Ioana Simion

Ioana Simion

Freelance Workshop Facilitator & Visual CreativeLondon, United Kingdom
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Ioana Simion

Ioana Simion

Freelance Workshop Facilitator & Visual CreativeLondon, United Kingdom
About me
An imaginative arts practitioner with proven experience in workshop facilitation and creative programming. I collaborate with artists, galleries and not for profits to design and facilitate inclusive art-making sessions for communities of individuals in need of inspiration. In my work, I incorporate play-based learning and intuitive practices to restore mindfulness, release anxieties and stimulate one’s sense of exploration and discovery. Let’s start a conversation about your ideas or collaborate on projects via email
  • Makers Gonna Make: Manifesto Workshop in collab. with Curative Creativity
    Makers Gonna Make: Manifesto Workshop in collab. with Curative Creativity‘Makers Gonna Make’ workshop explores the history and importance of manifestos in the D.I.Y culture. The two-hour session, designed in collaboration with multi-disciplinary artist Kirstie Banks from 'Curative Creativity', encourages individuals to acknowledge their worth and invites everyone to play with text and images in order to create a powerful and personal visual manifesto.
  • John Hansard Gallery's community takeover:  Exploring skate sub-culture & zine-making
    John Hansard Gallery's community takeover: Exploring skate sub-culture & zine-makingPart of John Hansard Gallery's community takeover event programme in Summer 2019. This collaborative workshop, designed in collaboration with the gallery and SOSkate Southampton, aimed to familiarise and connect the community of Southampton with the skateboarding culture happening around the city. The final outcome of the workshop offered participants the opportunity to display their zine designs on the gallery's walls and be part in the one-week exhibition celebrating the DIY scene and subcul
  • Ladies,Wine And Design: Collaboration over Competition Workshop
    Ladies,Wine And Design: Collaboration over Competition WorkshopLadies, Wine & Design is a world-wide initiative started by Jessica Walsh in New York City, aiming to foster and promote women in the creative industries. I had the absolute honour to facilitate a zine workshop for their first event in Southampton, based around the theme of collaboration over competition. Curated by creative leads Jazzy Olive and Ruth Irvine. Photography and video by Karoliina Varret.
  • Creation of Meaning- Inside the books : Belonging, Identity & Sustainability
    Creation of Meaning- Inside the books : Belonging, Identity & SustainabilityThese three scrapbooks are the visual documentation of 'Current State of Mind' - a series of zine making workshops, designed to explore togetherness and our understanding of belonging, identity and sustainability. The scrapbooks aim to archive the sentiments and colours behind each individual who participated in the workshops and created a zine. This projects celebrates the ‘making’ - the 'scars of labour' and the perfect imperfection behind the DIY practice, as well as the attitude that fuel
  • Current State of Mind: Redefining contemporary zine-making
    Current State of Mind: Redefining contemporary zine-making‘Current State of Mind’ is a series of zine-making workshops focused on exploring and celebrating 'togetherness' through themes related to belonging, identity and sustainability. Each workshop is introducing a theme using performance-based local artists, who design spaces where participants are invited to join a 'contemplative session of making'. The participants are encouraged to open discussions and document their thoughts and feelings using visual and verbal storytelling.
  • Artizine UK  x  The Accessible Art Show
    Artizine UK x The Accessible Art ShowThe first Artizine workshop was hosted in collaboration with Southampton's first accessible art show and Solent Creatives. In this workshop, I invited individuals of all ages to explore the art of zine-making and introduce them to sustainable creative processes such as 'hacktivism' and zero-waste.
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Projects credited in
  • Ladies, Wine & Design (Southampton)
    Ladies, Wine & Design (Southampton)We host regular events to celebrate our local community of makers and designers. We wine, dine and have casual conversations on a wide variety of topics relating to creativity, business, and life. Our meetings are inclusive and supportive spaces for all (trans, intersex, cis and all non-binary, agender and gender variant people).
Work history
    Barbican Centre logo
    Barbican Centre logo
    Young Visual ArtistBarbican Centre
    London, United KingdomInternship
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    Artizine UK logo
    Founder & Workshop FacilitatorArtizine UK
    London, United KingdomFreelance
    Artizine UK is a non for profit initiative dedicated to connect communities through zine-making workshops, pop-up exhibitions and engaging events. Our zine-making workshops focus on cultivating a culture of meaning within groups of individuals and aims to perpetuate notions of self-discovery and abstract components of our human nature. Artizine understands the urgent need of substantial spot light for the simple act of getting together, regardless of ethnic, cultural, social and economic background. Ultimately, focusing on the collective rather than the individual, Artizine wants to challenge the dynamics of vulnerability and make a fire where everyone can join around, tell stories and get warm. The Artizine workshops are facilitated on a zero-waste policy and aims to reduce landfill by using only pre-loved and donated art supplies. Our zero waste guideline, explores not only the physicality of reducing material things but also reducing thoughts and creating space for new aspirations. It’s all about muting your mind in order to listen to the deeper song of your own intuition. Companies we worked with: Solent University, John Hansard Gallery, SoSkate Southampton, Ladies, Wine & Design, Eric Festival, Mu Collective Instagram: @artizineuk Email:
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  • Workshop Delivery
  • Facilitating Workshops
  • Workshop Design
  • Content Curation
  • Community Building
  • Creative Programming
  • Arts Programming
  • Creative Learning
  • Social Media Management
  • Marketing PR
    Visual ArtsSolent University
     - Southampton, United Kingdom
    Masters Level
    Magazine JournalismSolent University
     - Southampton, United Kingdom