A Space to Hold Space

  • Workshop
A group of people in conversation around a table in the Misbehaving Bodies exhibition at Wellcome Collection
Misbehaving Bodies drop in workshop, Thomas SG Farnetti. Source: Wellcome Collection. Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0).

What you’ll do

Join Part Time Collective for a drop-in workshop to create ‘Anxious Objects’: embroidery, scent pouches and written notecards. These objects are sensory and creative outlets, the making of which may help ease any anxiety around difficult topics and feelings such as grief, illness, mental health, body autonomy and memory. The intent is to communally hold a space with others to share, care and learn from each other.

About your facilitators

Photograph of Ruby Barclay

Ruby Barclay

Ruby (or Ru) graduated from Camberwell College of the Arts with a degree in Illustration in 2016. His FMP, ‘Gizza Hug’, centred research about sensory processing disorders, and the importance of creating a “comfort zone” with sensory, touchable artwork that was designed to be cuddled, played-with, and napped-on. His artistic practice now focuses on exploring mental health, growth, grief, and spirituality through poetry. He has been working in the arts as a facilitator for the past year, and believes the arts and creative expression are valuable tools for education and healing, and should be accessible for everyone, especially marginalised people and communities.

Photograph of Farrah Riley Gray

Farrah Riley Gray

Farrah graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London with a degree a Fine Art in 2019 where she was the recipient of the Christine Risley Award for outstanding textiles performance. Her practice focuses around the themes of misogynoir, mental health, craft and community. Her practice gives insight to the cultural anxieties that can exist for minority communities, particularly black disabled womxn/non-men. She also works to preserve narratives and create archives in art for those whose histories are absent or whitewashed.

Photograph of Zoe Sarjant

Zoe Sarjant

Zoe graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London, with a degree in Fine Art in 2019. Their work is interdisciplinary in nature, integrating photography, textiles and drawing to apply accessible methods of healing through collaborative storytelling. Their work is concerned with accessibility in art and wider society. These interests were showcased in their debut work Am I Better Now? In collaboration with Moll which interrogated ideas of ableism and art, presented through a multi-sensory artistic experience.

Photograph of Moll St. Clair Grizzell

Moll St. Clair Grizzell

Moll graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London, with a degree in Fine Art & History of Art in 2019. During their time at University they were diagnosed with ADHD and Autism. As a result of this experience, their artistic practice is motivated by a need to regain autonomy over their body and voice as a disabled person. In June, they debuted the work Am I Better Now?, in collaboration with Zoe Sarjant, which explored themes of collective care as a way to critique institutional ableism through the creation of a multi-sensory space.