While we belong to ourselves, a little bit of us belongs to everyone
A participatory-art project that aimed to improve well-being and tolerance through knowledge of how the brain works and increased understanding of ourselves and others. Caitlin worked with an exciting range of experts to draw on a diverse range of knowledge and experience of how we form our identities internally and how we perform them externally. This knowledge informed an exhibition of new work at Swiss Cottage Gallery in February 2018.
Made with support from Arts Council England
Andrew Lightheart - Facilitator
I am a leadership and communication specialist, working with inquiring, culture-focused leaders, teams and organisations. I’m also a presentation coach and author of Presentation Now (Pearson, 2015 - a WHSmith Business Book of the Month) and a group dynamics nerd. Queer and non-binary, my pronouns are he or they.
Dr Daniel Fulton - Neuroscientist
Daniel is Birmingham Fellow, Institute of Inflammation and Ageing, at University of Birmingham.
Daniel lectures on neuroscience and pharmacology at the University of Birmingham, and enjoys channelling his experiences of neuroscience through public engagement / science communication events.
Dr Nina Browne - Community Psychologist
Nina is a Clinical and Community Psychologist working at Owls, a new social enterprise. Owls vision is a world where anything is possible through collaboration and when communities are listened to and looked to for solutions. Her current work includes the testing and scaling of ‘Problem Solving Booths’ and co-developing ‘Public Living Rooms’ with the global social movement Camerados. Nina has spent her career working with marginalised communities in the UK and Australia, co-developing new ways to make psychological ideas and therapies more accessible. Her doctoral research ‘From Practice to Policy’ reflects her interests in how psychologists use their skills to influence social and mental health policy and she is passionate about sharing her learning through public engagement.
Andrew Lancaster - Impressionist
Andrew trained at the Drama Centre London as an actor and is originally from Lancashire. He has considerable experience of Shakespeare and has moved more and more into the world of impressionism, a talent he discovered he had when he was in his early childhood. Having begun by imitating teachers and his peers at school and drama school he took the plunge four years ago into the daunting world of stand-up comedy where he now performs his own short, live impressions act and is also writing his own sketch show. Also being a keen singer and military history enthusiast he is also a strong dancer and also enjoys martial arts. When not acting or visiting Mexico he seems to spend most of his time in front of YouTube trying to master impersonations!
Firiro - Tulpamancer
Firiro is a 20 year old tulpamancer based in the UK. With 6 years experience in the community he has 3 different tulpas, each of different ages. He is currently studying History at University and is a keen amateur musician.
Dr Samuel Veissière - Cognitive Anthropologist
Samuel is Assistant Professor in the Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry and the Culture Mind, and Brain Program at McGill University. He holds associate appointment in the Department of Anthropology and the Raz Cognitive Neuroscience Lab. An anthropologist and cognitive scientist by training, Dr. Veissière studies the interactions between cognition and culture in evolutionary, developmental, and experimental perspectives. His work in the lab examines the use of culturally mediated suggestion, attention, and expectations to facilitate healing. In the field, he specialises in the culturally-based promotion of resilience and anti-fragility, primarily in indigenous contexts.
Carrie Kirkpatrick - Clairvoyant
Carrie has been psychic all her life and started reading professionally in the Portobello Road when she was 18. She went on to read in London's top nightclubs before joining Merlijns*, in Soho where she stayed for ten years. She is clairvoyant, mediumistic and an empath.
Carrie also makes films, producing her own spiritually themed programmes and hosting pop-up TV studios at large mind body spirit events with her company Oracle Television.
Grant Gillespie - Writer
Grant is an actor, novelist and screenwriter in the dirty, beating heart of London’s Soho.
His novel, The Cuckoo Boy, was described as ‘an emotionally visceral debut’ (Guardian). ‘Through James and David, Gillespie explores the chasm between how children and adults perceive the world, and the devastating consequences of falling through this gap. The Cuckoo Boy is a savage indictment of hypocrisy and forced social convention'. (Observer).
His short story, The Upper Hand, will be published in November by Simon Schuster in He Played For His Wife and Other Stories, also featuring Patrick Marber, Jennifer Tilly and Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy.