Art Branches is a not-for-profit community interest company, specialising in inclusive creative projects for improving wellbeing in communities across the East of England. At the end of 2020 Sara Noonan retired from the board after 5 years of helping Art Branches grow.
In 2021 our board of Directors was augmented by Lucy Allen and Dr Noel Smith. Lucy is an experienced practitioner in creative industries and is interested in the interaction of art and nature to improve wellbeing. Noel joined us from the world of research, service policy design and monitoring, evaluation and learning and helped direct for one year.
Together the directors have a wealth of experience and qualifications in health and social care, environmental consultancy, heritage, project management, arts, design, cultural enrichment and research.
Our work is led by project managers and experienced associates, who have a wide variety of expertise. They are helped by professional associates and volunteers, who are largely previous participants who have been through an art branches intervention programme. Art Branches specialises in creating bespoke projects, inspired by specific environments that often take place in outdoor settings. We work across the arts and heritage, with filmmaking, photography and textiles, sculpture, fine art, poetry and ceramics. Work is also delivered in schools, community centres, residential homes and hospitals and online.
All of our professional artists have DBS checks and experience working with the community.