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On this page you can find this year’s schedule of exciting events. We have a series of wonderful creative workshops,  the return of Prof Roger Kneebone following the success of last year's launch event and a unique opportunity to meet informally with St George's Principal, Professor Jenny Higham and with the Head of the Centre for Technology in Education, Dr Baba Sheba, on Wednesday 10th November at 5.30pm.  Come along to hear their inspiring stories and ask your own questions. All students, staff and alumni are welcome.

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Upcoming events

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September

Mindfulness: What's All the Hype About?

Date: Tuesday 28 September

Time: 1-1:45pm, Online

Register Here

Please join us for a brief discussion about mindfulness and to experience a short meditation with Amy Spatz. Amy is researching the effects of mindfulness and is a Lecturer in Clinical Communication here at SGUL.


October

Movement - Lunchtime Taster Session with Anusha Subramanyam

Date: Friday 1 October

Time: 1-2pm, Online

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An inclusive dance movement workshop to get you up from your desk. Come and meet others and discover your inner power of movement. We welcome all. No previous experience of dance or movement necessary.

 

Back by popular demand, this taster workshop will: build awareness of sensations within the body; explore improvised movement and breath, use elements of dance and yoga. Try out the taster session and if you enjoy it you might want to enrol on the workshops Anusha will be running later in the year. 

 

 

 

The Experience of Portraiture in a Clinical Setting

Date: Tuesday, October 12th

Time: 5.30pm - 7pm (UK time) online session

Register here

Artist and researcher, Dr. Mark Gilbert will discuss the challenges and rewards of using the artistic medium of portraiture to explore the experiences of patients and their caregivers. He will describe ways in which the arts/sitter interaction parallels salient aspects of the doctor/patient relationship.  

 

This workshop will also include a drawing exercise, in which Dr. Gilbert will encourage the class to explore how drawing enables us to better see and feel.  Read more about the event here

 

Creative Writing Workshop

Date: Monday 18 October

Time: 5:30pm - 7pm,  On Site

Register here

With Professor Alison Baverstock, Kingston University. A follow up to last years successful workshop, we are pleased to offer a practical and informative workshop exploring how and why it’s worth building a writing practice – even though your life is already packed. Alison will cover both the benefits and the practical stages involved, and the workshop will be peppered with opportunities for practical involvement – with plenty of opportunities for questions.   

 

Breaking Barriers: Classical Style and the Hollywood Portrait

Date: Wednesday 20 October

Time: 5pm - 7pm

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Artist Joy Gregory returns to St George's with an exciting photography workshop focusing on her work from 'Breaking Barriers' with the Black Cultural Archives. More details to come.

 

 

November

Mindfulness Workshop I: Inter Relational Mindfulness

Date: Wednesday 3 November

Time: 5:30pm - 7pm, On Site

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The role of mindfulness in relating authentically. Facilitated by Amy Spatz, this is an introduction to interpersonal mindfulness and its role in increasing agency and maintaining personal boundaries while engaging with others. If you have wondered how in a pandemic we can relate mindfully to each other, this is the introductory workshop for you.  There will be an opportunity to practice and share thoughts with others. 

 

 

At Home with Jenny and Baba

Date: Wednesday 10 November

Time: 5:30 - 7pm, On Site

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A unique opportunity to meet with principal Prof Jenny Higham and Head of Centre for Technology in Education, Baba Sheba, in an informal environment to hear their inspiring stories. Learn how they overcame disappointment, what success means to them, how they approach risk and more.  Come and put your own questions to them over tea and cakes. More details to follow.

 

Art of Disease Workshop: Exploring Specimens from the Pathology Collection

Date: Tuesday 16 November

Time: 5:30pm - 7pm, On Site

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An introduction to the museum of disease and to the art of slow looking.

In this session we will spend time looking closely at unique specimens from the SGUL pathology collection. You will be led through some short practical exercises and then have the opportunity to understand these fascinating specimens through looking and observing. By the end of the workshop you will have produced drawings that document your experiences and gained a greater appreciation of encounters with the unfamiliar. 

You do not need to have any experience of drawing or of pathology to enjoy this workshop, just a willingness to look!

 

December

Mindfulness Workshop II: Mindful Compassion

Date: Tuesday 7 December

Time: 5:30pm - 7pm, Online

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Exploring the role of mindfulness in recharging and rejuvenating in dark or difficult times, including an introduction to MBCT and loving kindness meditations including an opportunity to practice and share thoughts with others.  

 

Check back on this page to see more events as they are announced. 

 

 

Past events

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September 2020
Movement Workshop - Taster Session
  • Tuesday, 29 September, 12.30–1.30pm

  • Register for the session

Hosted by Anusha Subramanyam, Beeja Dance Company.

Find out more about our creative workshops.

October 2020
Movement Workshop
  • Monday, 5 October, 4.30–6.00pm
  • Register for this workshop

Hosted by Anusha Subramanyam, Beeja Dance Company.

Find out more about our creative workshops.

Creative Writing Workshop - Five ways in which you can start/keep a writing practice going and five reasons why you should bother
  • Tuesday, 6 October, 4.30–6.00pm 
  • Register for this workshop

Prof Alison Baverstock, Kingston University.

Find out more about our creative workshops.

At home with Annie and Emma - Object lessons: from a cricket ball to a pot of lavender
  • Wednesday 7 October, 5.00–6.30pm
  • Register for this event

Annie Bartlett, Professor of Offender Healthcare, and Emma Baker, Professor of Clinical Pharmacology. Facilitated by Deborah Padfield, Lecturer in Arts and Health Humanities, and chaired by T Year Medical Student Rishi Kumar.

Find out more about our At Home With... series.

Photographic workshop with Joy Gregory

Alongside Matron Bell: Creating visual stories from archives. Part of Black History Month.

Find out more about our creative workshops.

November 2020
Movement Workshop

Hosted by Anusha Subramanyam, Beeja Dance Company 

Find out more about our creative workshops.

Open Spaces launch event: Understanding the path to mastery: medicine and magic – two kinds of expert close-up live performance

Prof Roger Kneebone (Surgeon, GP, and Wellcome Engagment Fellow) and renowned magician Will Huston.

Sound and Silence: Ways of Listening facilliated by Dr Tansy Spinks from the Sound Bureau
  • Workshop 1 — Monday, 16 November, 4.30–5.30pm. Register here
  • Workshop 2 — Monday, 30 November, 4.30–5.30 pm. Register here

Two connected sessions. You will need to attend both as you will be given a sound walk/text score to follow in Tooting or your local neighbourhood at the first session and an opportunity to share experiences, observations, and learn more about the theory and practice in the second.

Find out more about our creative workshops.

December 2020
Movement Workshop

Hosted by Anusha Subramanyam, Beeja Dance Company. 

Find out more about our creative workshops.

Mindfulness I: Introduction to mindfulness
  • 5 – 6.30pm on Wednesday 9 December

Introduction to mindfulness: The role of mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) in an uncertain and changing world.  This is an introductory workshop where you will have an opportunity to practice and share thoughts with others.  Fellow practitioner Julia Hutchinson will also join us in the discussion. The event will be on line via teams.

Find out more and register here.

January 2021
Mindfulness II: Mindfulness in conflict and love
  • 5 – 6.30pm on Wednesday 13 January 

Mindfulness in conflict and love: The role of mindfulness in recharging and rejuvenating in dark or difficult times, including an introduction to MBCT and loving kindness meditations including an opportunity to practice and share thoughts with others.  Julia Hutchinson, head of counselling at SGUL will also be joining us. The event will be on line via teams.

Animated Tales; voices and stories from behind the fence 
  • Wednesday 20 January from 5.30 –7pm.

Animator Tony Gammidge meets Annie Bartlett, Professor of Offender Healthcare

Award winning Artist, Art Therapist and Animator, Tony Gammidge (www.tonygammidge.com), will screen a selection of extraordinary animated films co-created in prisons, secure units and with asylum seekers from Calais and Freedom from Torture.   

Watch the event here.

February 2021
Mindfulness III: Inter-relational mindfulness
  • 5 – 6.30pm on Wednesday 10 February

Inter-relational mindfulness: The role of mindfulness in relating authentically. This is an introduction to interpersonal mindfulness and its role in increasing agency and maintaining personal boundaries while engaging compassionately. If you have ever wondered how to support your goals in remaining empathic without losing yourself, this is the introductory workshop for you.  There will be an opportunity to practice and share thoughts with others.

The event will be on line via teams.

To find out more and to register click here.

March 2021
Photographic workshop with Joy Gregory
  • Tuesday, 9 March 2021, 5.00–7.00pm.

International artist, Joy Gregory, will give an introduction to her work - making connections between human ecology, endangered languages, and her research relating to Jamaican plant medicine.

This will be a practical workshop exploring the relationship between plants and medicine, where, inspired by Joy’s practice and the work of 19c photographer Anna Atkins, participants will explore their own ideas and be supported in creating their own images using cameraless methods. Small cyanotype kits and pre-coated papers will be available for participants to collect before the workshop. No previous experience of photography is necessary just a willingness to engage and have a go. 

Find out more about our creative workshops. To register click here

Singing for Lung Health
  • 5.30 - 7pm on Tuesday 30 March

A practical introduction to music therapy and therapeutic music in health: presentation and workshop.  Facilitated by musician Phoene Cave, HCPC registered music therapist and director of www.themusicalbreath.com. Open to all students and staff - no previous experience required. This workshop will be conducted over Zoom.

To register click here. Read more about our creative workshops here.

April 2021

Using creative design methods: Making futures together for healthcare

  • 5:30 - 7pm on Tuesday 13 April

This session is led by Professor Mike Waller, Head of Design at Goldsmiths, who has been working on building innovation skills in a number of sectors including healthcare, governments, businesses and charities. This workshop will introduce a creative design method to help us think together creatively and apply our own imagination to build scenarios for a range of possible futures.

This session is interactive and will apply creative design methods to your own areas of expertise in healthcare. No experience of design or making is needed. Open to all students, staff and alumni.

 All students and staff welcome. Read more about the event here and sign up here

May 2021

Creative Writing Workshop 2: ‘OPEN TO WRITE’ facilitated by Sharon Morris

 

  • Wednesday, 26 May, 5.30pm-7pm
  • Register for the session here

 

We will look at types of poetry and Sharon will set some practical exercises in ways of writing.  You are welcome to write in any language and/or bring languages together.  Please bring a pencil or a pen and a piece of paper for a workshop aimed at opening up your writing. 

 

There will be no requirement to share your writing and no previous experience of poetry necessary. Read more about Open to Write here.

June 2021

Open Spaces first Open Symposium – with NHS England’s Lead for Trauma Informed Care, Dr Angela Kennedy and composer and aid worker Prof Nigel Osborne, MBE.

An invitation from Open Spaces, St George’s, University of London and Opera Circus.

Music for Well Being – Live – Open to students, staff, alumni, colleagues, friends and all


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Connections through Music 

We are excited to invite you to the final Open Space event of this year; the first Open Spaces Open Symposium, with NHS England’s Lead for Trauma Informed Care, Dr Angela Kennedy and composer and aid worker Prof Nigel Osborne, MBE. The Open Symposium will be open to the public, so please do spread the word to other students, staff, alumni, colleagues, and friends.

Angela and Nigel will share stories, film, new technology (x-system) through experimentation, questions and conversations.  Together with wellbeing researcher Paras Patel, they have worked on neurophysiological measures of human emotion in music (in particular HRV) and have collaborated in bringing together experiences of dealing with trauma in the health services and in the NGO sector respectively - something of particular importance during the pandemic.

This first of the Open Spaces Open Symposiums is a rare invitation to join them at St George’s for this one off event to hear about the highly successful Connection Through Music events (including working with the Regional Staff Wellbeing Hub, set up to deal with the psychological fallout of the pandemic on staff) and the online Music for Wellbeing playlists. Come along, engage in conversation and ask your questions. Read more about Music for Well Being. Read more about Music for Well Being here.

 

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