workshop louise orwin


louise orwin


16:00 – 19:00

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On Care: Working with autobiography and trauma safely as an artist

The workshop will last 3 hours with a break in between. Mostly it has a webinar format, but there will also be short written exercises for the participant to undertake.

As an artist who has been making risky work that deals with trauma, violence and autobiography for the past 8 years I have recently noticed an influx of makers, writers and theatre practitioners turning to similar material. ‘Self care’ and use of trigger warnings have been hot topics for the last few years, but where is the specific advice for makers and creatives who deal with their own and others’ trauma in their work? What are the potential risks to their mental health and those of their audiences? How do we deal with this sensitively and safely without watering down the nature of that work?

Responding to this recent influx of performance work dealing with trauma, autobiography and potentially triggering material, this workshop builds on skills and methodologies which I have  garnered through years of creating such work in consultation with therapists, coaches and wellbeing practitioners. This workshop will help participants create skills and strategies around care and the creation of safe spaces when making risky devised and/or autobiographical work which deals with potential sensitive or triggering material.

Materials requested for participants: Pen and paper


Limitation of 25 participants

Note: This workshop will be held in English.


Louise Orwin is a London-based live artist, performer and writer. She makes provocative research-based video and performance projects which investigate identity and violence, often made with and alongside marginalised communities. Most recently her work has explored what it means to identify as a queer femme in a world that prizes masculinity, straightness, whiteness. She has a substantial body of work which has toured to performance spaces, galleries and festivals internationally.

Louise is also an experienced facilitator with over 10 years of running workshops for a wide range of ages and skillsets. She has taught on MA and BA courses at RCSSD, Goldsmiths, LSBU, University of Bristol, alongside teaching artist workshops to artists and non artists alike in theatres and arts venues in Montreal, Tokyo and the all over the UK (eg. Barbican, Southbank Centre, Battersea Arts Centre).
Over the last 4 years Louise has specialised in working and teaching in spaces which prioritise care, vulnerability and radical listening, most recently around her show Oh Yes Oh No which delved into sexual violence and trauma, working alongside survivors of sexual violence. Her practice has been supported by work with mental health professionals and wellbeing coaches.