Photo of social dreaming workshop by Erika Stevenson
I have facilitated the development and delivery of high-quality arts projects with different communities across Scotland since 2016. This has included co-created artworks (Govanhill Baths Community Trust, 2021-23), working groups (GAMIS, 2021-22; EMBASSY Gallery 2017), place-based projects (Artlink Central, 2019-21), development programmes (Impact Arts, 2018-2019), workshops (Stellar Quines, 2022; Glasgow Sculpture Studios, 2020; Fife Contemporary 2018; MAP Magazine, 2018; Imaginate, 2017; The Art School, 2017-18) and creative resources (Newcastle University, 2019; A Moment’s Peace, 2020-21).
While these projects have been diverse, their success has always relied on a unifying person-centered approach. Core to my work as a facilitator is ensuring that all participants feel engaged, valued and supported. I work with a wide range of groups and individuals, some of whom experience barriers to inclusion due to a number of factors including age, race, gender, sexuality or disability. I speak English and Farsi, but often work in multicultural, multilingual contexts and am comfortable holding space for the flexible, culturally sensitive modes of communication this requires. I have attended training sessions on autism, dementia, challenging behaviour, safeguarding and GDPR.
In recent years I have also facilitated in walking together we make the path, a social dreaming inspired workshop, for organisations including Culture Collective (2023), Govanhill Baths Community Trust (2021-23), Devonshire Collective (2023) and Eastside Projects (2021).
Photo of the dreamlands pottery workshop by Erika Stevenson