Alison is an artist and engagement specialist with over 20 years experience of making and collaborating with communities on exhibitions, at festivals and with museums and galleries.

Alison’s artistic practice includes drawing, painting, mixed media, textile and performance. She has created thread installations for corporate customers, sold her work online and at exhibitions, collaborated with schools and communities on large scale artworks and murals, and created a collaborative curve stitching project, Threads, that explored the relationship between making and conversation.

She leads on the Art Doctors project for HATCH, 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 was Unlimited Theatre’s 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.