Jessica BocklerJessica Bockler

Jessica is Creative Alternatives' Director. She also facilitates workshops for the programme, bringing in her expertise in theatre, expressive movement, mindfulness and voice work.

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John AylingJohn Ayling

John Ayling is one of Creative Alternatives' arts facilitators. He is an experienced ceramicist and has worked in a great number of community settings. John run pottery classes, as well as pottery wheel workshops and clay workshops in his studio in Liverpool and in schools and colleges around the North West and North Wales.

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Selina DunneSelina Dunne

Selina Dunne is one of Creative Alternatives' arts facilitators. She is a qualified Art Therapist who has used creativity alongside Psychotherapeutic techniques within her Therapist role with Children with Learning Disabilities and Adults suffering with Mental Health difficulties. Although, with her work with Creative Alternatives Selina is not fulfilling a role as an Art Therapist, she strongly believes that with any artistic expression there is enormous therapeutic benefit, offering individuals the opportunity to discover new aspects of themselves, and begin their own journey of self-healing. Selina runs her own Community Arts Facilitation Service, offering Schools and Community Groups creative workshops to enable expression, exploration and self-development. The workshops are tailor made for each individual group, offering a bespoke person-centred service from planning stage to the delivery of service.

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Sian HughesSian Hughes

Sian Hughes is one of Creative Alternatives' arts facilitators. Sian has been working in Arts in Health for a number of years through workshops, residencies and commissions. Latterly, she worked in a 6-year residency in Glan Clwyd Hospital North Wales where the brief was to engage patients and staff in creative activities as part of a holistic approach to health, wellbeing and recovery. When this ended, she joined Creative Alternatives. She is thoroughly enjoying working in a team and exploring a huge range of exciting art forms and projects as part of Creative Alternatives core workshops. Sian loves seeing how participants develop these ideas further by creating their own work.

Sian also runs workshops for similar organisations in North Wales, as well as running programmes that explore her particular field of expertise – the Cyanotype process.

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Claire LytleClaire Lytle

Claire lytle is one of creative alternatives art facilitators. She has worked supporting others in a range of roles working with a variety of client groups. She has been involved in a number of community projects include providing holidays and respite care for those with physical disabilities. She has also supported the elderly, those with learning disabilities and individuals with mental health difficulties to  get more involved in their local communities and to pursue their interests.  She has a background in psychology, graduating from Liverpool Hope in 2005. Her interest in developing a more holistic approach to psychological health and wellbeing led her to postgraduate study in Transpersonal Psychology and consciousness at Liverpool John Moores. Claire has enjoyed applying her psychology training and interests in the benefits of creativity within education. She has spent the past two years working with children and young adults with ASD and currently works at specialist college. She is a trained reiki therapist and is interested in the meditation, the benefits of mindfulness and yoga and breathwork. She also practices shamanic therapy and believes in the benefits of creative visualization and connection to nature in regards to wellbeing. 

Sarah Jane RichardsSarah Jane Richards

Sarah is one of Creative Alternatives' arts facilitators. She graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University with a Fine Art Degree in 2004. During this time she studied painting in the Cypress College of Art and as an exchange student in Universitat de Belles Artes, Barcelona. Since graduating she has exhibited across England and Wales and in Cologne. As a Director and Studio Manager of Arena Studios and Gallery from 2005 - 2010 Sarah was charged with the day to day running and overall direction of the studio group and gallery. Sarah\'s professional practice centers around painting and involves the multiple laying of forms, gestures and planes of colour to create internal and external landscapes with architectural references. Sarah\'s work can be seen on high profile public art projects which include Go Penguins Liverpool 2009, Lions of Bath 2010 and Rhino Mania, Chester 2010. Sarah facilitates workshops and art activities for young people and adults across the North West encouraging personal artistic development and a deeper awareness of the visual arts.

Rachael RadfordRachael Radford

Rachael is Creative Alternatives' Creativity & Health Worker and Referral Officer. She also faciliates workshops bringing her experience from her own arts practice. She studied Photography at The University of Central Lancashire and graduated in 2011. Her practice focuses on using image-making and creative writing as a healing tool. Rachael has worked supporting art workshop facilitation at Aintree Hospital and with Creative Alternatives and worked as a sessional worker for Activate Arts leading arts and play workshops with young people with learning difficulties. Rachael's arts practice is anchored in Arts-Health, mainly in mental health; she uses creative expression and artistic experimentation as a way to explore self-healing.  

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Sheryl ClowesSheryl Clowes

Sheryl is one of Creative Alternatives' arts facilitators. She has been part of the team of Creative Alternatives since 2007 working as both referral officer (maternity cover) and artist. Sheryl is a Community Artist and has worked with various client groups including the homeless, young offenders, clients in palliative care, mental health units for clients with dementia and children and young people with special needs. Sheryl has also worked in Romania on a pioneering dramatherapy and playtherapy project and spent six months living and working in India facilitating community drama and storytelling projects. Sheryl holds a degree in in theatre from Rose Bruford college, London. She is also a trained writer and mindfulness for health teacher and holds certificates in both dramatherapy and counselling.  She feels passionate about the value of therapeutic writing and working expressively through play. Sheryl is excited about the application of mindfulness based approaches to the creative arts and is currently working towards becoming a fully accredited Breathworks Mindfulness Teacher. Additionally Sheryl is commencing training as an Occupational Therapist at Salford University in September 2014. 

Other Artists

Over the years Creative Alternatives has commissioned a number of artists working different media, including:

  • Abi Horsfield (drama)
  • Wibke Hott (expressive play and multi-media)
  • Crystal Stewart (creative writing)
  • Squash Nutrition (healthy food company)
  • Lisa Barry (photographer)
  • Adela Jones (visual community artist)
  • Gemma Lewis-McAlpine (photographer)
  • Chaturangan (Indian dance company)

All of our workshops are delivered by artists who we commission on a freelance basis. All of the artists have experience of working in community and health settings and each brings to the project a particular expertise, e.g. drawing, dance, sculpture, or photography.


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