In January 2020, I announced our new Studio Sessions; an informal, low key, monthly meeting to support artists, makers, & creative entrepreneurs who want to connect with like minded individuals for support, sharing, troubleshooting, & that elusive feeling of belonging that we all crave as humans, but often don’t find from our friends, families, or even our colleagues. Here’s what I said about the sessions:
“At these informal gatherings we will get together over a pot of tea (or glass of wine) to support each other in our creative persuits & in our daily expression of being the best possible version of ourselves. The intention is to create space for friendship, healing, learning, laughter, & support in our everyday lives as we strive to achieve our collective & individual goals (business or otherwise).”(Excerpt from the Studio Sessions booking page in the online shop.)
After posting on instagram about these sessions, we received overwhelming interest from people all around the world in less than 24hours, all wishing they lived closer so they could attend…& what I would love to see happen is a movement toward more local, face to face groups popping up around the world to enable us to support each other in person as a result.
Obviously with the Coronavirus outbreak, our face to face sessions have had to be cancelled, but that’s no reason for us to not go ahead with our get togethers…especially in these challenging times when so many of us have had our incomes affected, & we really need the support more than ever…so all our sessions will continue, but they will be facilitated online, so you can attend from anywhere, whether that be the comfort of your own home, your studio, or anywhere else you can connect safely & legally in these strange times.
In future, at the website being built now, we will list local satellite groups, & hopefully one near you, either in person groups (when allowed again), or local online sessions in a time zone that makes more sense for you. If you are the organiser of such a group, or would like to start one, you can register your sessions in future by going to the new site www.artistsanonymous.group (once live, it is still under construction) or right now by emailing us at email@example.com. We’d love to be able to discuss a particular topic at meet ups accross the globe & consolidate the most helpful responses & advice in a regular blog or resource vault at the Artists Anonymous Group website, for all to read & access when needed, like a diary of collective advice from fellow creatives.
The next session we will be discussing ways to continue to make a living as a maker (that don’t involve contact in these uncertain times). I hope to see you at this very important session, or hear from you about setting up a possible local session near you…if you can’t attend, feel free to share your thoughts or questions about this topic by emailing us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Note that July will have no session.
With love & gratitude always.