Everything seems to be up in the air at this point.

Normally I write my thoughts along the outline of my drawings but this one was a bit long... Before March of this year, I hadn’t drawn anything since I left high school in 2002 and fiercely believed that my creativity was in my thinking and not in any explicit manifestation. 6 months later I’m extremely fortunate to be working on amazing projects with the likes of The British Council and Manchester International Festival and getting to explore my creativity in a new way.

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The art of wellbeing

Last Saturday I attended 'The art of wellbeing tour' at Manchester Art Gallery with my partner James. The last few weeks have been manic as I have started a new job so it was really nice to take some time out together to do something both at the gallery and around mindfulness.

The basic premise is to look at five pieces of art in the gallery chosen to reflect the new economics foundation's 'Five Ways to Wellbeing'. 

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The Mindful Living Show

This post comes with a caveat: I hate conferences. For the most part, conferences are corporate sales events masquerading as friendly, collaborative learning spaces. Of course having an audience of like-minded individuals is an amazing opportunity for businesses to promote their services and products, but their rather stilted version of friendliness, often foisted upon you often right as you stumble in from the daylight and try to navigate your unfamiliar surroundings, leaves a somewhat bitter taste. Then there's the hired events staff, usually authoritarian stepford wives dressed in smiles and branded white t-shirts who seemingly manage to walk the line perfectly between helping you and telling you off. On top of all that is the 'networking' opportunities which, even as a confident and outgoing person, make me feel like running for cover. Essentially, conferences are the antithesis of my preferred habitat.

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Don't give up the day job...

Yesterday I attended a workshop entitled 'Don't give up the day job.' The workshop was run as a collaborative event by Manchester Craft and Design Centre; Redeye (the photography network); and Castlefield Gallery and positioned as 'a day of talks, discussions and workshops encouraging photographers, artists and makers to draw inspiration for their personal practice from other paid and commercial work.' I arrived at the rather beautiful Bridge 5 Mill in Manchester, a 'sustainable venue' with an impressive recycling provision in each of its' shared spaces. As someone with an intention to introduce artistic and creative influences to support and inspire personal development in others, I was intrigued.

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The street's an empty stage

Last Thursday, I spent three hours exploring the Northern Quarter in Manchester as part of a 'Street Wisdom' event. I had heard about this event whilst booking a place at The Mindful Living Show and booked the morning off work, eager to explore what the streets had to offer me. I resisted my usual urge to read as much information as possible about the event to try and keep an open mind and a more natural curiosity to discover how to use the 'streets as my university.'

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