CV

Who I am Socially engaged artist committed to empowering marginalised communities and individuals through co-creativity and access to the arts. Award winning Art Psychotherapist with special interests in flexible therapeutic approaches, cross-disciplinary collaboration and research.
Where I’ve worked Over 25 years’ experience working with schools, non-profit arts organisations and local authorities. Barts Cancer Centre at Barts Health NHS Trust (2014-current).

Adult Secure Services at Central North West London NHS Foundation Trust (2013-14).

What I’ve done Planned and delivered wide range of high quality art education, public art and community arts projects.

Creatively engaged older people, people with dementia, adults with learning disabilities, adults with mental health issues and young people.

Developed a participatory art practice focusing on oral history, individual and collective memory.

I use conversation as well as stimulating objects, images, music, drama techniques and environments to engage participants.

Made short documentaries highlighting social and environmental issues.

Provided training and mentoring for care staff and artists.

Gained wide experience of partnership working and achieving objectives for multiple stakeholders.

 

Won the Corinne Burton Memorial Trust scholarship, which funds three years’ art psychotherapy work with people affected by cancer.

Provided one-to-one art psychotherapy for cancer inpatients and outpatients and their significant others as part of Cancer Psychological Services (CPS) at Barts Hospital.

Initiated collaborations with CPS Psychologists: family group therapy; CPD events; pilot study to assess single art psychotherapy sessions for chemotherapy and radiotherapy day patients

Set up and co-facilitated two art psychotherapy groups for adult offenders with mental health issues such as schizoaffective disorders, psychosis and borderline personality disorders.

Familiar with protocols typical of NHS settings: writing up session notes, reports and letters; entering data to IT systems.

What I’d like to do Integrate community arts and art psychotherapy experience and skills.

Widen my experience of working therapeutically with the arts, working in new settings and with new client populations.

Develop interest in systemic approaches (e.g., family therapy).

Continue research into cultural and institutional dynamics that affect the delivery of arts and psychological interventions and services.

 

 

Work/project history

 

Barts Cancer Centre, London

2014-current

Art Psychotherapist

One-to-one art psychotherapy for cancer inpatients and outpatients and their significant others as part of Cancer Psychological Services.

 

Abbey Community Association Ltd, London

2014-15

Visiting Tutor

Art-making groups for women with mental health issues from the BME community in Westminster.

 

Park Royal Secure Services, Central North West London NHS Foundation Trust

2013-14

Trainee Art Psychotherapist

Art psychotherapy groups for adult offenders with mental health issues.

 

Epping Forest District Council, Essex

Transitions Essex

2013-14

Artist-in-residence

Collaboration with carers in care homes combining expertise to plan, deliver and evaluate activities for older people including those with dementia.

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Westminster Arts, London

Resonate

2010-13

Project Artist

Working with older people with mental health issues including dementia in day centres, residential homes, hospitals and in people’s own homes. A partnership with Westminster Memory Service.

 

Cheshire West and Cheshire Council

Day Services for People with Learning Disabilities

Project Artist

2004-11

Ran a series of projects developing staff capacity to offer arts-based activities to service users, and finding new ways to promote service users’ integration into local communities.

 

Fusion Arts, Oxford

InSite

Project Artist

2004-07

Co-ordinated and co-delivered a public art and regeneration programme involving multiple agencies, local community groups and artists.

 

Selected awards

 

Corinne Burton Memorial Trust Award

2013

The Trust sup­ports trainees to under­take the MA Art Psychotherapy at Goldsmiths, University of London. The awardee then receives funding for two fur­ther years to provide art ther­apy in can­cer care in hospitals, hos­pices or other settings.

 

Westminster Arts film bursary

2012 and 2013

Providing funding for two short films about a Soho resident living with advancing dementia.

 

Membership of professional bodies

 

Health and Care Professions Council

British Association of Art Therapists

 

Qualifications

 

Goldsmiths, University of London

MA Art Psychotherapy (Distinction)

2012-15

An exploration of diverse therapeutic approaches underpinned by in-depth knowledge of psychodynamic theory continues to support my delivery of best practice in cancer care.

 

University of East London

MA Art in Architecture

2001-03

 

Other roles and interests

 

  • Exhibition curating. Curated an exhibition to coincide with launch of two art therapy books in 2015. Weblink: gl/jMEC8e
  • Digital art therapy. Developed use of iPad apps for use with cancer patients at Barts
  • Death Café movement. Hosted two Death Cafés for Barts Hospital staff in 2015 and 16. See article here
  • Children’s right to play. Was Trustee and artist for Kinship, a charity promoting creative play in the UK and abroad