Facing Death Creatively conference


1 day conference
9.30am-6.30pm (Registration from 9.00am)
99 (includes VAT)
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St Christopher's Hospice, Sydenham, London
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Death and Diversity: Exploring Creative Equality and Inclusion

About the event

The Arts team at St Christopher’s Hospice are mounting their fourth 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 Death and Diversity: Exploring Creative Equality and Inclusion  exploring creative practices that engage with our multicultural society.

The themes for the conference are: diversity in death and dying, creative approaches and interventions focused on the integration of one or more of the protected categories to support dying (age; disability; gender reassignment; marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity; race; religion or belief; sex; sexual orientation); creative approaches to multiculturalism in death; cross cultural dialogues about dying mediated through the arts; reflections on the role the arts play in opening the field to more diverse, integrated, multicultural ways of dying; reflections on the role the arts play in the creation of meaning and the framing of the dying experience through the valuing of diversity.

  • Speakers

    Our keynote speaker is Dr. Panagiotis Pentaris, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology, Social Work and Counselling at the University of Greenwich, licensed Social Worker and Psychotherapist. His professional practice is centred around death, dying and bereavement issues. Panagiotis has practiced internationally, including the US, the UK, Uganda and Greece.

  • Who is it for?

    The day is aimed at Arts Therapists, trainees, socially-engaged artists and palliative care practitioners involved in working with people facing death and their families and communities. We also host medical, nursing and social work professionals as well as their students.

  • What will the course look like?

    This conference will explore key thematic questions through discussions, presentations, workshops and performances:

    • How can diverse cultural approaches to death and dying be represented and integrated through participation in the arts in hospice care?
    • How do we explore and represent diversity within cultures and attitudes (diversity within diversity)?
    • How can patients’ participation and expression through the arts impact on the institutional make-up of hospices/ policies around death and dying?
    • How can a diversity agenda inhabit the physical space of the hospice?
    • How can arts/arts therapies offer a way for people to explore what the process of dying means to them on individual-cultural-familial-societal-spiritual level?
  • Programme

    9.30 Welcome and Introduction  Marcelo Camus
    9.35 Panagiotis Pentaris  Key Speaker

    Death holds no boundaries. Does end of life care?

    In Here… Our Institutions
    10.00 Paula Boyle Art Psychotherapist

    Art Therapy and diversity in a Children’s Hospice






    Ffion Aynsley Music Therapist St Christopher’s Hospice

    A Family Song Writing Project, with people experiencing Dementia

    Eloise Raab , Mari Ebbitt, Lara F Cooke  Art psychotherapists

    Art Therapy in a Hospice In Northern India

    11.15 Q&A
    11.30 BREAK
      Out There… Transitional Spaces
    11.50 Beulah Lambert Art Psychotherapist

    (In) Justice for Grenfell? : An art therapy open group with bereaved adolescents



    Yasmin Gunaratnam, Sociologist – Goldsmiths, University of London

    Speculative Adventures: Empirical Performance and Poetry




    George Vasey  Curator, Wellcome Trust

    Misbehaving Bodies


    13.20 LUNCH, BOOKSHOP, PATIENT ART TOURS,  Fruit Fly Collective Exhibition
      Side by Side… Caring for Carers and Other Invisible Groups


    Marcelo Camus

    South London Stories

    Stephanie Turner and Joe Duggan, Social Practitioners

    Poetry by Compassionate Neighbours

    14.50 Hasina Zaman
    The Importance Of Diversity During Death
    15.15 Q&A
    15.30 BREAK
      Rising up… Weaving Voices
    15.50 Bern O’Donoghue Artist

    Dead Reckoning 2015-2025

    15.30 Dr. Caroline Leek

    Mind The Gap: Inequality and Cancer care in London

    15.55 Natasha Steer Creative Practitioner

    Workshop: Using Art To Express Wishes

    16.20 St Christopher’s Arts Team

    Drawing Closer Reflective Art Making

    16.45           Patient Band
    17.00 RECEPTION
    18.00 Close


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