Creative Dundee

Care in Creative Practice

13th October, 2:30pm at Dundee Contemporary Arts

Hear from local creative practitioners about how ‘care’ presents itself in what they produce, the way they work and why they create.

Making time to immerse ourselves in creative media allows us a moment of pause, care and grounding – whether that’s dancing to a favourite song, the escapism of a video game or slowly wandering around a gallery.

But how does ‘care’ feature in creative practice – the act of making work? And how can centring ‘care’ in creativity encourage new ways of thinking, making and living?

Join us in hearing from three local creative practitioners – community musician and composer Claire Gorman; artist Saoirse Amira Anis; and artist, designer and musician Tommy Perman – about how care presents itself in what they produce, the way they work, and why they create.

This event is produced by Creative Dundee as part of Festival of the Future, the University of Dundee’s flagship festival programme that celebrates and enhances collaboration between science, arts and culture. This year’s festival explores the theme of ‘care’, with 50 events taking place from Wed 11 until Sun 15 October around Dundee.

Fri 13 October 2023, 14:30–16:30pm

DCA Meeting Room, Level 1, 152 Nethergate, DD1 4DY

Tickets are free and booking is required.
If you’re unable to join us on the day, we’d be grateful if you could return your ticket so that someone else can attend.

What to expect

We’ll hear from three creative practitioners sharing short presentations about their work, with an opportunity to hear more and ask questions in a Q&A. This will be followed by the screening of a short film produced by Andy Truscott of Creative Dundee about wellbeing and creative practice, then people are welcome to stay, chat, and share their own reflections on care and creativity.

This event is wheelchair accessible and assistance dogs are welcome. If you have any questions about access, please get in touch or find out more about accessibility at DCA.

About our speakers

Claire Gorman is an experimental musician, creative facilitator and advocate of the Hokey Cokey. She loves playing with people, writing tunes, creating sound-worlds, instigating small musical happenings and facilitating joyful participatory experiences.

Connection and ‘communitas’ are at the heart of her work. Both as an improvising musician and a facilitator, she explores the many ways in which active sound-making can bring us into deeper relationship with each other, ourselves, the environment and with nature as a whole.

Claire has recently run workshops for Perth Theatre, Art Night, Soundplay Projects and the University of Dundee. She plays with free-improvisation group el search and has just completed a chapbook, ‘Music in Bushes’, due for release in October 2023.

Saoirse Amira Anis is a Dundee-based artist and curator whose practice prioritises radical care, informality and empathy. Saoirse’s work is informed primarily by Black queer literature, her personal ancestry, and her own body as it moves through the world. She considers the ways in which the body holds ancestral and lived memories – particularly in relation to feelings of guilt, shame and inadequacy. 

Recent projects include solo shows at Dundee Contemporary Arts (2023) and Cample Line (2022), and major commissions for Art Night (2023) and Platform, Edinburgh Art Festival (2022). Other projects include: Jupiter Rising, Jupiter Artland, 2021; A Lesson in Vanity, David Dale Gallery and Lux Scotland, July 2021; and We Can Still Dance, Black Lives Matter Mural Trail at Jupiter Artland.

Tommy Perman is an artist, designer and musician who tries to blur the edges between these three disciplines through collaboration. He graduated from Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen in 2002 with a degree in drawing and painting and has spent the last 20 years exhibiting, performing and releasing records. He has a particular interest in combining new digital technologies with traditional techniques and materials. In recent years the majority of Tommy’s work has focused on the climate crisis and he is constantly trying to improve the sustainability of his practice. 

Festival of the Future

Visit the Festival of the Future website to see the whole programme, learn more about the events, and sign-up to their mailing list to receive updates and announcements.

Wed 11 – Sun 15 October 2023

This year’s festival takes place at venues across Dundee. See individual festival listings for details.

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