Course: The Lens of Lived Experience

12 Jun 2024 – 17 Jul 2024

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19:00 – 21:00

Timezone: Europe/London

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Join photographic artist Daniel Regan in this course that sensitively explores how we identify and visualise our lived experiences using photography, delivered online over 6 weeks.


What is lived experience? What is the value of communicating what it feels like to experience something?

Through a series of informative and collaborative sessions you will be supported and encouraged to produce photographs that explore the complexity of your own lived experiences. This includes learning about other photographers who explore illness, disability and lived experience, as well as practical support from both Daniel and other peers in the group.

Some of the topics covered throughout the course are:

  • What is lived experience?
  • How do we begin to understand our own lived experiences?
  • What is the value of lived experience (for ourselves & others)?
  • How do we visualise our lived experiences?
  • How do we work with archives such as our own visual archives, medical records and what is left behind by others?
  • What ethics should we consider when working with others?

About Daniel Regan.

For 20 years artist Daniel Regan has been using photography to navigate and process his lived experiences of mental distress. From photographs that explore his mental health struggles as a teenager, through to documentations of his mental health hospitalisations, commissions on self-injury and his experiences of racism, Daniel has not shied away from creating and sharing images that express deep vulnerability. His work has been shared in The Guardian, The Lancet Psychiatry, BBC News and shown in both UK and international exhibitions that champion the voice of lived experience.

For 15 years Daniel has worked as a creative facilitator supporting other people to visualise and process their own experiences through participatory arts projects that focus on health and wellbeing. In 2015 Daniel founded the Arts & Health Hub, a not-for-profit organisation that supports artists exploring health in their practice. Since its inception Daniel has facilitated over 80 peer groups for artists to develop their practice, including at The Photographers’ Gallery and The Southbank Centre. Daniel is currently the Lived Experience Representative for the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Arts Special Interest Group. Daniel lectures on both fine art and clinical courses exploring the intersections of arts and health.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for people who already have a grasp of the technical aspect of photography and their style and are ready to seek support in:

  • Understanding what their lived experiences mean to them, and how they’d like to work with them through photography. This includes developing their ideas around how to visualise elements of their lived experiences, whether that be illness, particular elements of their identity or experiences of trauma.
  • Pushing the boundaries of their practice by actively trying new ideas and receiving peer to peer feedback in sessions.

What this course isn’t:

  • This is not a technical skills course where you will be explicitly taught photographic practices;
  • This is not a crit group where you share images weekly, although you do share ideas and in sessions 1, 5 and 6 there is space to talk more deeply about what you are hoping to achieve and share some work.

Note: participants should understand that whilst this course may be therapeutic in its nature, it is not therapy — if you are in crisis please seek support from your GP.

About the Sessions.

Sessions take place weekly on Wednesdays from 7pm - 9pm (UK) on the following dates. You should attend all sessions:

  • 12th June 2024
  • 19th June 2024
  • 26th June 2024
  • 3rd July 2024
  • 10th July 2024
  • 17th July 2024

The sessions are run online using Zoom. Participants have access to recordings of the sessions until the end of September 2024. The course is open worldwide and delivered in English. Places are limited to 10 participants.

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