10th and 17th July: Creative Therapy Spaces

***Deadline extended: 1st September***

In answer to the needs of artists that collaborate with SEAS, the Socially Engaged Art Salon (SEAS) and Dr. Sara Alsaraf invite you to join a creative and therapeutic series of workshops catering for migrants/ refugees/ asylum seekers/ BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ artists. We will initially meet for two sessions on Saturday 10th July and Saturday 17th July 2021, with more sessions planned in the future. We will create a safe, confidential space that will invite participants to express themselves verbally and non-verbally through art, music, movement and other creative ways. Workshops are free and snacks will be provided. The participants will be also invited to create artworks based on these art therapy sessions for an exhibition planned for early 2022.

The project is open to migrants/ refugees/ asylum seekers/ BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ artists that are based in Brighton & Hove and its surroundings.

It is open to artists of any media including visual and performing arts. Preference will be given to socially engaged artists and artists with experience in collaborative work.

Candidates don't have to have formal art education but ideally will have an experience of participating in at least two group exhibitions/ shows in the UK or elsewhere.

Candidates must be 18+ years old and are currently not in a high education degree programme (BA / MA).

Times: Saturday 10th July and Saturday 17th July 10am-12.30pm

Location: SEAS at the BMECP, 10/a Fleet St., Brighton, BN1 4ZE

Dates and place for future sessions will be decided collaboratively during these sessions.

SEAS (Socially Engaged Art Salon) is an artists' led organization that promotes socially engaged art practices and artists from underrepresented sectors and works with marginalized communities through exhibitions, workshops, and cultural events. It also offers artists’ support programmes and residencies. SEAS' programme takes place at Black and Minorities Ethnic Community Partnership (BMECP) Centre, The Ledward Centre (TLC) and at the Jubilee Library. SEAS is the South East hub of the Social Art Network (SAN) and we often collaborate with invited curators, art institutes, charities and community organisations. Founded by Dr Gil Mualem-Doron in 2016, and supported by Art Council England and Brighton & Hove City Council, SEAS is a beacon for socially and politically engaged art in Brighton and South-East England.

Dr Sara Alsaraf is a psychiatrist and creative arts therapist. She works with marginalised individuals and communities, facilitating creative healing spaces. She is also a researcher interested in co-producing services with people who have lived experience of migration and marginalisation. She works in the NHS and on a freelance basis, also with Healing Justice London. Twitter: @drsaraalsaraf

If you are interested please send us a short email (written, drawn or as an audio or video file) with a few words about yourself and why you would like to take part in this project.

Don't worry if your written or spoken English is below average - spelling and grammar mistakes don't frighten us - as long as we can see that you are really interested in exploring this opportunity. We also accept emails from 3rd parties such as charities or individuals that work with artists that are potentially suited for this programme but for whatever reason cannot submit the show of interest themselves.

Please email both hi@seasbrighton.org AND info@seasbrighton.org by 1st September.