Usha mixed media and movement artist
Usha is an interdisplinary artist, combining her training in visual arts and movement – she weaves worlds and responds to the life of enquiry within educational, health and environmental settings. From the design of lino floors to creative curriculum’s, from teaching movement to creating installations, performance and film, her approach is playful, thoughtful and vibrant.
She feels passionately that intelligence is not just in the head but involves our whole wonderful selves. She is deeply interested in keeping the creative process alive and in particular the development of “spaces” and the interaction of spaces that support our physical, emotional and spiritual well being.
In 2002 she was nominated Nottinghamshire Environmentalist of the year and granted the Green Guardians award her film Heaven on Earth.
She is currently involved in a 2 year research program with Nottingham University on water literacy in collaboration with Papplewick Pumping Station and 5 pilot schools.
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Research: Water Literacy - Nottingham University (Department of Education) in collaboration with Papplewick Pumping station and 5 pilot schools.
'Spaces for stories' - bringing imagination to literacy - supporting written, verbal and non verbal processes.
Director Parmjit Sagoo.
Breathing Space - Work in Hospices across the Midlands and North Lincolnshire.
Ongoing curiosities - collaborations with Penny Arnold (Rundance) and Marcus Rowlands (Somatic Spaces)
Educator: ‘process, play and pattern’, ‘restful states in learning’, early years to elders, creative journeys, raising self esteem and aspiration, embodied and experiential learning, celebration of making, communication and the power of imagination!!
Movement Artist Skinner Releasing teacher, Move into life Practioner
Public Commissions: Interior Design, prints, banners, lino floor, gates and railings, wall hangings , ‘Point little’ Creche
Lecturer: colleges and higher education: South Notts College, Loughborough College of Art and Design
Artist in Communication : schools, early years, hospitals and hospice: Creative Partnerships, Dance Art foundation, Dyslexia Association, Sure Start, EPIC, Dance 4
Artist in Community: regeneration, environmental and festival events: Doncaster Community Arts
Arts Engagement and Training Programs: in education and health service: Creative Partnerships, Dance Art Foundation, EPIC
Performance / Theatre / Dance - Lichfield Music Festival: 'Between the notes' director Mathew Barley'96,'97,'98
Notts Now festival, 'The Ring' director Felix Ruckert 2001 Dance 4
Video / Animation - Heaven on Earth
Exhibitions : Angel Row Art Gallery Nottingham - solo show 1993
Barbican London - Midsummer Nights Dream, educational show case 1995
Heaven on Earth Waterstone's Gallery Nottingham 2001
Commercial Industrial Design: fabric + stationery collections
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