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Yesterday, we did a virtual meet-up with our team of creative practitioner artists who create many of the workshops that happen for our exhibitions and in schools. There are lots of projects going on during the lockdown, from making new work to tidying studios and taking time for poetry and yoga. We all agreed that it’s okay to be busy during lockdown, but we also need to give ourselves permission to not be doing anything, if that’s what we need to sustain our mental health!
Of course, no matter what your job or study is in ‘normal’ times, we all have different circumstances to deal with now. Some people are trying to work from home and home-school children, some people are caring for others, some of us are spending lockdown alone and key workers are out there looking after everyone, delivering post, getting food on the shelves, emptying the bins and so on.
We agreed that the main things are to try to talk to other people if you can, get some exercise, connect with nature if you can go outside safely (or maybe you have plants or pets at home) and many people find that doing something creative can help.
We’ve been sharing lots of creative ideas on our social media accounts and we’re creating a couple of online events too: Megan Clark-Bagnall will be leading a Make With Meg online workshop on 9 May and Skin Deep exhibition artist, Oliver Jones, will be sharing a tour of his studio on 15 May (you can submit a question to ask him). Visit our Events pages for more info:
Image from Skin Deep Selfie by Jamila Walker and Emily Wilkinson from @elixirartsuk .
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