SAM: facing death creatively

The Shepparton Art Museum will feature Dr Catherine Bell – a multi-disciplinary artist – who will conduct two workshops on facing death creatively at the Museum on Wednesday 30 January, morning and afternoon.

Facing Death Creatively is a communal workshop that uses craft materials and socially-engaged processes to promote healthy and meaningful discussions about our mortality.

The workshop was designed and facilitated by Catherine Bell during an artist in residence at Centre For The Study Of Substructured Loss: Applied Grief and Bereavement Research in London.

The workshop only takes 20-30 minutes, and involves making a miniature vessel out of a soft, biodegradable, sculpting medium. The material is non-toxic, and very easy to manipulate so all ages and levels of dexterity can participate. The vessel becomes a portrait of the maker, and a catalyst for discussing the participant’s final resting place.

All welcome to attend. Communal creativity and personal/group reflection are encouraged.

Dr Catherine Bell is a multi-disciplinary artist and Associate Professor teaching visual art in the Faculty of Education and Arts, Australian Catholic University. Recent art in health projects involve implementing collaborative activities in community contexts that explore cultural responses to death and the dying.

The research and development of Catherine Bell’s Facing Death Creatively workshop has been assisted by the Australian Government through the
Australia Council its arts funding and advisory body.

Event Details:
Program: facing death creatively
When: Wednesday 30th January 2019
Where: SAM workshop room, 70 Welsford St, Shepparton, Vic 3630
Times: 10.30am – 12.00pm or 1.30pm – 3.00pm
Seating: Limited capacity
Bookings: contact or 03 5832 9522.
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Crematorium vessels 2012–13
floral foam vessels
installation: 19 x 93 x 17 cm
© the artist, courtesy the artist and Sutton Gallery,
Melbourne Photo: Andrew Curtis




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