This exploratory workshop welcomes all to participate. The workshop is free to the public thanks to support from the Canada Council for the Arts, Arts Across Canada Public Outreach program. This exploratory workshop welcomes anyone over 16 to participate, no materials needed!
Limited spots available, secure yours by emailing email@example.com or calling IMA at 250-994-3466.
This workshop moves away from teaching technical skills and instead aims to cultivate and deepen sensitivity as it applies to the arts. We will do this through cultivating a space where a “dropping down” can occur into our animal senses. From there we will experiment together in a group, applying this cultivated sensitivity to simple art-based experiments and compositions that can be used and applied in the studio and our greater lives.
The first half of the workshop will be mindfulness exercises done individually, in partners and in the context of the larger group, specifically relating to two aspects of embodiment: attuned listening and manual/haptic sensitivity (becoming attuned to the wisdom of our hands as it applies to art-making).
The second part of the workshop will be an application of our explorations in the form of ephemeral art pieces. The impetus for the pieces will come from ideas generated by the group itself. In this way, we will build on the aesthetic themes we have been exploring up until that point. Emphasis will be placed on the dynamic of collaboration, group intelligence and attunement within these explorations.
This workshop features arts-based sequences, somatics, mindfulness techniques and playful experimentation/inquiry drawn from our respective studio practices, with references and anchoring in the work on display in the IMA gallery space.
There will be plenty of time built into the workshop for reflection and dialogue.
Experience in the arts not a prerequisite. Open mind and curiosity a necessity.
Alexandra Goodall is a multidisciplinary artist and arts-based facilitator from the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia. In her studio practice, she works predominantly in sculptural textile and installation. In her facilitation work, she aims to bridge the disciplines of art, psychology and bodily awareness. She is currently completing a Masters in Expressive Arts Therapy (Minor Psychology) from the European Graduate School in Switzerland.
Danielle Savage works with electroacoustic and acoustic sound, both the “natural” and the hyper-edited She is interested in sound as practice, research, ritual, and as it induces altered space. Engaging others in this process, she facilitates a sensitization of ourselves to our environment via sound. She obtained a BFA Specialization in Composition followed by a BFA in Electroacoustics at Concordia University in Montréal, QC, where she currently resides.