creative tools for social change

16th to 23rd May 2020

This training will be run by facilitators from the Ulex Project network.

How can we draw on the power of the heart, the fire of the imagination, and the dynamism of the body to empower social change through our creativity?

This week long event will bring together a group of richly talented facilitators and practitioners to share and explore creative tools that can be used in a variety of social change settings. It will take a cross/multi-disciplinary approach, drawing on theatre, story, image, dance, and music – and apply these to community empowerment, campaign development, and direct action.

During the course we will:

  • Explore our own creativity through all sorts of arts based activities
  • Learn practices and develop tools to bring fresh ideas into fruition
  • Use participatory and peer to peer learning while collaborating on projects during the week
  • Share resources and methodologies from the growing movement of artists & artivists working as drivers of change
  • Practice mindfulness to realise our creative potential, stretch our comfort zones and remain emotionally resilient for the long run
  • Share and celebrate our stories of courage and disobedience
  • Design the beginnings of creative projects to take back to our communities / organisations / movements
  • Identifying and moving through our creative limitations

This course is aimed at anyone interested in learning, sharing and exploring creative, collaborative and participatory tools for social justice. The facilitators have planned activities, talks and collaborative tasks but will allow space in the timetable for participant led activities to emerge.

The facilitator’s have experience in campaign organising, community development, grassroots activism and arts interventions, mass mobilisations and public assemblies, transitional arts practice, creativity and empowerment education, performance making and project coordination.
They share the belief that experiencing creative actions, performances, artworks and participatory projects can deeply impact people on a personal level; inspiring space for dialogue, shifts in perception and positive action.

The beauty of creativity is that it allows us to connect with our imagination, opening up a whole new realm of possibilities. We may well surprise ourselves by what we find in this great adventure into the unknown. The creative process allows us to experiment without attachment to what will happen. It allows us to challenge pre-conceived concepts, play with alternative models and reinvent outdated narratives. Through harnessing this power we can begin to co-create the kind of world that we dream of, and deeply know is possible.


For booking details emiail or see the course page on the Ulex Project website.

The Team

Lindsay Alderton
Lindsay is an organiser, activist and trainer who has practiced and studied meditation for close to twenty years, currently working as a Mindfulness trainer for staff suffering from burn out within the NHS. As an organiser she’s worked on mass marches and mobilizations, climate camps, and arts interventions targeting the fossil fuel industry directly. As a trainer she’s worked with Ecodharma, Freely Given Retreats and the Dharma Action Network for Climate Engagement to explore vulnerability as a form of activism, developing courses and retreats for newcomer and seasoned activists, which ensure self-care and a balance between reflection and action.

George Wielgus
George is a practitioner of the Theatre of the Oppressed, writer, performance poet and natural farmer who has travelled extensively across Europe and Asia working with groups ranging from the homeless in London, subsistence farmers in India, victims of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, to recovering heroin addicts and street kids in Kuala Lumpur. He has a decade of experience as a facilitator and educator in fields ranging from TESOL and drama therapy to drug rehabilitation and conflict resolution. He qualified in his Certificate in Joker Training and Certificate in Rainbow of Desire whilst working with Cardboard Citizens in 2010.

Ruth Cross
Ruth makes things happen. Her practice has developed from landscape performance and micro-choreography into coordinating projects which bring people together to talk, play, inspire and collaborate. She is an associate artist with Encounters Arts and Battersea Arts Centre and part of The Eroles Project, an international network that explores inner work for outer action. Ruth founded Cross Collaborations in 2009 a collective who devise social actions and intimate live art performances which focus on voice, listening with compassion and connecting to the earth.

Ed Wade-Martins
Ed has been facilitating creative arts projects in education for the last 15 years in schools, community groups and residential courses. He co-founded Movingsounds developing innovative arts based education projects that address environmental and social issues. He is also a lead facilitator and trainer with Lifebeat UK running transformative residential camps with young people and runs trainings for PYE Global Partnership for Youth Empowerment internationally. He is a musician, artist and performer but also a carpenter and sailor, deeply passionate about the power of both creativity and nature connection to bring about positive change in this crazy world.

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