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Since Arts for Health was taken under the wing of Manchester Metropolitan University back in 1987 it has had many members of staff who have come and gone over the years but who have played a vital part in the organisations constant evolution. These include amongst others its first Director, Peter Senior and a cavalcade of staff to numerous to mention in their entirety but acknowledgment has to be made of Dawn Prescott, Charlotte Garner, Philip Pugh, Langley Brown, Rebecca Gordon-Nesbit, Katherine Taylor, Ellie King and Helen Felcey.

While many of these people were project-funded there have been a constant number of volunteers and interns moving through this space and particularly under and post-graduate students have been the lifeblood, who alongside numerous members of the North West Arts & Health Network and partner organisations, have contributed to rich outputs ranging from the Manifesto for Arts and Health to the co-facilitation of large-scale events like Chaos & Comfort. You can find out more about just a handful of the students here.

Dr Clive Parkinson

Clive Parkinson is the Director of Arts for Health and the convenor of the Manchester Institute for Arts, Health & Social Change. He has previously been Development Director of Arts for Health Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, a Health Promotion Specialist for Morecambe Bay PCT and Voluntary Sector manager supporting people affected by schizophrenia. He began his career as an artist working in a hospital for people with learning disabilities.

Dr Clare Devaney

Clare Devaney is an experienced researcher, strategist and communicator. She is a strong advocate for socially engaged practice. She is founding Director of Citizen-i Ltd, a platform for citizen-led research and civic innovation. As a Research Fellow with the Royal Society of Arts, she led its “Heritage, Identity and Place” (2014-7) and “Citizens and Inclusive Growth” (2017) programmes. Clare’s broad portfolio of consultancy work includes retainers with New Economy (GMCA), where she delivered the GM ‘Smart Specialisation’ and ‘Science and Innovation’ strategies (2013), and with Heart of Glass, St. Helens (2013-18), leading its successful Arts Council NPO bid in 2018. Clare has recently completed her PhD at the University of Salford. Her proposals for a new economic paradigm - “A Fourth Way” - are widely published and the subject of two TED-x talks. She holds both MA and BA degrees in English Literature from St Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge.

Dr Langley Brown

Langley Brown is a visual artist and researcher whose involvement with arts and health began in 1978 when he joined the Hospital Arts Team (later Hospital Arts, now Lime) at Manchester's St Mary's Hospital. In 1986 he was co-founder, with Peter Senior MBE and Professor Francis Creed, of START (Manchester) which he served as director for ten years. He helped establish related projects in Salford, Oldham and Stockport, and advised on setting up similar schemes around the UK. Since 2010 Langley has been preserving and developing the extensive Arts for Health Archive as a source for researchers and practitioners, which in 2017 was collated alongside other national archive material and taken into the Wellcome Collection for digitising and making freely, publicly available. Langley continues to work with us at Arts for Health in an honorary capacity.