts. Batts has created and taught with and for professional dancers and actors, children, parents and toddlers, teenagers, people with all kinds of different abilities, musicians, writers and many more. Batts work focuses around the concept of “poetic movement” as a way to go beyond the hyper-objectivisation of mainstream dance practice and the hyper-subjectivisation of “somatic” approaches. Batts focus, in composition and teaching, is on the dance rather than ‘the body’ or ‘the dancer’. “I am not a therapist but I have a lot of experience working in ‘therapeutic contexts’”. Batts is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique since 1987.
BECOMING BECOMING – Zoom Workshops and over a period of 4 weeks, with Artists Francis and Dominic – Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to Register or for more information
ARTIST LED WORKSHOPS – Four Sessions – £30.00 in total (Please note exceptions can be made in exceptional circumstances) – Please contact email@example.com to Register or for enquiries.
Group Sessions: 10 am – 2.30 pm, March 6th, 13th, 27th, 2021
One hour Sessions: March 14th and 21st, 2021
‘Becoming Becoming’ is a series of performance art workshops delivered virtually by artists Frances Mezzetti and Dominic Thorpe. ‘Becoming Becoming’ is aimed at both beginners, students and experienced artists who wish to (re)engage with their playfulness, curiosity and creativity in an accessible, supportive and fun environment. Participants will be brought gently through individual and group exercises, in front of and away from the computer screen. The aim is to encourage and sustain our attention, curiosity and creativity in everyday private and public spaces. Throughout the workshop we will be mindful of self-care and nurturing. You are invited to join us as we take time to ease into the flow of being in our bodies, in our space, in our curiosity, in our communication. Becoming breath…. becoming movement… becoming thought… becoming energy… becoming play… becoming interaction…
“We are more than the reproductive organs of our laptops” Dr Phil Smyth, Triarchy Press, Walking in a time of Virus.
Dominic Thorpe is an Irish visual artist who works primarily through performance art in a range of processes and contexts. He also works with drawing, video, photography, installation, collaborative and relational based processes. Thorpe has shown and performed work widely internationally and in Ireland and has completed a number of residencies, including at the Nordic Arts Centre, Fire Station Artist Studios Dublin and was the first artist in resident in humanities at University College Dublin. Throughout his practice he has engaged with artist run initiatives as well as inclusion, education and wellbeing based projects.
Frances Mezzetti is a Dublin based visual artist working in performance art, site specific, installation and video, with an emphasis on collaboration with artists across disciplines. Mezzetti’s work and performances have been shown nationally and internationally for over two decades. Among them are live performance in University of Ulster BIFPA (2020) Queens University Belfast (2019), Boston USA (2018). Mezzetti is trained in the principals of movement and communication, in practices such as Amerta Movement and Move into Life. She has facilitated workshops on movement and voice work i.e. Bealtaine Festival in KCAT Callan, In Ottersburg Germany, NCAD and DIT Dublin and in Kilkenny, Ireland. Artists talks in University of Ulster 2020, Trinity College Dublin 2019, The Lab Dublin, Ottersberg Germany among others.
ARTS AND MINDS – Will culminate in a shared group performance on Sat May 15th at 12.00 – (Please note this is dependent on Covid Restrictions) As part of Mental Health Awareness week in Association with Queens University, 10th – 16th May 2021.
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Phone 044- 7968643871 / 07933187686
Organised by Elaine McGinn
Poster: Photography – Jordan Hutchings
Artist Images: – Courtesy of the Artists