Building Resilience: Practical Skills Workshop

with Dr Alison Robb

Trying to build a career in the arts is no cakewalk…the uncertainty, periodic isolation, rejection and constant striving can really take a toll. And yet – we are passionate beings, committed to making our art and living our values. So what can we do to look after ourselves and each other on the long road to a sustainable artistic practice?

In this half-day (4 hour) workshop, Dr Alison Robb, a psychologist, former theatre director and practising artist will guide the group through information and skills training with the goal of helping manage stress and build resilience. Alison will present a brief talk, followed by group discussions and practical skills training in areas such as:

  • mindful self-compassion
  • spotting mental health difficulties
  • values clarification
  • guided imagery
  • getting ‘unhooked’ from self-criticism
  • working with difficult emotions
  • relaxation training.

There will be opportunities to record the exercises for your future use. A comprehensive resource list will be provided.

Dr Alison Robb originally trained as a theatre director at the Flinders University Drama Centre and worked in the industry for a decade for companies such as State Theatre South Australia and Vitalstatistix, as well as in the USA and UK. She worked in multiple roles such as director, assistant director, stage manager, administrator and technician and was involved in arts support groups such as Arts Anonymous and the Sophia Women Artists’ Network. Alison is now a psychologist working in private practice as a therapist and consulting to arts organisations, including developing and delivering addresses, workshops and wellbeing resources. She is a practising artist with a current passion for portrait painting and her most recent theatre work was with Restless Dance Theatre for the 2017 Adelaide Festival.

Helpmann Academy is proud to introduce our Activate Professional Development Seminar Series.

The series aims to empower emerging visual and performing artists with practical knowledge to help build and sustain a successful creative career.

The Activate Seminar Series will present guest artists, specialists and panels covering a range of topics such as contract and intellectual property law, income and funding options, marketing and publicity, and more.

WHEN: Saturday 22 September 12:00 noon – 4:00 pm

WHERE: St Paul’s Creative Centre, 200 Pulteney St, Adelaide

WHO: Artists who are eligible for Helpmann Academy support are invited to attend. (Students and graduates up to 5 years from graduation from Helpmann Academy’s partner institutions (Adelaide College of the Arts, UniSA Visual Arts, Flinders University Drama and Screen studies, and Elder Conservatorium of Music). Click here to check your eligibility.

If you are interested in attending but do not meet Helpmann’s eligibility criteria you are welcome to send us an email at [email protected] and we will let you know if any places become available.

COST: $30 + bf


Places are strictly limited to 20 participants, bookings are essential.


Feedback from Dr Alison Robb’s Resilience & Wellbeing Seminar:

“Captivating and clear, with an empathetic insight Alison Robb delivers this seminar in a way where the audience can digest and discover simultaneously.”

“This was excellent! Not just skimming the surface of these issues, but actually explaining the underlying mechanisms of things affecting artists…”

“Amazing info! Super helpful!”

“A good seminar on a topic not touched on enough.”

“Great seminar, well needed in this industry. Thanks!”

“Alison was very generous and provided a practical and accessible overview.”