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Clive Parkinson

Clive Parkinson was made the Director of Arts for Health following the retirement of Peter Senior. 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.

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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.

In 2010 he returned with Peter Senior to MMU to work on preserving and developing the Arts for Health Archive as a source for researchers and practitioners.

Dr Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt

Principal Investigator, 'Evaluating the Relationship between Arts and Cultural Engagement and Long-Term Health' as part of the Cultural Value Project instigated by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

In 2013, Rebecca was appointed to assess the ethos and archival holdings of arts and health organisations across Greater Manchester, in association with Lime, as part of the AHRC's Cultural Engagement scheme. In 2014, she returns to Arts for Health to undertake research as part of the AHRC's Cultural Value Project. This is based on the finding, by research teams in the Nordic countries, that regular exposure to cultural activities in general, and to film, live music and visual art in particular, increase longevity. In the UK, little analysis has been undertaken of the relationship between cultural participation and long-term health outcomes. The overarching aim of this research is to develop an evidence base for the long-term effects of arts and cultural engagement upon physical and psychological health. Rebecca will travel to Finland and Sweden, to speak to the relevant research teams about their methodologies. She will also consult arts and health professionals in the UK and the Nordic countries, with a view to making a series of recommendations that enable the long-term effects of cultural participation to be evaluated in a way that is meaningful to the sector.

Dr Katherine Taylor

Clinical Psychologist, Dementia & Imagination

Katherine is a clinical psychologist and has worked in a range of settings, both clinically and as a researcher. She is employed within Arts for Health in MIRIAD as a Research Associate on the £1.3 million Dementia & Imagination project, which seeks to evaluate and understand the role of the arts in dementia care.

Arts for Health and Contemporary Curating Intern

Zoe Watson

Zoe has recently completed the Contemporary Curating MA course at Manchester Metropolitan University. With the intention to take her existing passion for working in this field into a professional environment, she has since started a post at the University as a Curatorial Intern where she will be assisting with both the Holden Gallery programme and Arts for Health. Zoe will be researching for, and co-ordinating the production of an exhibition that will combine both Arts for Health and the Holden Gallery in the summer 2013 programme. Zoe will also assist with enabling the exhibition tours to two other venues internationally.

Affiliate Member

Claire Ford

Following her degree in embroidery at MMU, Claire took part in one of the annual training courses at Arts for Health, and subsequently undertook an internship, where she develop innovative approaches to the arts and dementia. Following her recent Churchill Fellowship where she expanded her understanding of the impact of the arts on the quality of life of people affected by dementia in the USA, she is now embarking on an intensive period of activity in this field of development and research.