My Portfolio

Residencies

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, Arts in Health and Wellbeing, Creative Well Programme Art Residency and Menteeship in partnership with Helfa Gelf

Health and Well-being Hospital based Role
June-July 2018
Respiratory and Gastro Wards

A menteeship spend working under artist Ticky Lowe on the Respiratory and Gastro wards at Wrexham Maelor Hospital working with impatients to create a lasting legacy piece.

Age Cymru

Socially Engaged Art Residency

July 2017 - July 2019

Nationwide Residencies in Nursing Homes Around Wales

Selected as one of twelve from a nation-wide call for artists, I am working for the next two years with Age Cymru facilitating arts workshops with adults in Care Homes with the elderly and those suffering from Dementia. My sessions involve working with groups, and one on one, with adults to improve well-being and share the stories of these unheard voices, but also to train and assist care workers and staff on how to work creatively with the residents. There is a great emphasis on artist development so I shall also be working closely with our mentors to create meaningful work of my own to be exhibited following my two years of residencies.

Brinnington Arts Festival

Community Art Residency
April 2015
Brinnington
Stockport

My residency at Brinnington Arts Festival involved taking a typewriter out into the community. My objective was to encourage pride in the local area by prompting them with a tweet-length written prompt beginning “I love Brinnington because……”. I then compiled the responses into a beautiful 3d art installation in the window of Brinnington library. I used the window of the library to double my potential audience as it opened out onto the town square and I felt more people would experience and enjoy the installation if it were positioned in a non-ominous window where the NEET locals might be passing or socializing anyway. Many of the contributions were submitted by socially disengaged young people, for whom community development had particular impact on them. Feeling let down by their council, my residency fulfilled its purpose in giving a voice to many who had felt unheard until then. Perhaps just as importantly, it also encouraged optimism and pride in their locale which they were certainly out of the habit of practicing.

Ysgol Betws-yn-Rhos Primary School

Educational Art Residency
June 2012
Ysgol Betws-yn-Rhos Primary School
Abergele 
Conwy

One week-long Artist Residency as part of University module. I chose to arrange my residency in a small Welsh primary school, where I facilitated three age specific book-making workshops for years 1, 4 and 6 and created work in response to exchanges with pupils.

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