Facing Death Creatively

Facing Death Creatively is a communal workshop that uses craft materials and socially-engaged processes to promote healthy and meaningful discussions about our mortality.

When: Wed, 30 Jan 2019 at 10:30am – 3:00pm
Where: Shepparton Art Museum, 70 Welsford Street, Shepparton
How much: Free
Contact: 5832 9522

The workshop only takes 20-30 minutes, and involves making a miniature vessel out of a soft, biodegradable, sculpting medium. The material is non-toxic, and very easy to manipulate so all ages and levels of dexterity can participate. The vessel becomes a portrait of the maker, and a catalyst for discussing the participant’s final resting place.

The workshop was designed and facilitated by Catherine Bell during an artist in residence at Centre For The Study Of Substructured Loss: Applied Grief and Bereavement Research in London.

All welcome to attend. Communal creativity and personal/group reflection are encouraged. Limited spaces. 

Times: 10.30-12 noon or 1.30-3.00pm.

Location: SAM Workshop

Bookings are essential even though the event is free. Please visit EventBrite for bookings.

About the Artist

Dr Catherine Bell is a multi-disciplinary artist and Associate Professor teaching visual art in the Faculty of Education and Arts, Australian Catholic University. Recent art in health projects involve implementing collaborative activities in community contexts that explore cultural responses to death and the dying.

The research and development of Catherine Bell's Facing Death Creatively Workshop has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council its arts funding and advisory body.

Image: Crematorium vessels 2012–13, floral foam vessels, installation: 19 x 93 x 17 cm, © the artist, courtesy the artist and Sutton Gallery, Melbourne. Photo: Andrew Curtis.