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Free live online events on Work and utopia, Mechanisms for care in times of trauma and Centring care and wellbeing in building online spaces

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Wednesday 18 November, 5pm - Mechanisms for care in times of trauma.

Dr Martin O’Brien and Fandangoe Kid

In a time when our minds and bodies are craving to be cared for, join artist The Fandangoe Kid in conversation with zombie Dr Martin O’Brien for the second event in STAF’s What Matters To Me series.

The conversation will reflect on two individual lives and bodies of work, and explore ideas of survival and resilience, through illness and personal loss. It will be an unpicking of what mattered then and what matters now, as we attempt to uncover how we can collectively create mechanisms for care in times of trauma.

Thursday 10 December, 5pm - Centring care and wellbeing in building online spaces.

Prof. Pat Healy and Zoe Gumbs

About the series

What Matters To Me is a new project from Something To Aim For (STAF) which seeks to develop strategies and frameworks for improving health and wellbeing through the arts, built around collaborations between artists, healthcare professionals, institutions, and researchers. It will explore pressing social issues and urgent concerns, activate strategies of support and develop concrete actions for sector change.

The first What Matters To Me events are a series of research presentations, bringing together artists and researchers to discuss the overlapping interests and concerns within their practices. The participants’ work is complimentary, opening new avenues for practical application of research and new theoretical underpinnings for professional activity in a post-Covid-19 world.

These first events have been produced in collaboration with Arts & Culture at Queen Mary University of London. Queen Mary are committed to working in partnership with a range of arts and arts organisations. Collaborations such as this one with STAF are set up to support the sector as well as enrich and enable their own research.

The events will be broadcast live and they can be attended by booking an online place. After the event, they will be also available for free to watch online via STAF’s digital platform Us In the Making.

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Wednesday 11 November, 5pm - Work and utopia

Prof. Gerry Hanlon and Xavier De Sousa

Artists had been referred to by corporations as the ‘perfect worker’, finding enjoyment and drive in their work despite the often-long hours and low pay. Now we are moving to a world where we are being encouraged to retrain, up-skill and evolve.

STAF have invited independent performance maker and curator Xavier de Sousa and Professor Gerard Hanlon from the Centre for Labour and Global Production at Queen Mary University of London to discuss, from their own viewpoints, the idea of WORK & UTOPIA. They will be working through 'what matters'. To them, to you, and what we should be thinking about in building strategies for change in a post-COVID world.

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