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Future Network is a quarterly, informal evening hosted by Metal for artists, organisations and creative businesses working in all disciplines to come together to discuss ideas, meet others and learn new skills.

The next event is on Thursday 18th January at 6pm at Chauffeurs Cottage, St Peter’s Road, Peterborough PE1 1YX.

Guest speakers include Peterborough’s The Soul, Happy, Wellbeing Centre. Who will talk about wellbeing in the workplace with some practical activities to relieve stress for this New Year. Other guest speakers include artist and arts and health specialists Janet Bates and Emma Mills. Janet and Emma will talk about their experiences and their work with an opportunity for Q & A.

If you would like to present one of the 3 Minute Wonder ‘open mic’ slots please email ruth@metalculture.com asap.


6pm: Invited guest speaker, The Soul Happy Wellbeing Centre

There has been a lot on social media about stress levels for people who work in a freelance capacity and suggested coping mechanisms. There is also a growing recognition of the importance of individual wellbeing inside and outside the workplace; many managers are choosing to adopt practices to increase the wellbeing of their staff.

Peterborough’s Soul, Happy, Wellbeing Centre will talk about general wellbeing and help people feel happier and healthier where possible. Their practitioners, therapists and speakers help to peel back limiting belief systems, negative coping strategies – all that prevent people being the best version of themselves. Soul Happy will be running a mini practical workshop and talk.

This will be of interest to those artists and freelancers who don’t have access to these opportunities or may want to learn how to look after their own wellbeing.


7.45pm – Invited Guest speakers Artist and Art Therapists Janet Bates & Emma Mills – with opportunity for Q & A

Guest speakers include artist and art therapist Emma Mills and Janet Bates. They will be in conversation about their experiences, routes into the arts and health sector and how they combine their practice with their work.

Emma currently works at Metals sister site in Southend running community art therapy groups using digital technology. Emma has worked in a South East England NHS CAMHS team, Social Care teams, and a Woman’s Refuge. Emma leads the children’s module on the Domestic Violence MA and is a guest lecturer on the Art Psychotherapy MA both at Goldsmiths College, London. She has also delivered trainings to social workers and teachers in Botswana on how to use art and drama therapy techniques when working with traumatised children.

Janet is an artist based in Peterborough. She combines her own practice with working 2 days a week for the charity Paintings in Hospitals, delivering engagement activities in health and social care sites across Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Hertfordshire. Janet also manages the charities art loan collection based within West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds and works with a range of sites, including NHS hospitals, Mental health trusts, specialist schools and clinics and hospices delivering palliative care.

Janet and Emma will talk about their experiences with an opportunity for Q & A. This will be of interest to those who want to work within the arts and health sector.


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Past Event

Future Network

Thu 18 January 2018


Ends: Thu 18 January

Metal, Chaufferurs Cottage



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