CAKE 42: CAKE in the Wild- a celebration of nature, creativity & wellbeing
Date: Thursday 23rd September
Time: 10am – 11:30am
Join us for a slice of therapeutic and nurturing CAKE.
About the event
In CAKE 42 we will explore how being in the wild, or nature, supports our creativity and well-being, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic. While this session will be remote, we are going to be celebrating all things wild through multimedia formats and an interactive game.
If you can (broadband/wifi access and weather permitting!), feel free to join us from your favourite nature spot.
In this interactive session, brought to you by the Durham University Creative Fuse NE team, we will explore key issues such as
• how the creative economy supports well-being practices through being in the wild;
• how we can, both professionally and individually, be nurtured and supported by creative engagements with nature
• how natural places and venues provide critical support for creativity and well-being
We’re thrilled to have dynamic speakers with us for this event:
• John Quinn, a County Durham-based creative practitioner and educator who works with young people in natural environments to support learning and wellbeing. John is an artist and creative practitioner who has worked with schools and community groups for the last 20 years. He’s particularly interested in the process of creative response to make collaborative work. For the last five years his work has focussed on using the Arts to promote emotional well-being. He is currently running a series of walks that introduce people to Forest Bathing. He lives in North West County Durham and has three log stores.
• The Barn at Easington in County Durham, an Arts and Educational centre specialising in outdoor nature-based learning
• Tam Mayor, ‘Binchester Hall Farm Holistic Farming and Rewilding Project’, Community Projects Officer, The Auckland Project. Tam is a Community Projects Officer working for The Auckland Project, a charity dedicated to the regeneration, conservation and celebration of the stories and heritage of the former home of the Prince Bishops of Durham. She has spent 4 years exploring the possibilities for positive change for people and place through horticulture and outdoor spaces. She is about to start work on a 5 year pilot project transitioning a 300 acre pasture-based farm to a regenerative agricultural model with a strong focus on community access and engagement.
Inviting you to participate!
Even more exciting, we want to invite you to be part of the event too! We are going to play a montage of images, text, soundclips, and video celebrating the ways in which creativity and wellbeing have been nurtured by being in nature during these difficult times. Please contribute a short video, photographs, or audio content (e.g.: a short film, a photograph, a photo of an image or a poem, or audioclipping) that represent ways in which you have been nurtured and supported by nature during these times. It can be anything! Submission guidelines can be accessed here and the deadline to submit is noon on Monday, September 6th.
Whatever your professional background, this event is designed to support potential by inspiring new conversations and allowing introductions to take place that will enable collaboration. The event will take place on Zoom, the video conferencing platform. You don’t need to have an account but we recommend that you sign up for a free account and use the desktop app.
CAKE (Collaboration and Knowledge Exchange) is Creative Fuse North East’s monthly networking event, bringing together businesses, freelancers, academics, charities and creative practitioners from across the Creative, Digital and IT sectors and wider economy. Each themed CAKE event has expert speakers delivering short presentations that explore opportunities and innovation challenges. The events generate debate, explorative discussion and stimulate new innovative ideas by looking at each event’s theme from a variety of different perspectives – in keeping with the event name, attendees enjoy a slice of delicious cake while they network.*
“Not only was the event interesting and enjoyable but, for my company, it was an opportunity to make new connections. It has created new opportunities for Living Archive Limited, at a time in the company’s development where such opportunities are crucial for survival… The CAKE event was a chance to step back for a moment and focus on the bigger picture, and this has been very valuable to me.”
[Dr. Nick Williams Founder, Living Archive Limited]
*[when we return safely to in-person events]