Professor Dominik Havsteen-Franklin, Brunel University

A Conference for Creative Arts Therapists and Arts-Based Practitioners Responding to Today’s Global Challenges

How does arts-based practice influence global change? How do the arts enable health, growth and social dialogues during times of crisis? How do we make sense of each other and ourselves in ways that explore growth, community, social action, identity and otherness amidst times of growing divide?

Delivered by leading thinkers and practitioners in the field, with a focus on the relationships between the UK, the US and the world. This conference brings together arts therapists, arts-based practitioners, academics and researchers to explore the bigger picture about how we experience, understand and relate to otherness where today’s challenges are political, ecological and relational.

This conference is for arts therapists, arts in health workers, social workers, psychotherapists, psychologists, creatives, entrepreneurs, health professionals, people who want to help people to engage in arts to change the world we live in for the better.

‘The Social Dream Matrix’

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right doing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.  When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about.  Ideas, language, even the phrase ‘each other’ doesn’t make any sense.”  

Jellaludin Rumi

Please join us to discover the “field” or the Social Dream Matrix, a gathering of people who share their dreams and listen without commentary or judgement, holding the collective connection of our imagination. After the conclusion of the matrix, group discussion is opened to allow for making connections between the dreams and the dreamers. Art making will be encouraged to allow for nonverbal expression.

When: Saturday, October 5th and Sunday October 6th, 5:15- 7:30 pm.

Location: Higgins Hall Auditorium

Facilitators: Francesca La Nave, Marianne Gunther

  ‘The Poetics of Otherness’

   Poetry reading by Eléna Rivera, Scott Thurston and E.J. McAdams.

   When: Friday October 4th, 7pm & Saturday October 5th, 12.35pm

   Location: Room 112, Higgins Hall