In 2012, I undertook a piece of post-graduate research which explored the ways in which social-media projects, developed by artists, were challenging traditional models of participation in the Arts. I developed a side project ‘We Found Art’ as a way of thinking with, and through this research. By combining the learning from these two research activities I developed new insights into how web 2.0 technology was affecting the creation, distribution, and consumption of participatory arts practice across both digital and physical environments. I was invited to share these insights at three of the conferences listed below.
More recently my research interests have shifted to focus more on how social practice can either explore, enhance, or expose issues connected to psychological well-being, particularly when working with within marginalised groups. This has been influenced by my interest in psychology and the ethics of care, and my training as a psychotherapist.
I welcome opportunities to present talks on this aspect of my work and am currently a guest lecturer on the Creative and Therapeutic Arts degree course at the University of South Wales. If you are interested in working with me, please get in touch.
Promoting collaboration in research, policy, and practice: the 27th Annual BACP Research Conference, online.
‘How have older adults accessed therapeutic activities during the covid-19 crisis and has engaging in them positively impacted on their wellbeing?’ Presentation and discussion (co-presenters: Rob Bainham, Jane Carter & Annie Thomas).
Textiles and Place Conference, Manchester School of Art.
‘Can art save us and what makes it different to therapy?’ A presentation, provocation, and panel discussion delivered in partnership with Kate Genever. Access a PDF of the presentation here.
Researching low-income family life using qualitative longitudinal methods seminar, University of Lincoln.
‘Men, Poverty and Lifetimes of Care.’ A presentation and discussion to share the findings of a collaboration with Dr Anna Tarrant
Follow the Diversion Symposium, Reaching People, Celebrating Places. Faceless Arts, Goole.
‘Reaching and engaging rural communities’ A presentation, discussion, and workshop in collaboration with Elaine Knight of Transported
Collections, Collaboration and Communities: Museum Ethnographers Group Conference, University of Aberdeen.
‘The Moveable Museum of Found Objects: An artist led approach to engaging unsuspecting audiences in unexpected places.’ A presentation and discussion.
Innovate and Inspire: The Lincolnshire Art and Design conference for KS1-KS5 Teachers. CfBT, Lincoln.
‘The Moveable Museum of Found Objects.’ A presentation, museum tour and workshop.