The project is commissioning three artists or collectives to work with community groups in order to produce creative work using health data.
Working with RISE:
Working with Oasis Project:
7000 Trees is a new creative agency focussing on producing and promoting multi-disciplinary arts practice. Led by the sound and performance artist Daniel Hignell-Tully (Distant Animals) and the photographer Lee Coppleston, 7000 Trees enables creative professionals and aspiring artists to produce, promote and distribute their work through a framework that seeks to both support socio-ecological methods, and to champion the use of environmental and ethical materials and processes. With a background in education, participation, digital technology, and experimental practice, the collective seeks to produce work and create spaces that explore socially-conscious and community-led artistic production, whilst maintaining a focus on contemporary and avant-garde approaches.
Oscar Romp is an artist and performer/DJ whose work is site specific, and encompasses live drawing in community settings, land/cityscapes and dance-club venues, exploring the themes of music, social-dance and cultural history. He works collaboratively with a wide range of client groups and has made public art for Kings College Hospital NHS Trust, Sussex Beacon, Oasis Project and the National Trust. When working collaboratively, the aim is not merely to pass on ‘making’ and ‘doing skills, but also to nurture the confidence and motivation in participants to become artists in their own right. I believe every living human has the right and ability to be an artist.
Alison Cotton is an artist and Inclusive Arts Practitioner, whose practice as a painter, although constant, has taken second place to her role as a facilitator of creative practice for and with others. She has worked with a range of community groups including Oasis Project, Rocket Artists, Open Arts Collective and Oyster Project. Previously a tree surgeon with a lifelong preoccupation with landscape and ecology, she often works outdoors with others in a participatory creative process that is not only phenomenological but also reciprocal, connecting group members to each other and to their environment. There has been a realisation that art-making need not be a solitary absorption, but can be experienced in a group, when it becomes a social process with an unpredictable life of its own.
Working with The Wellsbourne Centre:
After training as a graphic designer, Ian Leaver began developing his signature style as an artist. Experimenting with complementary bold and bright imagery, he presents fragments of the world which engage your attention. His interest in utilising art to raise awareness of inequality within social structures and to promote better mental health and wellbeing has led to collaborative work within the local community. This has included a community art project painting hoardings with local residents alongside The Trust for Developing Communities, Brighton & Hove City Council, Martin Homes and Wellsbourne Healthcare Community Interest Company. He has contributed to an ‘Arts in the Community’ Project with Brighton People’s Theatre alongside being part of the East Brighton ‘Our Place Festival’ Steering Group for Brighton Festival with Due East, Wellsbourne Healthcare CIC ,and local residents. In 2019 Ian created and ran the first ever East Brighton Art Trail, ‘Trailblazer’, displaying the artwork of local residents across a series of venues. This is now due to run in its second year in 2020. He has sold artwork internationally on his subjects of interest including vintage B movies, graphic art, sci-fi and live music. Such works have been published (Penguin edition of 100 illustrated adventures of Doctor Who) and displayed as part of key exhibitions (in Wolverhampton Black Country Museum). Along with exhibiting across Brighton and Hove and other cities, including Birmingham, Ian has appeared on Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year in 2019.