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Building Back Better | Session 6: Wellbeing - Mental Health


Building Back Better | Session 6: Wellbeing - Mental Health

Wednesday 21 Apr 2021, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM



Additional Resources from the Arts Wellbeing Collective:
Your pocket guide to de-role 
Meditations for performing arts practitioners 
Meditation for Performance Energy
House Lights Up – podcasts promoting positive mental health
Mental Health Matinées - recorded online presentations promoting positive mental health and wellbeing.

All resources from the Arts Wellbeing Collective can be viewed here.

The impacts of COVID-19 have been felt significantly across the whole Arts sector and galleries are not immune.  Through these unprecedented  times, galleries have been supporting staff, artists and audiences remotely and in-person.   
As COVID-19 restrictions ease across Australia, many of us are beginning  a gradual return to work in the arts industry.  As we navigate this return to our creative practice and work roles within a new context, it’s normal to feel a range of emotions. This will be a process of change that will be  experienced differently by each of us. 
Whilst there may be a sense of excitement to return to these spaces, there  may also be new challenges that bring on hesitation, stress and anxiety. The good news is that there’s lots we can do to look after our mental health and wellbeing, to support the people around us, and to help get our creative community fully re-engaged. 
This workshop aims to raise awareness of the importance of good mental health, addressing barriers to self-care and sharing tools and techniques for addressing these barriers. 
The Arts Wellbeing Collective promotes positive mental health and wellbeing 
across the industry and would like to share prevention-focused and evidence-based tips, informed by contemporary research into workplace mental health, 
organisational development, and extensive sector knowledge.  

Kirsty Ritchie Associate Director, Arts Wellbeing Collective 

Francesca Valmorbida
 PGAV Program Manager, Building Back Better

Building Back Better is presented by the Public Galleries Association of Victoria (PGAV) and is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

Building Back Better Logo Block - website

Please note:
Forum participants may change due to the impacts of COVID-19 on presenter schedules.
All sessions will be recorded and made available on the PGAV website.

Town Hall Gallery Pattern+ launch 2016 Photo Image Play

Image: Town Hall Gallery Pattern+ exhibition opening, 2016. Photo: Image Play.


Session 6:
Wellbeing - Mental Health

Date: Wednesday 21 April 2021
Time: 11.00am - 12.30pm
Cost: FREE



The Public Galleries Association of Victoria (PGAV) acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners of the lands where our office is located, and all Traditional Owners of country throughout Victoria and Australia. We recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples enduring traditions and continuing creative cultures. We pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

We are an LGBTQIA+ friendly organisation and celebrate cultural diversity.