What is artistic wellbeing?
The paragon of the tortured artist lives supreme in the collective imagination of artists. It feels like a reality when in fact it is just a myth, an illusion. The idea that you can only access great work from a place of lack, sadness and despair is false at best, and toxic at worst. With artistic wellbeing, we can instead choose to empower ourselves – by accessing art and creativity from a place of joy, play and pleasure.
I don’t know about you guys but that sounds pretty amazing to me!!
So how do we go about doing that? Well I am still figuring that out myself, so I definitely don’t have all of the answers. Being an artist can feel quite insular and I think it is more radical to pull ideas from the collective imagination of all us at NSDF, so that we can not only support ourselves, but each other.
Inspired by Charlie Josephine’s amazing workshop on ‘Artistic Wellbeing’’, here is a google doc link where you can share your visioning, intentions, ideas etc. of what might be important for your artistic wellbeing and later in the week I’ll put together a piece with all of your suggestions for us to go away with and feel more in charge of our artistic path.
Here is the link to the google form: