Alongside my role as a freelance artist I am also the Director of arts and wellbeing charity the Free Space Project, based in Camden, north London. Founded in 2009 the FSP aims to relieve physical and mental suffering through the arts, providing arts therapies and projects to its 27,000 strong patient cohort and the local community. Based within Kentish Town Health Centre, a large NHS clinical centre designed with wellbeing in mind, my role involves working closely with the James Wigg GP practice using a social prescribing model to look at patient care.
My role as Director involves commissioning artists and curating our award winning exhibition space on the first floor, focusing on visual arts that explore health and wellbeing. Our exhibitions show the work of both established and developing artists with a variation of both solo and group exhibitions. Previous exhibitions have explored mental health, grief, tinnitus, invisible illnesses, learning disabilities and many more.
A key part of the my work is commissioning a diverse selection of artists to deliver wellbeing workshops to patients and those in the local borough. These range from one off workshops to longer projects and often focus on new and innovative ways to explore health and emotional wellbeing in collaboration with an artist’s particular practice. I also co-ordinate on-going projects (such as our Dance for Parkinsons group, an art therapy programme & more) as well as personally run a monthly peer group for artists exploring wellbeing in their practice.