Chair – Beth Elliott
Beth Elliott is Director of the Bethlem Gallery and graduated from University of the Arts London, Camberwell with a degree in fine art sculpture in 2002. Since then she has facilitated art workshops, residencies and exhibitions in mental health hospital settings as well as in the community and now runs The Bethlem Gallery. The gallery provides a showcase for the inspirational talents of mental health service user artists through professional exhibitions, residencies and events. It promotes access and participation within arts and health settings and campaigns for greater awareness and understanding of mental health. www.bethlemgallery.com
Beth has been Chair of Bermondsey Artists' Group since 2006 and is Chair of London Arts in Health Forum.
Dr Alice Ashby
Dr Alice Lomax is Acting Consultant Liaison Psychiatry at West London Mental Health NHS Trust. She also hold the posts of ST6 Neuropsychiatry Registrar at South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust. General Manager at European Federation of Psychiatric Trainees. ST5 Liaison Psychiatry Registrar at South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust. Chair, RCPsych Trainees Committee (PTC) at The Royal College of Psychiatrists. Clinical Teaching Fellow at St. George's, University of London.
Val Huet (SRAsT, BA Fine Arts (Sculpture) , Dip. Group Psych., MA Art Therapy, MA Organisational Consultancy) trained in Sculpture at Camberwell School of Art and qualified as an Art Therapist in 1986. She has practised since then in Adult Psychiatry and later within a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. She is also a qualified Group Psychotherapist and Organisational Consultant. Val is the Chief Executive Officer of the British Association of Art Therapists, a post she has held since 2003. She also works as a consultant within organisations and as a private supervisor. She co-founded the Art Therapy Practice Research Network in 2000 and has been actively engaged in it since. She is currently developing and researching an Art Therapy Approach to Organisation Consultancy.
Suki Kaur is an experienced senior NHS Manager with over 10 years’ experience gained in operational and strategic leadership roles. With responsibility for budgets of up to £30 million and around 800 staff, She has worked across all major health sectors including mental health, emergency, primary, acute and commissioning services, whilst also leading on major government driven and local initiatives. Suki prides herself on maintaining high standards of diplomacy and producing consistent results for patients and professionals by creating a benchmark for excellence in leadership and innovation.
Dr Katharine E Low
Dr Katharine E Low is an applied theatre practitioner specialising in health communication and sexual health and is a lecturer in Applied Theatre and Community Performance at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Since 2003, she has been researching and developing social theatre practices as ways of beginning discussions around sexual and reproductive health. As a practitioner, she has developed and facilitated practice in Tanzania, South Africa and the UK with diverse groups of participants. Her research interests lie in the field of arts & health, sexual health communication, women and theatre, approaches to teaching & learning. She has published articles based on her research on theatre and health in RiDE: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, the Journal of Applied Arts and Health and Gender Forum. She is currently co-editing a book with Dr Veronica Baxter (University of Cape Town) entitled Performing Health & Wellbeing for Methuen Drama and writing a monograph on applied theatre and sexual health for Palgrave Macmillan.
Anne Mullins is the Curator for the Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership. The Partnership coordinates the transformation of an area spanning Lambeth Bridge to Chelsea Bridge. Co-chaired by the leaders of Wandsworth and Lambeth Council, it includes the area’s main developers, Transport for London and the Greater London Authority. Anne is currently developing the cultural vision and commissioning programme for this major regeneration project and was recently named top 50 Creative Leader by Creative Review.
Anne was previously Director of Vital Arts, the arts and health organisation for Barts Health NHS Trust. She curated the high profile and award winning public art and design strategy for the major redevelopment of The Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel and Barts Hospital in the City. Under her leadership, Vital Arts won numerous awards for its use of art and design to improve the patient experience and is widely regarded as an international exemplar of arts and health commissioning.
Prior to Vital Arts, Anne was Director of North Kensington Arts, a regeneration programme targeting support for the creative industries in North Kensington. She delivered the successful Portobello Festival and Portobello Film Festival - which continue to thrive today. Anne also commissioned a regular programme of temporary public art commissions and public engagement projects for key local landmarks including Trellick Tower, Portobello Green and Regents Canal and worked on innovative public engagement commissions for local authority clients.
Before joining NKA, Anne worked as a freelance creative programmer. She curated and commissioned numerous temporary creative projects and exhibitions for both local and private sector clients.
Dr Laura Jane Smith
LJ is a Respiratory and Internal Medicine registrar in London. She graduated from Kings College, Cambridge University in 2006 and spent her Foundation years in and around Cambridge. Since then she has worked in hospitals across North East London. In addition to her clinical role she is involved in medical education, having spent a rewarding year as a Clinical Teaching Fellow at UCL medical school. She continues to have roles in education at both a local and national level, working on projects for the Royal College of Physicians and the British Thoracic Society. She has diverse interests, but is particularly interested in how healthcare can provide better support for those with chronic disease as they approach the end of life. She is a supporter and host of Death Cafe, and is inspired by those using the arts in all forms to open up a national conversation about death, dying and grief. She is active on social media @drlaurajane and writes an occasional blog: drlj.wordpress.com.
Dr John Spicer
John Spicer is a GP in South London where he has practiced for more than 30 years, and is still rather enjoying it. He is also Head of Primary Care Education for Health Education England [South London] leading the training of the various professions that work in primary health care: GPs, GP Nurses etc.
He is very interested in clinical ethics, having taught the subject at St George’s University of London for 10 years or so. He is intrigued by the overlap between health and the arts, particularly in the area of music and the visual arts. He tweets about all this, when the spirit so moves, at @johnspicer3. And most importantly, cannot get through a day without some exposure to JS Bach.
Dr John Wynne is an artist and Reader in Sound Arts at the University of the Arts, London. His diverse, research-led practice includes large-scale sound installations in galleries and public spaces, delicate sculptural works, flying radios and award-winning ‘composed documentaries’ that hover on the borders between documentation and abstraction. He has a long-standing interest in arts and health and has delivered a number of critically acclaimed projects in the field. He was artist-in-residence for one year, alongside photographer Tim Wainwright, at Harefield Hospital, one of the world’s leading centres for heart and lung transplantation. This led to a book, a 24-channel gallery installation and a half-hour commission for BBC Radio 3. He has also worked with women with advanced (metastatic) breast cancer: the resulting installation showed in 9 European cities, with the final exhibition inside the European Parliament in Brussels. He is currently artist-in-residence at the Royal Free Hospital, working with kidney, liver and pancreas transplant patients and live donors. The resulting audio-visual artworks, made in collaboration with Tim Wainwright, will be the centrepiece of Transplant and Life, a 6-month exhibition and programme of events in the Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons in London, beginning at the end of November 2016.