GAP Session 12

Photo credit: Paul Floyd Blake

UPDATE: Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, we've had to cancel this GAP Session. We'll be releasing details soon about our November GAP Session.

Friday 1 October

Location: Airton

Cost: £15

Book your spot: Email to book. Please note, spaces are limited so early booking is advised. 

About the Session

Walking artist and wellbeing expert Rachel Howfield Massey has created this bespoke, evidence-based session dedicated to slowing down and exploring what nature can teach us about artistic practice, our feelings and our thoughts.

On arrival, participants will receive an invitation with guidance and prompts to walk alone or in pairs along the River Aire, starting from the beautiful village of Airton. You will be invited to linger by the river, savour the sights, smells and sounds around you and reflect on your discoveries through writing or drawing.

The walk will be followed by a vegetarian lunch and a discussion in the afternoon. Rachel will be joined by researcher Dr Jo Birch of Sheffield University for an interactive discussion which explores the value and potential of creative approaches to connecting with nature and their impact on health and wellbeing. 

About Rachel Howfield Massey

Rachel Howfield Massey is an artist and wellbeing expert with over 20 years of experience of working creatively in arts and health. Her work in this field has led her to many interesting partnerships including mental health services, museums and galleries, social care services. 


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About Dr Jo Birch

Jo Birch is an interdisciplinary Researcher working on nature, water, health and wellbeing in the Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Sheffield.  Jo has spent over 20 years thinking about how places, spaces, material and natural worlds are important in people’s lives.  She believes that there are ever-increasing opportunities for artists and researchers (not mutually exclusive) to benefit from working together - for themselves, others, and the rest of nature.

Nature and Wellbeing researcher, Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Sheffield.