Explore this series of Creative Exchanges from the artistic community of South Yorkshire.

Writing for Wellbeing with Genevieve Carver

Fri, 7 August 2020

15:00 – 16:30 BST

This workshop will look at writing as a way to promote mindfulness, self-awareness and gratitude in turbulent times. Creative writing prompts and journaling techniques will be used in a non-goal-oriented atmosphere of acceptance and inclusivity in which it is OK to feel however you are feeling, with the emphasis on process rather than output. The workshop will also look at the relationship between creative practice and wellbeing, and is suitable for artists working in all disciplines.

Genevieve Carver is a writer and performer based in Sheffield working in poetry, theatre and television. Her debut collection A Beautiful Way to be Crazy is published by Verve Poetry Press, and her show with a live band of the same name is due to resume a UK-wide tour when theatres reopen. Website:


The Boons & Glooms of Zoom: Making Theatre for Lockdown

Fri, 14 August 2020

14:00 – 15:30 BST

Paperfinch make ‘adventure theatre’: interactive promenade theatre for children and families.

With in-person interaction banned, and promenading limited, we spent this summer trying to redefine our practice, creating four different shows that adapted to this new social context. In this creative exchange we’ll talk about what we discovered: from augmented-reality make-up, to citywide installations using Bluetooth beacons.

In this workshop you will explore some of the ways we’ve used technology to adapt our practice to the lockdown era, and discuss the value of these new approaches.m You’ll be reflecting on what we’ve learned, and hopefully have some advice for anyone who’s attempting to use tech to adapt their own practice.


From the Lab to the Stage with Hassun El-Zafar

Fri, 21 August 2020

14:00 – 15:00 BST

How can we navigate through the intersection between science, art and theatre? This workshop will explore how socio-scientific narratives can be staged, how sci-art engagement programmes can be designed and where unique funding opportunities for science-art ideas can be found.

Hassun El-Zafar (@HassunElZafar) is an award-winning theatre-director and current member of Sheffield Theatres Bank Director Cohort. He is also the Public Engagement Officer at the Royal Society of Chemistry, heading the organisation’s creative engagement programme, funding and partnerships.


Peer Support Sessions with Jess Gibson

Fri, 28 August 2020

10:00 – 16:00 BST

1:1 peer support sessions, artist to artist, to support local creatives through a mutual sharing of experience, skills and ideas. These experiences and ideas can be tailored to the individual’s current needs and can focus on areas such as wellbeing, opportunities, funding, feedback on proposals etc.

Jess is a creative based in Sheffield whose practice is rooted in dance but extends to theatre, performance art and writing. Some of Jess’ career highlights have included being a mentee with Third Angel, performing at the Making Rooms Studio Takeover, a UK tour with solo show Work In Progress, curating a local arts festival, being a Label Artist at Theatre Deli, collaborating with CocoonCo and working alongside writer and poet Genevieve Carver.

These sessions are limited and Jess will email you to arrange a time for your session between 10am-5pm on Friday 28th August.

*If you know well or are friends with Jess already, she has asked that you please do not book on to this. She’s happy to have a call with you separately!

Published on:
3 Aug 2020


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