Nice things people have said after working with Lydia...

Lydia’s resilience workshop was incredibly insightful, enabling artists to realise first hand the breadth and strength of their networks, illustrating that they may not be as isolated as they may initially think and that support is nearby; essential for when energies and inspired work may feel at a particularly low ebb. It also underpinned the importance of looking above and beyond your personal creative bubble to maintain a healthy open outlook and inquiring mind.
— Somerset Art Works
I have to say I had a few lightbulb moments in your session; a realisation of the things I’m not doing. I’m grateful you gave me the space to have that insight. I’m now aware and ready to spend some time on these things. Your session was 100% the best element of the day and I know many of us thought that. Thank you!
— Workshop Participant
We wanted a creative, playful and thoughtful approach to project evaluation, which would enable all involved, both artists and partners, to think expansively about their experiences. Lydia was great in understanding our needs, hosting the meetings and enabled us recognise the core strengths of the programme. This was just what we needed ready for continuing the programme into the future.
— Lauren Healey, Artist Development Manager at Northern Film and Media
You’re an artist and curator. I think you explore the issues that matter to the world through a creative practice that convenes artists, communities and members of the public, holding space for debate and the creation of ideas.

The really great thing that you do is to use art to help people understand themselves as opposed to using art so that you can understand them: That distinction is really important!

You’re the person to approach for arts-led conversations and consultations, project management and research.

You bring a clear head and plenty of patience! You have an ability to hold back, think clearly and leave space for others to take you on a journey. When you add this to the creative and non-lateral thought process of an artist, the solutions you create are innovative and engaging. Always socially engaged, I think you also bring a bravery and fearlessness to follow the right track, regardless of how difficult it is, which is a rare quality. You don’t give up or hold back when the going gets tough.
— Leanne Buchan, Leeds City Council
You’re the person to talk through ideas and think out loud with. You listen and give me thoughtful, non-judgemental advice! You’re a good person to help iron out the messiness during difficult parts of a project. You bring a calmness and depth of thinking: Expanding ideas, questioning, bringing thoughtful discussion and varied views to the table. You advocate for smaller voices and ensure fairness to all participants.
— Lorna Johnson, Independent Artist and PhD Student
You connect people together, bridge disciplinary gaps and start important conversations. I know to come to you for critique, for care, for support, for advice and for connections.
— Julia Heslop, Independent Artist and Lecturer
You bring ideas, ability, contacts, context and enthusiasm. You’re just ace and a great project manager!
— Courtney Spencer, Director of LeftBank Leeds
You’re a socially engaged artist.
You facilitate other artists in making work.
You’re a fountain of knowledge and full of energy!
You’re connected to lots of artists and projects nationally (and internationally).
You’re great to talk to and get inspired.
Self care is a big priority for you. You’re empathetic and compassionate, but can offer practical advice and firm words too! It’s a great combination.
You bring the golden mix of great organisation and calmness to a project: You get it done, stress-free.
— Christie Hill, Producer
We would like to thank you for all your hard work in developing a fantastic show for the ROTOR programme. The exhibition fitted the ROTOR aims perfectly - the artists selected fitted into the gallery setting brilliantly, producing thought-provoking and engaging work. The exhibition was extremely well received by visitors, particularly by families and those participating with the engagement activities. Thank you.
— School of Art, Design and Architecture at University Huddersfield