Caregiving requires patience, discipline, flexibility, and imagination, all attributes of an artist. Caregiving can also make art-making and creativity almost impossible to pursue. In this free one-day workshop, mothers and other caregivers will gather to explore the isolation, frustration, intimacy, and joy associated with providing care to other human beings. We’ll talk about emotional labour, tour the Beaverbrook Art Gallery’s permanent collection exhibitions, and work individually and collaboratively on original poems and other writing. If you are a caregiver you are invited to register and attend with the person or people for whom you provide care. This will be led by artist-in-residence Abby Paige, writer and theatre creator; you can read about her work at abbypaige.com. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. To register, or for more information, please contact Abby Paige directly at emailabbypaige@gmail.com, or by calling 292-5307.

Please note that registration is not available through the Gallery for this workshop. The workshop will be held in English, but French and Spanish speakers can be accommodated. Children are welcomed; we will care for them as we create together. There is no charge to participate, but lunch is not provided.