Automatic Writing with Sam Batley
Wednesday 22nd June 2022; 1pm - 1:45pm
Working life can be mentally exhausting, and it can be easy to forget to take care of yourself in the middle of it all. This new series of wellbeing workshops in partnership with the Photographic Collections Network aims to support anyone working in the sector with tools to help you in your selfcare. Led by wellbeing experts, each session will focus on different techniques and skills to help you find ways to slow down the mind and its anxieties, refocusing on the present. We hope to give you some tools you can take away to access your own mindfulness.
Whether you are still at home and finding it hard to shut off from work, or back at the office and struggling to readjust to a more hectic schedule. We hope you come along to our sessions and give yourself some kindness.
In this session we welcome artist Sam Batley to give you an introduction to automatic writing and creative mindfulness of the everyday.
Sam Batley is an award winning writer, poet and artist based in Liverpool. Originally from South Yorkshire, he came to Merseyside in 2019 for drug and alcohol recovery. Sam has written short stories and created art for around 10 years, throughout his issues with substance abuse, but since coming clean he’s been able to realize his potential.
Sam has curated exhibitions at Open Eye Gallery and Dead Pigeon Gallery which showcased photographic work produced by residents of Damien John Kelly House and was awarded the Liverpool City Region Impact Award for Health and Wellbeing. Sam continues to develop his work as a socially engaged photographer, having recently been commissioned as Artist In Residence at The Watch Factory, an assisted living centre in Prescot, where he develops collaborative work with residents.
Sam regularly performs his poetry at spoken word events, and his writing and artwork have been featured in a variety of publications and exhibitions across the country. In 2021, he published his first sell-out collection of short stories and poetry Everyday Bastard and wrote, produced and performed in his first short film Three-Bull-Mastiffs-in-a-Corner-Kitchen.
Throughout his artwork, photography and writing, Sam reflects on identity and self, tracing the marks left by the characters he has encountered in his life. He takes inspiration from life’s dualities – from isolation and loss of purpose to the joy and interconnectedness of community he has found in recovery.
Who is it for?
This event is free and open to all. Recommended for anyone who is interesting in gaining tools to uplift their own wellbeing.
Watch live on Wednesday 22nd June 2022; 1pm - 1:45pm.
Online! Booking will close on Wednesday 22nd June at 12pm and we will then be in touch with everyone who has registered with the meeting code and password. You will need an internet connection and a computer, smartphone or tablet. This event will take place over Zoom.
Please register for free by 12pm on Wednesday 22nd June to receive your invitation to the meeting.