Brent Artist Network: Workshop: Facilitators' Toolkit

17 July 2020

About this Event

In this workshop, Varshini Pichemuthu, Applied Theatre practitioner, will share a toolkit for artists facilitating work in community settings. Drawing on her international experiences of designing and facilitating for community groups through drama, Varshini will share essential preparations facilitators should make, and how they can develop a practice of resilience to face unexpected challenges and support their participants, thereby sustaining their practice. The workshop will also provide a reflection session, allowing for participants to collectively provide solutions to commonly faced challenges.

This interactive online workshop will:

  • Demonstrate case studies of socially engaged artwork, demonstrating the role of the facilitator in community arts settings
  • Use real life examples, pose questions and design solutions to commonly faced scenarios including access needs, language barriers and stimulating group participation
  • Offer mindfulness exercises to facilitators to cultivate hope and resilience in themselves
  • Include a reflection session for facilitators to collectively problem-solve

This workshop is specifically relevant to those interested in refining their facilitation skills, connecting with other artist-facilitators, and offering examples from their own practice.


Varshini Pichemuthu is an Applied Theatre practitioner, performer and spoken word artist based in Brent, London. She is also Co- Founder and Co-Artistic Director of RootPrints Theatre; an Applied Theatre company that is passionate about creating bespoke and thought-provoking theatre projects to bring communities together, celebrate cultural diversity and promote a deeper sense of belonging among marginalised communities. As a freelance drama facilitator, she creates and delivers drama workshops in a range of community settings and for a range of participants, including early years, primary and SEN school students, dementia care homes, adults with learning disabilities. She is a member of the Thriving Facilitators network, and is keen on highlighting the benefits of mindfulness and investigating the practice of hope within her own artistic practice.

Brent Artist Network Online Series

The Brent Artist Network supports connection, collaboration, and resilience in the local cultural sector. From 7 May, the Brent Artist Network has been active online with an offering of free skills workshops, themed talks from artists and funders, Q&As, artist spotlights and regular sharing of artist opportunities. Future themes include art and social change, how to run and promote digital events, youth-led programming, art, self-care and well being, evaluation, branding and sponsorship. Follow the Brent Artist Network on Instagram and Facebook.


If you require subtitling or BSL interpretation, please let us know at least 48 hours prior to the event during the registration process.


This is an inclusive space that has zero tolerance for any racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, islamophobic, colonial or derogatory behaviour.