engage 39: Visual Arts and Wellbeing
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engage 39: Visual Arts and Wellbeing
Editor: Barbara Dougan
Published by engage, London
Prue Barnes-Kemp is an Executive Head Teacher responsible for Opossum Federation of Primary Schools & Educational Consultancy. She is also the Director of Essex County Council’s Virtual Leadership Academy. Prue speaks internationally and consults worldwide on the challenges facing leaders working in urban settings. Most recently she was a presenter at the 2016 International Conference in Australia entitled Building Practice Excellence: Creating a High Performance Learning Culture. Prue and Opossum have worked for the last four years in Chile after presenting at the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement discussing Leadership of Place and the importance of context in diverse communities. Prue is currently working on supporting and training aspiring and established school leaders across the UK and abroad. www.opossumed.org
Shiraz Bayjoo is an artist whose work is shown internationally. He has undertaken a number of Iniva/A Space commissions delivering projects in schools alongside an A Space therapist. Shiraz is interested in ideas of nationhood and the exploration of identity and histories through using photographs, texts and artefacts stored in public and personal archives. His work explores complex colonial histories and relationships, enquiring into the challenge of ‘authoring’ nationhood or collective identity in the postcolonial world. www.shirazbayjoo.com
Marie Brett is an award-winning visual artist based in Ireland. Her practice spans practical, theoretical and more recently curatorial research focused within an art/life relation to aesthetics, ethics and meaning within dialogues of crisis, loss and human suffering. A graduate of Goldsmiths, London University, she holds an MA (distinction) and BA (first class) arts degrees and produces photographic, sculptural and filmic work, with artwork held in public collections nationally and internationally. During 2014-16, Marie received two national Arts Council touring awards, partnering with diverse agencies to deliver extensive exhibition and engagement events. She was the 2016 artist-in-residence at University College Dublin, College of Social Sciences and Law and has been invited by The School of Politics and International Relations to contribute to GLOBUS 2017/20, an international research project that critically examines the European Union’s contribution to global justice.
Rachel Cherry is an experienced photographer and visual artist, working with leading UK arts organisations. Clients have included Southbank Centre, Time Out, Big Dance, DanceEast and People Dancing. Rachel has extensive experience of working in health and wellbeing and has produced images for disability led projects, dance for Parkinson’s, and dance for older people. As a visual artist, Rachel creates photographic installations and has secured Arts Council funding for two projects, Fractured (2011) and Performing Small Spaces (2014). Between 2012-2014, Rachel was Catalyst Artist with dancedigital. Rachel has also taught at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Niki Colclough is a visual artist and creative practitioner who works nationally and internationally delivering arts and wellbeing programmes. Partners include the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester Art Gallery and the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art. Niki has spent time in Japan, Australia and China considering her artistic practice in an arts and health context. She is also an active member of Islington Mill Art Academy, an independent peer-led alternative art school in Salford.
Anna Croucher has over 12 years experience working as an Occupational Therapist in mental health services, with a special interest in the arts and their therapeutic and healing potential. She has led on bid writing, programme management, and evaluation of innovative projects that work in collaboration with mental health service users to support recovery. This has led to several academic and profession journal publications and conference presentations. She has recently left the NHS to work freelance in occupational therapy and service development, as well as pursuing her own interest in art.
Lyn French is the Director of A Space. She first trained in art (MA Goldsmiths) with a focus on conceptual art practice before completing an art therapy training and a psychoanalytic psychotherapy training. She is a staff member on the Birkbeck MSc in Counselling & Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents and has co-edited two books in the field as well as contributing to the production of Iniva’s Emotional Learning Cards. Follow her blog on www.inivacreativelearning.org
Marjolein Gysels is an anthropologist affiliated with Amsterdam University. She has expertise in the field of palliative and long-term care for older adults andthose with dementia. Her main research line is on participative art for older adults (with and without dementia).
Jayne E. Howard was Director of Arts for Health Cornwall and Isles of Scilly (AFHC) from 2004 – 2015. AFHC won the Guardian Public Services Award for its Older People’s Programme; the GSK King’s Fund IMPACT Award for Excellence in Improving Health and the Arts and Health South West Award for its Celebrating Age and Ambition project. Jayne won the Arts and Health South West Individual Award (2016) for her significant contribution to arts and health work across the South West region. She now works as a writer and freelance arts and health consultant. www.jayneehoward.com
Jason Impey studied media at Bedford College at the age of sixteen in which he gained a GNVQ, A/S and BTEC National Diploma. He is a freelance filmmaker, favouring a raw DIY approach to filmmaking. He has directed for TV shows and music videos as well as producing his own films, and has collaborated and been a director of photography and editor for other projects. Jason also works as a facilitator, camera operator and editor for film workshops across the UK. www.jasonimpey.co.uk
Heather Kay is School and Community Projects Manager at the South London Gallery, where she has worked since 2011. She managed the Creative Families programme, co-developing the project with artists and mental health practitioners. She has developed the gallery’s work with vulnerable groups, particularly through the Supersmashers programme for looked after children, and work with special educational needs schools. Previous employers include Pump House Gallery, ArtsAdmin, Wandsworth Arts Festival and October Gallery. She holds a Diplôme National Supérieur d’Expression Plastique (MA) from Grenoble School of Art, BA (Hons) Fine Art from the University of Leeds and an Art Therapy Foundation Diploma from Roehampton University.
Chris Kelly is a Fine Arts graduate with a Masters degree in Public Art & Design. Having worked extensively in public space and community settings he became involved in healthcare in the mid 1990s and helped establish Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust (THAT) in 2002. Chris has been Projects Coordinator for THAT since 2004, responsible for the ST/ART Project (Stroke & Art) and a wide range of other activities including environment and research-based work. Chris is also active in the Arts & Health Network Scotland and the Scottish Artists Union.
Hélène de Koekkoek
Hélène de Koekkoek is the programme officer for Art Makes Man. She studied cultural heritage and psychology, and graduated from the Amsterdam University of the Arts with a thesis about museums, health and wellbeing.
Lucy Medhurst is Artswork’s Strategic Manager for the Kent area. Lucy was previously Head of Education for Stour Valley Arts (SVA) for eight years, where she developed the education programme in response to site-specific commissions, including Marks, Measures, Maps and Mind with South East Dance and Turner Contemporary and Matthew King’s King’s Wood Symphony with Wigmore Hall and Trinity Guildhall. Prior to this, Lucy worked for South Kent Education Business Partnership, as a freelance artist educator in schools and housing associations, was Chair of Governors in a school for eight years and has recently returned to governorship. She is a fellow of the RSA and a co-Director of Outdoor Studios http://outdoorstudiosarts.com/ a community interest company. http://www.artswork.org.uk/aboutus/ profiles/staff/lucy-medhurst/
Asha Munn is an Art Psychotherapist at Waitemata District Health Board, New Zealand, and a freelance socially engaged artist working with organisations like Toi Ora.
Helen O’ Donoghue has been Senior Curator, Head of Engagement & Learning Programmes at the Irish Museum of Modern Art since 1991. She has presented papers and published widely for museum conferences, including Art, Artists and the Public: in Art Education and Contemporary Culture, editor Gary Granville; Intellect 2012; Education in the Visual Arts and Participatory Arts; and Art and Architecture of Ireland/Volume V, RIA/Yale, 2014.
Sharon Paulger has been Programmes Manager at Arts for Health (Milton Keynes) since 2012. In this role she manages an Art on Prescription programme for people who experience a wide range of mental and physical health issues. The programme also supports participants to volunteer to deliver arts activities for adults with complex needs. Previous to this Sharon was Director at community arts charity Inter-Action MK (2006-2012), Learning and Inclusion Coordinator at Liverpool Biennial (2001-2006) and Arts Worker at Prescap (1992 – 2001).
Louise Thompson is the Health and Wellbeing Manager at Manchester Art Gallery. Working with artists and health professionals, the gallery’s health and wellbeing programme consists of targeted community projects as well as weekly public workshops that use art and creativity to improve wellbeing. With a particular emphasis on mindfulness and the 5 Ways to Wellbeing, the programme engages with the gallery’s rich exhibitions and collections and supports people to learn lifelong wellbeing skills through creativity and enhance their appreciation and experience of art.
Josie Vallely is a Scottish artist, designer and researcher based in Glasgow. Her key area of interest is collaborative projects that explore health, narrative and participation. Combining a Diploma of Medical Science with a Masters of Visual Communication from Glasgow School of Art, she has a particular interest in visual narratives of chronic illness. Her work encompasses visual arts, illustration, graphic design and working with specific communities. www.josievallely.com
Marthe de Vet
Marthe de Vet is Head of Education and Interpretation at the Van Gogh Museum and initiator of Art Makes Man. She holds a Master’s degree in art history from Leiden University. Her primary professional goal is to increase the accessibility of cultural heritage.
Becky Waite has been working with the Blue Room inclusive arts project for adults with learning disabilities since 2010. She supports participants to gain confidence in exploring contemporary art and culture through a varied programme of creative workshops inspired by the exhibitions at Bluecoat. Her practice involves collaborative processes, which encourage Blue Room members to use art as a tool for expression, building self-esteem and improving wellbeing.
Camilla Waldburg is an A Space family therapist. She has worked on a number of Iniva/ A Space projects and contributed to our most recent set of Emotional Learning Cards, What do relationships mean to you? She is also a guest lecturer at the University of Roehampton.
Amber Walls has spent the last few years developing Express Yourself, a creative youth wellbeing programme for young people experiencing life challenges (www.expressyourself.org.nz) for a charity called Toi Ora (toi meaning art and ora meaning wellbeing in Maori). She is currently working towards a PhD at the University of Auckland, researching and co-designing an ‘evidence-informed, culturally-attuned creative youth wellbeing programme and evaluation framework’.
Liz Wewiora is a photographer and curator, working extensively across arts and health in programme engagement roles at CCA (Glasgow), The Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Glasgow Sculpture Studios and recently Communities Curator at FACT in Liverpool. She has just taken up the position of Creative Producer at Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, and is studying a Masters of Research in Socially Engaged Photography, with a focus on health and wellbeing with older communities.