Ms Lisa Stewart
Name: Ms Lisa Stewart
Job Title: Personal Tutor
Address: Cornwall College, Camborne, Trevenson Road, Pool, Redruth, Cornwall, TR15 3RD
2003 to Present: personal tutor on Foundation Studies Programmes facilitating creative courses for adults with mental health and learning difficulties
2006 to 2008: lecturer in A&M dept, on Access to Art-Ceramics module, HND Textiles-Plaster module and 1st Dip Art & Design-3D Studies
2006 to 2007: researcher and facilitator - "Spontaneous Combustion" community projects
2007 to 2008: course manager and personal tutor for Foundation Programmes mental health area
Lisa Stewart and Roger Davison published 3 issues of "ARTICHOKE", a quarterly, independent art magazine with a fourth to follow. Issues are available throughout Cornwall College.
The idea behind the project.
The inspiration for the magazine came from the international journal of intuitive and visionary art "Raw Vision"; to present and promote creative practices in Cornwall which operate on the boundaries of mainstream art.
The publications followed the participatory research projects, "Spontaneous Combustion 1 & 2" (featured in both local and national press), which explored different approaches to creativity. They examined how those who felt excluded could be supported to present their work to a wider audience. Their work was included in exhibitions alongside recognised artists and students at Cornwall College. Lisa worked with Linda Styles and Jo Forsyth on these projects. Creating a magazine seemed a logical next step to support this process.
Lisa's experiences have heightened her awareness of how living with mental health difficulties impacts on creative practice, both in terms of inspiration for creativity, loss of confidence and self-esteem as well as coping with the stigma and fear of rejection when approaching galleries.
Lisa has ideas to develop and support future similar projects.
Lisa and Roger have compiled a toolkit for those with no previous experience to produce a community of interest magazine.
For more information please contact: email@example.com or view www.artcornwall.org.uk.
We are currently working on producing a fourth magazine and funding it ourselves, because we feel very passionately about the importance of continuing this project.