Week 8 Emerging

Welcome to Week 8 of Mindful Arts and Creative Expression, a reflective space where you can connect with yourself and express your feelings in a creative way.

Each week we will offer a theme or creative suggestion and will talk you through ways to feel centred and connected. We will be including a variety of art forms, for example drawing, painting, sculpture, poetry and rhythm/music. 

Remember, you do not need to have any previous experience or having taken part in any of the previous weekly activities so… turn on your audio, watch your video and start to mindfully create!

When you have finished, we invite you to share your responses as seeing others’ interpretations can create a sense of togetherness in these changing times. If you choose to do so, you can share your creative reflections with others on our INSTAGRAM @MindfulArtsCreativeExpression. Guidance on how to upload can be found HERE.

Enjoy the experience and we look forward to seeing the mindful creative outputs shared in our INSTAGRAM gallery!

See you next week, at the same time at the same place! To make this a reliable weekly routine and receive a reminder with a link to next session, please join the mailing list/follow this blog.

Be well and stay safe,

Jude & Erminia

If you are unable to access the audio, here is a brief summary:

Week 8– Emerging

  • With the easing of lockdown around the world, we invite you to reflect on what the word ‘emerging’ means to you.
  • Start by focusing on the word and see what thoughts and feelings start to surface. 
  • These could be in relation to lockdown, but also any other associations with the word ‘emerging’, whatever comes up for you. 
  • Check in with yourself how you’re feeling in the here and now and try to anchor some of these feelings in a creative way, using whatever materials you have available.
  • If it is helpful, set yourself a time limit, if not take the time and space you need to express yourself until you feel ready to stop.
  • Remember that it does not have to be finished for you to share it with others, all creative expression is equally valued.
  • If you would like to share your creative response with others, please share a picture of it on our Instagram gallery. Guidance on how to upload can be found HERE.
  • If you use photography, please remember to avoid pictures of identifiable people or places.

Week 7 Inside/Outside

Welcome to Week 7 of Mindful Arts and Creative Expression, a reflective space where you can connect with yourself and express your feelings in a creative way.

Each week we will offer a theme or creative suggestion and will talk you through ways to feel centred and connected. We will be including a variety of art forms, for example drawing, painting, sculpture, poetry and rhythm/music. 

Remember, you do not need to have any previous experience or having taken part in any of the previous weekly activities so… turn on your audio, watch your video and start to mindfully create!

When you have finished, we invite you to share your responses as seeing others’ interpretations can create a sense of togetherness in these changing times. If you choose to do so, you can share your creative reflections with others on our INSTAGRAM @MindfulArtsCreativeExpression. Guidance on how to upload can be found HERE.

Enjoy the experience and we look forward to seeing the mindful creative outputs shared in our INSTAGRAM gallery!

See you next week, at the same time at the same place! To make this a reliable weekly routine and receive a reminder with a link to next session, please join the mailing list/follow this blog.

Be well and stay safe,

Jude & Erminia

If you are unable to access the audio, here is a brief summary:

Week 7 – Inside/Outside

  • This week we invite you to think about what the theme ‘inside/outside’ means to you.
  • Check in with yourself to see what comes up when you think about these words.
  • You may think literally about what it is like to be inside and the contrast with outside,
  • Or you may think about the emotional impact of internal and external, what is seen and what is not seen.
  • Take time to connect with your feelings in the here and now.
  • Allow yourself this time for your thoughts and feelings to settle and see what starts to emerge.
  • Notice what you are drawn to from the materials you have available.
  • If it is helpful, set yourself a time limit, if not take the time and space you need to express yourself until you feel ready to stop.
  • Remember that it does not have to be finished for you to share it with others, all creative expression is equally valued.
  • If you would like to share your creative response with others, please share a picture of it on our Instagram gallery. Guidance on how to upload can be found HERE.
  • If you use photography, please remember to avoid pictures of identifiable people or places.

Week 6 Kindness

Welcome to Week 6 of Mindful Arts and Creative Expression, a reflective space where you can connect with yourself and express your feelings in a creative way.

Each week we will offer a theme or creative suggestion and will talk you through ways to feel centred and connected. We will be including a variety of art forms, for example drawing, painting, sculpture, poetry and rhythm/music. 

Remember, you do not need to have any previous experience or having taken part in any of the previous weekly activities so… turn on your audio, watch your video and start to mindfully create!

When you have finished, we invite you to share your responses as seeing others’ interpretations can create a sense of togetherness in these changing times. If you choose to do so, you can share your creative reflections with others on our INSTAGRAM @MindfulArtsCreativeExpression. Guidance on how to upload can be found HERE.

Enjoy the experience and we look forward to seeing the mindful creative outputs shared in our INSTAGRAM gallery!

See you next week, at the same time at the same place! To make this a reliable weekly routine and receive a reminder with a link to next session, please join the mailing list/follow this blog.

Be well and stay safe,

Jude & Erminia

 

If you are unable to access the audio, here is a brief summary:

Week 6 – Kindness

  • It is mental health awareness week in the UK and the theme for the week is kindness.  With this in mind, we have chosen this as our starting point.
  • Kindness is more important than ever and this includes kindness to self.
  • Check in with yourself, what does kindness mean to you?
  • Try to stay with what comes up for you in the here and now and see what emerges, whether it is an image, other words or emotions, colours, shapes and give yourself time to express this creatively.
  • Out of the materials you have available, notice what you are drawn to.
  • If it is helpful, set yourself a time limit, if not take the time and space you need to express yourself until you feel ready to stop.
  • Remember that it does not have to be finished for you to share it with others, all creative expression is equally valued.
  • if you would like to share your creative response with others, please share a picture of it on our Instagram gallery. Guidance on how to upload can be found HERE.
  • If you use photography, please remember to avoid pictures of identifiable people or places.

Week 5 Lost and Found

Welcome to Week 5 of Mindful Arts and Creative Expression, a reflective space where you can connect with yourself and express your feelings in a creative way.

Each week we will offer a theme or creative suggestion and will talk you through ways to feel centred and connected. We will be including a variety of art forms, for example drawing, painting, sculpture, poetry and rhythm/music. 

Remember, you do not need to have any previous experience or having taken part in any of the previous weekly activities so… turn on your audio, watch your video and start to mindfully create!

When you have finished, we invite you to share your responses as seeing others’ interpretations can create a sense of togetherness in these changing times. If you choose to do so, you can share your creative reflections with others on our INSTAGRAM @MindfulArtsCreativeExpression. Guidance on how to upload can be found HERE.

Enjoy the experience and we look forward to seeing the mindful creative outputs shared in our INSTAGRAM gallery!

See you next week, at the same time at the same place! To make this a reliable weekly routine and receive a reminder with a link to next session, please join the mailing list/follow this blog.

Be well and stay safe,

Jude & Erminia

 

If you are unable to access the audio, here is a brief summary:

Week 5 – Lost and Found

  • This week we invite you to consider the theme ‘lost and found’.
  • Check in with yourself to see what comes up when you think about these words.
  • Take a deep breath and try to anchor yourself in the here and now.
  • Give yourself time and space to feel what you feel.
  • Out of the materials you have available, notice what you are drawn to.
  • Use the arts to anchor some of your feelings.
  • Root and ground yourself in the moment.
  • If it is helpful, set yourself a time limit, if not take the time and space you need to express yourself until you feel ready to stop.
  • Remember that it does not have to be finished for you to share it with others, all creative expression is equally valued.
  • If you would like to share your creative response with others, please share a picture of it on our Instagram gallery. Guidance on how to upload can be found HERE.
  • If you use photography, please remember to avoid pictures of identifiable people or places.

Week 4 Hopes and Dreams

Welcome to Week 4 of Mindful Arts and Creative Expression, a reflective space where you can connect with yourself and express your feelings in a creative way.

Each week we will offer a theme or creative suggestion and will talk you through ways to feel centred and connected. We will be including a variety of art forms, for example drawing, painting, sculpture, poetry and rhythm/music. 

Remember, you do not need to have any previous experience or having taken part in any of the previous weekly activities so… turn on your audio, watch your video and start to mindfully create!

When you have finished, we invite you to share your responses as seeing others’ interpretations can create a sense of togetherness in these changing times. If you choose to do so, you can share your creative reflections with others on our INSTAGRAM @MindfulArtsCreativeExpression. Guidance on how to upload can be found HERE.

Enjoy the experience and we look forward to seeing the mindful creative outputs shared in our INSTAGRAM gallery!

See you next week, at the same time at the same place! To make this a reliable weekly routine and receive a reminder with a link to next session, please join the mailing list/follow this blog.

Be well and stay safe,

Jude & Erminia

 

If you are unable to access the audio, here is a brief summary:

Week 4 – Hopes and Dreams

  • This week we would like to invite you to focus on the themes ‘hopes and dreams’.
  • Take some time and allow your thoughts and feelings to settle.
  • Take a long, deep breath in, breathe out and check in with yourself, allowing space for how you are feeling in the here and now. 
  • Think about the emotions you are experiencing in response to these words and think about what hopes and dreams mean to you right now.
  • Try to stay with the connections that come to mind for you personally.
  • If you are limited in what you have available you can use natural or found objects to make a collage, picture or sculpture, or you can create charcoal from burnt sticks.
  • If it is helpful, set yourself a time limit, if not take the time and space you need to express yourself until you feel ready to stop.
  • Remember that it does not have to be finished for you to share it with others, all creative expression is equally valued.
  • if you would like to share your creative response with others, please share a picture of it on our Instagram gallery. Guidance on how to upload can be found HERE.
  • If you use photography, please remember to avoid pictures of identifiable people or places.

Week 3 Uncertainty

Welcome to Week 3 of Mindful Arts and Creative Expression, a reflective space where you can connect with yourself and express your feelings in a creative way.

Each week we will offer a theme or creative suggestion and will talk you through ways to feel centred and connected. We will be including a variety of art forms, for example drawing, painting, sculpture, poetry and rhythm/music. 

Remember, you do not need to have any previous experience or having taken part in any of the previous weekly activities so… turn on your audio, watch your video and start to mindfully create!

When you have finished, we invite you to share your responses as seeing others’ interpretations can create a sense of togetherness in these changing times. If you choose to do so, you can share your creative reflections with others on our INSTAGRAM @MindfulArtsCreativeExpression. Guidance on how to upload can be found HERE.

Enjoy the experience and we look forward to seeing the mindful creative outputs shared in our INSTAGRAM gallery!

See you next week, at the same time at the same place! To make this a reliable weekly routine and receive a reminder with a link to next session, please join the mailing list/follow this blog.

Be well and stay safe,

Jude & Erminia

 

If you are unable to access the audio, here is a brief summary:

Week 3 – Uncertainty

  • We thought we would build on last week’s concept of time and this week invite you to reflect on the word ‘uncertainty’.
  • Take some time and allow your thoughts and feelings to settle.
  • Think about what the word ‘uncertainty’ means to you, in the here and now.
  • It may bring up other feelings, so please don’t feel restricted by the word.
  • Allow yourself time to see what emerges.
  • It may be helpful to think about what feels absent, as well as what feels present.
  • You can use any material you have available; you may want to use things you have around the house or found objects.  For example, herbs and spices can add texture and colour, flour can be made into a paste or dough.
  • Remember that it does not have to be finished for you to share it with others, all creative expression is equally valued.
  • if you would like to share your creative response with others, please share a picture of it on our Instagram gallery. Guidance on how to upload can be found HERE.
  • If you use photography, please remember to avoid pictures of identifiable people or places.

Week 2 Time

Welcome to Week 2 of Mindful Arts and Creative Expression, a reflective space where you can connect with yourself and express your feelings in a creative way.

Each week we will offer a theme or creative suggestion and will talk you through ways to feel centred and connected. We will be including a variety of art forms, for example drawing, painting, sculpture, poetry and rhythm/music. 

Remember, you do not need to have any previous experience or having taken part in any of the previous weekly activities so… turn on your audio, watch your video and start to mindfully create!

When you have finished, we invite you to share your responses as seeing others’ interpretations can create a sense of togetherness in these changing times. If you choose to do so, you can share your creative reflections with others on our INSTAGRAM @MindfulArtsCreativeExpression. Guidance on how to upload can be found HERE.

Enjoy the experience and we look forward to seeing the mindful creative outputs shared in our INSTAGRAM gallery!

See you next week, at the same time at the same place! To make this a reliable weekly routine and receive a reminder with a link to next session, please join the mailing list/follow this blog.

Be well and stay safe,

Jude & Erminia

 

If you are unable to access the audio, here is a brief summary:

 Week 2 – Time

  • This week we thought it might be helpful to focus on the concept of time.
  • Check in with yourself and think about what ‘time’ means to you in the here and now and what feelings you experience in response. 
  • You may want to hold in mind the time that has passed, the time to come and how it feels to be right where you are.
  • Give yourself time to reflect and see what emerges, an image may start to form in your mind, or some colours might come to mind that represent your feelings. 
  • Your creative response could be abstract, it could involve collage, images, photos, painting and drawing or sculpture, whatever you are drawn to or have to hand.
  • Remember that it does not have to be finished for you to share it with others, all creative expression is equally valued.
  • if you would like to share your creative response with others, please share a picture of it on our Instagram gallery. Guidance on how to upload can be found HERE.
  • If you use photography, please remember to avoid pictures of identifiable people or places.

Week 1 Disentangling emotions

Welcome to Week 1 of Mindful Arts and Creative Expression, a reflective space where you can connect with yourself and express your feelings in a creative way.

Each week we will offer a theme or creative suggestion and will talk you through ways to feel centred and connected. We will be including a variety of art forms, for example drawing, painting, sculpture, poetry and rhythm/music. 

Remember, you do not need to have any previous experience so… turn on your audio and watch your first video!

When you have finished, we invite you to share your responses as seeing others’ interpretations can create a sense of togetherness in these changing times. If you choose to do so, you can share your creative reflections with others on our INSTAGRAM @MindfulArtsCreativeExpression.

 

If you are unable to access the audio, here is a brief summary:

  • Week 1 is intended as an introduction, to connect with yourself and how you are feeling in the here and now.
  • Check in with yourself, what emotion are you feeling most strongly right now?
  • What materials might you like to use to capture your feeling, for example: pencil, paint, pastels, found objects, collage, sculpture, photography, poetry?
  • You may wish to experiment with colour, shape, different mark making.
  • It does not have to be finished for you to share it with others, all creative expression is valued.
  • If it helps, set yourself a time limit. 
  • If you use photography, please avoid pictures of people or identifiable places.
  • Once you have finished and if you would like to share it with others, please take a picture of your creation and share it on our Instagram gallery.

 

Enjoy the experience and we look forward to seeing the mindful creative outputs shared in our INSTAGRAM gallery!

See you next week, at the same time at the same place (if you wish to receive a reminder with a link to next session please join the mailing list/follow this blog). Be well and stay safe,

Jude & Erminia

 

ONLINE PREMIERE OF ‘BREAKING THE CHAINS: ANTO’S STORY’ NEXT TUESDAY 31/03/2020

Hallo Movie-ment friends,

in these months of silence so much has been happening, including two film/fieldwork in Indonesia and Ghana for the Together for Mental Health project (funded by UK ESRC GCRF and lead by Erminia Colucci). You will find the outputs in this website when ready but in the meantime you can also follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (look for Together for Mental Health or @Together4MH).

In the meantime, the sequelae of Breaking the Chains planned for last week in London had to be cancelled because of the pandemic (sigh!) but fear not…we went digital as for everything else right now and we are happy to announce the ONLINE PREMIERE “Breaking the chains: Anto’s story” next Tuesday. Please see the flyer for info, sign in here if interested http://ugm.id/btchain and feel free to share, the system we are using can take up to 3000 people! The film will also be available on this website after we launch it.

We still plan to have a live premiere in London when we are finally able to be close to each other again, in the meantime we wish you all the best self-distancing weekend you can and take care!UGMLaunch-31Mar2020!

Visual storytelling in global mental health event and GCRF grant for next films!

A 44 min version of Breaking the chains will be screened on the 22nd Nov as part of a visual storytelling event organised by LSHTM in London. For more information click here and tell your friends!

I would also like to express my deepest gratitude to all of you who have supported Breaking the chains throughout its making (including crowdfunding donors!) and to screen and distribute it, including the Royal Anthropological Institute which is now the official distributor of the educational DVDs and online versions of the film (BUY FILM HERE)

Your support and acknowledgement of the value of this work has contributed to help me and my team secure ESRC GCRF funding for the next ethnographic documentary project that will take place in Indonesia and Ghana, you can find more information HERE and watch this space for updates!

thanks and keep moving!

Erminia & Movie-ment.org