Michelle trained and worked as a theatre designer, has a Masters in ceramic design and is a self-confessed ‘material’s geek’. She has been the producer and facilitator of creative workshops with teenagers and older adults for over ten years. She regularly facilitates sessions for people aged one to a-hundred-and-one to share her knowledge and explore her passion for the Arts further.
Michelle has taught puppetry and costume design at the Central School of Speech and Drama. She designs and delivers workshops in a variety of media on the community, family and public programmes at Dulwich Picture Gallery in London, as well as at the Phoenix Gallery in Brighton; and as an Associate of TMD International, for corporate events.
Michelle worked for six years at Dulwich Picture Gallery in the role of Community Engagement Manager and is the proud recipient of a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Travel Fellowship. Completing research in the US and Australia in 2014 in the category – ‘arts and older people’.
Her experience, understanding accessibility to and through arts for socially excluded or isolated community groups, as well as, cultivating research partnerships and training for wellbeing, has transformed her career. Since 2015, Michelle consults for museums and arts organisations on best working practice for engaging isolated older adults and people living with dementia with arts activities. Last year Michelle was an invited guest and plenary speaker at the 9th Annual International Arts and Health Conference in Sydney, Australia.