Get me out of here: joy in the everyday

“Wait here and stay awake with me” Matthew 6 I wonder what you see in the first picture; graffiti on a wall, a cryptic message perhaps. This piece is part of Portal – a series of interventions I made around Bradford city centre, exploring the concept of escape and other worlds. We may feel like …

Session 3 of ‘mindfulness in difficult times’: grounded

This is session 3 of a 6 part introductory course to mindfulness techniques, which is about calming, soothing and helping us become more grounded. In this session accredited mindfulness teacher Cathy takes us through some more primal movement, helping to ground us in the present moment. She shares teaching and then offers some meditation to …

The road less travelled

“When the path disappears, the journey begins” Thomas Merton I wander what you see in the two pictures I have chosen for this week. A white road through a church, a scrap of fabric on a tree. These are both photos from an intervention I made at Kirkstall Abbey Leeds in 2012. I was invited …

Climate craftivism

We are calling for the government to build back better and create a greener and fairer society. We are supporting the Climate Coalition’s #thetimeisnow campaign and encouraging you to do some climate craftivism and send a creative green heart to your MP. This is to support the work of the lobby on 30th June. Craftivism …

Meditation for peace and justice

The next in our series of guided meditations, this one focuses on peace and justice. I was going to create a meditation only about peace but I soon realised the relationship with justice is so siginificant it had to be about both. There is a stilling exercise to begin then I gently explore the co-dependent …

Session 2 of ‘mindfulness in a difficult time’: gentle movement

This is session 2 of a 6 part introductory course to mindfulness techniques, which is about movement, stretching and breathing. It is taught by the wonderful Cathy Ward a mindfulness teacher and massage therapist. Cathy has created this for everyone, whether you have tried mindfulness before or not. Cathy's teaching style is gentle as this …

Where the heart is: a visual meditation

“Heart is where home is” Nancy Horseman When you look at the first image what do you see? What does it make you think about? This picture shows a piece called ‘Stay’ which I made several years ago about the refugee situation. The little houses each have one of the (often random) categories that allow …

No going back: a visual meditation

I wonder what you see when you look at the first image: butterfly ghosts perhaps, disappearing into the night. This picture was made by two adults with a disability whom I work with (‘artmakers’); Nat painted the background and Lucy printed the butterflies. The second image is by Amy, also an artmaker. This last two …

Shh: a visual meditation

“This was a whisper of guidance” Andy Jukes These two images are both from an artist’s book I made based on Psalm 19; a poem which describes the way in which our world is talking to us. It is a celebration of the beauty and glory of nature and what it tells us about the …

Seesion 1 of ‘mindfulness in difficult times’: body scan

This is the first in our six part course introducing you to different mindfulness techniques, session one introduces the body scan technique. This course is the perfect way to introduce yourself to mindfulness for the first time. Each session will have a video where Cathy teaches us about the technique and then two meditations that …