Reslience & Wellbeing

Cultivating resilience in the face of chaos


with Dr Alison Robb

Oh, arts life…full of uncertainty, passion, instability, opportunity, drought, emotional challenge, extreme highs and devastating lows, and a lot of tedium in between. The first few years are especially challenging if you’re moving from a training institution to the self-directed, project-based chaos of the industry. So how can you build up your resilience and arm yourself with self-care to manage it all?

Dr Alison Robb, a psychologist, former theatre director and practising artist will talk about the impact of chronic uncertainty on wellbeing, define and discuss resilience, and provide tips for cultivating personal resilience. The session will end with a brief self-care exercise – something you can use anywhere, anytime to come back to a sense of security in the face of a chaotic world. There will be plenty of time for questions.

About Alison:
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 Company 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. Her most recent theatre work was with Restless Dance Theatre for the 2017 Adelaide Festival.

Header image: Dr Alison Robb, photo by Olivia Power

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: Tuesday 28 August, 5:15pm for a 5:30pm start – 7:00pm, followed by networking drinks.

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

COST: $10 / FREE for students and graduates (up to 5 years out) of 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 for more info.

TICKETS: Are limited, bookings essential at >

This event is on level 1. For any questions about access, please contact Emma Bargery on (08) 7320 3330