"During my time on the creative and therapeutic arts course I facilitated workshops in a nursing home and school settings on a group and individual basis with individuals diagnosed with Dementia and Parkinson’s disease and children experiencing low confidence and self-esteem. My placement experiences enhanced my professional development on how to appropriately facilitate and evaluate workshops and to build therapeutic relationships.
After I graduated, I applied for the MA Fine Arts, Health and Wellbeing course. This course broadened my research skills and allowed me to network with various clinical settings. I conducted exhibitions at Nevill Hall Hospital, as part of the ‘Flora and Fauna’ exhibition and the Hearth Gallery in Llandough hospital.
Displaying my artwork in these settings allowed me to conduct appropriate evaluation against my aims and objectives for my projects, as I interacted with patients, staff and visitors.
I am now conducting secondary research into the positive health and wellbeing outcomes of incorporating artwork consisting of flowers and nature in healthcare environments. My art practice is continually being informed by secondary research where I explore painterly language through colour and composition in the subject of flowers.
Overall, the Creative and Therapeutic Arts course equipped me with the skills required to become a confident creative and therapeutic arts practitioner and also provided me with the opportunity to progress onto a postgraduate course.
My experience on both the undergraduate and postgraduate courses at USW enabled me to explore my chosen artistic specialism (painting) to its full potential, as I developed my own painterly language.
I would definitely recommend these courses to anyone who has a passion for the creative arts, and who wants to utilise their artistic skills to improve the health and wellbeing of others. My experience has truly been fulfilling and rewarding and I am excited to be a part of further arts and health projects in the near future."