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City: Plymouth
Job Role: Dance and Theatre Artist (Performer, Facilitator, Maker/Choreographer, Writer & Director)
Company: Freelance
Art Forms: Dance, Multidisciplinary, Other, Writing
Bio:
I\'m a Disabled dance and theatre artist (performer, facilitator, maker/choreographer, writer & director) who creates work that delves into lived experiences of \'taboo\' subject matters such as mental health issues, Disabilities, body weight & sexuality.
City: Lincoln
Job Role: Multi-disciplinary Artist
Art Forms: Architecture / Design, Fabric / Textiles, Filmmaking, Jewellery, Multidisciplinary, Music, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Writing
Bio:
Multidisciplinary artist  with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology (2.1) from The University of Sheffield 1996-1999. Since 2015  my practice research has primarily been focused on and influenced by  Buddhist philosophy, metaphysics, ecology, mindfulness, abstraction and geometry. In particular experiences of commonplace mindfulness in everyday life which can often be  overlooked or could be described as mundane and valueless. I am building up an art portfolio to apply to train as an Art Therapist in the UK in September 2021. My creative practice includes origami,  paper art, craft & design, fine art, poetry, textiles, sewing, jewellery making, photography, moving image, sound and music.   I am currently researching geometry, fractal patterns, archetypes, representations, reflections, sensory and perceptual experiences which have the potential to offer personal insight.  Other influences in my work include light and shadow, highlighting and/or minimising visual contrasts & psychedelic inspired aesthetics.
In 2018 I was selected to exhibit and teach origami workshops at The International Origami Open hosted by 20-21 Visual Arts Centre in Lincolnshire. I have recently received an artist development bursary from the Collection Museum & Usher Gallery in Lincoln to explore Japanese art marbling Suminagashi ‘floating ink ’ technique in the context of mindfulness, using printing techniques, origami, animation, experimental film, digital art, GiF’s and experimental soundscapes. The bursary is being used to record my own experience of suminagashi as a mindfulness practice  culminating in the production of a  short experimental fine art film.  Suminagashi is a good visual example of impermanence in action and it was originally invented as a form of meditation by Shinto and early Zen Buddhist monks to connect with nature and understand natural phenomena. The bursary has incorporated two months digital curatorial support with an online public summary event, which has been invaluable in terms of providing me with the confidence to move out of my comfort zone and actively engage in a more meaningful and constructive way with digital technologies, platforms and opportunities.

City: London
Job Role: Art Psychotherapy Trainee
Art Forms: Multidisciplinary
Bio:
As an art psychotherapy trainee, I am incredibly interested in how the arts can impact our health and wellbeing.
City: London
Art Forms: Photography
Bio:
I am a photographer working between arts science and philosophy
City: Sunderland
Job Role: PhD Student
Bio:
ECR focusing on arts, health and long term impact.
City: London
Job Role: Artist
Art Forms: Dance, Multidisciplinary, Other, Painting, Photography, Writing
Bio:
Hi, I’m Kat! Who are you?

I’m an artist, co-creator, workshop facilitator and collaborator. I thrive on, and am inspired by, dancing and radical self-care. My acts of resistance include hand-holding, public pain-painting, mirroring practices and reclaiming institutionalised narratives of illness. I enjoy taking things outside the context where they, normatively speaking, belong.

What do you share with others and how? What would you hesitate to share? I’m interested in the space between us, how we share, and how we often don’t.

My practice investigates ways to reveal subjective sensory experience, especially those of a shameful or overlooked nature.   Eg. The project, (I), focuses on pain as shared identity and generator of images. I facilitated an artistic process of co-creation with a group of people with chronic pain. I interviewed and photographed them in their homes and printed black/white portraits of them on silk fabric in life-size, ratio 1:1. Through exercises and workshops, the portrayed persons found and painted a free representation of their pain directly onto their own portrait. The work also includes process videos and workshops where audience at the exhibition can try exercises from the project.

This sparked conversations, intimate moments, sharing, and most importantly, the feeling of being safe to do so. The work instigated conversations I’d never had before; the hesitancy I felt about sharing, when faced head-on, became a catalyser for not only my own but for many other people’s sharing stories of vulnerability.

When and where do you feel safe to share?

I currently explore how we can provide embodied safety for each other, and what that might look like, emotionally as well as physically. Collectivising around the tough aspects of being human, and building our capacity to be present with our experience is an important and revolutionary practice that our current systems and structures do not support. We need to re-establish the trust that our re-enactments of capitalism have dissolved; we need to ask questions and practice ways of being in the world, that challenge the inherent hierarchies and the memes we live by. We need to re-learn interdependency and trust in each other.

How can we start to think about doing this?

City: London
Job Role: Founder
Company: K À Y NEW MEDIA
Art Forms: Filmmaking, Illustration, Multidisciplinary, Music, Writing
Bio:

New Media Artist, Visual Literacy and Narrative Researchers, Visual Music Filmmaker. Engaged in many years of international art education industry experience, she constantly explores the positive effects and effects of visual literacy and visual rhetoric on human society, and uses unique digital media to narrate higher-order visual spirituality in order to enhance the spiritual strength and significance of the existence of art culture in the world.


City: London
Job Role: Freelance Dance Artist & Dance Science Researcher
Art Forms: Dance, Filmmaking, Multidisciplinary, Writing
Bio:
Kayla McClellan is an international multidisciplinary artist and dance scientist from Florida. She received her BFA Dance Degree in 2017 from Florida State University and her MFA Dance Science Degree from London\'s Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in 2019. McClellan has also been granted a UK Global Talent visa, endorsed by Arts Council, due to her arts and research work created around the world. Among McClellan\'s artistic and scientific endeavors in the UK/US, she has created relationships in the Netherlands while working with organizations and dance companies like Fiber and ICK Amsterdam. McClellan ultimately desires to serve whatever community she resides in by connecting with individuals through her artistic practice and research.
City: Dublin
Job Role: Health Social Mental health
Art Forms: Music, Other, Writing
Bio:
I am a health / social and mental health worker with a vocation dedicated to moving health services away from rigid institutionalised settings to a more holistic  person centered perspective. I believe the arts are a catalyst for this shift to occur.
City: Coventry
Company: The Starfish Collaborative CIC
Art Forms: Multidisciplinary
Bio:
I\'m passionate about creativity, connection, individual and community wellbeing and positive social change.
City: Glasgow
Job Role: Art Psychotherapist
Art Forms: Fabric / Textiles
Bio:
I am an Art Psychotherapist working in community and education settings, supporting vulnerable clients in using art to communicate thoughts and feelings.
City: Dunshaughlin
Job Role: Senior Medical Scientist
Company: Connolly Hospital
Art Forms: Multidisciplinary
Bio:
Chair person of art group Connolly Collective, whose mission is to promote the arts in Connolly Hospital
City: Glasgow
Job Role: Artist
Art Forms: Filmmaking, Multidisciplinary, Painting, Sculpture, Writing
Bio:
I am a visual artist and have worked in the area of arts and health for over 20 years. I love the hands on practice of working with people and to support this I enjoy critically reflecting on practice and the wider context this work.
City: Penzance
Job Role: Independent Dance Artist
Company: N/A
Art Forms: Dance, Multidisciplinary
Bio:
In February 2017 I was diagnosed with Complex PTSD - the outcome of Developmental and Adult Trauma. After 3.5 years I am beginning to return to work as an Independent Dance Artist. For 30 years I worked in choreography, performing, community arts (particularly the \'hard to reach\') and education.

For 2 decades I’ve been engaged in place-based research. Dancing nature with woodlands, beaches, cliffs, Scottish mountains and glens, boats and farms using eco-system knowledge, contact & dance improvisation. The sites eco-system, weather, seasons, tides and other natural phenomena coupled with my family heritage, dance training and improvisational techniques are my start points. The research was purposely not documented in order to concentrate on interrogating and exploring the site and devising process.

I\'m particularly interested in why most humans have forgotten their connection with nature. The requirement we have and benefits we experience both physiologically and in our mental health when we reconnect with nature.

City: NEWARK
Art Forms: Ceramics, Multidisciplinary, Other, Painting, Sculpture
Bio:
Engagement and participation in creative arts is good for our health and wellbeing and enriches our communities and society. My background combines experience in biomedical sciences, public health and creative arts and crafts.

I specialise in mixed media and 3D work using a range of materials, often combining foraged materials (whether man-made or natural) and traditional materials such as acrylic paint and clay. I create art for my own personal satisfaction and I run workshops to inspire others to engage with and enjoy the health and wellbeing benefits of the creative process (see Quirkshops below). My creative practice is focused in a number of areas, particularly reconnecting people with themselves and with nature.

I set up Quirkshops to deliver quirky, unusual art and craft workshops in a number of local venues and am currently developing my workshops for delivery on-line.  The focus of the workshops is to nurture creative talent in everyone, particularly targeting those who may not feel comfortable in attending more formal art classes. The experiences are shared in a group but will be unique and personal to the individual as the process is as important as the creative products. The workshops support personal expression, communication, social engagement and emphasise a fun, almost therapeutic element to the experience. I encourage self-reflection through the creative process with workshops sensitively addressing issues such as body image or dealing with grief.

I am collaborating with a local community farm, Farmeco, developing workshops which help reconnect people with nature. These are sensory based, for example, exploring colours, textures and patterns in nature, painting sounds and weaving using natural foraged materials.

City: London
Job Role: Psychotherapist
Bio:
Psychotherapist working with charities   Supporting pstinents with rare endocrine and genetic diseases/cancers.