Find out who we are, where we're from, and why we're so passionate about arts in health!

 

Ben

 

Ben Pearce

Director

Ben joined us in November 2014 and, as Director, he leads the charity, working with the Board of Trustees and the team to determine our overall vision and strategy. He is developing new partnerships, initiatives and funding streams to ensure that we can meet our objectives and grow nationally in the coming years.

Ben was previously Project Director of the Royal Academy of Arts’s Lottery-funded Burlington Project, working with different departments to redevelop, restore and unite two historic buildings and fill them with new learning, collections and heritage programming. Prior to this, Ben managed two key projects as part of the High Street 2012 Olympic regeneration programme. Ben has an MSc from LSE, where he also won the 2004 Titmuss Prize for outstanding achievement in Social Policy, and a BA from the University of Warwick. Ben is passionate about social change and using art for public good.

Favourite work from the collection: 'Sundrops' by Sir Terry Frost

Three things that inspire me: London, novels, my friends and family

Favourite arts destination: Bankside and our very own Menier Gallery: it’s all happening in SE1!

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Amisha Karia

Head of Collections & Programming

Amisha joined the team in 2013. As our Head of Collections & Programming, she develops the charity’s artistic vision for our art collection, projects and commissions. Amisha manages the delivery of our services across the UK and is the curator of the Paintings in Hospitals collection. She oversees the evaluation of our work, so we know how best to continue to engage and inspire the people and communities we support.

Previously, Amisha worked for University of Hertfordshire Arts, managing the university’s art collection and exhibitions such as 'ArtHouse' featuring artworks by Tracey Emin, Yoko Ono, Rachael Whiteread, and 'Camp Coo' by Caroline Achaintre, as well as commissioning site specific installations and organising events. Prior to that, Amisha worked for Bexley Heritage Trust, Derby Museums and 198 Gallery. Amisha is a Museums Association Diversify Fellow, has an MA in Art Gallery and Museum Studies from Leicester University, and has a BA in Arts Management and History of Art from DeMontfort University.

Favourite work from the collection: Obviously, I love every work in the collection equally…

Three things that inspire me: Positive, passionate and determined people

Favourite arts destination: I love going to Documenta in Kassel, Germany, when it’s on...which is only every five years :S

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Thomas Walshaw

Communications & Development Manager

Thomas joined the team in 2013. As Communications & Development Manager, he promotes the Paintings in Hospitals mission. He hopes that the more people who see and value the work we do, the more help we'll get towards inspiring better health and happiness for everyone. When he has a spare moment, Thomas enjoys a good cup of coffee and supports both the planning of our annual events and the implementation of our fundraising strategy.

After graduating from Leeds Beckett University in 2009 with a BA in Photography, Thomas pursued a career in the non-profit arts sector: from being an Archive Assistant at the National Media Museum to being Arts Development Coordinator and Marketing Manager at Fabric: Forum for the Arts. Thomas’s experience has given him firsthand knowledge of the power of art to revitalise both people and places.

Favourite work from the collection: 'Nineteen Greys A' by Bridget Riley

Three things that inspire me: Subversiveness, kindness, great music

Favourite arts destination: The Photographers’ Gallery

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Stephen Feather

Gallery & Office Coordinator

Stephen joined us in 2014 and oversees the coordination of exhibitions and events in the Menier Gallery. The gallery supports our work by offering a striking space for artists to exhibit their work and for visitors to enjoy art in the heart of London. Stephen also manages the smooth running of our London office, supports fundraising activities and enjoys a sneaky biscuit in the kitchen when no one is around. (Shhh!)

As a practicing artist and graduate from Kingston University with a BA in Art, Architecture and Design History, Stephen has continued to pursue his career in the arts sector. From working for high-end commercial galleries to local community arts centres, Stephen has gained firsthand experience of working with artists and the power of art to inspire, enthuse and improve wellbeing.

Favourite work from the collection: 'Calasetta Bay II' by Ian Watson

Three things that inspire me: Orange chocolate, Surrealism, Charles Bukowski

Favourite arts destination: The National Gallery

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Lauren Greenwood

National Coordinator

Lauren joined us in 2013 as our Regional Administrator. Lauren supports the Regional Coordinators around the UK, looking after many of the practicalities of our artwork loans. She works with the Head of Collections & Programming to make sure our collection is well cared for. Lauren is also a database pro and administrates ours, developing it to ensure it meets our needs our exceptionally diverse needs.

Prior to becoming part of the Paintings in Hospitals team, Lauren was Gallery Coordinator for the Worcester Arts Workshop, and honed her keen admin skills in a variety of roles. She graduated from Goldsmiths College in 2010 with a BA in Art Practice. Lauren is passionate about widening access to art and culture.

Favourite work from the collection: 'Arunjex' by Eduardo Paolozzi

Three things that inspire me: Drawing, cheese, psychogeography

Favourite arts destination: The Barbican

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Margaret Proudfoot

Collection & Gallery Technician

Margaret is a practicing artist who joined the team following an Artbridge residency in 2001: working with older people in residential care to produce new works for the collection. Margaret has been a part-time member of the team ever since, helping to monitor and maintain the works in our collection, preparing them for loan and for display in our regional hub sites. She supports our teams around the UK sharing her knowledge of art handling procedures and display/presentation. She also works with our exhibitors in the Menier Gallery, overseeing the technical aspects of the exhibition programme.

Margaret studied Fine Art/Sculpture with Printmaking at Camberwell and continues to produce and exhibit her own work, most recently in the 2015 RA Summer Show. Her post-college experience at the National Maritime Museum informs her care of the collection and her history of exhibiting proves invaluable when working with our Menier Gallery exhibitors.

Favourite work from the collection: 'Connection I' by Norie Hatakeyama

Three things that inspire me: Craftsmanship, cartography, writing

Favourite arts destination: Wellcome Gallery (Their exhibitions provide an amazing synthesis of arts and medicine, both historic and contemporary.)

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 JL

 

Dr Jayne Lloyd

Research and Evaluation Associate

Jayne joined the team in August 2016. She will be helping to review and update our evaluation processes and looking at how we can effectively research, contextualise and evidence the impact of our work.

Jayne has a BA and MA in fine art and, when she has time, enjoys drawing, making sculptures and responding to site-specific commissions. Over the last 15 years, she has worked in arts facilitation, management and development roles for a wide range of community, health and social care and education organisations. Through these roles she developed a strong interest in how artists collaborate with different sites and communities. Jayne began a practice-based PhD at Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2012 that explored the role of arts in dementia care. She submitted her PhD in June and is hoping her time at Paintings in Hospitals will give her an opportunity to apply and further develop her research skills.

Favourite work from the collection: I’m really bad at picking favourites and haven’t seen the whole collection yet but I do love working in an office surrounded by artworks!

Three things that inspire me: Wandering, swimming outdoors and looking at, reading about and making art

Favourite arts destination: Yorkshire Sculpture Park (especially James Turrell’s Deer Shelter)

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Margaret Weller

Collections Assistant

Margaret joins the team in January 2017 and will be working with us for six months. She will be assisting with collections care and documentation and will be writing new interpretative labels for the many artworks in our collection.

Margaret has worked in museums and art galleries in the UK and Canada. She has an MA in Curating the Art Museum from the Courtauld Institute of Art and has a BA in History and History in Art from the University of Victoria. Having worked in a wide variety of museum roles, Margaret’s visitor-facing experiences have solidified her belief that everyone’s life can be enriched by art.

Favourite work from the collection: I find myself drawn to abstract designs, landscapes, portraits, a little bit of everything, so it’s difficult to pick just one favourite!

Three things that inspire me: The ocean, great design, a good book

Favourite arts destination: Art on the Estate at Canary Wharf (It animates the urban landscape with public art.)

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Janet Bates

Regional Coordinator (East)

Janet is our Regional Coordinator for the East and has been part of the team since 2011, combining her role with her own art practice in Cambridgeshire. Janet works with care providers across Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. She has recently been focussing on developing engagement activities with service users and staff to ensure that they get the most from our artworks.

Janet graduated in 2010 with a BA in Fine Art after previously working in publishing for over 20 years. She joined Paintings in Hospitals to help make art more accessible to people facing the challenges of ill health, particularly in the area of mental health, firmly believing in art’s restorative effect.

Favourite work from the collection: 'Snow at Bramfield' by John Akers

Three things that inspire me: Walking in the great outdoors with my dog, art and reading

Favourite arts destination: Kettle's Yard, Cambridge (I want to live in the house!)

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Lisa Fawcett

Regional Coordinator (West Midlands)

Lisa is our Regional Coordinator for the West Midlands. She develops relationships with care sites in the area, facilitating loans of artworks to best suit their unique needs.

Teaching is Lisa's trade, engagement and inspiration her mission! Lisa's background is in education and she has worked both in schools and for the NHS, with groups from Nursery age to Care Homes. She now also works in Access and Learning in a national museum and loves to see how experience of art can help visitors to feel more positive.

Favourite artwork from the collection: 'Hockney's Dog' by Mychael Barratt

Three things that inspire me: Great British weather, reading, my family

Favourite arts destination: Wolverhampton Art Gallery

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Bronwen Gwillim

Regional Coordinator (South West)

Bronwen joins the team in 2017 as Regional Coordinator for the South West. Bronwen has worked in arts and health for over 20 years as a freelance artist, workshop leader and project manager and, despite having worked in the field for so long, she is still inspired by transforming healthcare environments through art.

Bronwen first discovered our charity 15 years ago when she was Arts Coordinator for Musgrove Park Hospital and is now excited to be developing Paintings in Hospital's unique presence in the South West. Bronwen completed an MA in textile design in 2015 and since then has tried to keep her creative practice going. A new studio with lovely light should provide just the inspiration she needs to move away from the computer and get her paints out.

Favourite artwork from the collection: I really enjoy 'Smokescreen' by Therese Oulton. It reminds me of being by water.

Three things that inspire me: Playing with colour, being on my canal boat, walking the South West's coastal paths

Favourite arts destination: Hauser & Wirth gallery in Somerset is a treat.

 

 

Michala Pearson

Regional Coordinator (North East)

Michala joined the team in September 2016 as Regional Coordinator for the North East. She oversees the wonderful regional display at York Hospital and spends her time organising and delivering art loans and engagement activities for care sites across the region.

Michala has a background in theatre, education and museums and is driven by a passion to make the arts inclusive, uplifting and accessible to everyone. She has recently completed her MA in Cultural Heritage Management and is looking forward to swapping her textbooks for works of art!

Favourite work from the collection: I’m still exploring and discovering the collection and thoroughly enjoying searching for a favourite.

Three things that inspire me: Trees, teacups and great art.

Favourite arts destination: Salts Mill, Saltaire, Bradford

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Stephanie Roberts

Regional Coordinator (South Wales)

Steph joined the team in 2015 as Regional Coordinator for South Wales. She oversees the regional display at University Hospital Llandough, which is hung along the longest hospital corridor in Europe. She spends her time promoting Paintings in Hospitals around South Wales, and recuperating after pacing up and down the mile-long corridor at Llandough!

Steph balances her work for Paintings in Hospitals with a career in museums, and is interested in the weird and wonderful physiological effects that looking at art can have on our bodies, and the positive benefits that art participation can bring to people of all ages.

Favourite work from the collection: 'Patient's Progress' by Paul Roche

Three things that inspire me: Looking at art, talking about art, making art (and my Dalmatian, if I can sneak a fourth)

Favourite arts destination: Lady Lever Art Gallery, Liverpool

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Daniel McCatty

Regional Coordinator (London & South East)

Daniel joined the team in October 2015 as Regional Coordinator for London and the South East. He is very busy building new relationships and facilitating new loans of artworks to care organisations across the capital and surrounding counties.

After graduating in Drawing and Printmaking from University of the West of England in 2012, Daniel discovered a love for public art collections at the Royal West of England Academy. Daniel was Senior Accounts Manager at The Future Factory prior to starting his new role but now works in arts and health to ensure that those in need can access museum-standard artworks.

Favourite work from the collection: 'Cambridge Stairs' by Mark Eban

Three things that inspire me: German Expressionist prints, music, and my friends

Favourite arts destination: The American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore (or the whole City of Philadelphia)!

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And the invaluable help of many volunteers across our regions.