Kathleen Boodhai: Studio 1. Ground Floor. Saturdays 1pm – 3pm. July 2 2011 – August 25 2011.

A series of conversations and workshops investigating ‘Contemporary Art & Well-being’.


The aim is to explore interventions between arts practice and well-being and develop ways in which the artist, with the involvement of invited participants, can bring a wide range of professional skill and insight into well-being through a process of dialogue and engagement. One of the aims is to capture and evaluate the impact of art and well-being as a reflective practice. The artist will explore the methodology developed to produce artistic and social outcomes.

In the period April-July, I will research and develop links between contemporary art and well-being. The artist and invited participants will explore the spaces and environment at the building and surrounds, from a mental, emotional and spiritual perspective. A response will be produced as an artwork or performance. This process is aimed to provide opportunities for artist and invited participants. A ‘mutual exchange’ will be generated between artist and invited participants to inform the product. The experience will enable development in creative practice. It will identify the way contemporary art in this site-specific environment can be of value to well-being through this unique collaboration and the communication techniques to explore ways in which the process can involve and empower.

“…the arts can facilitate improved communication skills of mental health service users, helping relationships with family and mental health providers; provide ways for people to express themselves, stimulating creativity and enhancing self-esteem” Study by Dr Rosalie  Staricoff (2004)

Report of Mental Well-being Impact Assessment (MWIA), 2010


“There is increasing recognition that people’s health and wellbeing is influenced by a range of interconnecting factors. Indeed, the World Health Organization suggested over 50 years ago that health is a complete state of physical, mental and social wellbeing…”

The Arts, Health & Well-being, The Arts Council England Report  for the Arts Council England’s first national strategy for the arts, health and wellbeing 2000

Kath Boodhai: studied at Northumbria University BA Hons Art History 1995-2000; Newcastle University MA in Museum, Gallery and Heritage Education Studies 2006-2008.Cultural Practitioner in the field of the value of arts and communities ongoing

2 thoughts on “Kathleen Boodhai: Studio 1. Ground Floor. Saturdays 1pm – 3pm. July 2 2011 – August 25 2011.

  1. ‘In Conversation’ with Dee Shaw

    The idea of ‘identity and memory’ is conceptualized and in some instances literally ‘embroidered’ in Dee’s work. Dee mentioned the book ‘The Poetics of Space’ by Gaston Bachelard. The essays explore the ‘lived-in and human experience of architecture (and how this) affects and shapes the development’ of buildings and spaces (and us)! I feel that it really captures the essence of some of the elements of the project, the ‘mental, emotional and spiritual perspective…’ as ‘explored by the artists and ‘invited participants’ in the spaces and environment at High Bridge and surrounds. Shared ideas from
    The Book of Touch (Sensory Formations) by Constance Classen

    ‘This book puts a finger on the nerve of culture by delving into the social life of touch, our most elusive yet most vital sense. From the tortures of the Inquisition to the corporeal comforts of modernity, and from the tactile therapies of Asian medicine to the virtual tactility of cyberspace, The Book of Touch offers excursions into a sensory territory both foreign and familiar. How are masculine and feminine identities shaped by touch? What are the tactile experiences of the blind, or the autistic? How is touch developed differently across cultures? What are the boundaries of pain and pleasure? Is there a politics of touch? Bringing together classic writings and new work, this is an essential guide for anyone interested in the body, the senses and the experiential world’
    See link http://www.bergpublishers.com

  2. I very much enjoyed working with Kath’s group in High Bridge. I worked for 13 years with similar members in an artist led project and have always found it a very rewarding and symbiotic relationship. In a calm, creative and non competitive atmosphere the session became as much a conversation time with the making of the pieces and the discussions being in perfect harmony. It is always good for me as an artist to be questioned about my practice in a direct way. the group asked where my ideas came from, how I chose the medium and why I was interested in the particular theme I am working with. These conversations fix my ideas in my mind.
    Working with the themes around identity we had interesting discussions and I think it was very beneficial for the group to learn how artists can use this as an inquiry for our practice.
    The little porcelain faces, painted and given personalities are the result of working in a space that the group felt comfortable in and able to give their creativity a day out.
    Thankyou to all who attended.

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