Tracing Autonomy, 13th June 2017

The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice

Deadline: 02 June 2017 at 17:00

“In the face of severe adversity, the art room is a small but significant space for restoring reciprocity. It gives patients back the right to make a contribution. It helps sustain the network of sharing relationships that underpin the autonomous life.” Dr Ben Colburn

The workshop will be facilitated by the hospice’s resident artists experienced in the positive impact of art making on individuals living with life-limiting illnesses, and Dr Ben Colburn, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy and member of the End of Life Research Studies Group, University of Glasgow. Ben’s specialism is moral and political philosophy with a particular interest in the nature and value of autonomy at the end of life.

The format and focus of this workshop has grown out of a series of discussions around the idea of autonomy and the creative ethos and methods employed within The Art Room. Ben’s very practical approach to philosophical questions surrounding what enables someone to achieve a sense of autonomy in life has given The Art Room insight into their practice with patients. These subjects will be of interest to others working in arts and health and other professionals working with issues surrounding mortality and palliative care.

For “Tracing Autonomy” participants will be invited to make a mark. This could literally be a mark on a piece of paper, it could be a gesture in space, the placement of an object, or it could be a vocal statement or sound. This simple invitation will open up the subject of autonomy for a facilitated discussion. Each individual’s mark and approach to making their mark will be unique. How does the manner of that invitation effect what is created? What are the opportunities and threats to their autonomy in making that mark, both internally and externally? And what values do individuals attribute to the autonomy of making a mark?

Event details:

Tuesday 13th June 2017

Option 1: 10.30 – 12.30
Option 2: 14.00 – 16.00

Please select one option only.

These sessions are being held to celebrate creativity and wellbeing practices across the UK as Creativity & Wellbeing Week 2017.

Places are limited so please submit 300 words outlining your interest in the workshop before Friday 2nd June 2017. Please say which session you'd like to attend.

Location: Glasgow City

For further information, please contact (Kirsty Stansfield), or call 0141 429 5599, or visit

The deadline is Friday 02 June 2017 at 17:00.

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