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Maternal journal workshops (afternoon and evening)

  • Open Call
  • Edinburgh
  • 27/05/2022
  • Open Call
  • Edinburgh
  • 27/05/2022

Website Spilt Milk Gallery CIC

A six-week introductory course for mothers to explore the maternal journal format for improving mental health and wellbeing.

No matter how old your children or those you care for might be, having a safe space to explore the complex feelings and experiences of mothering can be healing and empowering. These workshops will allow you to express and explore your experiences in a safe environment surrounded by other mums. We will use prompts from the award winning maternal journal movement to fill pages in our individual sketchbooks, share our creations and explore the powerful history of women’s journals.

Journaling has many positive benefits for mental health and wellbeing as it can allow us to express our feelings and release anxious thoughts. Each week you will be introduced to a different journaling technique with short guided exercises followed by sharing and discussion. The techniques include writing, collage, painting and drawing and is suitable for all levels of experience including beginners.

Mothers and those with caring responsibilities for people of any age are welcome to attend. We regret that we cannot provide childcare at this time however babes in arms are welcome.

Maternal Journal is a global community movement providing an inclusive and safe space for anyone who has experienced pregnancy, given birth, identifies as a mother or as a woman or non-binary carer. All mothers are welcome to attend and no prior experience is needed. All materials will be provided including an individual sketchbook for you to keep.

Spilt Milk is a social enterprise and any surplus generated from our workshop programme is reinvested into providing opportunities for mothers on low income. For each of our workshops, we provide one funded place for a mother who would not otherwise be able to afford to participate. If you would like to apply for a funded place, please get in touch.

The workshops will be facilitated by Lauren McLaughlin who is an artist, mother, curator and educator. Lauren has more than 8 years experience of delivering creative workshops to community groups as well as a Master’s degree in Applied Art & Social Practice from Queen Margaret’s University. Lauren has been delivering creative projects with local women and mothers in Edinburgh since 2017 and is passionate about the power of art to connect communities and empower women.

EVENINGS

Mondays 6:30 – 8:30pm

Monday, 23 May 27 June 2022

Spilt Milk Gallery CIC, Studio 4.12151 London Road, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH7 6AE, United Kingdom (map)

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AFTERNOONS 

Babes in arms welcome.

Friday afternoons 1:30 – 3:30pm.

Friday, 27 May- Friday, 1 July 2022

Spilt Milk Gallery CIC, Studio 4.12151 London Road, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH7 6AE, United Kingdom (map)

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