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Professional Development Programme | Facilitation Skills for Artists Working with Groups

This is a partnership project between Ards and North Down Borough Council and Visual Artists Ireland.

Venue:           TBC

Date:             TBC

Time:             TBC

Price:             £5 (VAI Members) / £10 (Non Members)

We are excited to run training in facilitation skills by Julianne Skillen. Many artists run workshops or facilitate classes and training but most learn on the job and have not had any formal training or guidance.

The session/s will explore the theory and practice of running a community arts workshop and involves a hands-on workshop exploring the potential of creativity in a group setting. The course aims to facilitate the participation of artists who have an interest and commitment to the development of their creativity and group skills.  In many cases this session may explore skills that you already practice inherently, this session will provide the space for reflection and exploration of these skills within a peer group setting.

Facilitators require a broad skill base including a good knowledge of:

•personal triggers and managing them

•maintaining the process

•issues around equity and ethics

•verbal communication

•strategic questioning

•listening and reflection

•conflict resolution

•consensus and decision making processes

•planning processes and achieving outcomes

•group dynamics

•facilitation tools

•evaluation processes

Julianne Skillen is Development Manager for Community Arts Partnership

Julianne holds a degree in History of Art, a Post Graduate Certificate in Higher and Further Education and a Post Graduate Certificate in Arts in the Community from Queen’s University Belfast. She has worked in the community, voluntary and statutory sectors in Northern Ireland for 17 years, working within project management and funding in the fields of community development, disability, education, play, Black and Minority Ethnic communities and of course the arts, where her heart lies.

Julianne has been a Community Arts Officer for the Arts Council of Northern Ireland on two separate occasions and has worked on public art, festivals, art education in formal and informal settings and is passionate about using community arts for positive social change. She has been a non-executive director for several organisations including ArtsEkta, Cahoots Theatre Company NI and the Northern Ireland Visual Arts Forum.

Julianne has been working in the arts and community sectors for 20 years and has extensive experience in teaching and facilitation working for the likes of Community Arts Forum, New Lodge Arts, Arts for All, Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council, Community Arts Partnership, Ballymena District Council, Crescent Arts Centre, Duncairn Arts and Cultural Centre, Queens University Belfast and FEZ Wuhlheide Centre, Berlin.

The training will cost :VAI Members £5 Non Members £10

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