mental health and well being

I have been working as an artist in the area of mental health over the last seven years. I am currently the Visual Arts Lead for Hoot Creative Arts , an arts and mental health organisation in Huddersfield. We deliver a complex programme of workshops and projects across different artforms for people working towards improving their mental health and well being. Previously… Read more »

Swallownest Court

I was the resident artist at Swallownest Court in Rotherham, a residential secure unit for adults  with acute and complex mental health needs. I worked with the patients one day a week for 6 months at this wonderful place, mostly through small group workshops. The ARTiculate Project was funded by Rotherham , Doncaster and Sheffield  NHS Trust. These are a few of the… Read more »

Young Ambassadors, Bradford

As part of The Watershed Project- artists inspired by landscape- for which I was commissioned as the first year artist, I worked with the Young Ambassadors-a group of young adults. We explored the wild and very windswept landscape of the moors around The Bridestones, looked at some examples of my work and then made model scale interpretations using materials  collected from… Read more »

Case Study – Ice workshop

This is one of many workshops I’ve run with ice – it holds surprise, intrigue, lots of science, maths and literacy potential and is fun.
Creatively develops the curriculum topic “materials” – year 5 – half day.… Read more »

Case study – Toy designers

year 4 half day session Materials Wach table is covered with drawing paper and holds a pile of various broken and working toys, screwdrivers, sellotape, rubber bands, cocktail sticks and string. Hot melt glue gun, pencils and paper. The class were asked to think about the toys they play with, what they do, how they work, and how they could… Read more »

Case study – Drawing with the whole body

I have worked with Ravenscliffe High School and Sports College, Halifax on The Watershed Project, and on a Creative Partnerships (CAPE) Project, which involved many artforms over two days. This work culminated in a collaborative, whole school, cross-artform performance.… Read more »

Performative projection work

This was very powerful work around issues of identity, self esteem, communication, control. They projected images, textures, objects and text onto each other, altered their appearance and performed.… Read more »

Case study – Skelton’s Lane park project

I have worked on many parks with landscape designers/ architects, running creative consultation with local park users, followed by workshops creating artwork which is permanently installed. This project in Skelton’s Lane park won the Local Government New Street Design Awards, 2009 (children’s play category)… Read more »

Case study – Outdoor learning environment

An outdoor classroom created with the reception class and funded by Creative Partnerships. We developed ideas together, I constructed most of the structure with the children and the class teacher – developing many skills.… Read more »

Modroc workshop

Example of a workshop for the extended schools programme in Calderdale, modroc sculpture, family drop-in workshop, with 200 people over 3 hour session. Making a variety of modroc sculpture.… Read more »