Inner Critic and Negative Emotions with Dr. Irem Günay

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Un/Learning Space is a newly initiated project by Open Space to support and mentor emerging art creatives. By both learning and unlearning, the workshops that will be available between April-September 2021 will aim to question the classical institutional teaching.

UN/LEARNING Space: Inner Critic and Negative Emotions – Dr. Irem Günay

5 May 2021 (Wednesday),  6:30-7:30 pm 

Many artists suffer from excessive self-criticism. Disparate information artists receive from the outside world regarding the value of their art can also evoke negative emotions. In addition, the value ascribed to art can impact an artist’s self-worth or sense of personal value.

But how is value determined in the art market? Who are the tastemakers of the art world? Artists, galleries, art dealers, art critics, museums, curators, auction houses and collectors all play an important role in helping us understand how commercial value is created. However, these key players often apply different criteria to judge the value of an artwork.

The relative ambiguity surrounding the criteria that is used to determine the value of an artwork, and the consequent lack of consensus surrounding the value of an artwork, can negatively impact the well-being of the artist. In this workshop, Dr Irem Günay will address how artists can befriend their inner critic and deal with difficult emotions using recent scientific findings in psychological research.

This webinar is aimed at anyone who lives with an inner-critic and who struggles with difficult emotions.

Note: While these workshops are free we do rely on donations in order to support our workshop leaders financially.

Dr. Irem Günay received her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Psychology with honors from Columbia University in New York City. She attained her first master’s degree in Social and Developmental Psychology from University of Cambridge in the UK. Afterwards, she completed her second master’s degree in Applied Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and worked at Martin Seligman’s Positive Psychology Center in Philadelphia. Then, she completed her PhD in Psychology at Cambridge University. Afterwards, she founded her own consulting company, The Good Life Consulting. Irem is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Imperial College Business School.

Instagram: @thegoodlifekit

This event’s capacity is for 50 participants and the suggested donation is £8. To book for the event please click here.