The who’s who guide to the people involved in the project…
Director, Lydia Towsey
Lydia is the Arts in Health Coordinator for Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust and the chair of BrightSparks (www.brightsparks.wordpress.com) the award winning arts in mental health group. In these capacities she has developed and continues to direct a range of nationally recognised projects, including: Showcase Smoothie (www.showcasesmoothie.com) and Look-A-Lady-Ukulele.
Funding Officer, Peepul Enterprise, Juliana Sardon
Juliana has been working within the Peepul Enterprise team, one of the UK’s largest social enterprises, for more than 10 years, as the funding officer with sole responsibility for fundraising, partnership development, volunteers and grant management. She is responsible for creating community engagement programmes in the fields of art, health and well-being and sport. She has successfully managed grants awarded by Sport England, Arts Council England, Big Lottery, European Funding, ACE and different Trust & Foundations.
Mellow Baku, Lead Music Facilitator
Mellow is a highly experienced singer-songwriter, jazz vocalist and vocal tutor, working across genres and performing internationally, including at: The Barbican and Southbank (London), The Knitting Factory (New York), North Sea Jazz Festival (Holland), BBC Live Events, Kings Place London & more. Jazz Saxophonist, Courtney Pine OBE hails her as ‘A new voice in British music, with an original blend of reggae soul and jazz. Superb voice, brilliant music, a must for all.’
Jemma Bagley, Lead Art Facilitator
Jemma is an illustrator with over 20 years experience and a community artist specialising in adult mental health. Employed by Charnwood Arts as part-time Development Worker, she trained at Loughborough School of Art & Design; has sold her work in UK wide galleries. Jemma is the lead visual artist for LALU, editing our book of lyrics and facilitating across our Monday sessions.
Rebecca Percival, Lead Percussionist Facilitator
More info on Rebecca coming soon!
Nita Nathwani, LALU Ceramics Facilitator
Nita has practiced as a ceramicist since 2004. She completed a City & Guilds Ceramics Certificate (2006) & PGC Arts Practice course (University of Northampton, 2010). A member of Design Factory UK & Northants Guild of Designer Craftsmen, she has previously applied the notion of movement & music to ceramics. She has exhibited across UK & is fluent in Gujarati; competent in Hindi & Urdu.
Khush Nubian, LALU Mixed Media Facilitator
Khush Nubian is a Leicester-based artist working across collage, drawing, photography, lighting design and digital media. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, and recently completed an artist residency in India. Khush has an MA in Fine Art and has studied community and participatory arts at postgraduate level.
Sarah Green, Web-designer and Administrator
Sarah is a craft activist, performer and fine artist with particular interest in the application of crafts for activist action. As part of this research alter ego Super Crochet Girl was created (www.supercrochetgirl.wordpress.com). Recently Sarah has begun research into the therapeutic qualities of craft processes, specifically in relation to mental health. She has a BA Hons in Fine Art and an MA in Art in the Public Sphere.