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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 (www.beautyandutilityarts.com)

Resource produced for Hinckley and Bosworth borough residents recently diagnosed with dementia.

    Yesterday we soft launched our resource produced for borough residents recently diagnosed with dementia. By Katherine Brown May 21st 2014 Beauty and Utility Arts have been commissioned by The Hinckley and Bosworth Health and Wellbeing Partnership to develop … Continue reading

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Look what we made! – Completing our Donnington intergenerational project

On Tuesday we completed our Donnington le Heath based intergenerational project, working with participatory artist Rikke Digerud and film maker Trevor Cobbe. There were hugs and kisses and once again I felt a little bit sad at our work coming … Continue reading

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Books in Prisons – changes to the Incentives and Earned Privileges scheme

Changes made to Incentives and Earned Privileges for prisoners has sparked a huge response from artists, writers, charities, academics, ex prisoners and many many others over the last week. One implication of these changes is that prisoners can no longer … Continue reading

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Two new intergenerational projects for 2014

Intergenerational work is something I really love setting up and getting involved in. You never quite know how a project is going to run or what kind of responses you’ll get from those participating. Last year Beauty and Utility Arts were … Continue reading

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Days 34 – 40 #5ways2wellbeing

Day 34 #takenotice I’m a Dementia Champion and fully support the need for more people to become Dementia Friends. Have you seen this fantastic film using a bookcase analogy? http://youtu.be/5SpQxD90lyE Day 35 #takenotice No two days are ever the same … Continue reading

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Days 23 – 33 #5ways2wellbeing

Day 23 #take notice – Did a 5 min desk tidy & polish to refocus! Day 24 #takenotice A reminder of an alcohol misuse DVD we produced in partnership with Lunchbox Films and people using alcohol support services at Hinckley and … Continue reading

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Days 17 – 22 #5ways2wellbeing

Day 17 – #beactive Boy did that feel like a long day! Option 1 felt like the one to go for – close the curtains, make some nice food and say hello to the sofa. Options 2 was to go … Continue reading

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