Alison is an artist and engagement specialist with over 15 years experience of making and collaborating with communities on exhibitions, at festivals and with museums and galleries.

She leads on HATCH’s Art Doctors project, which playfully breaks down barriers to participation in contemporary art, and explores the positive role of creativity in all our lives.

Before setting up HATCH Alison worked within the arts and mental health sphere with Leeds MIND at Inkwell and as Programme Co-ordinator at Love Art Festival. She has also worked with Unlimited Theatre as Operations Manager, touring shows to festivals and other outdoor events, including headline events for Manchester Science Festival.

As a Director at Chapel Allerton Arts Festival, Alison was responsible for school and community engagement in participatory arts.

Alison has been a practising artist since 1997 and as part of her own artistic practice she created Threads, a collaborative curve-stitching project that explored the relationship between making and conversation.