Surviving or Thriving? Workshop 3: Collaborative Arts

Workshop 3: Collaborative Arts
Building a Culture of Care: Anti-Burnout Practices for Social Arts Practitioners

facilitated by artist Kate O’Shea and trainer, researcher and activist Dr Krini Kafiris

Tuesday 23 March, 10.30am (online)

UPDATE: This workshop is fully booked

From Waterford Healing Arts Trust in partnership with the Arts Council.
Part of an online series of panel discussions, workshops and resources seeking to strengthen resilience, restore confidence and promote connectedness across the arts sector.

Our sincere appreciation to our associate organisations Create and Age & Opportunity for their support and guidance in putting this Collaborative Arts strand together.

How can we sustain ourselves and our groups as we work for radical change and alternative futures? Sustainable organising approaches propose that better connections to ourselves, others and nature are sources of strength and regeneration. In this workshop, participants will explore three aspects of personal empowerment: mindful awareness, views and emotions. We’ll focus on understanding burnout, our identities as social arts practitioners and feelings of fear and anxiety. Through the use of contemplative and reflective tools, as well as collective knowledge making through brainstorming, our goal is to shift perception of our personal and collective potentials.

Adm free, but booking essential.  See below.  **UPDATE: This workshop is fully booked.

Dr Krini Kafiris & Kate O’Shea

About Dr Krini Kafiris

Dr Krini Kafiris is a trainer for sustainable organising and gender/media related issues, a researcher and activist. She is currently developing and delivering trainings for activists, artists and grassroots groups on sustainable organising, which focus on the use of mindfulness, storytelling and reflective practices in envisioning and working for alternative futures. She is also writing a book on radio, sound and space during the Greek crisis for Durty Books (Ireland). She has developed and executed trainings for grassroots groups, media professionals, civil servants and UNDP-ACT staff in Cyprus, participated in autonomous feminist groups and the solidarity economy in Greece, and taught media/communications/cultural studies at British, Cypriot and Greek universities. She is a founding member of Aesthetix of Empowerment – an international feminist training/research collective, a member of the Living Commons (Ireland) and the Transnational Institute of Social Ecology (TRISE). She holds a DPhil in Media and Cultural Studies.

About Kate O’Shea

Kate O’ Shea is an artist with a social practice which includes printmaking, the production of social spaces, collective cooking and publishing. From setting up a social space in the south west of Ireland in 2009 to co-producing SPARE ROOM Art Architecture Activism ( with Eve Olney in Cork in 2019, Kate’s collaborative practice is based on building spaces of solidarity and dialogue in order to explore alternatives to the social relations of capitalism. Based in Studio 468, Rialto, Kate is currently The Just City Counter Narrative Neighbourhood Residency Awardee with Common Ground, Dublin 8. Kate’s project HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH? has led to the formation of The Just City Collective with community workers, artists, activists, and researchers from all around the world exploring ideas and practices around spatial injustices in multiple cities.

In 2018 she published the book Durty Words with graphic designer Victoria Brunetta. With 134 contributors from all over the world, this is the first book of their publishing house: Durty Books. Kate has an MA by Research in Printmaking as a space for solidarity and dialogue from Limerick School of Art and Design.  She is currently working with Dawn Weleski (Conflict Kitchen) to develop The People’s Kitchen in Cork, Ireland which is being funded by the Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme, managed by Create.

Booking details:
Adm is free to this workshop, but places are limited, so booking is essential.  **UPDATE: This workshop is fully booked.
If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please email with your name, contact tel and one sentence about yourself or why you’re interested in this workshop.  This will assist Kate and Krini to prepare for the session.  If places become available, they will be offered to those on the waiting list on a first come first served basis.

If you’re interested in attending more than one Surviving or Thriving? workshop, please indicate your order of preference in your email.  Depending on demand, it may be necessary to limit places to one workshop per person.