Recent Events & Recordings
The T.R.A.U.M.A. exhibition featured artwork from our arts-based card deck created by survivors to support abuse recognition and facilitate conversations.
More information on the card deck
can be found here.
A day of screenings, conversation, and reflection on the role of artists' films in reframing trauma narratives, curated by Laura E. Fischer & Andrea Luka Zimmerman. Survivor artists and activists explored, questioned, challenged, and reimagined trauma - both individual and collective - and created a space for a new discourse to emerge.
Click below to listen to the panel discussions
& here for the programme.
Involving people with lived experience is becoming increasingly common, yet the field of mental health remains stuck without an in-depth understanding of what lived experience means, what it can bring, how to integrate it, and how to approach challenges and opportunities.
Our panel discussion addressed this and explored the next vital step: shared leadership.
To unravel the convoluted and layered impacts of trauma, we must adopt equally complex and multifaceted approaches: creativity permits this. Trauma survivors have both personally and collectively used the arts to explore, express, and heal by reclaiming power and working through the body, where trauma leaves its imprint. Through talks, short films, and creative invitations, our session will explore - both conceptually and practically - how trauma-informed creative practices can rewrite the sociocultural narrative of trauma, foster collective healing, and boldly reimagine our way forward. Drawing on our work at Traumascapes, we will consider the present landscape, including challenges and opportunities, and the healing horizons we can create together.
In recent research, we found that increasing public awareness of abuse, and wide recognition of the signs of abuse, are priorities for survivors. In response to this, we formed a survivor Arts Collective with whom we created artworks that facilitate discussions to support abuse recognition. In this session we will explore the role of art in facilitating difficult conversations surrounding abuse and trauma, and present and discuss a card deck which features the artworks and reflective prompts.