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Karen Heald

Member, CFMHAS

Artist / Lecturer in MA Fine Art, Creative Studies & Media

Honorary Research Fellow, School of Social Sciences PhD, MA, BA
Bangor University

info@karenheald.co.uk

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Overview

Karen Heald is an artist, filmmaker and academic researcher whose artwork has evolved out of working site-specifically and on international residencies. She engages in a variety of collaborations with diverse practitioners such as artists, scientists, medical doctors and numerous other academics. She is Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Social Sciences (2012-2018) and a Lecturer on the MA Fine Art programme, School of Creative Studies and Media (2014 - present) at Bangor University. From 2011-2014 Karen was Honorary Researcher/Artist in Residence in the Psychiatric department at Betsi Cadwaladwr University Health Board. In 2012 she became a board member of the Northern Arts and Science Network. Her research within the University of Salford’s, Contemporary Fine Art Practice Group (2009-2012), focused on narrative, sensory intelligences and kinaesthetic learning through creative frameworks. The concept of In-between-ness in her PhD (2014) titled ' ‘Dream Films’ and Research as Collaborative Practice through Contemporary Art and Science Methodologies' explored time, creativity and its relationship to video, site-specificity, and the philosophical complexities of arts and science collaborations. Through a variety of media, primarily video, installation and photography, she has evolved her own poetic visual language that engages with the differences and similarities between painting and film, creating a language of “painterly reverie” that communicates difficult social issues with subtle, oblique visual stanzas

Karen has a practice-based PhD and a MA in Contemporary Fine Art from Leeds Beckett University and a BA (Hons) in Visual Arts from the University of Salford.

Websites:

www.karenheald.co.uk

www.in-between-ness.co.uk

www.birdjonesandheald.co.uk

 

Appointments

2012 - 2018 Honorary Research Fellow, School of Social Sciences, Bangor University.

2015 - present Lecturer (part-time) MA Fine Art, College of Arts & Humanities: School of Creative Studies and Media, Bangor University, Wales.

2015  Lead Artist  working with artist Sarah Wilkie and Young People in collaboration with MOSTYN / CLYCH / Circuit & Penrhos Avenue.    

2015 Artist / filmmaker collaboration with artist Alana Tyson, funded by Arts Council Wales. 

2004 – present Freelance Artist. 

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Previously

Lecturer (P/T) MA fine Art (Lifelong Learning, Bangor University 2014 - 2015)

2014 Lecturer (sessional) BA Fine Art, Creative Industries, Media and Performance, Glyndwr University, Wrexham, Wales.

2013 - 2014 Lead Artist / Artist Mentor; Engage Cymru / Oriel Mostyn / Hard to Reach Young People.

2013 Lead Artist / Artist Mentor; Engage Cymru / Oriel Wrecsam / Wrexham Youth Offenders Team.

2011 - 2012 Lecturer (P/T) MA Creative Education, University of Salford.

2011 - 2014 Artist in Residence / Honorary Researcher, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.

2009 - 2010 Artist in Residence at the Ablett Psychiatric Unit, Ysbyty Glan Clwyd. Funded by the Arts Council of Wales, Safle & NHS http://www.karenheald.co.uk/ablett-residency/

2009 - 2012 Research Assistant (P/T) at the University of Salford, working closely with Principal Investigator, Professor Paul Haywood on a three-year funded Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Knowledge Transfer Fellowship award.

2007 - 2008 Sessional Lecturer MA Fine and Applied Arts, Glyndwr University, Wrexham.

2006 Visiting Lecturer MA Contemporary Fine Art, University of Salford.

2004 Visiting Lecturer BA Visual Arts and MA Contemporary Fine Arts, University of Salford

2002 - 2009 Research Assistant University of Salford, School of Art & Design, Salford.

Educational Expertise

Film, Moving Image & Fine Art, in pre-cinema, early experimental films, avant-garde cinema, 'dream films' and artists' videos; Gender and Race in intercultural films and World Cinema from East Asia; Critical Theory; Kristeva, Research methods; Creative Education; Curation.

Gallery Education Roles

Lead Artist / Artist Mentor in collaboration with MOSTYN /CLYCH / Penrhos School, 2015.

Artist / filmaker collaboration with Alana Tyson & Ruthin Craft Centre, 2015.

Lead Artisit / Artish Mentor, Engage Cymru / Oriel Mostyn / Hard to Reach Young People, 2013 - 2014.

Lead Artist / Artist Mentor, Engage Cymru / Oriel Wrecsam / Wrexham Youth Offenders Team, 2013.

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Publications

Online Article

Bird-Jone & Heald (2014) Once a Mother always a Mother: The Swing and the Hook, Mewe Arts Collective.  Available from: <http://www.eggwombheadmoon.com/hook/> [Accessed 10 February 2014].

In Conversation

Bird-Jones & Heald in conversation with Amber Hiscott and Catrin Jones, Mission Gallery, Swansea, 2015

Book Chapters 

Heald, K. (2015) 'Interiors, Interiors'. In: Tyson, A ed. Eglurhad / Explication. Ruthin, Arts Council Wales & Ruthin Craft Centre.

Heald, K. & Garton, M. (2014) Suspended Narratives.  Salford, University of Salford

Heald, K. (2014) ‘Dream films’, Women’s Time and Sleep. In: Front, S. & Bemben, A. eds. Hours like Bright Sweets in a Jar – Time and Temporality in Literature and Culture. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp.143-169. 

Heald, K., & Liggett, S. (2014) Time and the Chora: ‘Transitory strata’ and ‘in-between-ness’ within ‘dream films’. In: Lewandowska - Tomaszczyk, B. ed. Time & Temporality in Language and Human Experience. Frankfurt am Main, Peter Lang, pp.401-409.  

Earnshaw, R., Liggett, S. & Heald, K. (2013) Interdisciplinary Collaboration Methodologies in Art, Design and Media In: Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Internet Technologies and Applications (ITA 2013), September 10-13, 2013, Wrexham, UK. Wrexham,Glyndwr University, pp.381-388.

Artwork in Collection

Museo Municipal de Arte Contemporaneo en Vidrio de Alcorcon-MAVA, Madrid, Spain, Bird-Jones & Heald.

Exhibition Catalogues

Slippage: The Unstable Nature of Difference Contemporary Art Space Chester (CASC), University of Chester, Karen Heald & Susan Liggett 2015 

Woman Fine Art Society, Bond Street, London, (16th – 17th November, 2013), Karen Heald & Susan Liggett, 2013

Play Serious following participation in a two-day event for practitioner-researchers, 2022 Northern Quarter, Manchester, UK with Susan Liggett, 2012. www.playserious.info  

2012 Northern Quarter, Manchester, UK (13th – 14th September 2012), Karen Heald & Susan Liggett. www.playserious.info. 

Hamburg Vending Machine Kunst Altonale, Hamburg, Germany, Bird-Jones & Heald, Susan Liggett & Elizia Volmann, 2012.  

Venice. The Vending Machine: An Installation Serra dei Giardini and the Contemporary Art Galleria Perela, Venice (15th -30th September 2011) Bird-Jones & Heald and Susan Liggett (pages 21 & 51), 2011. http://www.venicevendingmachine.com/catalogue.html. 

Hel Goleuni / Gathering Light Bird-Jones & Heald, 2010.  

Odoo/Current Genghis Gallery, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (10th April – 30th April 2007) Bird-Jones & Heald, 2007.  

Everything will be Fine (Alles Wird Gut), Halle fur Kunst, Luneburg University, Germany (28th March – 26th April), Bird-Jones & Heald, 2007.  

Vidro Contemporaneo, following an exhibition at Lugo - Galicia, Spain, Bird-Jones & Heald 2007. 

IV Bienal Internacional de Artes Plasticas 2006 Museo Municipal de Arte Contemporáneo en Vidrio de Alcorcón-MAVA Madrid, Bird-Jones & Heald, 2006.  

Collaborations1 Makers working with Makers, Public Sited Pieces at the Red House Glass Cone, Stourbridge, UK, Bird-Jones & Heald, 2006. 

 

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Research

Research Projects


In-between-ness: Windows Within four year collaborative research, expected start date 2017 - 2020.

In-between-ness: using art to capture changes to the self during antidepressant treatment.  Artist in Residence / Honorary Researcher at Ysbyty Gwynedd, Betsi Cadwaladr University health Board (BCU HB).  Funded R&D project with Dr S. Liggett, Dr R Tranter and professor rob Poole, 2011 - 2014.

Visualising the Invisible. Artist in Residence / Researcher, Ablett Psychiatric Unit, Ysbyty Glan Clwyd.  Arts Coundil of Wlaes, Safle & NHS funded project, 2009 - 2010.

Funding Awards

The Art Fund, Bursary to attend the ICA Artists' Film Biennial, London 2016.

Artrs Council Wales (ACW) Welsh Women, Bird-Jones & Heald 2014.

Wales Arts International (WAI) International Opportunities Fund (IOF) received for Women's International Stain Glass Workshop (WISGW), France, Bird-Jones & Heald, 2014.

University of Bangor to stage an exhibition of artwork from the In-between-ness project with Dr Richard Tranter, 2012.

North Wales Research Committee, R&D award to conduct a pilot scheme - In-between-ness: Using art to capture changes to the self during antidepressant treatment.  Lead applicant Karen Heald, with Co-applicants Dr S. Liggett, Dr R. Tranter & Professor Rob Poole, 2010.

Arts Council of Wales & Safle, R&D award to collaborate with Dr Richard Tranter to develop the In-between-ness project, 2010.

2011-2014 Honorary Researcher with Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCU HB) Wales.

2010-2013 Research and Development award from the Arts Council of Wales, Safle and the North Wales research Committee for an Artist-in-Residence / Researcher (P/T) at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board in collaboration with Dr S Liggett, Dr R Tranter and Professor R Poole. 

2009-2010 Stiwdio Safle Award received from Safle and the Arts Council Wales for a nine month Artist Residency at Glan Clwyd Hospital, Bodelwyddan, Wales. 

2007 Wales Arts International (WAI) award received as part of the International Opportunities Fund for my research trip to Japan and subsequent touring exhibitions. WAI is a partnership between the Arts Council of Wales and the British Council Wales. 

2005 Arts & Humanities Research Council & Arts Council England: Arts and Science Fellowship Award shortlisted.

Funding & Recognition by Research Councils

2014 Arts Council Wales (ACW) Welsh Women Project (£4,178) funding awarded for Bird-Jones & Heald to edit and create an art film in response to the Women’s International Glass Workshop (WISGW) in France, 2014.

2014 Wales Arts International (WAI) International Opportunities Fund (IOF) for Bird-Jones & Heald to participate in the Women’s International Glass Workshop (WISGW), touring France in 2014.

2012 Touring Exhibition Fund (£20,000) from the University of Bangor to stage a touring exhibition of the artwork from the In-Between-ness project, sourced by Dr Richard Tranter following an application for exhibition funds from Karen Heald.

2010-2013 Research and Development award (£6,000) from the North Wales Research Committee to carry out a pilot scheme entitled In-between-ness: Using art to capture changes to the self during antidepressant treatment. This qualitative study used a variety of media and guidance from professional artists to capture changes in emotional perceptions, personal authenticity and the process of recovery during treatment with antidepressant medication. Lead applicant Karen Heald, co-applicants Dr Susan Liggett, Dr Richard Tranter & Professor Rob Poole.

2010 Research and Development award (£5,000) from the Arts Council of Wales & Safle to work with Dr Richard Tranter to develop the In-between-ness project. This followed the Artist Residency at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board formally Glan Clwyd Hospital, Bodelwyddan, Wales, Karen Heald.

2009-2010 Recipient of the Stiwdio Safle Award (£18, 275) received from Safle and the Arts Council Wales for a nine-month Artist Residency at Glan Clwyd Hospital, Bodelwyddan, Wales, Karen Heald.

2009-2012 AHRC Arts & Humanities Research Council award (£286, 410) part of a research team on a 3-year funded Knowledge Transfer Fellowship at the University of Salford. The role included working with Principle Investigator Professor Paul Haywood on writing the bid, theoretical evaluation of the project and the final report of the research. Paul Haywood, Sam Ingleson, Karen Heald & Brian Percival.

2007 Wales Arts International (WAI) award (£1,000) (WAI is a partnership between the Arts Council of Wales and the British Council Wales) received as part of the International Opportunities Fund for The Dream Space a research trip to Japan and subsequent touring exhibition, Karen Heald.

2014 Invited Guest Lecture as part of the Art & Media Staff Research Day at the University of Chester, Kingsway Building, Chester, UK (14th April 2014), Karen Heald.

2012 Invited to talk at ELIA (The European League of Institutes of the Arts) Open Space forum as part of the 12th Biennial conference Art, Science and Society: Art Questions, Art Knows, Art Matters. Venue: University Applied Arts (Die Angewandte) Vienna, Austria (8-10 November 2012) Heald, K., Liggett, S., Poole, R., & Tranter, R.

2012 Invited Guest Lecture at the University of Huddersfield to the School of Art and Communication staff away day, Barnsley Campus, University of Huddersfield, UK (18th June 2012), Karen Heald.

2011 Invited Address The School of Health, Person Centred Care Group, Research Forum, (28th July 2011), University of Salford, Salford, UK, Karen Heald.

2011 Invited to lead discussion at NASN DIALOGUES Conference. Title of discussion: Visualising the Invisible: Manifestations in Arts and Science Collaborations, Northern Arts and Science Network, The Rose Bowl, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, UK (19 March 2011), Heald, K., Liggett, S., Poole, R., & Tranter, R.

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Activities

Presentations

Liggett, S., Heald, K., Earnshaw, R. A., Thompson, E. & Excell, P. S. (2015) Collaborative Research in Art, Design and New Media – Challenges and Opportunities. In: Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Internet Technologies and Applications (ITA 15), September 8-11, 2015, Wrexham, UK. Wrexham, Glyndwr University.

Earnshaw. R.A., Liggett, S., Cunningham, S., Heald, K., Thompson, E. & Excell,P.S. Models for Research in Art, Design, and the Creative Industries. In: Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Internet Technologies and Applications (ITA 15), September 8-11, 2015, Wrexham, UK. Wrexham, Glyndwr University (under peer review).

Heald, K. & Liggett, S. (2015) Conference paper, part of Slippage: The Unstable Nature of Difference, a one-day symposium on art and disability, Chester University, Cheshire, UK, 10th March 2015.

Heald, K. & Liggett, S. (2014) In-between-ness: Creativity, Film and Wellbeing. Part of the AXIS symposium on Creativity, Health and Wellbeing, MOSTYN, Llandudno, UK, 26th June 2014.

Heald, K. (2014) Lecture on Research as Collaborative Practice to MA students in the School of Fine Art, Bangor University, UK, 11th March, 2014. 

Heald, K. (2014) Fine Art: Collaboration and Film. In: Proceedings of Creative Futures, March 3-6, 2014 Glyndwr University, Wales.

Heald, K. (2014) In-between-ness: Using art to capture changes to the self during antidepressant treatment. School of Social Sciences Research Day, Bangor University, UK, 26th February 2014. 

Heald, K. & Liggett, S. In-between-ness: Using art to capture a sense of self. Lecture regarding the artists’ and participants’ response to the In-between-ness project, Gallery Sycharth, Glyndwr University, Wrexham, Wales (30th October, 2013).

Earnshaw, R., Liggett, S. & Heald, K. (2013) Interdisciplinary Collaboration Methodologies in Art, Design and Media In: Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Internet Technologies and Applications (ITA 2013), September 10-13, 2013, Wrexham, UK. Wrexham,Glyndwr University.

Heald, K., Liggett, S., Tranter, R. & Poole, R (2012) In-between-ness: Using art to capture changes to the self during antidepressant treatment. In: Proceedings of The European League of Institutes of the Arts (ELIA) 12th Biennial Conference: Art, Science and Society: Art Questions, Art Knows, Art Matters, November 8-10, 2012, Vienna, Austria. Vienna, University of Applied Arts (Die Angewandte).

Heald, K., Liggett, S., Tranter, R. & Poole, R (2012) Time and the Chora: ‘Transitory strata’ and ‘in-between-ness’ within ‘dream films’. In: Proceedings of the TIMELing 2012 Conference: Time & Temporality in Language and Human Experience, October 11-13, 2012, Lodz, Poland. Lodz, University of Lodz, (in print).

Heald, K., Liggett, S., Hogan, C., Poole, R. & Tranter, R. (2012) In-between-ness: Using art to capture changes to the self during anti-depressant treatment. Poster presentation In: Proceedings of the International Congress of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, July 10 -13, 2012, Liverpool, UK. London, Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Heald, K., Liggett, S., Poole, R., & Tranter, R. (2012) The Art of Recovery in Depression. In:  Proceedings of the Beating Bipolar: Bipolar Disorder and Psychoeducation, April 4, 2012, Llandudno, Wales. Cardiff, Cardiff University.

Heald, K., Liggett, S., Poole, R., & Tranter, R. (2010) Visualising the Invisible: Artists work in mental health. In: Proceedings of the Capturing the Patient Experience, June 21, 2010, Wrexham, Wales. Wrexham, Glyndwr University.

Heald, K., Liggett, S., Poole, R., & Tranter, R. Visualising the Invisible: Arts and Science Collaboration. In: Proceedings of the Claiming Creativity: Art Education in Cultural Transition April 21 – 24, 2010, Chicago, USA.  Chicago, Columbia College.

Heald, K., Haywood, P. & Liggett, S. (2009) Horizons and Timelines. In: Proceedings of the 9th Conference of the European Sociological Association: European Society or European Societies? September 2-5, 2009, Lisbon Portugal. Lisbon, University of Lisbon, p.58.

Heald, K. & Liggett, S. (2009) Artist Residency: Psychiatric Unit. In: Proceedings of the 9th Conference of the European Sociological Association: European Society or European Societies? September 2-5, 2009, Lisbon Portugal. Lisbon, University of Lisbon, p.57.

Heald, K. (2009) Descriptions of Time & Cultures of Sleep: focusing on the discourse of women’s sleep, time and location from an art and science perspective. In: Proceedings of Talking Research, February 18, 2009, Leeds, UK.  Leeds, Leeds Metropolitan University.

Heald, K. & Hislop, J. (2007) Intimate Space: Sleep, Art and Sociology. In: Kirchberg, V. et al. eds. Proceedings of the Conference of the European Sociological Association Research Network for the Sociology of the Arts: New Frontiers in Arts Sociology: Creativity, Support and Sustainability, March 28 – April 1, 2007, Lüneburg and Hamburg Germany. Lüneburg, University of Lüneburg

Radio Interviews

In-between-ness: Using art to capture a sense of self,  interview with David Williams on Community & Charity Focus, Calon FM, Glyndwr University Radio, October 10, 2013, Karen Heald & Susan Liggett.

Talking Art & Mental Health, interview with Denise Oliver on Feed Me, Calon FM, Glyndwr University Radio, March 5, 2013, Karen Heald & Susan Liggett.

Artist in Residence

Mapio Madoc Creadigol, underwater filming at Plas Madoc Leisure Centre with Oriel Wrecsam, Angela Davies, Ant Dickinson and Francesca Simmons. 2014.

Schulze commissioned video installation, Ellesmere College, 2013.

Drift 'staged' sleep performances, Sleep Research Unit, University of Charleroi, Belgium with Dr Myriam Kerkhofs, 2004.

Tumultuous Whisper, Artist Residency / Solo exhibition, Glass Box Gallery, University of Salford, 2003.

Intangible Fluidity, Valle Crusis Abbey and Penmon Monastery , CADW Welsh Historical Monuments, Wales, 2002.

The Bird Cage ArToll, Bedburg-Hau, Germany, 2002.

Untitled Pescia, Italy, 2001.

Invited Expositions

Trywydd . Voyage film screening at Oriel Sycharth Gallery, Glyndwr University, Wrexham, Bird-Jones & Heald, 2016.

Slippage: The Unstable Nature of Difference video performance / installation and exhibition of Paper Interior, Contemporary Art Space (CASC), Chester University, with Susan Liggett, 2015.

In-between-ness dissemination of the Arts and Science research project, Pontio Centre, University of Bangor.  Karen Heald, Susan Liggett, Professor Rob Poole, Dr Richard Tranter & participants. 2014.

DSMWORKS: An Exploration into States of Minds Invited to be part of a group exhibition curated by Dr Martin Wyllie at Peacocks, Centre for Contemporary Art, Aberdeen, Scotland, Karen Heald. 2014.

Golau site responsive exhibition, Chirk Castle, Chirk, Wales with Angela Davies, Ant Dickinson, Francesca Simmons, Angelina Kornecka & Paula Budd, 2014.

Moreton Hall Centenary Art Exhibition group exhibition, Fine Art Society, Bond Street, London, Karen Heald & Susan Liggett. 2013.

Oriel YJB group exhibition to promote ‘Creative Leaders Of The Future’ Llandudno, Wales, Karen Heald & Chris Bird-Jones. 2013.

Schulze new video installation commissioned as part of The National Art Exhibition 2013, Big School Hall, Ellesmere College, Shropshire, England, Karen Heald. 2013.

Videoformes Invited to take part in a film screening and live performance event at Trinty Church, Salford live streamed to Maison du Peuple, Clermont-Ferrand, France, Karen Heald, Daisy Farris and Susan Liggett.  2012.

Song Books Invited to take part in a live dance performance and recorded multi-screened film projections based on a realisation of John Cage’s Song 7, presented at The Riley Theatre, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Chapeltown, Leeds.  Karen Heald & Daisy Farris. 2011.

Venice. The Vending Machine: An Installation Invited to present three artworks as part of a group exhibition. The dual sited installation, hosted by Italian partners Microclima, an artistic project at the Serra dei Giardini and with Laura Ostan at the Contemporary Art Galleria Perela, Venice. Karen Heald, Chris Bird-Jones and Susan Liggett, Catalogue. 2011.

Film to Change Invited to present a short film on the subject of mental health followed by a panel debate about the representation of people with mental health issues in film. White film screened as part of the Film to Change series Albert Room, Leeds Town Hall, Karen Heald & Susan Liggett. 2010.

She dreamed of... Invited to exhibit as part of Film to Change, Leeds International Film Festival. A series of events, screenings and exhibitions exploring mental health and film, Leeds Town Hall.  Karen Heald & Susan Liggett.  2010.

Odoo / Current Invited to exhibit at the Genghis Gallery, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Karen Heald & Chris Bird-Jones.  2007.

Everything will be Fine Invited to take part in an exhibition at Halle für Kunst, Lueneburg, Germany, Karen Heald & Chris Bird-Jones.  2007.

9th Biennial International Women’s Glass Network Invited to take part in a group exhibition, GIG Gallery in Sydney, Australia showing The Box an experimental film/installation, Karen Heald & Chris Bird-Jones. 2006.

International Festival of Glass 2006 Invited to take part in a site-specific installation at The Red House Glass Cone, Stourbridge UK.  Breath was exhibited as part of a collaborative installation with Chris Bird-Jones and Simon Eccles.  2006.

The Glass Box Gallery, University of Salford Invited to exhibit The Tumultuous Whisper a solo exhibition following an artist residency within the Glass Box Gallery, Karen Heald.  2003.

Exhibitions / Film Screenings

Lumiere Visible film screening at the Grange aux Verrieres, Saint-Hilaire en Lignieres, France.  Bird-Jones & Heald. 2016.

Trywydd.  Voyage premiere of film exhibited in the [...] space, Mission Gallery, Swansea, Bird-Jones & Heald.  2015.

Weaving Narratives film screening of Lateral Flight, St Asaph Cathedral, Wales, with Angela Davies & Angelina Kornecka.  2015.

The egg, the womb, the head and the moon, video installation, Artsmill, Hebden Bridge, Bird-Jones & Heald.  2014.

The National Art Exhibition 2014, exhibition of film and paintings, Eleesmere College, England with Susan Liggett. 2013.

Engage Cymru working with young people with language and communication problems in collaboration with engage Cymru, MOSTYN Afasic and TAPE. Facilitated by artist mentor Karen Heald and mentee artists Jan Miller and Alana Tyson. 2013.

Moreton Hall Centenary Art Exhibition film screening, Fine Art Society, Bond Street, London with Suan Liggett.  2013.

Engage Cymru exhibition of artworks produced by youths in collaboration with engage Cymru, Oriel Wrecsam and the Youth Offenders Team. Oriel Wrecsam, facilitated by artist mentor Karen Heald and mentee artist Angela Davies.  2013.

In-between-ness exhibition of video performance / installations, video stills and paintings from the artist’s response to the In-between-ness project, Gallery Sycharth, Glyndwr University, Wrexham, Wales. Karen Heald & Susan Liggett.  2013.

Helfa Gelf / Art Trail open studios as part of the Glyndwr Collective, School of Art & Design, Wrexham, Wales. Chris Bird-Jones & Karen Heald.  2013.

In-between-ness: Using art to capture the changes to the self during ant idepressant treatmentcollaborative exhibition of video installations, video stills, paintings and artist books as part of the Royal College of Psychiatry International Congress, Edinburgh International Conference Centre, Edinburgh, UK,  Karen Heald, Susan Liggett, Rob Poole, Richard Tranter & participants.  2013.

Be Our Guest site-specific response, multi-media installation at Oriel Davies Gallery and The Gro Guest House, Newtown, Wales, Karen Heald & Chris Bird-Jones.  2013

In-between-ness video stills / installations and paintings from the collaborative exhibition as part of the Inbetween-ness R&D project at Bangor Hospital, Oriel Pendeitsh, Caernarfon, UK, Karen Heald, Susan Liggett & participants, featuring Fragmentary Chronicles by Bird-Jones & Heald.  2013.

blinc Poesy film projected inside Chris Squire’s Lightweight a 4m diameter inflatable sphere during blinc’s digital arts festival in Conwy town centre, Karen Heald & Daisy Farris.  2012.

PlaySerious participation in a two-day event for practitioner-researchers, 2022 Northern Quarter, Manchester, UK, Karen Heald & Susan Liggett.  2012.

Helfa Gelf / Art Trail open studios as part of the Glyndwr Collective, School of Art & Design, Wrexham, Wales.  Chris Bird-Jones, Karen Heald & Susan Liggett. 2012.

Bow Arts Open Show 2012 Video installation forming part of a group show, selected by Bob and Roberta Smith, Emilie Faure of White Cube and Skye Sherwin from the Guardian. Exhibition at Bermondsey Project Space, London, UK.  Karen Heald & Elizia Volkmann, (collectively known as K&E Department). 2012.

Adain Avion Film screening as part of the UK-wide London 2012 Festival and Wales’ major contribution to the Cultural Olympiad. LOCWS International and Adain Avion present selected artists’ videos screened inside the fuselage of a DC-9 airplane that has been converted into a mobile art space, social sculpture and travelling time capsule. Film screened at the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea, Wales.  Karen Heald & Chris Bird-Jones.  2012.

Hamburg Vending Machine artwork selected as part of a group exhibition, Kunst Altonale, Hamburg, Germany, 2012.  Karen Heald & Chris Bird-Jones, Karen Heald & Susan Liggett and Karen Heald & Elizia Volkmann (K&E).  2012.

Helfa Gelf / Art Trail open studios as part of the Arts in Health & Wellbeing Artist Group, Cartref Building, Ysbyty Bryn y Neuadd Hospital, Llanfairfechan, Conway, Wales,  Karen Heald & Susan Liggett.  2011.

Helfa Gelf / Art Trail open studios as part of the Glyndwr Collective, Principals House, School of Art & Design, Wrexham, Wales,  Karen Heald & Susan Liggett.  2011.

7 Quiet Acts of Domestic Violence A unique series of 7 live art acts over 7 weekends deconstructing private space and social reality under the watchful eye of a participatory guest audience, 58 Shelmerdine Close, part of Bow Arts Trust, London.  Karen Heald & Eliza Volkmann.  2010.

Visualising the Invisible, exhibition at the Durber Gallery & the Caitrin Finch Centre, Glyndwr University, Wrexham. Following the Artist Residency in a psychiatric unit in North Wales funded by Arts Council of Wales, Safle and the NHS, Karen Heald & Susan Liggett.  2010.

In the Round Performance at The Round Room, Swansea, Bird-Jones & Heald in collaboration with Sigridur Asgeirdottir, Hannah Atkins and Aydee Latty.  2009.

Manchester Literature Festival Video stills, Instituto Cervantes, Manchester, UK, Karen Heald & Susan Liggett.  2009.

Soanyway Film exhibited on an online arts gallery/magazine curated by Derek Horton & Lisa Stansbie. Karen Heald.  2009.

Eternal Wound exhibition at Zion Arts Centre, Manchester, Karen Heald, Theo Maddix and Sally Turner.  2007.

The Dream Space Mobium (mobile museum), Japan. Touring exhibition showing projected films/performances in Japan: IAMAS, Nagoya University and The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto. Karen Heald, Takeko Akamatsu, Yosuke Kawamura and Rachael Kearney.  2007.

Embryonic Touring exhibition in Spain, IV Bienal Internacional de Artes Plasticas 2006 Museo Municipal de Arte Contemporáneo en Vidrio de Alcorcón-MAVA Madrid then touring to the Museum of the University of Alicante-MUA, Provincial de Lugo and "Tomás y Valiente" Cultural Center in Fuenlabrada, Karen Heald & Chris Bird-Jones.  2006 - 2007.

Wrexham Open Open exhibition at Wrexham Art Centre, Wrexham, Karen Heald & Chris Bird-Jones.  2006.

Leftfield Group exhibition at The Cube, Manchester, Karen Heald.  2006.

On the Shelf Group exhibition at Compartment, Rogue Studio’s Manchester, Karen Heald & Chris Bird-Jones.  2005.

Leftfield Group exhibition at the Borland Gallery, University of Salford, Salford, Karen Heald.  2005.

Projections Group exhibition at Stroud House Gallery, Stroud video photographic installation, Karen Heald & Elizia Volkmann.  2005.

Testbed 3 Using the gallery as a laboratory space at Leeds Metropolitan University Gallery, Leeds, via video and sound installations, Karen Heald.  2005.

Untitled Collective Group show of artists at the Chapman Gallery, University of Salford as part of the Artist Professional Development Scheme, Karen Heald.  2004.

Transience Site-specific installation, Liverpool Biennial, Marriot Hotel, Liverpool, Karen Heald.  2004.

Drift Charleroi University Hospital, Versale, Charleroi, Belgium Solo exhibition of site-specific work shown following an artist residency within the sleep laboratory in Belgium, Karen Heald.  2004.

Drift Group Exhibition at Timber Wharf, Manchester responding to site, Karen Heald.  2004.

Cow Lane Open Open exhibition at Cow Lane Studios in Salford as part of five days of artist led initiatives in Manchester, Karen Heald.  2003.

Sited Group exhibition at The Great Northern, Manchester, Karen Heald.  2003.

Testbed Multiscreened video projections at Leeds Metropolitan Gallery, Leeds, Karen Heald.  2003.

Roominations Site-specific symposium, performance/film screenings Salford, Karen Heald.  2003.

North West Filmmakers Film screening of several of my experimental films on Manchester Reel North, presented by Eamon O’Neal, Head of Factuals at Granada TV, Karen Heald.  2003.

Speaking Volumes Exhibition at Stroud House Gallery, Stroud, Karen Heald.  2003.

Exposures Experimental films showing at the Cornerhouse, Manchester, Karen Heald.  2002.

Raindance Untitled film shown in the experimental section of Raindance Film Festival, London as part of the International Film Festival, Karen Heald.  2002.

Guerilla Films 48 Hour Digital Guerilla Film Challenge, The Curzon, London, Karen Heald.  2002.

Aconvention Film screened as part of the Liverpool Biennial, Aconvention conference at the Adephi Hotel, Liverpool, Karen Heald.  2002.

Digital Art Festival Shown at Collect Gallery, Liverpool as part of the Liverpool Biennial the Digital Art Festival exhibited international filmmakers/installation artists as part of The Independent section, Karen Heald.  2002.

Exposures Experimental video, Exposures, Cornerhouse, Manchester, Karen Heald.  2001.

Workshops

Merton House, Chester, UK. Instigated audio workshops encouraged school children to respond using the medium of paint to the imagery of sound. Karen Heald.  1999.

Hallworth House, Wigan, UK. Organised workshops explored mark making through the use of sound, video and slides involving team leaders and teenagers from Mencap. Karen Heald.  1998.

 

Professional Associations
Board Member
  • Northern Arts & Science Network (NASN) 2012 - 2014

 Membership
  • Centre for Mental Health & Society (CFMHAS), 2013 onwards
  • American Philosophical Association, 2012 onwards

  • Augmented Realities and Virtual Worlds, 2012 onwards

  • Contemporary Art network, 2012 onwards

  • Interactive Narrative, 2012 onwards

  • Creative Arts, Health and Wellbeing, 2012 onwards

  • Creative and Applied Research for the Digital Society (CARDS), 2012 onwards

  • NESTA - Making innovation flourish, 2011 onwards

  • Scientist Artist Collaborations, 2011 onwards

  • Northern Arts & Science Network, 2010 onwards

  • Person Centered Care Group (UoS), 2010 - 2012

  • Arts Catalyst (International Arts and Science Group), 2007 onwards

  • Learning and Teaching Research Network (LTRN) Writers Group, 2007 - 2012

  • Institute of Videography (IOV), 2006 onwards

  • Affinities (International Science and Art Group), 2005 onwards

  • Leeds Visual Art Forum (LVAF), 2004 onwards

  • Northern Film Network (NFN), 2002 onwards

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