Disability and Diversity
ARTS AND DISABILITY FACILITATION
Curating and Creating projects and events inform my approach to facilitation. My socially engaged practice segues into working with individuals, small and large groups and conferences. Conversations underpin my practice – and in any conversation Listening is just as important as talking.
DISABILITY, EQUALITY AND MENTAL HEALTH AND THE ARTS
I work extensively in Arts and Health. In 2016 I was the Disability Associate for Salisbury International Arts Festival and have worked with CAPE UK and Tyne and Wear Museumes and Archives on their Creative Case for Diversity research. I have also worked with and held commissions with Creative Case North. Other clients have included Dundee Contemporary Arts, The Art House, Disability Arts Online, DASH in association with Disability Arts Cymru and Engage Scotland.
In the modern day we sometimes forget the value of face to face conversation, individually or in small groups. Finding out how we think and feel, exploring issues we are passionate about or those which we are unsure and need a little guidance to explore. I regularly guest on panels to discuss Disability, Curating, Art, Mental Health and Diversity with organisations such as Unlimited.
I hate powerpoint and I hate being talked at for 2 hours – that’s not my idea of training or being trained. Professional development doesn’t have to be dull. No one knows all the answers and it’s okay to not know. I have years of experience of working within the mental health system as professional, service user, artist, writer and trainer. I also facilitate session on Disability and Equality and issues of diversity, particularly within the cultural sector.
With years of experience within the Disability and Diversity sector I am available to present at conferences and events, particularly around issues of mental health and the arts.