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Realityarts – Creativity for Change
Realityarts is an extension of the work that I do within art, creativity and health, looking at ways in which we can use and enhance the creative process and the development of art and creative resources.
Dementia and Creativity
I have worked widely in the field of dementia in the elderly and run art and massage workshops to enable participants to connect to that creative part within that is often locked away. I am interested in research that explores the use and impact of art, colour and creativity on health and well-being and deliver talks on my subject area, for example I delivered ‘Dementia care – connecting through arts’ at the National Patient Environment and the Arts Conference in London, as well as delivering talks in Oxford and Barbados on the benefits of creative activity for those living with dementia and their carers.
As a carer to a mother who has dementia, I have seen and experienced first hand how hard it can be for families to cope and also to try and have some normality in your life. I run workshops specifically aimed at, those who work in healthcare and social workers to enable them to understand the role of carers and the impact that dementia can have on their lives. I use a range of creative exercises within the sessions
I also run workshops specifically aimed at carers to enable them to use creativity within their daily life to help them express their emotions and to bring about change in the way they respond to their situation enabling them to have creative strategies in dealing with their caring role. If you would like to get in contact with me regarding the workshops, please leave your details on the contact form above.
I am a 6 times Award winning mixed media artist, winning the NIFCA Professional Artist Silver Award and three Bronze Awards in 2016 &17 and at the Central Bank Crop Over Visual Arts - Best in Show and Incentive Award in Barbados 2018. I am also a Blogger, Podcaster, and online Art teacher. I love using texture, colour and a variety of mediums within my work. Art can have a healing effect on our health and well-being and my interests also lie in the use of art across the disciplines and how we can use it for creative expression. I have worked within the health, community and corporate setting, I have exhibited and given talks in the UK, Barbados and Montserrat in both solo and group shows.
I teach online and have taken part in several art and art journaling courses. I love creating and I am happiest in my studio space. When I am not working on an exhibition, I create and play with those things that spark ideas always looking for ways in which I can enhance the creative process. I recycle and and upcycle and find ways in which we can bring together material that you wouldn't associate with a creative process. I alter, change, make new and I have more recently been working with fabric and clay create sculpture pieces, natural fibers and wood. As an Artist, I am keen to explore how art and creativity can be used in different settings, and how we use creative expression as a means of communication.
I have been an artist for many years, whilst combining different career paths in the public sector, design, education and health. I recieved my BSc (Hons) in Compliementary Therapies, specialising in holistic massage and nutrition therapy. I run a Gardening Channel looking at the nutritional and medicinal benefits of plants and also an Art based YouTube Channel.
I have been very blessed to win 6 Awards for my Art work in Barbados, Here I am standing in front of the wall hangings that I created, and won an Insentive Award at the Queens Park Gallery, Bridgetown, Barbados