The working conditions for creative practitioners in the participatory arts sector are explored in Nicola Naismith’s new research publication, Practising Well: Conversations and Support Menu (January 2022, Aberdeen: Robert Gordon University).

A series of free online conversations in February and March 2022, curated by Nicola and the Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance in England, and supported by funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, will look at different approaches to supporting creative practitioners, bringing together new research and examples from practice alongside an opportunity to meet with peers and explore what it means to practice well.

About Nicola Naismith 
A visual artist with over 20 years experience, Nicola Naismith explores topics of labour, the workplace and value through self initiated collaborations and working to commission. In 2019, Nicola researched and wrote Artists Practising Well, which explored the support needs of creative practitioners working in arts for health and wellbeing contexts. Her current research, Practising Well Conversations and Support Menu, aims to support artists and creative practitioners in the participatory work that they initiate, co-create and deliver to communities and individuals in a range of settings.

Conversation Series 

Thursday 10 February, 1- 2.30pm 
Practising Well Conversation 1:  Nicola Naismith with Alex Evans (Kazzum Arts) and more tbc.

Thursday 24 February, 1- 2.30pm
Practising Well Conversation 2: Nicola Naismith with Roshmi Lovatt (Integrative Art Therapist and Creative Well Programme), Tracy Breathnach (How Ya Doing? Programme Manager, Wales Arts, Health & Wellbeing Network) and Alistair Gentry (Artist and Activist)

Thursday 10 March, 1- 2.30pm 
Practising Well Conversation 3: Nicola Naismith with Daniel Regan (Artist, Arts & Health Hub), Arji Manuelpillai (Artist) and Chris Stenton (People Dancing).

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