Facilitator/ Project Manager
Helen and Susie met in 2008 when Susie was researching and devising a model of community engagement ‘The Art of Engagement’, as part of the Cultural Leadership Programme. They have since worked together in an artist partnership called Four Colours, commissioned by the Olympic Delivery Authority to deliver an artist-led community engagement process in Woolwich. Helen works for Audiences London, as their Head of Engagement Services. She has previously worked as a Participation Officer for Children and Young People, a Community Arts Officer for Salford CIty Council and for an Outsider art gallery in New York. She is a trustee for the youth led organsiation SE1 United.
Helen is interested in the conversations, risks and creativity that emerge when you bring people together that don’t normally meet. She likes the art, integrity, humour and positivity that comes out of these situations. She is also interested in how much of the world you can change if you put the right people together.
Shenelle began working with Tia and Susie over 10 years ago when she founded a local film project for young women at Hoxton Hall for her peers. Since 2005 Shenelle has been a Peer Mentor with Skyway, designing and delivering workshops for young people around sexual health, relationships and mental and physical well-being; a facilitator/performer within Big Fish Theatre’s Unwanted Sexual Contact Programme and co-director of ATC Theatre Company’s youth summer programme. Recently she has studied Art Management and Administration at Birbeck College University of London.
Shenelle believes that creative freedom can encourage new direction and self-motivation and she enjoys using her skills to engage new audiences and participants. Shenelle’s work focuses on devising and writing original performance, she is performing and collaborating with the Humourisk Cabaret 2012.
Fiona moved to London from Ireland in 2009, she is a filmmaker and her work is usually in the form of documentary. Fiona holds a MA from Chelsea College of Art and Design and is a recipient of the LAUNCH Emerging Artist’s award 2006. Her solo exhibition, entitled ”Waiting Room” 2007 led to residency ‘Art for Socially Responsible Transformation’ in Italy. Selected group exhibitions and documentary projects include Antwerp, Bangkok, Milan, Lagos, Nigeria, Jamaica and Ireland.
Fiona met Susie in 2011 while working as an artist with Studio 3 Arts where they collaborated on the Thames Ward Belonging Project creating the silent comedy ‘Who’s Belonging?’ with local people in Barking and Dagenham.
The focus of Fiona’s work is conversation and dialogue, which comes about as part of a shared process between artist and participant. She is interested in breaking down and challenging the boundaries of fine art practice, society and documentary.
Fiona’s films can be seen on her website www.fionawhitty.com