Event: REWILD: Festival of Storytelling and Community

The Centre for Arts and Wellbeing 

When: 26th May from 9.30am

Where: Sallis Benny Theatre, Grand Parade

How: Please book your ticket here REWILD Festival at Sallis Benney Theatre event tickets from TicketSource

This one-day festival gathers together academics, students, writers, artists and practitioners committed to developing research led work on storytelling and community.

How can storytelling connect, build, and celebrate diverse communities?

We will build/imagine a campfire at the Sallis Benny theatre (on our Grand Parade campus) and invite people to come, sit and share stories to foster our own community of research-led practitioners at this day and night event.

The day will culminate in a live performance of the acclaimed social play ‘Can’t Pay’ by Nobel prize winner Italian playwright Dario Fo and a post-show workshop/discussion of how performance can inform and enliven our transdisciplinary research.

Call for Artist Submissions: REWILD: Festival of Storytelling and Community

The Centre for Arts and Wellbeing 

When: (Applications due 18th April) Festival on 26th May 2023

Where: Bennis Lecture Theatre, Grand Parade

How: Please email the completed application from by 18th April to CentreforArtsandWellbeing@brighton.ac.uk

This one-day festival gathers together academics, students, writers, artists and practitioners committed to developing research led work on storytelling and community.

We particularly welcome critical and creative work exploring imaginative, creative and ethical narratives that respond to and meet global challenges of diversity, wellbeing, climate and sustainability.We welcome critical and creative work that speaks to our key themes. These might include but are not restricted to one or a combination of the below:

  • Sustainable research-led writing, making and storytelling practice
  • Rewilding academia (including Decol, Diversity and Inclusive Practice; walking as research, arts and ecology and rewiliding creative practices)
  • Storytelling (image, text, performance, making) as an agent for change (including but not only societal change, wellbeing, environment, diversity)
  • Drawing as inquiring into, visualising and narrating our relationship to the environment
  • Everyday creativity and wellbeing
  • Material meaning making and mediating between and through creativity and ecology via artefacts
  • PG work
  • Research-led teaching.

You will each have 20 minutes with which to share your work. This might take the form of a traditional presentation, but we also encourage work that offers creative alternatives to the conventional conference format.

We anticipate a post-conference publication for Intellect Books with a mix of creative and critical work and all contributors will be invited to join a network exploring walking as a research method and potential funding bid to the AHRC.The deadline has been extended to the 18th April 2023.

Funding  **Update**

Due to a change in financial regulation funding is no longer available for submissions.

Workshop: An introduction to collage workshop with Sam Hobbs

The Centre for Arts and Wellbeing 

Poster, An Introduction to Collage with Sam Hobbs, organised by the Centre of Arts and Wellbeing 17th April 2023, 2-3.30PM, G4 Grand Parade.

When: 17th April 2-3.30pm

Where: Grand Parade G4

How: email Edward E.Wells2@brighton.ac.uk, subject line: collage workshop registration

An introduction to collage with Sam Hobbs.

What we will cover:

  • Essential tools
  • Different surfaces
  • Photomotage
  • Composition
  • Text and image
  • Ideas for developing your own practice

Sam is an Artist Teacher in secondary education and initial teacher training. She is currently on a year-long sabbatical, studying for a Masters in Fine Art at Brighton University.

Sam’s work has been exhibited in galleries and exhibitions across East and West Sussex and she regularly shows work in the Artist Open Houses and Adur Art Trail.

You can follow her on Instagram @arthobbs

limited space available: to register, please email Edward Wells at E.Wells2@Brighton.ac.uk

subject line: Collage Workshop Registration

This is open to members of the Centre for Arts and Wellbeing.

Workshop: Zine Workshop with Erin James

The Centre for Arts and Wellbeing

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When: 5th April, 12-2pm
Where: Grand Parade, Room 202,

How to go: email Edward E.Wells2@brighton.ac.uk, with zine workshop in the subject line

Join Erin James in this zine making workshop where you can make your own mini zines, collage, cut, and converse about all things creative. Zines are DIY, homemade publications based on anything you may be interested in.

They have a history of being made by and for marginalised communities to talk about important issues and spread messages of change. Take the opportunity with this music to create something without pressure, and learn a bit more about zine making.

Erin James is a Brighton-based multi-disciplinary artist, with a focus on the merging of art and activism through her practices. She is the founder of the socially engaged zine Tough Cookie, as well as a poet, DJ, photographer and curator. She is the 2023 Stuart Hall Fellowship at Sussex University,  focussing her research on poetry and music as an alternative output for academic research and archiving. All of Erin’s work revolves around mental health, activism, using joy as an antidote to hate, and normalising “stigmatised” subjects. 

Spaces are limited. To register email: Edward Wells at E.Wells2@brighton.ac.uk with Zine Workshop in the subject line.

This is open to members of the Centre for Arts and Wellbeing.

Symposium: Day of Drawing: exploring drawing as method in research and practice.

School of Art and Media & the Centre for Arts and Wellbeing

When: 29th March

Where: Grand Parade

How to attend: please click on the hyperlink, and book each event separately.
Queries to :Dr Philippa Lyon (p.lyon@brighton.ac.uk), Senior Lecturer, MA Craft/MA Textiles

You are warmly invited you to a symposium, A day of drawing: exploring drawing as method in research and practice, taking place on 29th March in Grand Parade, City Campus, Brighton, BN2 0JY. This is run by the University of Brighton School of Art and Media Drawing Research Group and the Drawing, Health and Wellbeing strand of the Centre for Arts and Wellbeing

The programme is below with abstracts and biographies via the links. The event is free. Please book your place separately for each session via the link.

All welcome!



1000 – 10.15      Philippa Lyon, M2 Grand Parade


Welcome and introduction



1015 – 1115        Matt Adams, M2 Grand Parade


Pavlov and the Kingdom of Dogs



1145 – 1300        Sarah Stevens & Terry Meade, G63 Grand Parade


Drawing without boundaries


1.00- 2.00            Lunch break


1400 – 1530        Zoe Boden-Stuart and Vanessa Marr, M2 Grand Parade


Dialogues in Drawing



1600-1700          Giulia Ricci and Duncan Bullen, M2 Grand Parade


Lines of Empathy

Various events and poster competition: Research and Knowledge Exchange Week

Research and Knowledge Exchange (RaKE)

When: Monday 17 to Friday 21 April

Where: Various

How: Reserve place through the hyperlink below

Queries: Researcherdevelopment@brighton.ac.uk.

Bookings are now open for the first university-wide Research and Knowledge Week taking place from Monday 17 to Friday 21 April 2023.

Colleagues can participate in activities throughout the week, and select the sessions that interest them the most to create their own tailored programme. The week will culminate in a celebratory event to showcase research and knowledge exchange at the University.​​​​​​​

You can view the full programme, read workshop descriptions and reserve your place by clicking through to the booking website.

View the full programme and book your sessions here

Also note that deadline for the poster competition is the 31 March 2023 – so get your posters in!

If you have any queries, please email Researcherdevelopment@brighton.ac.uk.



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