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Ep 3: Whose safe spaces?


When you take a closer look at who participates in culture, health and wellbeing research projects you’ll see that similar kinds of people are represented time and time again. So, what barriers to access are we creating when we bring culture, health and research together? And what can we do to enable a diverse range of people to fully participate in cultural programmes designed to address health and wellbeing needs?

Please note, this episode features a discussion about hate crime against a disabled woman. If you want to skip over this, the timings are as follows: [15:22 – 15:50]

Host
Dr Robyn Dowlen

Guests

  • The Culture Box team (Professor Victoria Tischler, Dr Hannah Zeilig and Dr Errol Francis) on the role of culture in alleviating loneliness and isolation for people living with dementia from Black and Asian communities, and the challenges associated with care homes research. [1:10 – 8:54]
  • Grace Quantock on the barriers research creates for those holding multiple marginalized identities. [9:44 – 19:44]
  • Tamsin Cook and Anne Collins (Mafwa Theatre) on co-creating theatre with women with a range of migration circumstances who are living in Leeds. [20:30 – 31:54]




Resources

Audio credits: To&Fro in collaboration with Verity Watts at Chapel FM. To&Fro was created by ‘The strong and powerful ladies of LS9 7SG’

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Guest biographies

Professor Victoria Tischler
 

Professor Victoria Tischler

Professor Tischler is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. She has a PhD in psychology from the University of Nottingham where she worked for 12 years. She retains an honorary position at the University of Nottingham Medical School. Her research interests focus on creativity and mental health and multisensory approaches to dementia care. She is co-executive editor of the journal Arts and Health: an international journal for research, policy and practice. She has worked as a curator in the outsider art field and she serves on the scientific advisory board for Boots UK archive.

Dr Hannah Zeilig
 

Dr Hannah Zeilig

Hannah is a social gerontologist with a background in literature and theatre. Hannah has written about the role and value of the arts for people with dementia and the complicated ways in which our culture represents ‘dementia’. She collaborates with a range of colleagues from clinicians to scientists and artists and has investigated the possibilities of artistic co-creativity with people with dementia. Hannah is co-investigator on the UKRI funded Culture Box project (2020 – 2021).

Dr Errol Francis
 

Dr Errol Francis

Errol studied photography and fine art at Central Saint Martin’s. His research at Slade School of Fine Art, focused on postcolonial artistic responses to museums. Errol was head of arts at the Mental Health Foundation and director of the Anxiety Arts Festival 2014, Cyborgs 2019 and leads the curatorial research group PS/Y. Errol is content producer for Culture Box, a project at University of Exeter promoting social interaction and public health through the arts for people living with dementia.

Grace Quantock
 

Grace Quantock

Grace Quantock is a therapist, writer and researcher exploring trauma informed creative technologies. She is based in Wales and works across health, social care and human rights. The author of the e-book Beyond The Boundaries, Quantock has been published in The Guardian, The Metro and The Fabian Review; she has also appeared in The New Yorker Online, The Observer and The Times. Explore her work at http://gracequantock.com

Tamsin Cook
 

Tamsin Cook

Tamsin is Co-Artistic Director of Mawa Theatre CIC and has been working as a theatre practitioner since 2012. Tamsin is a community facilitator and director predominantly working on collaborative performances. Aside from her work at Mafwa Theatre, she enjoys honing her spoken word skills, learning traditional Celtic tunes as a beginner fiddle player and her work in prisons as Community Director for Imagine If Theatre.

Check out their website: www.mafwatheatre.co.uk, TwitterInstagramFacebook and online shop – to keep up to date.

Anne Collins
 

Anne Collins

Anne Collins is a performer, writer and all-round creative person who is based in Leeds. She has been a Mafwa Theatre Member since 2018 and at the beginning of this year became a Mafwa Theatre Associate Artist, embarking on a year long programme with the company to develop her artistic skills and career path. Anne is a keen singer and is a member of Harmony Choir, Asmarina Voices and Holbeck Choir. Anne regularly performs with and represents Mafwa Theatre at events, has previously performed at the Leeds Transform Festival and is a campaigner with Lift the Ban. She volunteers for Refugee Council and Women’s Health Matters.


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