I am visual artist based in London. I have more than 17 years of experience in Learning and Participation, working with all ages and abilities from toddlers to adults. I teach art, drama, set design and movement. I work in a range of therapeutic and educational settings such as schools, hospitals and hospices, prisons, arts venues and universities.

 

TEACHING, LEARNING AND PARTICIPATION

Stratford Circus

Associate Artist In Residence: Visual Art for Early Years

Leading art in 6 children's centres in Barking and Dagenham 2017-2019

 

St Mungo's Homelessness Charity

Art classes for service users at Swiss Cottage branch, Sept - Dec 2017

 

Imperial College, London

Lecture and workshops on Compulsive Skin Picking, Art and Recovery, Medical Humanities course 2016

Lecture and workshops on #CompulsiveCharcoal / Texture Hunter-Gathering for Medical Humanities Students 2017

 

BREATHE Arts in Health, Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital

Lunchtime Breathe concert, Live #CompulsiveCharcoal drawings for staff and patients, 2017

#CompulsiveCharcoal roving live drawings 1-2-1 in public spaces around the hospital. 2016

 

V22 Louise House, Forest Hill

Lead Artist: My popular Children's Art Classes for 4-12 year olds, 2016 on-going

 

Emergency Exit Arts

Lead Artist: Messy Art and Science experiments for young people, ‘Fun Palaces’ 2016

 

Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Acting Diploma Performance Projects 2017: Set and Costume Design for 'Zero for the Young Dudes' / 'Loveplay'

Lead Designer and Assistant Director: Under 5s Applied Theatre in Education module touring production

devised by 1st year students in schools Cornwall incl. Minack Theatre, May - June 2015, 2016, 2017

Lead Designer: BA2 Playtext, ‘Offending the Audience’ Oct – Nov 2016

Specialist Lead Facilitator for Performing Place: AHRC project, St Mungo’s Homelessness Charity 2016

      Experience in Context: Messy Play for Toddlers, training for 2nd year students, 2016

 

Arts Depot, Finchley

Lead Artist: ‘Fun Palaces’ Art and Science for children 2015 & 2016

Lead Artist: Older People’s Art group, 2016

Lead Artist: Weekly Children's Art Classes for 5 - 7 year & 8 - 12 year olds 2015 - 2017

Lead Artist: Weekly Messy Play, Early Years from 18 months – 4 year olds 2015 - 2017

Lead Artist: Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice – Art for children with complex needs & their families 2015

 

Half Moon Theatre

Lead Artist: Speech Bubbles, Drama for children with speech & language problems 2015 on-going

Lead Artist: Set Design Commission for 40th Anniversary Performances at Half Moon June 2016

Lead Artist: Art Sessions for disabled teenagers from Richard House Children’s Hospice 2015 - 16

Lead Artist for CPD Movement & Messy Play session for Primary School practitioners 2016 on-going

Lead Artist: Set Design for Half Moon Transitions 5 day Summer School, Bishop Challenor School 2015

Lead Artist: Richard House Children’s Hospice Creative Family Days with parents, carers and siblings 2015

Lead Artist Richard House Hospice 1-2-1 Residential Sensory sessions with children 2015 on-going

Lead Artist for Early Years Dance and Drama 2015

Lead Artist for Early Years and Youth Summer Schools in Drama / Art 2014-5

Access Worker: Solar, inclusive drama group for disabled teenagers 2015

Access Worker: 1-2-1 support for a young person with autism 2015

Assistant Director: ‘Drama in the Mix’ Radio Project, 7 East London schools, at Rich Mix 2015

Support Artist: Creative workshop with mothers from Richard House Children’s Hospice 2015

 

Bethlem Royal Hospital & Bethlem Gallery affiliated artist

Lead Artist: Workshop for staff and patients Royal Society of Public Health – Mindfulness, Flow, Colour 2016

Lead Artist: Workshops for staff and patients, part of the inaugural launch Bethlem Gallery: 2015

Co- deliverer for ‘Telling My Story’ drama sessions for adult patients. Recovery College (SLAM) 2015

Lead Artist: Photographic project for adult patients Art Commission: Anxiety Disorder Residential Unit 2014

Lead Artist: ‘Sanctuary in Art’ workshops for teens and adults Sept 2014

 

Hoxton Hall

Lead Artist: Summer School 3D art construction inspired by the work of Claes Oldenburg for 7-12 year olds, 2017

Lead Artist: Summer School 3D art construction on Carnival theme for 8 – 19 year olds 2016

Lead Artist: Half Term 3D Design Dance / Drama / Art project for 8 – 19 year olds 2016

Lead Artist: Easter Project for 8 - 19 year olds for Roald Dahl’s The Twits and James and the Giant Peach 2016

Lead Artist: 3D Design for Youth Classes (8 – 16 years) April 2016

 

Extant – Theatre Company for Blind and Visually Impaired actors

Access worker / Photographer: ‘Spirit of Resistance’ Project 2016

 

HMP Send: Art Workshops for Watts Gallery Big Issue programme

Lead Artist: HMP Send from October to December 2015. HMP Send is a female training prison and the sessions led to an exhibition opportunity for the participants with the Big Issues programme.

 

Northgate School, Edgware Community Hospital: Artist in Residence June / July 2015

Artist in Residence: art sessions for teenage in-patients experiencing chronic mental illness. We explored the notion of self-portraits working with processes such as assemblage, collage, photography and scanning, as well as large scale group paintings, charcoal drawings and films.

 

Blue Elephant Theatre

Lead Artist on a theatre project with children exploring Mental Health & Well-Being across 3 Southwark Schools

 

Other lectures and Presentations 2008 - 2015

Maudsley International, Kings College London, Institute of Psychiatry, Southbank University, Merchant Taylors  School, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Chester University, Birkbeck College.

 

FULL TIME EMPLOYMENT

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance 2005 – 2014 Learning & Participation Programme Manager

The Place, London UK 2004 – 2005 Evening Courses Manager, Participation Programme (Courses for Adults)

Birkbeck College, University of London UK 2000 – 2004 Executive Officer (Performance Studies)

 

UK and INTERNATIONAL ARTIST RESIDENCIES

SINGAPORE: M1 Singapore Fringe Festival ‘Art & Skin 2017’, British Council January 2017

UK: Bishop Challenor School, Artist in Residence – Drama and Art department April – June 2016

UK: Northgate School, Artist in Residence – Edgware Community Hospital for teenagers w. mental illness, 2015

UK: DIY 11: 2014 - Manuel Vason ‘The Photo-Performer’ with ArtsAdmin/ Live Art Development Agency

UK: Arts Council England funded residencies Dungeness, UK / Chisenhale Dance Space, London Nov 2013

JAPAN: Fellowship Artist Akiyoshidai International Art Village, Yamaguchi Aug 2011

LOS ANGELES: International Artist in Residence ‘Genesis Project’ Los Angeles, USA 2008

 

EDUCATION

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London UK 2007 MA Dist. European Dance Theatre Practice

Birkbeck College, University of London UK Foundation in Dance 2001 Merit, Diploma in Dance 2003 Distinction

Royal Holloway, University of London UK 1998 BA Hons 2:1 Drama and Theatre Studies

 

CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Extant Theatre Company - Visual Impairment Training 2016

London Bubble Theatre Company: Speech Bubbles Approach for Children’s Communication and Wellbeing 2015 on-going

Studio Upstairs: ‘Skin: Therapeutic Work with Art Materials’ and ‘the Identity of the Arts Therapist’ 2014

South London and Maudsley ‘How Do You Think I Feel?’ Arts Therapies and Therapeutic Engagement 2013

Positive about Autism and Asperger’s /Equality and Diversity Training 2012

 

AWARDS

Winner Phoenix Diversity Award, UCLAN 2016,

Winner SAFTA Southwark Arts Forum Emerging Artist 2015

Winner British Women Artists National Competition 2010,

Winner London Paper Self Portrait Award, Affordable Art Fair 2008,

Honorable Mention New Artists Fair Summer Exhibition 2012,

Judges Favourite British Women Artists 2012

 

BETHLEM GALLERY - COMMISSIONS / EXHIBITIONS (affiliated artist with the Bethlem Gallery since 2013)

'It's How We Bounce' 20th Anniversary Celebratory Exhibition 2 Sept - 28 Oct 2017

'The Work in the Work of Art' Artist, speaker and workshop leader for inaugural exhibition launch Feb - Apr 2015

‘Making Visible’ Southbank Centre Dec – Feb 2015

'Compassion Project' Anxiety Disorder Residential Unit Lead Artist for 8 week photographic project for adult patients, curating a site-specific exhibition and memento book, Sept 2014

'Sanctuary in Art' Dragon Cafe Site-specific performance of 'Curdled in Colour' Sept 2014

'Curdled' Anxiety Festival 2014: Solo exhibition and site specific performance commissioned for ORTUS Building, funded by the Maudsley Charity 22 May - 4 July 2014

'My Singular Fascination' 6 week solo exhibition and public talk, Funded by Maudsley Charity 2013    

 

EXHIBITIONS

SOLO : UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine Los Angeles USA Oct – Dec 2015,

Akiyoshidai International Art Village, Japan Sept 2011,

Blackheath Halls, South London May – June 2010,

Camden Peoples Theatre, London Sept - Oct 2008,

APT Gallery, Creekside, London May - June 2008

 

GROUP:  'Finding Lines' Derby Museum and Art Gallery, 2017

Letting in the Light for Daily Life Ltd curated by Bobby Baker 2016,

Havelock Walks East at Half Moon Young People's Theatre 2016

Dreams: Hope Hurt and Happiness – Exhibition at Institute of Mental Health for City Arts Nottingham 2015

Pain mail-in postcard show LRG Gallery at the David Geffen School of Medicine, Los Angeles 2014

Invited International Artist: Skin Gallery Show Skin and Cancer Foundation, Melbourne, Australia 2013-2014

Recovery exhibition City Arts Nottingham at the Institute of Mental Health 2014

Impact Art Fair for marginalised artists, Creative Futures, Invited artist London July 2013,

Fragmentary for Photomonth London,

Other exhibitions: Dragon Café, Muxima Gallery, Rich Mix, Parallax Art Fair (La Galleria Royal Arcade Pall Mall) Havelock Walk, Siobhan Davies Studios, Stoke Newington Gallery, The Albany

 

MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCACY IN MEDIA

SELF Magazine, October 2017

BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire, Interview with Vic Minnett Oct 2017

BBC Coventry and Warwickshire: coverage of Scratch The Surface Mental Health Festival: Drawing on the Buses 2017

BBC News, 20 Anniversary Exhibition for Bethlem Gallery 2017

Huffington Post Feature on Art and Compulsive Skin Picking 2017

Mashable Feature on Art and Compulsive Skin Picking 2017

The Metro Feature on Art and Compulsive Skin Picking 2017

Buro 247, Singapore Artist interview 2017

Channel News Asia Video feature and online interview 2017

INewspaper #TimeToTalk day, Interview on Compulsive Skin Picking, Feb 2017

The Mighty Interview on Artwork for BFRB week 2016

Counsellors Café Interview on Artwork 2016

The Londonist, Video Feature on #CompulsiveCharcoal and mental health, Nov 2016

BBC Radio London Interview with Jo Good on #CompulsiveCharcoal free art for commuters may 2016

New York / UK Health Radio – 1 hour feature on my work for Advocacy Heals You, May 2016 (Global audience)

DIVA Magazine – Spring 2016

VICE Magazine – Interview for feature on Compulsive Skin Picking, Health and Art 2015

Diversity Magazine – Interview on mental health and art 2015

BBC Breakfast Live interview for the launch of the new Bethlem Gallery and Museum 2015

Al Jazeera TV Interview for the launch of the new Bethlem Gallery and Museum 2015

Stigma Fighters Blog entry on Recovery and Compulsive Skin Picking, July 2014

BBC World Service Outlook: Interview on Compulsive Skin Picking recovery and artwork 2014

BBC Arabic TV Afaq: Interview and profile of Curdled solo exhibition and performance for Anxiety Festival 2014

BBC Radio 4 Women’s Hour: Interview for Jane Garvey with Dr Simon Darnley

 

PUBLIC SPEAKER

Scratch The Surface, Mental Health Festival, Coventry 2017

TEDx talk : 'Reimaginig Compulsive Skin Picking: Art for Recovery' at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama 2017

I Am Normal, Mental Health Festival by Harts Theatre, Arts Depot 2017

Speaker at the book launch of Sarah Chaney's Psyche On the Skin, including live drawing performance, Royal College of Nursing, 2017

Lasalle College of Arts, Singapore Jan 2017 Talk and workshop for MA Art Therapy students

Esplanade Library Public talk on Skin Picking for M1 Singapore Fringe Festival

Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, Singapore Public Talk and Art workshop for M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2017

National University of Singapore, Centre for Mental Health Talk and drawing demonstration, Jan 2017

Body Dysmorphia Disorder 2nd International Conference, London, Keynote and workshop leader Dec 2016

TEDX Youth, Public talk at Royal Masonic School for Girls, Nov 2016

UCLAN Diversity Conference, Preston Lancashire 2016 Keynote speaker

Wellcome Collection: Panellist for Re: Creating Psychiatry for Dragon Café 2016

Bethlem Gallery ‘Site – Body – Space’, Mental Health & Art Symposium 2016

Creative Futures, Brighton: Meet the artist event, Sept 2016

TLC Foundation – Keynote Speaker for Skin Picking and Hair Pulling Disorders Conference, Dallas USA 2016

Southbank Centre - Changing Minds Festival for Mental Health and Art 6/7 February 2016

OCDLA Adult Skin Pickers Group Talk to recovery group about Skin Picking and Art Oct 2015

University of California: Santa Barbara Talk to Dance Majors on Compulsive Skin Picking, Art, Oct 2015

USC Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles Talk to medical students Oct 2015

UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, LA Talk to medical students Oct 2015

Critical Voices ’15 Invited speaker on ‘Hope’, Medicine, health and art conference 2015

Depression Alliance Speaker on lived experience, art and recovery 2015

Citizen M Invited speaker for ‘Celebrating Creativity’ event with playwright Jessica Swale, London 2015

Dragon Café / Mental Fight Club, Invited speaker on Art and Wellbeing London July 2013

Southwark Arts Forum ArTea Networking: Presentation of work made for Anxiety Festival 2014

Pacitti Company Think Tank Panel, invited artist / speaker 2013

North Devon Arts Invited Artist Speaker UK Apr 2011 and 2012

 

PUBLICATIONS

Psyche on The Skin: A History of Self Harm, Dr Sarah Chaney, Cover artwork / featured interview 2017

Reflections on Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Contributor and artwork, Schnackenberg (2016)

Artwork and interview, Narratives of Art Practice and Mental Wellbeing (Routledge) Olivia Sagan 2014

Exposure See Me Group Inc, Fine Art Book USA Publication 2011,

Art2102/Genesis Los Angeles USA 2011,

Lead artwork: Siobhan Davies Studios spring brochure 2009

Lead artwork: Camden Peoples Theatre brochure 2008