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Sharing circle: processing collective grief and communal loss with Camille Sapara Barton  

Sunday 10th March 2024 , 1:30am to 3:30pm

Writer, artist, and embodied social justice facilitator Camille Sapara Barton invites you to find community in our collective grief, honour what emerges, and map out how we might be able to move out of heaviness together. 
Tending Grief (2024) – Camille Sapara Barton

The deep loss of colonisation, ancestral trauma, and dispossession bears a heavy weight on the body and how we move through the world. In their work, Camille Sapara Barton honours and acknowledges the pain from these forms of collective loss and grief, creating spaces to dance with and lean into these feelings, whilst finding safety and trust with one another. 

We will begin the sharing circle with an exercise in body resourcing to tune into what is happening in our bodies and see how discomfort sits within us. 

Camille will then frame the sharing circle, expanding on themes from Kat Anderson’s Mark of Cane and a chapter in their upcoming book Tending Grief entitled ‘The ongoing grief of colonisation’. Attendees will be encouraged to sit with and bear witness to each other, sharing whatever is emergent or feels supportive for them in that moment. 

We will end the session with a closing activity of reflection and journalling, to think about what we have uncovered together and how we want to move forward in our healing. 

Attendees are encouraged to share whatever feels supportive in this space – it doesn’t necessarily have to be the heaviest thing on your mind, just whatever you feel comfortable sharing with a small group of others. 

£5 £3 concessions

Concession rate applies to students, over 65s, under 18s, Bow Arts artists, National Art Pass members, and key workers

183 Bow Road
London, E3 2SJ

More about Camille Sapara Barton 

Camille Sapara Barton is a writer, artist and embodied social justice facilitator. They have been tending grief since 2017 and have developed public resources, programs, and tools to cultivate the practice with others. Rooted in Black Feminism, ecology and harm reduction, Camille is dedicated to creating networks of care and liveable futures. Their debut book Tending Grief: Embodied Rituals for Holding Our Sorrow and Growing Cultures of Care in Community will be published in April 2024 by North Atlantic Books. 

Based in Amsterdam, Camille designed and directed Ecologies of Transformation (2021 – 2023), a masters programme exploring socially engaged art making with a focus on creating change through the body into the world. Camille curates events and offers consultancy combining trauma informed practice, experiential learning and their studies in political science. They love plants, music and dancing 

Access information 

The Bow Arts Trust office has step-free access throughout from street level, including to the accessible toilet, and is service animal friendly. This venue does not have a hearing loop system. Accessible parking is not available on-site but blue badge parking can be found 500m away on Fairfield Road.  

If you have any questions regarding accessibility at this venue or event, would like to make us aware of any access requirements that you have in advance of visiting, or would like this information in an alternate format including Easy Read, please email nunnery@bowarts.com or call 020 3967 1643.  

Access requirements could include things like providing equipment, services or support (e.g. information in Easy Read, speech to text software, additional 1:1 support), adjusting workshop timings (e.g. more break times), adjustments to the event space or anything else you can think of! 

Transport Information 

Opening hours: Mon-Fri, 9am to 5pm 
Address: Bow Arts Trust, 183 Bow Road, London, E3 2SJ 
Nearest station(s): Bow Road (District and Hammersmith and City lines) is a 6-minute walk away, and Bow Church (DLR) is a 3-minute walk away. 
Bus: 205, 25, 425, A8, D8, 108, 276, 488 and 8 all service the surrounding area. 
Bike: Bicycle parking is located at Bow Church Station. The nearest Santander Cycles docking station is at Bow Church Station.