Dear Body

Dear Body is a unique digital collaboration between Chats Palace Hackney, and Anna Furse, Artistic Director of the innovative theatre company Athletes of the Heart. Dear Body is an online artwork project designed to promote mental wellbeing and positive body image at a time of unprecedented change, isolation and altered mental and physical states for swathes of the global population. Simple to engage with, it invites members of the public to become part of a virtual community of voices, collected into an interactive virtual gallery. Through sharing honest body image messages our hope is that we may contribute to the self-care many are needing during the pandemic. Social distancing has meant that we spend more time on screens than normal socialising alongside others. All too frequently the result has been a general decline in mental wellbeing and fitness, with a reported increase in eating and body image disorders. Dear Body offers a simple, enjoyable and creative way to turn anxiety about our bodies into positive, self-affirmative action.

Artistic Director Anna Furse

Producer Paula Van Hagen

Project Art Director Nina Klaff

Social Media Marketeer Vida Adamczewski 

Workshop Archivist Nina Scott