Mindfulness for Cultural Workers, Freelancers, Artists & Precarious Labour

Working life for freelancers, artists and those working in the cultural sector is becoming increasingly stressful and precarious: with increased competition due to funding cuts; short term contracts; rising rents; a lack of affordable workspace; and an increasing emphasis on entrepreneurialism and individualisation.

In these conditions many of us feel isolated and unconnected, competing with our peers, working extended hours with little support, and suffering from increased stress, anxiety and overwork.

Social Material, an interdisciplinary practice in East London, is offering a unique, affordable 8-week mindfulness MBSR course at Oxford House, Bethnal Green.

The course builds on the work of mindfulness pioneer John Kabat-Zinn and has been designed for freelancers, creative practitioners, cultural workers, and anyone who is experiencing stress, anxiety, precarious working conditions or feelings of powerlessness in contemporary society. The course will:

- Explore the power and simplicity of mindfulness practices and their huge potential in personal development and creativity
- Integrate mindfulness with a range of related practices and theories, from Zen Buddhism via the Beat Poets to the philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty
- Explore how mindfulness can support individual and collective empowerment to make change and galvanise social action

The course will take place in a reflective, peer-led setting, and will provide practical skills for use in everyday life. It will be led by Daniel Baker, artist, meditation teacher and Education Research and Strategy Director at Cubitt Gallery and Studios.

- 8 Tuesday Evenings: 6.45-9pm
- 2nd February - 22nd March 2016
- 1 Practice Day (Date tbc)
- All resources included

Cost: £155 to £205, depending on circumstances.
Concessions available for low waged / unemployed / retired / registered disabled / full time students

Register your interest now to find out more, no payment required at this stage.

The fees for the course have been kept as low as possible. The fees cover only the basic costs of teaching time, venue costs, and resources. The course will take place in a gender neutral, queer friendly, accessible environment.

About Us

Daniel Baker is an artist, writer, anthropologist and mindfulness teacher. He is currently Education Research and Strategy director at Cubitt in Angel, Islington, where he has established a large-scale, groundbreaking education programme.

Social Material is a new interdisciplinary studio bringing together the arts, anthropology and social action. Social Material is not-for-profit and any proceeds from our work are re-invested in social and arts projects locally and across London.

Oxford House is a dynamic arts and community organisation in Bethnal Green, East London. Oxford House is home to a range of arts activities, classes and social enterprises, including The Carpentry Club, Basque classes and Green Candle Dance Company.


Please do get in touch if you have any questions: socialmaterialcic@gmail.com