Meet our Team

Founding Director

 

Katherine Brown

Beauty and Utility Arts was founded in Summer 2011 after a decade in the third sector working with adults and children living with mental ill health, dementia and learning disabilities on work including day to day support, Supported Employment and as Fundraiser for the Midlands for a national charity.

In 2005, I was stopped in the corridor by comedian Charlie Chuck who asked if I would like to take a show to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. There’s only one answer to that, and it’s ‘yes’. A dedicated team of 10 adults with learning disabilities and support staff worked hard to make it happen, and the end result was a seven night stint at Venue 45 – most days to a sell out audience.

On day one, there was a line of nervous singers, actors and performers behind me on Princes Street as we handed out flyers. By the last day, confidence was high, conversations with Festival  visitors were flowing and there was even talk of approaching De Montfort Hall! That’s when I realised the power of Arts and Health, and everything else has grown since then.

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Associates

Associates creative practitioners we work with on a regular basis. They support and inform our work at every level.


Mandeep Dhadialla

 

Mandeep has worked in printmaking for the past seventeen years, since training in Fine Art at De Montfort University, Leicester. She has previously worked in Museums, across varied roles including using natural history collections as a creative source of inspiration for outreach workshops. Alongside her printmaking practice, Mandeep continues to work with Arts and Heritage Organisations delivering printmaking and bookmaking workshops across the East Midlands and is a member of The Society of All Artists, Leicester Print Workshop and Harborough Artists Clusters

 

Kate Wiltshire
Kate Wiltshire has been painting for most of her life and in a variety of media to stay flexible and prepared to respond to whatever the subject or inspiration.Her time is divided between her personal painting practice and community workshops to help people to learn new techniques and develop their own visual language.
Being an artist is natural, but staying an artist is hard for most of us, and the reason I love delivering workshops.
There is a real therapeutic value when people gain confidence to try a new process and be joyfully surprised by their results.
Kate exhibits her work at Warwickshire Open Studios, in group shows and at The Courtyard Gallery, Stratford Upon Avon.

 

 

 

Katie Sone

 

Hi I’m Katie Sone a writer and workshop facilitator with a specialism in writing for wellbeing and mindfulness. I have over 18 years experience of working in the arts in Leicester and Leicestershire managing events and projects, fundraising and workshop delivery. For the last five years my focus has been on writing and delivering writing for wellbeing, relaxation and mindfulness sessions across the community – including libraries, community centres, for NHS staff and older people.
I’m pleased to come on board as an Associate for Beauty and Utility Arts having seen first hand the positive effect on participants’ wellbeing through some of the projects delivered.