Showcase Smoothie

Katherine is the project manager of Showcase Smoothie, an exciting new Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust project, funded by Arts Council England.

‘Showcase Smoothie’ is a literature and music based project, targeting adults with experience of mental health problems. A prototype of ‘Showcase Smoothie’ has been selected by CSIP as one of only ten National Beacon Projects and featured by the BBC as part of their Headroom Season (also featuring Ruby Wax, Stephen Fry and Myra Syal). A film has been made about it by the young people’s charity, Trutube and this has featured at the BFI (British Film Institute). A film made by ’Video Nation’ has been showcased on 10 ‘Big Screens’ located across the UK. The project has also been documented by the UK’s leading mental health journal, ‘Mental Health Today’. Showcase Smoothie is championed by Professor Antony Sheehan, Professor Lord Kamlesh Patel of Bradford and Dr Mohammed Al-Uzri. It is partnered by Leicester University, renaissance one (the literature company), BrightSparks (Voluntary Arts in Mental Health Group), Akwaaba Ayeh and Beauty & Utility Arts.

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust is actively seeking participants for its first year’s project cycle. Applicants (for the project as a whole) may be male or female and come from any cultural background, however we are particularly seeking participation from young men of culturally diverse backgrounds and in particular, young black men. For more information, please email Project Manager, Katherine Brown at



About beautyandutilityarts

My name is Katherine Brown and I run Beauty and Utility Arts, an Arts and Health project management service. I have over a decade of experience working with vulnerable groups and individuals in roles including support worker, Supported Employment Advisor and Community Fundraiser for The Midlands. Now, I manage a range of Arts and Health projects involving carers, people using mental health and learning disability services and the over 50′s. I specialise in developing ideas, fundraising, full project management, consultation, workshop provision, sourcing artists, Social Enterprise, event planning, SROI and exploring sustainability options. Since beginning Beauty and Utility Arts in January 2010 I have worked on a range of projects including comedy workshops, placing public art into health centres, setting up a Social Enterprise, project managing Showcase Smoothie, developing mental health walking projects and running arts based reminiscence workshops for the over 50′s, all of which is detailed in my blog (
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