Sian Hughes is one of Creative Alternatives’ arts facilitators. Sian has been working in Arts in Health for a number of years through workshops, residencies and commissions. Latterly, she worked in a 6-year residency in Glan Clwyd Hospital North Wales where the brief was to engage patients and staff in creative activities as part of a holistic approach to health, wellbeing and recovery. When this ended, she joined Creative Alternatives. She is thoroughly enjoying working in a team and exploring a huge range of exciting art forms and projects as part of Creative Alternatives core workshops. Sian loves seeing how participants develop these ideas further by creating their own work.
Sian also runs workshops for similar organisations in North Wales, as well as running programmes that explore her particular field of expertise – the Cyanotype process.
Sarah is one of Creative Alternatives’ arts facilitators. She graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University with a Fine Art Degree in 2004. During this time she studied painting in the Cypress College of Art and as an exchange student in Universitat de Belles Artes, Barcelona. Since graduating she has exhibited across England and Wales and in Cologne. As a Director and Studio Manager of Arena Studios and Gallery from 2005 – 2010 Sarah was charged with the day to day running and overall direction of the studio group and gallery. Sarah\’s professional practice centers around painting and involves the multiple laying of forms, gestures and planes of colour to create internal and external landscapes with architectural references. Sarah\’s work can be seen on high profile public art projects which include Go Penguins Liverpool 2009, Lions of Bath 2010 and Rhino Mania, Chester 2010. Sarah facilitates workshops and art activities for young people and adults across the North West encouraging personal artistic development and a deeper awareness of the visual arts.
Sheryl is one of Creative Alternatives’ arts facilitators. She has been part of the team of Creative Alternatives since 2007 working as both referral officer (maternity cover) and artist. Sheryl is a Community Artist and has worked with various client groups including the homeless, young offenders, clients in palliative care, mental health units for clients with dementia and children and young people with special needs. Sheryl has also worked in Romania on a pioneering dramatherapy and playtherapy project and spent six months living and working in India facilitating community drama and storytelling projects. Sheryl holds a degree in in theatre from Rose Bruford college, London. She is also a trained writer and mindfulness for health teacher and holds certificates in both dramatherapy and counselling. She feels passionate about the value of therapeutic writing and working expressively through play. Sheryl is excited about the application of mindfulness based approaches to the creative arts and is currently working towards becoming a fully accredited Breathworks Mindfulness Teacher. Additionally Sheryl is commencing training as an Occupational Therapist at Salford University in September 2014.
Hazel is one of Creative Alternatives’ arts facilitators. She has been facilitating creative workshops for a number of years in different settings including day services, YWCA, and arts for health programmes. With a background in education, teaching English, Drama, and Art, Hazel became increasingly interested in the wellbeing of her students and the health benefits of creativity, eventually retraining in integrative psychotherapy. Hazel has always derived great pleasure and
satisfaction from making and writing. Her creative activity over recent years has focused on felt-making and painting with inks, and she has exhibited her work in various galleries and spaces. She completed an MA in Creative Writing in 2011, and then started to deepen her understanding of how writing enhances wellbeing through ongoing mentoring from poetry therapist Jill Teague. She is a passionate advocate of writing as a wellbeing practice, knowing from her own experience how it can excite, empower, ease, and heal, and loves seeing people surprise themselves with what they can create with words.
Over the years Creative Alternatives has commissioned a number of artists working different media, including:
- Abi Horsfield (drama)
- Wibke Hott (expressive play and multi-media)
- Crystal Stewart (creative writing)
- Squash Nutrition (healthy food company)
- Lisa Barry (photographer)
- Adela Jones (visual community artist)
- Gemma Lewis-McAlpine (photographer)
- Chaturangan (Indian dance company)
- John Ayling (Ceramicist)
- Selina Dunne (Art Therapist)
- Rachael Radford (Creativity & Health Worker)
All of our workshops are delivered by artists who we commission on a freelance basis. All of the artists have experience of working in community and health settings and each brings to the project a particular expertise, e.g. drawing, dance, sculpture, or photography.