Arts and Creative Placemaking

18/05/2023 1:00 pm to 18/05/2023 3:00 pm

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This webinar aimed to uncover and share collaborative approaches working with artists and creative practitioners. We explored how creative practice can inform and influence the design of places through engagement with local communities and other partners.

We were joined by:

  • Hannah Waterson, NCCH Research and Policy Manager National Centre for Creative Health
  • Louise Nolan, Citizen, Artist, Designer, Maker, Facilitator
  • Dr Rachel Turnbull, Healthy Happy Places, Elijah Young, Co-Director of Mustard Stories Arts CIC. Eilis McGowan, Co-Director of Mustard Stories Arts CIC
  • Sara Cooper, Artist

Contribute to our online whiteboard and share your examples of art and creativity in your spaces and places. Access code: EHXFLH

Join the conversation: #HealthyHappyPlaces

If you’d like more information or would like to chat about the Healthy Happy Places programme we’d love to hear from you. Please contact [email protected]

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Louise Nolan


Places of Sanctuary, Mustard Stories Arts CIC



Meet our speakers

Hannah Waterson, NCCH Research and Policy ManagerHannah is Research and Policy Manager at the National Centre for Creative Health. In this role she aims to promote evidence-based policy and practice around creative health, working towards NCCH’s mission to advance good practice and research, inform policy and promote collaboration, creating the conditions for creative health to be integral to health and social care systems.

Louise Nolan (Make it Glasgow CIC)Louise Nolan is a ceramicist and the local artist in residence for Maryhill. Her practice centres around community networks and collaborative design led practice. Louise is passionate about leadership and building vibrant and creative places to live, work and play. With an MPhil in Art and Design in organisational contexts from Glasgow School of Art focusing on visual arts in youth work settings, and over 25 years’ experience working in communities facilitating experiential learning, Louise believes in working alongside local people and communities to tackle the consequences of austerity, inequality and poverty.

Elijah Young, Co-Director of Mustard Stories Arts CIC. Eilis McGowan, Co-Director of Mustard Stories Arts CICMustard Stories Arts is a community interest company based in Tyne & Wear. Our company ethos is all about storytelling for social change; working with communities to provide a platform to tell untold stories through all creative art forms. 

Sara Cooper, ArtistSara’s practice encompasses drawings, print, film and objects; often developed collaboratively in response to natural/urban environments and associated social histories. In 2017, she gained a post-graduate award in Collaborative Practice where her research addressed how artists engage with landscapes and ecology.

Her work has been represented in group shows including: Architectures of Displacement, Tate Exchange, Liverpool (2017), #Untitled10, Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle (2019) and Fragile Earth: weeds, seeds & plastic crust, mima, Middlesbrough (2019).

She has worked extensively in arts and engagement; leading, advising on and participating in a range of initiatives, including residencies, community projects, research and commissions within the publicly funded arts, heritage and architecture sectors.

Recent work has included ‘Re-imagining Pandon Dene’, a wildflower meadow co-created with Shieldfield residents, #YourPublicRealm working with communities on long-term planning for public space in Middlesbrough and developing artist commissions with Healthy Happy Places in North Tyneside

Meet the Healthy Happy Places Team:

Timothy Crawshaw MA MRTPI FRSA was the 2022 President of Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), working as an International Planning and Development Consultant in the areas of urban design, planning, green infrastructure, energy efficiency and sustainable transport. With experience in Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East, alongside an expanding UK practice, he has a specific interest in the role of the nature-based approaches to addressing the climate emergency, alongside improving health and wellbeing outcomes and tackling inequality.

Timothy is an experienced lecturer, trainer and facilitator with a passion for community development, and he continues to champion the role of planning as a key part of the solution to the challenges of our times. Timothy is currently the Chair of the Tees Valley Nature Partnership.


Dr Rachel Turnbull is a Programme Manager for the Academic Health Science Network North east and North Cumbria, who works in healthcare innovation leading regional projects in the North-East of England. Originally qualified as a clinician with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Rachel has developed more than 12 years’ experience in project management and service improvement roles across the North-East and has recently completed a further degree in urban planning and architecture. Her interests lie in the connections between wellbeing and urban design and how to support the creation of healthy, happy, fun places where people and communities can thrive.


Holly Hare is a Mental Health Project Coordinator at the ICS NENC. Holly has a research background obtained in Sociology and Criminology, qualified to master’s level, as well as having recently gained a specialist qualification in quantitative and qualitative methods and statistics from the University of Amsterdam. Holly is also pursuing a PhD in social prescribing and is undergoing further education via The Open University. Holly has experience working in primary care, third sector mental health, and is passionate about delivering excellent research projects and implementing their outcomes into the real world.

Healthy Happy Places

This event is part of a series of webinars being delivered by the Healthy Happy Places programme.  The webinars will be exploring a range of topics which will showcase perspectives from mental health, architecture and urban planning to explore why the built and designed environment matters when thinking about mental health and wellbeing. The design of buildings and the shaping of public spaces in the places we live, work and play contribute to our lived experiences, how we feel, and have the power to promote or stifle wellbeing and recovery.


The Healthy Happy Places programme is funded by the Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria (AHSN NENC) and the Integrated Care System for the North East and North Cumbria (ICS NENC) to develop a multi-sector approach for supporting and creating mental health and wellbeing through the built environment. Sign up to receive information about the programme.