Soft Sanctuary is a project which artist Bella Milroy first developed for Human Libraries back in 2019 as a series of events at Bootle Library. The project centres disabled experiences through a universal concept of finding care and wellbeing, and celebrates the sanctuary nature of the library as a place to relax, feel safe and looked after. It has since developed into a programme of live events, written essays, recipes, film and podcasts. Exclusively featuring disabled artists, Soft Sanctuary explores the ceremonies of everyday life, and the disabled practices which offer us joy, ease and rest.
Access as Meditation: Artist Talk & workshop
To conclude Soft Sanctuary Season, join us on Friday 9th April at 11 am for a special event with artist Bella Milroy.
Bella will lead a short creative writing exercise based on her zine: ‘Access as Meditation: a love letter to image descriptions and closed captioning‘, which you can read here. We’ll think about how we can use words to describe images and sounds, and how this can offer new calming methods of being mindful and present at the moment, whilst positively contributing to the accessibility of online spaces.
After a short break, Bella will then join us for a relaxed and informal chat about her work, and about Soft Sanctuary Season, her long-running project with Human Libraries which centres disabled experiences through a universal concept of finding care and wellbeing, and celebrates the sanctuary nature of the library as a place to relax, feel safe and looked after.
Everyone who books for this event will receive a free care package (if you haven’t already) of printed materials which accompany the Soft Sanctuary programme. These are: Access as Meditation, a zine by Bella Milroy, Sick Day Banquet, a recipe booklet celebrating ideal sick day foods, and When I Feel Bad, a colouring book by Invalid Art.
This event will take place on Zoom. It is free but booking is essential. To book a spot, please email email@example.com, or call/text us on 07751240427. Please include your postal address in your booking email. If you need any assistance with setting up Zoom, do let us know and we will support you to get it up and running.