Phd study: Exploring how artists can work in a trauma-informed way

Funded by the South West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership

My PhD research is exploring trauma-informed participatory arts practice. As part of my research I am running two collage projects with service users at Devon Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Services this Autumn 2021. One will be in-person and the other will be online.

Above are images of collages made during the in-person project this autumn.

I have been fortunate to be mentored by and collaborate with artist Jean McEwan. As part of our time together we made this booklet from collages reflecting on self compassion and trauma-informed arts practice called Hold Fast Voyager.

The research has been ethically approved by the Geography Ethics Committee at the University of Exeter. To contact me about the research email cc943[at]

The participants in the first collage project chose to make a collaborative pamphlet for other service users at DRCSAS. It has been digitally printed and distributed. Here are a few of the pages they created.