Creative writing facilitator, On the record

On the Record is recognised nationally and internationally for our role in co-producing public art and history projects outside of museums and galleries. We are currently seeking a published author or poet to co-facilitate a creative writing session using source material regarding an experimental psychiatric community called The Cassel Hospital.

Title: A dreamer lives for reality: Social psychiatry at the science gallery

Venue: Science Gallery, 2nd November 2022. 2.00pm-4.00pm

Who you’ll be working with: Laura Khan Mitchison, currently undertaking a project at The Cassel Hospital in Richmond. She is curating a workshop series at The Science Gallery. You’ll also be working with an expert by experience from The Cassel hospital.

Theme for the workshop: The Cassel Hospital (1921- present) was established to deal with the psychological casualties of the first world war. It focused on women and families whose war trauma was neglected elsewhere. The Cassel pioneered a model of treatment called the ‘therapeutic community’ that has since been adopted all over the world.  Instead of treating patients as passively sick, patients take active responsibility for running the hospital and supporting each other’s treatment in an open democratic atmosphere. Fascinating source material from “The Cassel archive” will be the basis for the workshops.

Person specification:

  • A professionally published or recognised author / playwright / poet
  • substantial and proven experience facilitating workshops with new writers and vulnerable participants
  • Awareness of trauma-informed facilitation
  • Experienced with mental health groups and / or themes
  • Able to provide testimonials or references.

Applicants with lived experience of mental health difficulties welcome.

Fee: £450

To apply: Please send a a brief covering email using the subject header “a dreamer lives for reality.” Outline how you would approach devising creative-writing workshops based on sensitive archive material and address all the points in the person specification. Winners of the women’s community history prize, Sound Walk September (international sound arts award)  and London Community Story award.

Deadline: 11 July 2022

Source: Arts Jobs

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