In line with our current exhibition, I Want to Live, photographer Daniel Regan has begun running a series of arts workshops at the Free Space Project focusing on suicide, loss and bereavement. These workshops are for people who may have experienced living in suicidal crisis themselves, or perhaps lost a family or friend to suicide. The workshops offer a space for discussion around these complex subjects, alongside the facilitation of creating artworks. The sessions are clinically supported by integrative psychotherapist Lizz Lewis. The exhibition continues until October 12th.
At the beginning of the first session we did some general introductions, before checking in with how we were feeling by responding to some simple statements on paper. Thanks to Michael Crossan for the inspiration on this — it was something that Michael incorporated into his Intuitive Collage workshop with us.
We then responded to one of these statements using any of the art materials available. It was a poignant moment to reflect on our feelings before the session started. It was a chance for people to focus on their anger, being overwhelmed or simply getting into the mood of creating.
For the bulk of the session we focused on themes of past, present and future. How have we seen ourselves in the past, where do we see ourselves now, and where would we like to see ourselves? For those that had lost others we reflected on who they were and where we’d have liked them to be. At the end of the session we reflected as a group on our experiences.
If you want to attend of these upcoming workshops then sign up here. If they are full please add yourself to the Waitlist and you’ll receive an email if there is a cancellation.
Please note that these are not art therapy sessions and are not a substitute for therapy or clinical services. If you are struggling and need support please see your GP. If you are in a crisis please contact your local crisis team or go to A&E. If you need to talk to someone please contact:
Maytree: 020 7263 7070
Samaritans: 116 123 (UK)