Tamsin Griffiths and Paul Whittaker are cross disciplinary artists with a Mental Health (MH) diagnosis, based in Cardiff. We create participatory interactive projects that blur the boundaries of art-forms and challenge perceptions about MH, through form and content. Working in collaboration, we merge our expertise from the worlds of visual arts, theatre, sound, the written word, film, dance and physical performance.
We have collaborated and shared practice on many projects, using our multiple skills to best convey a story. We also utilise our skills and creativity to create training materials and deliver public messages for clients including Public Health Wales.
As artists who work in Public Health, we know how important it is to gather the experiences and thoughts of those with lived experience to underpin the creative output. To this end, our practice follows that of the iterative design process. Our quality was recognised by ACW who deemed our theatre production, Gods & Kings, as Best Practice in their Arts and Health in Wales: A Mapping study of current activity - Volume 1: Analysis, findings and proposals January 2018.
We sit on numerous advisory panels and are working with Public Health Wales and 1000 Lives to consult on the improvement of Mental Health services across Wales.
As Service Users we believe in equality for all, justice, empathy, compassion, positivity, collaboration and robust discourse. We have worked with MH Service Users, Adult & Child Disability Groups, Asylum Seekers & Refugees, Street Based Drug Users, Dementia and Vulnerable Children. We have a duty of care for every member of society regardless of gender, sexuality, income, race, religion or age.
As established multi-disciplined artists and service users we can contribute passion, skill, commitment, personal experience, professionalism, conceptual thinking, problem solving, our reputations, contacts and a fresh approach.
Our clients include: Public Health Wales, NHS Cymru, Llandough Hospital, Hafan y Coed , Mind Cymru, The National Centre for Mental Health, Welsh Government, ACW, Sherman Cymru, Rubicon Dance, the Schools Service and Universities.
Tamsin Griﬃths is a bilingual multimedia artist who works in Film, Theatre, Visual Arts & Sound to create topical work that questions and challenges perceptions, particularly around the subject of Mental Health (MH).
Tamsin is fascinated by ﬁlm and documentary, developing her practice in this art-form since 2015.
Most recently she co-wrote / directed and performed in an Avant-Garde arts ﬁlm, 3 words. This ﬁlm explores the eﬀect on a woman with mental health issues when she is asked to describe herself in three words. This ﬁlm toured nationally to multiple art venues across Wales in ‘On The Edge’ Festival.
Since 2014, Tamsin has performed in ﬁlm and theatre as a dancer, gymnast / acrobat, physical theatre performer and stunt artist. In 2015 Tamsin was commissioned by Arad Goch Theatre to devise and direct a one woman show; Harddwch Yn Y Geek / Beauty In The Geek - a physical theatre production based on body image and self acceptance. The show was developed and selected by Arad Goch Theatre and the County of Ceredigion to tour across Wales in 2016.
Arad Goch then selected Tamsin to become a resident artist at their theatre company and invested in her creative process and development. In 2016 Tamsin was funded by Arts Council Wales (ACW) and Arad Goch Theatre to work on an R&D, exploring mental health through creative writing, sound and physical movement. She wrote, devised and directed This is Not The Good, The Mad and The Ugly.
In August 2018, Tamsin performed in the Wye Valley Brewery advert 1985 as an actor and free-runner / acrobat.
Collaboration is integral to Tamsin’s practice, working with inspiring ﬁlm artists, writers, choreographers, visual artists, directors, producers and performers. She has directed theatre for many years, both her own work and in collaboration with others; including The Ship of Fools - in collaboration with artist John Griﬃths. Having previously collaborated on ﬁlm as part of live performance (Duvet) with Paul Whittaker, he engaged Tamsin to be Assistant Director and Soundscape artist on the production of his autobiographical play, Gods & Kings which was funded by ACW.
Paul Whittaker is an artist, writer and filmmaker. As well as working with many clients including Rubicon Dance, Arts Council Wales, Sherman Cymru, Channel 4, Public Health Wales and the Old Vic, Paul creates his own work. He wrote and directed his autobiographical play - Gods & Kings – to critical acclaim and had his first solo art exhibition at the Hearth Gallery - miscellaneous RULES.
His table top installation, Discombobulation and Three Words – a collaborative film made with Tamsin Griffiths - toured Welsh Galleries as part Disability Art Cymru’s exhibition. His film my mental illness & me was exhibited in the Mission Gallery, Swansea. His video installation, Institutional Blue, has been exhibited at: The Attic Gallery Space, The National Centre for Mental Health pop up exhibition and The Hearth Gallery.
Since graduating from Newport Film School in 1997 Paul has worked on over a hundred commercial and non-commercial film projects as a freelance Writer / Director. His work has been screened on television, at festivals, in art galleries and theatres. His work for Public Health Wales has been viewed both nationally and internationally online.
In 2015 Paul completed his MA in Creative Writing at Swansea University with a Distinction Grade and is currently completing his first novel.