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Creating space for change - training opportunity

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Creating Space for Change

ArtsEkta and Arts for All are committed to developing improved relationships between people from differing political, religious and ethnic backgrounds and to tackling sectarianism and racism using the arts. The two organisations have developed a training programme for artists and facilitators working with our new communities and those communities who have been deeply affected by the conflict. 

This day long workshop will create an opportunity for artists to reflect on their own practice and learning from the previous workshops. It will allow artists to build on their learning and develop a deeper understanding of how to create safe spaces in which to hold difficult conversations and to inspire curiosity within the context of community art workshops dealing with diversity and good relations. This training session will begin the process of enabling artists and organisations to develop a  code of practice and basic template for recording and documenting their  practice.  

This is the fourth and final training session in a series supported by Belfast City Council Good Relations fund.  The training programme has sought to develop and broaden the knowledge, skills, awareness and understanding of artists to enable them to work more deeply and effectively in communities and to help improve the outcomes of projects. We believe that our current arts projects and those we will develop in the future can be key tools in promoting good relations between and within communities in Belfast. 

Trainer: Jayne McConkey

Date and time:  Friday 26th September, 2014: 10.00am – 4pm (lunch will be provided)

Venue: Skainos Centre, 239 Newtownards Road

Jayne McConkey is a fully qualified and highly experienced art psychotherapist who has designed, delivered and facilitated arts programmes for people of all ages in communities, residential care and school settings.  Jayne currently works as an art therapist for New Life Counselling working with children and young people affected by the legacy of the conflict in community and schools settings. Jayne has facilitated arts, peace and reconciliation, diversity and interfaith programmes for organisations including the Irish Peace Centres (Corrymeela), Relatives for Justice, Northern Ireland Council for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (NICRAS) and Crosslinks. She is committed to using creative methods to allow people to gently engage with challenging topics and questions. 

This training session will cost £5 for artists who work regularly with either ArtsEkta or Arts for All. If you do not work for either of these organisations, the cost is £10.

For information contact: heather@arts-for-all.co.uk