Pernilla Gallagher

“Artists are our real healthcare professionals” Art and artists are vital for our health. While doctors and nurses fight to keep us alive, art practitioners are our true healthcare professionals. They don’t know how to operate ventilators, but they are our breath of fresh air when we feel empty, confused, disconnected or just bored out of our senses. They make our hearts pound faster and our thoughts travel in new …

Steve

Humour distracts people from fears and insecurities “Humour really does wonders for relaxing people and makes them more open to trying out new things.  It somehow removes many inhibitions and diffuses situations. So in that sense humour distracts people from their fears and insecurities and to me, it’s all about making people feel the best they can feel about themselves. I believe that using empathy and humour enables people to …

Gill

I’m a story listener  ”When people ask me what I do, I say, I’m a story listener. And a furniture remover. And they look at me like I’m bonkers…which I probably am…but I do spend my time…moving everything out of a space so that we can make a simple circle which is hugely symbolic. Sitting in a circle has a million metaphors attached to it. It is the safest space …

Booma

Keep going!  You’ve got this! September 24th, 2020. A meticulous music maker and artist arrives to work. It’s early morning and the sun is just rising over Nysted school yard in Denmark. Booma has worked as an educational artist and trainer for over twenty five years, delivering art based music and dance projects around the world. Today is no different, but still somewhat of an experiment. In the midst of …

Research

Reach Out 2019-20 – Research Report: “A study of art-based transnational teaching and its implication for student learning and development” “Reach Out” was a strategic partnership with financial support from EU-program “Erasmus+”. It was basically a research-project, which examined the outcomes from having workshops in school with artists from another country. Researchers from University College Absalon (DK) looked at how these workshops are influencing on wellbeing and learning-motivation. Results were …

Online Activities

Dance against Corona, Collabowrite & Stories from Home are projects initiated or developed in March 2020 due to the threat of Corona-Virus. They were all dealing with on-line art-workshops and communication between workshop-leaders and participants from the exchanges. Online Dance with Pako from Portugal is an online project, where every school day, EFA schools-parteners can offer their students 30 min of dancing with Pako in school time. This is a …