My practice aims to expose the truth of our teachers’ lives while actively seeking ways to use the arts and creativity to support mental wellbeing within education. Through interviews, artwork and critical self-reflection, I’m taking you into the unknown world of Further Education, a forgotten place left behind by our government. A place of anxiety, fear, institutional conditioning and un-restrained pressures.
I hope you drift through this multi-disciplinary practice with an open mind; listen, learn and reflect on what is currently happening in this world. Take your time, allow yourself to fill this space with memories, thoughts and opinions. Write, draw, paint or simply just give yourself time to think. This is for you, to be part of. Your story is remarkable too. Recognise that one person can change the world, no matter how big or small that world is.
After all, creativity is fundamental to the human condition.
One Person Can Change The World
A reflective project, 2020
Today, I am letting you into a secret world within Education. One, which is often considered to be taboo, an unspoken truth which flows through each and every member of this sector in some way. Mental Health is something which effects everyone in the world in some way. But in Further Education, it’s almost as if we are still stuck in the 1800’s, whispering about our educators being crazy, forcing them out of their roles, into asylums and putting a plaster over the cracks in the sector.
This project is built to show why our approach to mental health has to change. The detrimental effect this is having on our Educational workplaces, and the world within it. It seeks to show you, to make you listen to real stories of this impact. It is here to share with you how creativity and the arts can be used to support our staff and students. It is here to make you see, to make you understand why. It is here for you to reflect yourself, and join the advocacy for change with both art education, and mental wellbeing.
This project is not only here to allow you to see the truth, and the need for change. This work wants to create a space for you to realise your own connections with mental health in Education, and to continue to support the need for change.
This isn’t the end; this is just the beginning…