Conversations with art – shame and creativity
About the topic
“Vulnerability is the core of shame and fear and our struggle for worthiness, but it appears that it’s also the birthplace of joy, of creativity, of belonging, of love.” Brené Brown
In this coffeelogue, Rosanna will lead an experiential journey into the topic of creativity and shame with some exploratory arts-based activities. How often do we feel free to let the faucet flow and really express our true selves? And what stops us? (Yep, you guessed it – that’s where the shame part comes in…)
In his wonderful essay ‘Living Creatively’, Donald Winnicott describes creativity as “the doing that arises out of being”. We are all innately creative, but to access this agency, a person needs to first “have a feeling of existing”. Shame is the antithesis to our right to exist and take up space. It steals our right to self-expression and blankets the vitality and innocence of our true self. Shame convinces us we are not good enough as it ushers us into hiding – better to snip off those parts of us that will get us noticed and try to fit in or stuff ourselves back in a box.
When we can reconnect with our lifeforce, agency and worthiness, creativity acts as a wellspring of life; as Winnicott says “it indicates that he who is, is alive”. Rosanna believes that bringing creative tools into the therapy room can offer a safe and powerful way to invite a client’s lifeforce and real self into relationship: self-self, self-other and into the wider world.
Let’s explore together those shaming voices of resistance: whether it was a snigger at your dance moves, an art teacher at school exclaiming “maybe art’s just not for you”, or a dismissive parent when you rushed to them with a masterpiece you were so excited to share as a child.
Let’s see if we can give ourselves permission to feel into some of those vulnerable spaces with self-compassion. This session will hopefully act as an invitation to our innate creative expression – welcoming it to show up more often in our lives. The arts exercises will be based on an art therapy approach – allowing the process and body to lead, rather than “thinking it” or trying to produce “good art” (whatever that even is!)
This will be a gentle session: everything we do is an invitation and there is absolutely no pressure or judgement about art-making produced, or even needing to do it at all!
About Rosanna Cooper
Rosanna is an HCPC-accredited integrative arts psychotherapist. She offers both long and short-term 1:1 art psychotherapy sessions to adults from three locations across London.
Rosanna also devises and delivers art therapy groups and workshops in the community and within organisations. She has experience working in the NHS, charity sector and privately and is passionate about promoting inclusion, creative living and mental wellbeing.
Rosanna has been on her own (ongoing of course) journey with reclaiming the right to creative expression. Having felt blocked creatively in her twenties, despite a deep knowing that she had a longing and need to live creatively, Rosanna found herself enrolled in arts psychotherapy training. Slowly, arming herself with creative tools, she has been tapping away at the ‘shame bung’ corking up her own lifeforce and, in turn, is so passionate about offering this gift and encouragement to others and inviting them into the room in all their glory.
About the Coffeelogue
For those new to this event, the Coffeelogue is a space where we get together to learn and socialise, meet some new colleagues and find out what others are up to, as well as digest new ideas over coffee and croissant.
The term ‘Coffeelogue’ was coined by Doron and Darren, to depict both causal and deep space that can occur in short and informal settings.
We hope to learn together and from each other in the form of a casual learning community in a friendly atmosphere with the added fun of late morning coffee/tea and pastry.
(And of course for all you health freaks like us there will be alternative surprises…)
The added bonus is that we structure it as a CPD event so you’ll be able to count it as CPD hours (a CPD certificate will be provided as well).
10am–10.30am: Coffee/croissant/meet etc
11.15am–12.30pm: Writing, sharing and discussion
Free for Relational Spaces members / £15 for non-members
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We look forward to seeing you there!
Darren, Dianne, Doron, Cressy and Naomi
07848 013 328