Admin Staff and Trustees
Artlift is run by a small team of dedicated managers, who work closely with our Co-Production and Steering Groups, our Trustees, and our diverse Artist Facilitator team, to shape our programmes and projects. Our partner Art Shape provides financial services.
Our Trustees come from a diverse background and bring together many skills and expertise as well as lived experience that help us to shape the future of Artlift and to further enhance the courses that we offer to those living with mental health challenges, chronic pain condition or who have recently spent time in Intensive Care.
Dr Joanna Wilde
Our Administrative Staff
Flourish Programme Manager
Having lived with mental health issues much of my life, I have a deep understanding of how the arts and creativity can support our wellbeing. Despite, or maybe because of this, I was co-founder and co-director of an international arts training organisation, Circomedia, for 16 years. Instigating the first accredited teacher training and BTEC courses for circus in the UK, I also project managed the creation of the award-winning Portland Square site in Bristol.
I was a producer for GDance, an acclaimed production and training company. With a specialism in inclusive dance practice, I also co-founded the National Inclusive Dance Network with Cath Wilkins. I love learning and I’m currently enjoying training in Systemic Constellations.
I’m a strategic and sector development consultant, fundraiser, producer and evaluator. I specialise in inclusive dance and arts practice. Alongside my role as Executive Director at Artlift, I have taken on on freelance roles with other arts charities, including Glos Creative Health Consortium partner Art Shape and Gloucestershire Academy of Music.
Former senior roles have been with GDance, international touring company Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, and the funding body NESTA. From 2012-16, I was Co-Founder Director of Create Gloucestershire and chaired the working party of the National Inclusive Dance Network. With Art Shape, I also co-founded and coordinated for 7 years Gloucester’s Carnival Arts Partnership, managed a county-wide ‘Elevate’ programme pushing forward cross-organisational best practice around disability in the county’s arts sector and set up the Disability Arts Board, which Artlift now attends.
MA by Research studentship
As a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner, I currently deliver a range of low-intensity cognitive behavioural interventions across a diverse range of clients. This is primarily to instil skills and practical strategies to help individuals cope with common mental health difficulties. Prior to this, I worked across a range of sectors and roles which included supporting an international development charity across their research projects.
Academically, I completed a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and am currently studying towards a Master’s degree by Research in Psychological Sciences at the University of Gloucestershire and in collaboration with Artlift.