During this arts-based workshop Bobby Lloyd will introduce her work and the the concept of Portable Studio. The Portable Studio was developed with Debra Kalmanowitz in the 1990’s in response to their work in the former Yugoslavia, under Art Therapy Initiative (ATI).
Bobby will talk about the ongoing work of the charity Art Refuge UK, which has, over many years, supported displaced populations in Nepal through art and art therapy. Bobby will introduce the charity’s developing programme; including its recent work post the April and May 2015 earthquakes and the need to adapt the work of the charity to embrace the new realities and needs on the ground. Jess Linton will share her experiences both pre and post-earthquake, and together they will explore what Portable Studio might mean in this context.
This will be an active seminar space in which the group will be invited to join in and contribute ideas and reflections. In the afternoon, Bobby and Jess will lead an experiential art-making workshop, in response to themes emerging from the morning’s session.
Bobby Lloyd is a visual artist, HCPC registered art therapist, clinical supervisor, lecturer and writer. Her work has taken her to countries of political conflict and social upheaval over two decades. She is chair of the charity Art Refuge UK (www.artrefugeuk.org). She is co-lead artist of the drawing shed, a contemporary arts organisation based on two housing estates in East London (www.thedrawingshed.org ).
Jess Linton is a visual artist and HCPC registered art therapist. Jess has been working as an art therapist volunteer for Art Refuge UK between March and July 2015. In this role she has been supporting refugee communities in Kathmandu, Nepal. Since Nepal’s devastating earthquake in April Jess has also been working with local displaced and affected children and communities, as well as professionals in the areas affected.