NEW! Resilience, Wellbeing, and Progressing your Artistic Voice

NEW! Resilience, Wellbeing, and Progressing your Artistic Voice

10 Aug 2024 | 1 day | Half day


RWA Drawing School Studio, RWA, BS8 1PX




10 Aug 2024

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Tutors - Melanie Abrahams and Valda Jackson

Afternoon workshop

Saturday 10 August 2024, 1pm - 5pm

A conversational and practical space to think, plan and connect.

This workshop is for artists and creatives who are keen to address and to evolve their wellbeing and resilience, as part of progressing their career and practice.

Within a safe space of solidarity, we will ask questions of ourselves that we may not often have the time, space nor opportunity to think about.  As part of the afternoon, we will focus on what tools, mindset and habits we need to incorporate within our working and everyday lives.

Who is it for?

This opportunity is for global majority women who are emerging to mid-career artists or creative practitioners.

We want to support your wellbeing and help you to flourish.

The co-facilitators Valda Jackson and Melanie Abrahams will support and foster a safe space and have been invited for their strong track-record in shaping holistic approaches to development.

There are up to 15 spaces available for this workshop. 

The venue is fully accessible to standard sized wheelchairs. 

Valda Jackson is a Jamaican-born, Bristol-based award-winning multidisciplinary artist, and a writer.  A University of the West of England alum, she was in 2023 the designer of the Royal Mint coin commemorating the 75th anniversary of Windrush generations. Over the last three decades she has explored the psychology of migration, identity, and loss through her art.  Her empathetic and searching work into human existence and survival has extended into public art commissions and many workshops and consultations with intergenerational communities, artists, students, and the public. Her works are all the more powerful for these exchanges.  

Her public art practice Jackson and Harris - a long-term collaboration with artist Rodney Harris - has been commissioned by Peabody for new public sculptures integrated into the architecture at St Johns Hill (Clapham), London and involves ongoing community partnerships.  Her latest exhibition, Miss Polly at the RWA, brings to life the lesser-told narrative of a Windrush Child within the broader Windrush Story and is part of Valda’s wish to reframe and re-contextualise the visibility and voice of women and children.  In 2024 she was awarded an MBE for Services to Art.

Melanie Abrahams has been instigating and creating literature and cross-art events and programmes for over 20 years, as a curator, producer, mentor, and a speaker.  She consistently pushes for greater diversity in the arts with a focus on race, class and intersectionality. As a freelance curator, as well as through the organisation Renaissance One she founded in 1999, she has collaborated with organisations and individuals including Chris Ofili, bluecoat, Miami Book Fair, Southbank Centre and the Museum of Modern Art (Finland) to showcase global majority voices and talent in British arts.

Her illuminating experiences of Bristol as a student in the 90s has resulted in many collaborative projects and bringing artists/speakers to the city for events, including Gary Younge, Bernardine Evaristo, Jean 'Binta' Breeze, Tobago Crusoe and John Agard. She has been Awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts, a Women To Watch Award for her services to the arts and an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Society of Literature.  More recently, she has turned her attention to creating and advocating spaces for wellbeing and to shaping occasions for liming and community.

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Participants must be 16 or over.

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