The WAHWN Steering Group

Siân Fitzgerald

Siân Fitzgerald

Siân Fitzgerald is the Community Arts Development Officer for Denbighshire County Council and currently sits on the North Wales Arts, Health and Well-being Steering Committee.

Managing Denbighshire County Council’s Arts Service, Siân works to promote, support and develop arts activity within the county and strategically across North Wales via regional collaborations such as Criw Celf (the pan Wales project for more able and talented young artists) and Edau – the North Wales Arts and Education Network (one of the four regional networks that form part of the Create Learning through the Arts Framework) of which Siân is Vice Chair. Siân is also the North East Wales representative for Engage Cymru.

The Arts Service work with a wide range of partners from public services to third sector organisations, voluntary groups and freelance creative practitioners across fields such as health and wellbeing, education and regeneration. The Arts Service support the priorities as set out in the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015. Through strategic collaboration and coproducing the Arts Service endeavors to pool expertise and resources and build sustainable pathways for those people least likely to engage in the arts and the opportunities for improved health and wellbeing that such engagement can bring.

Following a pilot project with Engage Cymru, Sian developed a visual arts project for people living with dementia and their carers called Lost in Art. Working closely with the Dementia Services Development Centre at Bangor University, the Arts Service was one of three delivery partners (and the only one in Wales) that formed part of the Dementia and Imagination research project www.dementiaandimagination.org.uk. As part of the dissemination of the research findings the Arts Service have been involved in artists training events, the Imagination Café UK tour, the Utopia Festival in Somerset House in 2017, Wellcome Trust Dementia and Imagination Conference as well as the Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research conference in Cardiff in 2018.

Lost in Art won the Hearts for the Arts Best Local Authority Project for Encouraging Community Cohesion in 2018. Also in 2018, artist Jude Wood, won a Marsh Award for excellence in gallery education for her work on Arts Together – a project created by the Arts Service and funded by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board’s Arts in Health and Wellbeing Creative Well to support families with young children identified by Family Link Workers.

The Arts Council of Wales’ publication 'Arts and Health in Wales – A Mapping study of current activity' published in January 2918 says: “Denbighshire County Council’s Arts Service has built up a particularly comprehensive and strong offer around arts and health through its community arts programme which aims to build community cohesion, independence and resilience. It registered am impressive portfolio of 18 live projects through the survey including arts interventions with the elderly and young people as well as wide-ranging partnership projects and social prescribing initiatives.”

Siân’s early career was as a radio, television and film producer. A published short story writer she was also the founding editor of Lingo! magazine for Welsh Learners. Siân spent time working in Ireland at the Cork Opera House before returning to Wales to work in community arts with particular interest in arts in health work and engaging with hard to reach groups. Sian is delighted to be supporting WAHWN’s steering group and the recent exciting developments in the sector.

https://engage.org/marsh2018#jude (Marsh Award film – Jude Wood for Arts Together)

https://www.facebook.com/denbighshirecountycouncil (go to previous Videos section to access film about Lost in Art winning Heart for the Arts Award)

https://vimeo.com/210999162 (Lost in Art film - Judith’s Story)

https://vimeo.com/211008159 (Lost in Art film – full version)

Contact: sian.fitzgerald@denbighshire.gov.uk

Follow: @Celf_DCC_Arts

Claire Cressey

Claire Cressey

Claire Cressey, Director, Live Music Now Wales: Claire has worked in the arts and charity sectors for over 20 years specialising in bringing outstanding live music opportunities to community audiences and socially excluded groups of all ages.

Justine Wheatley

Justine Wheatley

Justine Wheatley is Chief Executive of Peak, an arts organisation that works with professional artists and rural communities, responding to its Black Mountains location, focused on participation for children and young people.

Prue Thimbleby

Prue Thimbleby

Prue Thimbleby is a willow artist and digital story facilitator. She has over 20 years of experience in delivering and managing participatory Arts projects. In 2012 she was appointed as Art Co-ordinator for ABMU Health Board.

Siân Fitzgerald

Siân Fitzgerald

Siân Fitzgerald is the Community Arts Development Officer for Denbighshire County Council and currently sits on the North Wales Arts, Health and Well-being Steering Committee.

Wendy Keay-Bright

Wendy Keay-Bright

Wendy Keay-Bright is Professor of Technology and Inclusion, and Director of the Centre for Applied Research in Inclusive Arts and Design (CARIAD) at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Susan Liggett

Susan Liggett

Susan Liggett is Associate Dean for Research for the Faculty of Art Science and Technology at Wrexham Glyndwr University.

Dr Gill Windle

Dr Gill Windle

Gill is a social scientist with a background in psychology working across disciplinary boundaries. Her research combines arts, science and public engagement to investigate health, well-being, creativity and resilience in later life.

Liam Evans-Ford

Liam Evans-Ford

Executive Director, Theatr Clwyd. Liam currently sits on the North Wales Arts, Health and Wellbeing Steering Committee and is a trustee for Tutti Frutti Theatre Company and Creu Cymru.

Carol Hiles

Carol Hiles

Carol Hiles is Academic Subject Manager for Photography and Art and Course Leader for MA Arts Practice Arts Health and Wellbeing and MA Arts Practice Fine Art at the University of South Wales.

Sarah Goodey

Sarah Goodey

Arts Development Manager, GARTH (Gwent Arts in Health)

Alex Bowen

Alex Bowen

Alex Bowen is a Director of Breathe Creative, http://breathecreative.co.uk , a small, experienced and dedicated team of professionals based in Wales with a wealth of experience in artistic, community, educational, counselling and clinical settings. Breathe Creative offers person centred creativity for wellbeing using arts, mindfulness and relaxation in training courses, projects, mentoring, consultancy and research.

Heather Parnell

Heather Parnell

Heather is a visual and public artist who has many roles in Arts and Health, including Artist in Residence at Cwm Taf University Health Board.

Chris Ryan

Chris Ryan

CHRIS RYAN has been Director of Arts Care Gofal Celf (ACGC) for the last 18 years. ACGC was founded in 1987 and  delivers a range of arts, health and wellbeing programmes, primarily  across West Wales.

Dr Frances Williams

Dr Frances Williams

PhD candidate at Manchester Metropolitan University (studying Arts in Health as a social movement in the context of devolution)

Andrea Davies

Andrea Davies

Arts in Health & Well-being Coordinator, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Dr Catrin Hedd Jones

Dr Catrin Hedd Jones

A Chartered Psychologist who has worked in the Dementia Services Development Centre since 2012. Catrin is a bilingual lecturer in the School of Health Sciences at Bangor University and is  passionate about researching and listening to the lived experience of people living with dementia. 

Emily Underwood-Lee

Emily Underwood-Lee

Emily Underwood-Lee is Research Fellow at the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling.  She teaches at both undergraduate and post-graduate level at the University of South Wales and leads on a number of research and public engagement projects. She has published extensively on storytelling for health and performance and the maternal.  

http://staff.southwales.ac.uk/users/1418-efunderw

 

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