The Artists

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Susan Merrick. Lead Artist and Project Lead. Contact: Photo of Susan taken by Zac Zenza.


Confirmed Artists/ Producers for 2019

Annis Joslin, Melissa Mostyn, Tanja Ostojic, R.M.Sanchez (Social Art Network), Jodie Hawkes, Barbara Touati-Evans, Bridget Floyer


Melissa Mostyn
Melissa Mostyn, Collaborating Artist 2018.  Melissa has enjoyed a portfolio career as an artist, writer and film-maker for over twenty years, adopting a variety of roles for Shape, Maverick Television, Disability Arts Online, Deafnitely Theatre, Architecture Week South- East, Tate and V&A. Before having children, for five years Melissa led a groundbreaking Deaf visual art project, Salon, funded by Arts Council England and the Esme Fairbairn Foundation, and had journalism published in The Independent, Esquire and Vogue. Since becoming a parent Melissa has committed herself to empowering others through her work, particularly Deaf women. She has presented in BSL for DeafHope, Women’s Aid, NHS Safeguarding and the British Society for Mental Health and Deafness, and published an e-book, My Daughter and I. Melissa’s last film, listen, even when your heart is crying (2014), was Official Selection for Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2015 and Best Documentary nominee in the CINEDEAF Awards 2015.




Barbara Touati-Evans
Barbara Touati-Evans, Collaborating Artist 2018. Barbara is a visual Artist using wool to create sculpture, installations and performance. Barbara is interested in neuroplasticity of the brain, connections that can be changed and how this can be utilised within communities and individuals.



Leah Thorn
Leah Thorn. Workshop Artist 2017. Leah is a poet working with both written and spoken word and film. Leah worked with Women in Prison during the project in 2017. Photos of Leah taken from her website.


Cate Field
Cate Field. Workshop Artist 2017. Cate is a lecturer, teacher, writer, singer and Artist working with textiles, yarn, visual digital art and sound. Cate worked with Youtrust Hampshire during the project in 2017.


Amy Dignam
Amy Dignam. Workshop Artist working with the You Trust Hampshire, 2017. Amy is a Visual Artist as well as the founder and curator of Desperate Artwives.


Rebecca harris
Rebecca is a Visual Artist whose work focuses mainly on Women’s bodies and our attitudes towards them. Rebecca worked on the project as a workshop Artist working with Women in Prison, 2017.