Facing Death Creatively, St Christopher's Hospice Call for Papers – deadeline 31st July 2018

The Arts team at St Christopher’s Hospice are mounting their third conference ‘Facing Death Creatively’ to explore how the Arts can be utilised to make sense of and provide comfort at the end of life and in bereavement. The focus of this year’s conference will be Cutting, Tearing & Slicing: Art & Art Therapy in the age of austerity exploring mixed media approaches to arts in end of life care.

Calls for expressions of interest in participation
Submissions are sought to take part in the form of oral presentations, seminars, performances or participatory workshops. The themes for the conference are: mixed media, austerity, working under cuts, survival of the field in times of financial distress, creative approaches to difficult situations. We encourage interested parties to consider these themes and to interpret them in ways that lend themselves to provocative and original ways of thinking

This conference will ask and seek to answer key thematic questions through discussions and presentations:

•    How do the Creative Arts survive and thrive amidst the financial crisis.
•    How and where do we find creative solutions to working with less support?
•    How can we share knowledge and resources to improve resilience?
•    How do we remain positive about the work when the arts are sidelined?
•    How do we keep the Creative Arts a central part of good palliative care in the current financial and political climate?
•    How do we come together when the dominant dialogue is about ‘othering’?

Presentations from different cultural and disciplinary spaces are welcome.
Proposals should include the following information:
Title, Abstract (150-250 words), Keywords (3-10 words), References (max. 3 references),
Bionote (max. 50 words per presenter), Email addresses of presenters,
Type of presentation (oral presentation, poster or workshop)

Proposals should be sent via email to t.dives@stchristophers.org.uk and m.camus@stchristophers.org.uk
Submissions deadline: July 31st 2018