Friday, 17 June 2016


Manchester Art Gallery 
25th June 2016


10 am 

Visit to the exhibitions Hondartza Fraga: The Sea Full Stop, and Boris Nzebo : Urban style.

Tea and coffee break

Social dreaming matrix. Melissa will facilitate a group social dreaming matrix. 

Social Dreaming (SD) aims to promote creative thinking, access to, and management of, new knowledge in a variety of contexts, through the exchange of dream narratives, their associations and amplifications, in a particular setting called Matrix (Gordon Lawrence 2008)

‘This experiential workshop opens our minds to a liminal area between the personal and collective, unconscious and remembered. As dream narratives and their associations are shared, Social Dreaming is a setting for transpersonal work, where dreams are shared without comment, or analysis of group processes, or interpersonal dynamics. The focus is always on the dreams, not the dreamers, and participants are invited to enter in a state of mind which has been called “lucid dreaming”. This state of mind will be developed during the Matrix and will be conducive to the recollection of dreams and their associations.’ Francesca La Have

For more information see the link 

Lunch break

Gemma Lee Bowden from the Owl and the Coconut will share the experience of and the application of visualisation techniques and mindfulness with art within Art therapy practice. 

Beginning with a mindful check in using singing bowls. Following with a journey into our own landscape image. Ending with the 54321 grounding exercise. It is hoped by experiencing these practices for yourself you may continue such techniques for your own self care and your work with clients” Gemma Lee Bowden

Art making session in response to the days events.


The end of the day 


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  2. Feedback from Sharon Herriot attendee "Well where do I begin....what a fabby day....went home exhausted, nourished, full of new info to think about and process.
    Thank you so much for organising it Melissa and for the social dreaming!!! and to you Gemma for the very grounded and practical mindfulness ideas....they can so often be a bit ‘wooly’ for utilising with young people....really exciting to have some new ideas.

    What an inspiring day at Manchester Art Gallery, as it always it. I got lost in the Vogue Fashion exhibition, which took me back to my days doing textiles and fashion design at school, and completely ran out of time to get to the Boris Nzebo I will have to get back to see this soon. The Vogue exhibition was well curated and ‘blocked out’, helpfully, into eras, with a fabulous display of contemporary photographs, which really transported you to the era and the feeling and style of that time.
    The Hondartza Fraga mini-exhibition had me transfixed, really beautiful work and I liked that I was tucked away almost in a corridor, so you had to make the effort to find it and to stop and take notice. Looking at ‘Okeanos (surface) 2015’ I had to work hard to see the world, it was nice to have a genuinely refreshing viewpoint.
    Really great to have the art making space to reflect on the exhibitions and be creative, thank you Manchester Art Gallery."