At Absolutely Cultured, we are committed to supporting creative practitioners through our talent development programmes such as the Hull Independent Producer Initiative (HIPI) and Fruit Factory Network (FFN). Throughout the COVID crisis, access to this support and opportunities for to come together digitally are more important than ever.
On 30 April we hosted an informal discussion forum on the subject of keeping happy, healthy and creative at home.
In these strange and unprecedented times, we are all are having to find new ways to stay healthy, happy and productive (or learning that it is okay not to be).
We discussed how, as artists and creatives, we’re tackling creativity during isolation, where we’re finding inspiration, and explored how we can better support one another to overcome the barriers each of us may be facing.
You can revisit the session here, and listen to what everyone had to say:
Here is more information about our wonderful invited guests:
Dawn Mitchell – We Do Wellbeing
Dawn Mitchell is the founder of We Do Wellbeing, a consultancy and training company focused on helping people to live healthier, happier lives. They offer a range of services that help develop resilience, build wellbeing and support people to adopt approaches to happier living.
Helen Stratford – Artist
Helen Stratford is a socially engaged artist with a background in architecture. Her practice spans performative workshops, site-specific interventions, video, speculative writing and discursive platforms. Her work, including Play Anywhere Now or Never with Idit Nathan, often encourages audiences to rediscover locations or places and to re-evaluate routines that are familiar to them by exploring them in new, critically creative ways.
Idit Nathan – Artist
Idit Nathan is an artist whose work draws on a wide variety of traditions and methods; it is participatory, collaborative and theatrical. She collaborates with artists, curators and diverse communities to develop site-specific interventions and artworks. Idit often uses play as a productive and provocative space in which the participant is challenged to confront their accepted understandings.
Remote Talent Development
Equanipolis, Aniara Omann
Image: Installation View. Mike S Redmond and Faye Coral Jones (MSR FCJ), Ecstatic Rituals.
Emerging Cultural Leaders Mobility Bursary 2019 - Information Event
PRS Foundation New Music Biennial 2019
Image: Cut, Humber Street Gallery 2019. ©James Mulkeen
Cut, Richard Houguez & Graham Jones
Candoco Dance Company Face In by Yasmeen Godder Photography by Hugo Glendinning
IETM Hull 2019 Plenary Meeting
Urban Legends: Northern Lights
Home Town Story
It Takes a Village
States of Play
Installation view, 2020. Jamie Crewe, Solidarity & Love. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artist, 2020. Photo by Jules Lister.
Jamie Crewe, Solidarity & Love
Wrapping, Nnena Kalu
Frances Disley, The Cucumber Fell in the Sand. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artist, 2019. ©Jules Lister
Frances Disley: The Cucumber Fell In The Sand
Jade Montserrat: Instituting Care
Ella Dorton, Journey to the Centre of the Couch (Couches & Other Good Ideas). Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artist, 2019. © Jules Lister
Journey To The Centre Of The Couch (Couches & Other Good Ideas), Ella Dorton
The Witching Hour
Keisha Thompson: Man on the Moon
IETM Hull 2019 Artistic Programme
Measures of Life by The Lumen Prize for Digital Art
Installation view, 2020. Lucy Clout, ZZZ. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artist, 2020. Photo by Jules Lister.
Lucy Clout, ZZZ
Proboscidea Rappings, Ollie Dook
Dance Exchange Hull
© Chris Pepper
Hull Takeover: Previews
Image: Athena Papadopoulos, A Tittle-Tattle Tell-a-Tale-Heart, courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artist 2019. © James Mulkeen
A Tittle-Tattle Tell-a-Tale Heart, Athena Papadopoulos
Suki Seokyeong Kang
Place To Place: Liverpool Biennial Touring Programme
Jamie Reid XXXXX: Fifty Years of Subversion and The Spirit
Contains Strong Language
Act VII: Land of Green Ginger
John Grant's North Atlantic Flux: Sounds from Smoky Bay
Hull Truck Theatre
The Last Testament of Lillian Bilocca