Chair – Beth Elliott
Beth Elliott is Director of Bethlem Gallery, a contemporary gallery based on the grounds of the Bethlem Royal Hospital. The gallery delivers a programme of events that seeks to support artistic practice, campaign for access to the arts in healthcare environments and engage audiences in learning and debate on the subject of mental health, www.bethlemgallery.com.
Since graduating from University of the Arts London, Camberwell in 2002 she has focused her work on facilitating arts in mental health through workshops, residencies and exhibitions, and has also played an active role in supporting arts charities within the sector and beyond.
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.
Gail Babb is the Producer for Participation and Learning at Talawa Theatre Company. She is a theatre practitioner who specialises in participatory arts work in a range of community, educational and social settings. She has run Talawa Theatre Company’s Participation Department for 9 years, developing an innovative programme that places an emphasis on bespoke, participant-led projects and has brought Talawa’s work with emerging theatre-makers to the centre of the company. Alongside her work at Talawa, Gail continues to freelance as a facilitator and producer for a number of arts companies and is Partnerships Convenor for the MA in Applied Theatre at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Gail’s work as a facilitator and community theatre director includes creative curriculum projects in primary and secondary schools, professional development programmes for NHS staff and devising projects with children, young people and mental health service-users. Recent performance outcomes include site-specific pieces in museums and heritage centres, a derelict school and a tour to South Africa’s National Arts Festival.
Gail studied Drama at the University of Hull and completed her Masters in Applied Theatre at Goldsmiths in 2008.
Dr Val Huet
BA Fine Arts (Sculpture), Diploma Group Psychotherapy, MA Art Therapy, MA Organisational Consultancy, PhD in Psychology
Val Huet trained in sculpture at Camberwell School of Art and qualified as an Art Therapist in 1986. She introduced art therapy to community mental health services and went on to head an arts therapies department at Springfield Hospital, London. She later worked in a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service and taught on the art therapy training at Goldsmiths’ college for twelve years. She is a qualified Group Psychotherapist and Organisational Consultant.
Val is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the British Association of Art Therapists, a post she has held since 2003. She also works freelance as an organisational consultant and supervisor. She co-founded the Art Therapy Practice Research Network in 2000 and has been actively leading it since. Val has lectured internationally in France, Russia, Spain, Greece and Singapore. Between 2004 and 2014, Val was the Chair of the Claremont project, an award-winning resource providing arts therapies, arts for health and wellbeing activities to older people. Val has been a board member of the London Arts in Health Forum since 2011. In 2015, Val completed a PhD on art therapy groups for work-related stress. She has also published widely (see list of publications below). Val’s art practice remains active and at present focusses on life drawing.
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
Katharine E. Low is a practitioner and researcher in socially engaged theatre and sexual and reproductive health (SRH), with 14 years’ experience both internationally and in the UK. She is Lecturer in Applied Theatre and Community Performance at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. As a practitioner, Katharine has developed applied theatre practices as ways of engaging young adults and women living with HIV in discussions around SRH in South Africa, Tanzania and the UK. She uses applied theatre and creative arts-based practice with communities to explore their SRH concerns with their wider social networks. In addition to this, Katharine collaborates with medical practitioners and NGOs to run projects based around SRH. Her most recent collaboration was with Positively UK, Dr Shema Tariq and the PRIME study. Full details can be found here.
She has published her research in a number of journals, co-edited Applied Theatre: Performing Health and Wellbeing (Bloomsbury Methuen) and is currently writing a monograph on her SRH and applied theatre practice in South Africa for Palgrave Macmillan. Katharine tweets about arts & health practice at @katlow17
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.
Nicola Tyson is Leadership Development and Talent Management Facilitator at Barts Health NHS Trust. She has worked for several years in leadership development and change management. Prior to working in the NHS, Nicola worked in the arts, she has an MA in Art History and Conservation from the Courtauld Institute.
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.