Body & Soul

Arts Practice
Deadline: 16.12.2022
Published: 23.11.2022

Body & Soul is a new project for The Work Room, funded by Glasgow Community Wellbeing Fund.


Body & Soul will bring together a working group of members who are freelance artists based in Glasgow, to focus on their own physical well-being, develop self-care approaches and make recommendations about how we continue to embed this into The Work Room’s working practices.

This project has been developed in response to the impact of the pandemic and recognising the physical and mental strain that on-going uncertainty has on freelance workers. It is hoped that Body & Soul will give participants a space to pause and take breath at the start of a new year.

Hosted by TWR member Salma Faraji, the group will meet 6 times between January - March 2023. In these sessions, the group will share restorative movement practices, with each participant encouraged to lead or co-lead a session. We are also working with mental health specialist, Charley Gavigan (Brave Your Day) to facilitate group discussion and a 1-2-1 coaching session for each participant.


The first session will take place on Wednesday 18 January, 10.30 – 2pm in The Work Room studio. The timeframe, venues and schedule for further in-person sessions in Glasgow will be agreed upon between participants. Towards the end of the project, the group will host an event open to all Work Room members. 


There are 5-6 places available in the Body & Soul working group. Each participant will receive a bursary of £650 towards their time participating in the project. The time commitment is equivalent to 5 days over the course of the project.

We also have an access budget to support additional access costs that people may have in order to attend and participate. This could include interpretation, personal support, specific travel requirements or childcare costs.


If you are interested in being part of the working group, please note your interest by getting in touch to say:

  •  why you are interested in participating in Body & Soul
  •  what are interested in bringing to the group - a movement practice or approach that you would like to share 

Please also:

  •  Include your preferred time for the group sessions (e.g. daytime/ evening, weekdays, weekends).
  • Confirm you currently reside or are based in Glasgow  (Please note, because of the specific funding, this is only open to members based in Glasgow.)

Your note of interest can be sent as an email, short video or audio voice note. We suggest this is a maximum of 2 paragraphs (if in writing) or around 3 minutes for video or voice notes. 

Send your note of interest via email, to by midday on Friday 16 DecemberPlease also note any access requirements in your cover email.

If there is more interest than spaces available, selection will be made so there is a breadth of lived and professional experience represented across the group. We will be back in touch with people by 21 December.