Our Administrative Staff
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’ve been a practising artist and creative arts facilitator in healthcare settings for many years. I’ve become very interested in the powerful therapeutic benefits that creativity brings to our health and wellbeing. My MA in Arts, Health and Wellbeing has given me a deep understanding of this sector.
I have lived experience of life-changing illness and the difference creativity makes to managing such experiences – I still make, paint and create as often as I can.
I’m passionate about high quality, accessible arts and healthcare programmes for everyone. I’m in my element at Artlift because I can combine my skills with my love of all things creative.
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’m also Development Associate with Glos Creative Health Consoritum partner Art Shape working on carnival, fundraising and as Co-Chair of the country’s Arts Disability Advisory Board.
Former senior roles have been with GDance, Gloucestershire Academy of Music, 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.
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.
Dr Gillian Rice (Chair)
Sue Burling (Company Secretary)
Dr Katja Baczko