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Thursday 10th February 2022, 1:15pm - 2:15pm 

Participatory artist accreditation and self-care are both issues of debate for the field, particularly for artists working in arts and health contexts. Current discourse about self-care issues often centres around what individuals can do to support themselves to build resilience, particularly for freelance artists. Likewise, participatory artists have their work experience to call upon to demonstrate their skills and abilities for a new client but this can be an obvious issue for an artist at the beginning of a career, or when an experienced artist relocates or interacts with complex systems, such as the NHS. Too often the Arts and Culture sector relies on good will to support and develop participatory artists but what might happen if the sector took a greater responsibility towards professionalising the participatory artist support and accreditation as a sector norm like other professions? We explore these issues with two experienced artists working in England and consider a different professional paradigm. 

This webinar will be chaired by Professor Paul Johnson, University of Chester.


Daniel Regan

Daniel Regan is a photographic artist exploring complex emotional experiences, focusing on the transformational impact of arts on mental health, building on his own lived experience. He shoots commissions, personal works, delivers socially engaged projects and provides consultancy in arts & health. 

Daniel is Founder and Executive Director of the Arts & Health Hub, a non-profit organisation supporting artists that work in the arts and health sector. His particular interest and focus is on practitioner support for artists with lived experience of mental health difficulties. Previously Daniel worked as the Director of an arts and health charity in the NHS. 

Sarah Atter

Sarah Atter is an award-winning Manchester-based musician with extensive experience of devising and delivering education and community projects, student and teacher training, large-scale residencies and consultancy work. She works across a variety of fields including music in the community, healthcare, education, criminal justice and on collaborative cross-art form projects.

Sarah works as an independent practitioner and in partnership with organisations including Manchester International Festival, Streetwise Opera and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Sarah also lectures at The University of Manchester, the RNCM, and designs and delivers artist development training for TiPP, Chetham’s School of Music and Community Arts North West.