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Artist Self Care Strategies & Contract of Care

October 22, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Artist Self Care Strategies & Contract of Care at the Theatre Rehearsal Space at The Island
Are you taking care of you and your practice?
Working as an independent artist can be emotionally, physically, mentally and financially challenging. For artists working with material that is often highly emotive, sometimes raw and physically and/or psychologically exhausting, what support measures do we have in place? 
Artists Ria Hartley & Alice Tatton-Brown have been in conversation about their respective projects which centre on artists care and invite artists to join them in a led dialogue about Self Care Strategies and Contracts of Care.
This dialogue invites professional working artists to discuss their personal challenges in their practice, what measures and strategies are in/not in place, and how developing contracts of care could better support artists working in the field.
We welcome artists and producers at any stage of their practice, across artforms, who are interested in joining this dialogue. The event is free, booking is essential as places are limited. We look forward to seeing you soon. 
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This event will be taking place in the Theatre Rehearsal Space, 1st Floor of the CID Building on Bridewell Street, BS1 2HQ.
Ria is is an interdisciplinary solo performance artist and  researcher,  and member of Residence collective, Bristol, UK. Her practice pays close attention to memory, identity, human relationships, and shared narratives and often invites participation and exchange between herself and her audiences.
Ria is currently developing  Self Care Strategies  and a Manual for her performance practice, working closely with Australian based independent artist Julie Vulcan. Julie Vulcan has created the Performance Artist Self-Care Manual in response to years of personal practice combined with observation of artists in the field, The manual is designed to build personal guidelines that place the Duty-of-Care of the Artist, back with the Artist and to the forefront. The artist is responsible ultimately for what they need and for ensuring their personal strategies of care are set in place, whilst being able to convey these to producers/organisers/curators alike.
Alice is a Bristol based artist; a member of artist collective Interval and a Kaleider resident. She co-creates contemporary performance for theatres and non-theatre spaces. Alice has nine years experience working in the arts, in various capacities; from administrator through to project manager, and from artist through to producer. 
 Alice is currently researching; how to create a Contract of Care for independent artists. Working in partnership with artists and producers, Alice will co-create an alternative contract which works to benefit independent artists working in theatre. Unlike conventional contracts, Contact of Care will contain aspirational commitments of care, as well as contractual obligations. Her long term ambition for Contract of Care is to become an online knowledge sharing tool which humanises the system of contractual practices across sectors. A key partner for this project is Kaleider, currently Alice is re-working a GFA bid for resubmission. 
The Island has offered the Theatre Rehearsal Space In kind Support to this project.



October 22, 2015
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Theatre Rehearsal Space
Bridewell street
Bristol, BS1 2LE United Kingdom
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