Training: Facilitating online creative activities

  • Deadline: 9:00am, 21 June 2021

Sixteen places are available for Scottish-based freelance artists who work with older people to attend a series of three workshops exploring online creative engagement with care settings. All successful applicants will receive a bursary of £225 to support their attendance.

The three workshops, in July 2021, will focus on developing your skills and knowledge in planning and facilitating activities for groups in social care settings. As artists begin to return to work in this field, there is an expectation that remote working, or a blended approach that combines remote and in-person engagement, will continue.

Led by Chris Rolls FRSA of 64 Million Artists, the three workshops will include a blend of taught material, group exercises and discussion. Online resources will also be available. Some of the content will be applicable to any participatory arts context, but there will be a strong focus on older people in social care.

The workshops 

  • Session 1 – Facilitating at a distance: setting ourselves up for success (Wednesday 14th July, 10am – 12:30pm)
  • Session 2 – Planning remote workshops for care settings (Wednesday 21st  July, 10am – 12:30pm)
  • Session 3. Supporting our creative practice and wellbeing (Wednesday 28th July, 10am – 12:30pm)

About the workshop leader 

Chris Rolls FRSA is Senior Project Manager for 64 Million Artists and a trainee psychotherapist in private practice in London. He has extensive experience of facilitating and leading groups, both online and in person. For 20 years, Chris has worked in partnership with creative and cultural organisations, local authorities, libraries and charities. Chris has also directed large-scale community arts projects.

Who is eligible to apply? 

To be eligible you need to be a freelance artist based in Scotland, and to have worked recently – before the pandemic – in older people’s care homes and/or day centres. Artists who attended Luminate’s Arts in Care training during the winter of 2019/20 are also eligible.


Artists who take part must be able to attend all 3 sessions.  A bursary of £75 per session will be awarded to each artist, giving a total bursary per person of £225.