Recovery Partners: Recovery Partners is a mental health recovery project working across East Sussex. They are a non-profit organisation that is 100% user-led and run, who all have lived experience of mental health challenges and have been trained as Peer Support Specialists to empower others in wellbeing, respect, recovery, hope and inspiration. They offer services to individuals and groups, including 1-2-1 and group peer support and peer-supported drop-ins for people living with mental health challenges.
Ashley McCormick, Head of Learning & Participation, De La Warr Pavilion: Ashley joined the De La Warr Pavilion in 2014, with over 20 years’ experience as an artist and educator developing and delivering innovative, participatory public realm arts projects.
Vicki Painting: Vicki’s practice centres around photography and writing. Last year she completed her MA in Documentary Photography at USW Newport Doc Phot. She is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and spent ten years at the University of Sussex as a support tutor to students including those with mental health issues. She writes a monthly piece ‘Reflective Practice’ using her own photographs for Black and White Magazine and carries out interviews.
Antonia Chitty: Antonia Chitty MA MCIPR is a writer and researcher. She is currently working on a novel for a PhD in creative writing at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and slowly researching why we need to tell our personal stories and what happens when we do.
Jilliene Sellner is an art practitioner, DJ, sound artist and has been podcasting as ‘Canyella’ since 2006. She is currently developing workshops for the local community to learn podcasting skills for their own projects. Jilliene’s approach to her art investigations crosses between ethnomusicology, post colonial, cultural and feminist studies, digital cultures and psychogeography often through conversations and collaboration. While delving into any particular subject she tries to do so by excavating universal themes such as memory, loss and endurance, the latter in particular. Jilliene has been advising on podcast production, providing training, as well as editing and producing the Mother Lode Project podcast.
Lauren McLaughlin is an award-winning Scottish artist whose interdisciplinary work explores gender and parenting roles through the lens of Feminism. Lauren is also the founder of Edinburgh based social enterprise: Spilt Milk, which supports mothers in the arts through a peer membership network, online gallery and pop up exhibitions which make visible the often hidden and underrepresented voices of mothers in the arts.
Xaverine M A Bates, project coordinator: Xaverine is a multi-disciplinary artist exploring themes of gender, mental health and eco-feminism. She completed her BA Fine Art at Brighton University in 2008 and has been practising since then in East Sussex. She has initiated a number of projects, including aGender arts & education, riart Grrrls feminist arts collective and elemental with artist Clare Whistler.