Dwell Time is currently recording podcasts for our Dwell Awhile series in partnership with the Yorkshire Visual Arts Network. These podcasts revisit conversations with artists interviewed for my ‘Resilience is Futile’ writer residency. ‘Resilience is Futile’ was a YVAN and Corridor 8 collaboration exploring the uncritical term ‘resilience’ within the Yorkshire visual arts networks. I mapped out a network of artists recommended as ‘resilient’ by their peers. With my Dwell Time co-curators Vanessa Haley and Lenny Szrama, I’m talking to the artists about how they have been since our initial conversations in 2019, and how Covid-19 and lockdown have impacted their practices and mental wellbeing. The podcasts will be published in October 2020 on the Dwell Time Press and YVAN websites.
Dwell Time has also partnered with designer Ashleigh Armitage to rebrand and produce graphics for the podcasts. Ashleigh is a designer working within the arts, cultural and educational sectors and is part of Dust Collective.
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Through my mental health research I have been reading The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk, attended the Collective Trauma Summit 2020 and studying a second Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Mental Health. I am also part of the Creative Well programme run by the Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance for arts and wellbeing practitioners. This research feeds into my practice as a curator for Dwell Time, board member for YVAN looking at the impact of Covid-19 on artistic practice and my ongoing artistic practice ‘talking rubbish’.
‘Talking Rubbish’: So many colleagues and friends are struggling with processing thoughts and emotions into speech, and me too. What we’ve been through and going through is huge. We’re experiencing collective trauma of a pandemic on top of individual traumas. When our executive brain function is compromised through a trauma response, the speech part of our brain (Broca’s area) shuts down in part or fully as we go into flight, flight or freeze (survival) mode. Hence the terms ‘speechless’ and ‘lost for words’. The conversations we are having about the impact of Covid-19 on art practice are diverse and multifaceted but this impact on dialogue is really critical and the focus of a new project I hope to update on next time.
Keep talking. Dwell Time has a directory of mental health support services if you are struggling: https://dwelltimepress.wordpress.com/support/
Alice Bradshaw www.alicebradshaw.co.uk