FLOURISH is a free artist training programme from The Hera Partnership and Creative Future, with funding from Brighton & Hove city council. It's for creative practitioners new to Arts for Health & Wellbeing practice.
We are currently working with nine Brighton & Hove based artists, and we will be offering an additional ten spaces on a further training course later in 2022.
The training has been designed to support creative practitioners/facilitators who are interested in this field of Arts for Health and Wellbeing, and who are complete beginners or have up to 1-year of experience. It includes workshops, mentoring, and work shadowing opportunities.
About our current artists
Paulina's practice is located within fine art multimedia and includes printmaking, sculpture, video, and installation. Her work celebrates ‘the human’ and the imprint we create upon the world. She explores issues around the apprehensions of current ‘man’ through mythology, tradition, and experimentation. A recurring question for Paulina is what does it mean to be a human in the contemporary world?
Heidi's background is in photography, illustration, and display. In 2014 she began running art classes for children and went on to do art interventions. In 2020 she began working with HERA running classes for wellbeing for adults and teens. In 2021 she set up classes to support NHS workers.
Marta Jiménez Vaquero
Marta is a self-taught printmaker with a strong interest in mental health and wellbeing. Some of the recurring themes in her sketchbooks are centred around personal growth as well as the environment. Marta enjoys helping others develop their own creative self to nurture a better understanding of themselves.
Eva Louisa Jonas
Eva is a visual artist and co-founder of UnderExposed. She uses photography to explore the processes by which people are situated within landscapes, focusing on its expression in traces, gestures, and places. In her work as an Artist Educator, she facilitates creative workshops for LGBTQ+ young people, engaging them in sensory and group-based exercises to explore notions of agency, self, and place.
Karen is an artist who creates colourful textile art inspired by science. Masters graduate in Fine Art who formerly worked as a pharmacist. Recent artworks are inspired by the artist’s lived experience of undergoing medical investigations. Her masters paper discussing art made in response to illness has recently been published in an international journal.
Blair is a Brighton-based textile artist specializing in the craft of batik and has been developing his skills for 25 years. He is a self-taught artist who has kept his passion for textiles by adapting his practice and experimenting with different mediums to keep his ideas fresh and exciting . A principal theme in his work is creating the balance between the world and the influences around him. He has a strong emphasis on letting pieces of work develop organicity by not being scared to experiment.
Hannah is a lens-based artist located in Sussex. Working with traditional and alternative photographic techniques, her work often incorporates and repurposes archived photographs and natural materials. Her practice explores temporality and place, considering how place operates as a site of experience and memory.
Niki rediscovered her love of poetry while undergoing cancer treatment in 2019. She went on to receive Arts Council funding to become a poet in residence at Macmillan Horizon Centre, designing and delivering online workshops for people affected by cancer in 2020. Her poems have won second prizes in Second Light 2021 and Sussex Poetry Competition 2019 and have been published in ‘Coasters’ anthology, ‘Lighthouse' and ‘Flights’ e-journal. She lives in Brighton.
Tamsin is a mother, spoken-word poet, painter, musician, writer, and yoga teacher (@red_willow_yoga). She uses painting, performance, video, drawing, printmaking, photography, dance, sound, and social interaction to explore emotions and her connections to places. She works with Synergy Creative Community, a mental health organisation based in Brighton. She is also the founder of Wide Berth – a creative project enabling mums time to be free and honest about motherhood and mental health. www.tamsinwilliams.com