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Michelle Baharier

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I am a Contemporary, #multidisciplinary, practicing artist, curator, performer, poet and Facilitator. I #paint, #draw #perform I am, #figertive #abstract #expressiom #physcdialc and digtail

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Personal Statement:  I make sinks that talk and water that catches fire. I have a reputation for being extraordinary, and engaging new audiences. I am a socially engaged artist. I am influenced by my own heritage, Punk D.I.Y and life’s journey. My work voices the unseen, invisible the unheard, bringing neglected stories to life. Throughout 2020 I have developed virtual ways to connect with collaborations and audiences.

Work to date:

2021: I have been awarded funding from the Arts Council England, to work with the London Transport Museum on an ongoing project throughout 2021, collecting bus stories with people who face barriers.

Commissions: by Disability Arts online to paint five portraits of disabled people and I am also a regular blogger for them.

by Ivan Riches and Richard Downes via disability arts on line to write poetry.

Private portraits painted continuous.

By the Priory in Nottingham and Bethlam Gallery London to work in partnership on a performance with artist Chris Lewis-Jones, we are performing a tea ceremony.

My poems have been published in the Brown envelope book, by Alan Morrison and Kate and Jay-R published by Caparison, an anti-austerity anthology. I am in three other publications due out this year.

I am exhibiting in ‘The curators salon’ with South London Women Artists April 23-May 23 2021.

I was part of a live Arts development agency’s DIY weekend and invited to be inspired by the work of Katharine Araniello.

2020: I my work went online and I used Youtube to reach audiences with live art and experiences. I had my work exhibited in Spain and by Mad Covid alongside many other websites. I am funded by Unltd to deliver psycho-geography walks throughout Bermondsey in Southwark working with the local unemployed population, collecting local stories for walks. My walks often attract wide interest and funding from Public Health.

My work is exhibited by the Bethlehem Gallery and as one of their artists I have been commissioned to work with an Artist in another part of the country to collaborate on a performance piece.

I am a member of the Sharp Gallery and I had a residency during 2019-20 on-line and I have worked with them and presented workshops at The Welcome foundation. As a member of Sharp my work has been exhibited at Dulwich Picture Gallery in London.

My piece Miss Havisham’s Wedding Dress was exhibited by the Museum of the Mind in 2019/20 as part of an exhibition exploring the experience of people who used mental health services. I am an ambassador for Outside in and a blogger for Disability Arts Online. It was then exhibited in ‘Women for all seasons’ an all women artists show in March 2020.

2019, I was commissioned by Turning Point to work with homeless people to deliver psychogeography walks in West London, notably under the Westway. I was commissioned to paint a private mural for an international company. I was part of the Live Arts Development Agency addressing Grand Mothers who Fuck, DIY workshops. 

In 2017 I was invited to work with a group of Disabled Artists ‘VISION’ to highlight The ‘2017 World Para Athletics Championships’ we collaborated by painting a mural on London’s Shoreditch Art Wall,

 
I have been running psycho-geography walks for decades and developed a collaborative walks with communities such as  ‘The Largactyl Shuffle.’ This project is named after Chlorpromazine, one of the first anti-psychotic drugs, whose side effects included a deterioration of motor functions that often manifest in a slow shuffling walk. I have co-designed psycho-geographical, with CoolTan Arts participants, who are people with mental distress. The Largactyl Shuffle has been commissioned by the Southbank Centre for Liberty Festival 2012, the Science Museum 2013/14 and now by Southwark Council’s Public Health department 2014-2018, bringing art to new audiences and new places without prejudice. In 2014, Art Angle invited CoolTan Arts and to develop Van Gogh walks in collaboration with Saskia Olde Wolbers piece ‘YES, THESE EYES ARE THE WINDOWSIn collaboration with M Sánchez-Camus
 

 

 

Education and Qualifications:

1985-1987         Slade School of Fine Art             P.G.Dip Fine Art.
1982-1985         Exeter College of Art and Design  BA Hons 2:1
1984                 Hochschule für Bildende Künste Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main Germany Exchange.
1981/82             Watford College of Art and Design Foundation.

2006                 ILM                                             Level 3/5 management 7level 5 coaching

2004                 School of Social Entrepreneurs  Certificate
2001-2002         Morley College                          City & Guilds 7307 Certificate in teacher training
1998-1999         The London Institute                  Diploma in Digital Media.

1997-1998         The London Institute                  Certificate in Digital Origination

1993                 Goldsmiths’ College                  Certificate in Supervisory Management

 

1980                 Hertfordshire County Council     Stage II Youth and Community Work.

Exhibitions

Exhibition History

Other Solo and Featured Exhibitions:

2017               Digital drawings                                             Bermondsey

2016               Paintings                                                        Cafe Deli Felice

2015               our Mothers ourselves                                   CoolTan

2015               Affordable Art Fair                                         Battersea

2014               Women’s  make art                                       CoolTan Arts Gallery

2013               Rag show                                                       Morley College Gallery London

2013               Post Card to the world                                   Cumming Museum London

2012               Bench                                                            Camberwell Green London

2012               Dickens fashion show                                    Team London Bridge

2012               Rag show                                                       Alternative  London fashion show

2011               Gingko tree                                                    Camberwell Green London

2009               Michael Faraday                                             Faraday gardens London

2008               Made at Morley                                               Morley College gallery
2008               Sculptures                                                      Temporay sculptures Outside IoP Camberwell London

2007               Transference                                                     IoP Gallery London Uk
2001               Maybe baby                                                     Carnegie Library London Uk
2001               Imaginary Landscapes                                      Café Prov, & West Norwood Library London Uk
1999               Mural                                                                 The Royal Bethlem Hospital Library London Uk
1998               Shop till you drop                                            Southwark Women’s Centre London Uk
1996                Blurring the Frontiers                             Diorama arts centre sponsored by London Disability Arts.
1996                Lennons on Sale again                          Collaboration with Israeli artist Daniel Baharier, Gallery                                                                                  Yeffet 28, Israel.
1996                Ghost of CoolTan                                   Don’t fuck with this gallery,
1995                On show                                                  Wella head quarters London Uk
1995                Positive                                                   Stoke on Trent University.
1994                Come out to play-performance               Anarchy festival Brixton,
1994                Liberated Libido                                    Coventry Gallery.
1994                Seascapes                                               Workshop Gallery.
1994                Wage Labour                                         Printed Matter, NY,    NY., U.S.A.
1994                Someone to watch over us                     Converse Gallery Glasgow, then travelled Britain.
1994                Homeless persons project                      Travelled the UK, with H.I.P
1992                Like Insex we won’t go away                 Commissioned by and for Nose Paint Toured various venues in UK
1991                Sound in the elevator                              Art in General, NY, NY, USA
1988                I am elimination reiteration                     London/I.C.A./Diorama toured UK
1986                Next Year in Jerusalem                          Performance/installation Submarine Gallery 

Education

Education History

Education and Qualifications:

1985-1987         Slade School of Fine Art             P.G.Dip Fine Art.
1982-1985         Exeter College of Art and Design  BA Hons 2:1
1984                 Hochschule für Bildende Künste Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main Germany Exchange.
1981/82             Watford College of Art and Design Foundation.

2006                 ILM                                             Level 3/5 management 7level 5 ccoaching

2004                 School of Social Entrepreneurs  Certificate
2001-2002         Morley College                          City & Guilds 7307 Certificate in teacher training
1998-1999         The London Institute                  Diploma  in Digital Media.

1997-1998         The London Institute                  Certificate in Digital Origination

1993                 Goldsmiths’ College                  Certificate in Supervisory Management

 

1980                 Hertfordshire County Council     Stage II Youth and Community Work.

Teaching Experience

Current Role

Age Exchange Faclitor

Course 1

It is using Art is a socail setting

Employment History

History

Professional Profile: I am a practicing socially engaged multidisciplinary artist, passionate about the role the arts plays in keeping people well. I have taught and facilitated across sectors including, Adult Education Colleges, Universities (degrees), Museums, Community groups and in disability-led creative arts organisations, teaching non- and accredited courses. I am a dynamic, compassionate and empathic person with a wealth of experience of working with diverse groups of people through adult education, formal/informal settings that make learning fun and exciting. I am educated to MA level and have a C&G 7307 (Teaching Adults) qualification.  

 

Proven abilities: A creative tutor able to work build collaboration with other across sectors and work in partnerships to delivery cultural learning activities. Ability to present/communicate learning ideas to diverse groups and at all levels in a confident and eloquent manner. I have used and trained other staff to use RARPA (Recognising and Recording Progress and Achievement) on non-accredited learning programmes. I am comfortable with measuring the effectiveness of initiatives and activities. I am able to develop schemes of work, write lesson plans and adapt to meet people’s learning styles, Excellent organisational skills with the ability to prioritise tasks, keep calm under pressure and meet tight deadlines. I encourage and motivate people to achieve for the best for themselves.

 

Subjects taught: All visual arts, painting, drawing, cut outs, some printmaking, textile printing, some digital arts crafts. History of Art, Cultural wellbeing and health walks, walk leader training, poetry and creative writing. I have run community workshops in Cooking, knitting and creative writing. I set up a self-advocacy course for people with mental –distress. I trained in and have delivered training in Social Model of Disability, Mental health awareness, the five ways of well-being, Well-being in the work place and the DIY Happiness Model. Due to being an entrepreneur I have taught Business skills for CEOs and senior leaders at the London Business School.

 

Key Achievements

Pioneered an Arts in Mental Health, used RARPA to pioneer an Arts on Prescription model

Innovator such as themed cultural walks ‘the Largactyl Shuffle’ and Cool Walks.

Creator of UK’s first Mental Health self-advocacy group which became an accredited course and won many awards.

Films ‘Making it Happen’ about the effects of personal budgets on the lives of people with mental distress.

UnLtd award winner on the second learning journey to India.

Published a number of Poetry books

Published a Food for Mood cookbook

 

Career Summary

Artist Director                                          FruitCake Creative                                            September 2016 –on-going

Key Responsibilities: Building up partnerships for socially engaged art, in the community and other settings.

Key Achievements: UnLTD award,received November 2019, to work in Bermondsey to deliver socially engaged art

 

Tutor                                                       St Mungos/Turning point                                              April 2017 – ongoing

Key Responsibilities: Working with homeless people of mixed abilities. Running a cultural/history walk project for hard to reach communities which meet the five ways to wellbeing and enable adults with multiple issues to have an improved quality of life. Tutor for Diary Project using drawing enabling students to learn new skills and talk about their lived experience. Exhibited at the centre.

 

Consultant/Tutor                                   Public health Southwark – Freelance               September 2018 – ongoing

Key Responsibilities: Arts and cultural well-being projects for hard to reach communities This project works alongside social prescribing

Key Achievements: Planning and development of well-being walks for the community.

 

Consultant                                           Peer Fest National Committee                         August 2016 – ongoing

Key Responsibilities: Peer lead mental –health work I am leading on the festivals annual event and working with award winners. I am a member of the National planning team committee. I am building partnerships with creative Peer-lead groups.

Key Achievements:  I introduced an innovative model for the Marsh Awards for corporates.

 

Freelance Artist/Tutor                           Vision                                                                  2016 – ongoing

Key Responsibilities: Painting Murals for public spaces with a group of Artists who have learning disabilities.

Key Achievements: Mural on Hoxton Art wall for the Paralympic games June 2017.

 

Consultant /Mentor                               Freelance                                                          2011 – ongoing

Key Responsibilities: Working with social enterprises /not for profit organisations to build their capacity, create and deliver on mission and vision, write strategies, build financial portfolios and develop their PR and branding messages.

Key Achievements: One organisation gained a portfolio for the arts with the Arts council.

 

CEO, Founder                                        CoolTan Arts                                                   June 1993 – May 2016

Founder: I was the driving force of CoolTan Arts. As the CEO, I oversaw and taught on programmes of arts workshops that were funded by the learning and skills agency. I provided leadership, inspiration and mission. I delivered the strategic & artistic direction including the curriculum of activities. I secured sustainable income through funding contracts, service level agreements and developed a Friends Giving scheme. Oversaw all Quality Marks. Led a team of 24 staff and 200 volunteers annually. Managed relationships with key stakeholders and developed partnerships across relevant sectors.

 

 

Chair of Trustees                                  CoolTan Arts                                                    Feb 1996 – Sep 2004

I secured buildings/contracts. Curated exhibitions, organised live events, oversaw development, managed & supported volunteers, represented CoolTan as an ambassador nationally & internationally. Raised funds for staff & managed them.

 

 

Visiting Lecturer and teaching roles

Visiting Lecturer                                     London Business School                       Jun 2006 – Dec 2011

Fine Art Tutor                                         Morley College                                       Sep 2002 – June 2014

Visiting Lecturer – Foundation                 West Ham Technological College           1996

Visiting Lecturer – Degree                      Exeter College of Art and Design degree 1996

Visiting Lecturer – Foundation                Southwark College                                1996 

Visiting Lecturer – Degree                       St Martin’s College of Art and Design     1995

Course Tutor, Access to Art course         Lambeth Adult Education College           Sep 1994 – June 1999

Lecturer                                                 Watford College of Art & Design             Oct 1986 – June 1993

I was also Manager/Curator (Submarine Gallery), Youth Worker (H&F), Youth Worker (Alma Rd Youth Centre) in the 1980s

 

Other Roles

Trustee of the Mental Health Providers Forum                                                     June 2011 – May 2016

Chair Tenants and Residents Association                                                           Jan 1997 – Jan 1998

Trustee of Southwark Arts Forum                                                                       June 1986 – June 1987

Trustee of CoolTan Arts                                                                                     Nov 1997 – Sep 2004

 

Education & Training – short courses

Many continuous personal development sessions especially through the NHS and Inclusion London

 

ILM accreditation to become an Action Learning set facilitator                              2016   

D.I.Y Happiness trainer and facilitator                                                                 2016

ILM Coaching certificate                                                                                      2013

Train the Trainer                                                                                                 2011

Skills in Supervisory management ILM level 5                                                      2006

Walk leader training                                                                                            2006

Foundation and diploma in Fundraising the Institute of Fundraising                       2006/7

ILM Supervisory management skills                                                                    2006

Entrepreneurship Skills School of Social Entrepreneurs                                         2004

C&G 7307 (Teaching Adults) Morley College                                                        2002

Goldsmiths NVQ level 3 Supervisory Management                                               1992

Youth & Community Skills Hertfordshire county council                                         1979

 

Education

Digital Media Diploma London College of Communication                                     Sep-96 – June-99

C&G Digital Origination                                                                                      Sep-97 – June-98

MA Slade School of Fine Art                                                                              Sep-85 – June-87  

Exeter College of Art & Design – BA 2:1                                                                 Sep-81 – June-85  

Art Foundation Watford College of Art & Design                                                     Sep-80 – June-81

 

Memberships

Institute of Fundraising

ALF Action Learning for Facilitators member of Action Learning set facilitators

Alumni University of the Arts

Alumni Slade School of fine Art

Fellow of Royal Society of Arts

Fellow of the School of Social Enterprise

 

Interests: to many to list: Visiting Art exhibitions/history, Poetry readings, walking, swimming, music and travelling.  

 

 

 

References available on request 

Research Interests

Interests

I am interested in the human condition and how we respond to life, how we live out our lives and journey through time, recording changes in life as we go through the stages of change.

I am interested in residencies that allow me to respond to the place where I am like a tourist, only looking for things on the tourist’s map- show me your social housing.

 

Associations

Member of

Axis web site

Visual Artists Association
Sharp Gallery

Outside-in

Visual Artists associations

South London Women Artists

Alumni Slade School of Fine Art

Fellow of Royal Society of Arts

Fellow of the School of Social enterprise

Alumni Exeter College of Art and Design

South London women artists association

 

Artists Newsletter  

Awards

Awards and Trophies

 

 

Awards:

 

2021               Arts council Developing your creative practice

2021              Arts council Lottery

2020               UnLtd

2015               GSK IMPACT Award

2014               HEE south London health education NHS

2012               CoolTan Arts has been recognised as a ‘Creative Hero’ in the Mental Healthy, Mental       Health Hero

2010-11          CoolTan Community Project Award

2006               UnLtd India learning journey

2005               UnLtd Working with women and Art

2004               UnLtd Women make Art

 

1996               Art of Housing magazine with Nat West Markets.
1995               Slump.
1987              Julian Sullivan Award – The Slade School of Fine Art.
1985              Spring Board competition – Exeter Arts Centre.

Contact Details

Represented by

Michelle Baharier