Chloe is an experienced community practitioner, having worked in dementia settings, SEND settings, hospitals and schools.
Chloe is a passionate advocate for the use of the arts in community settings. She enjoys providing creative frameworks for others to explore their identity, their emotions and personal experiences. Having worked in this area for a number of years, Chloe is a strong believer in community arts projects’ power to challenge stereotypes, promote empathy, overcome social isolation and inspire.
Drawing on her experience as a composer and singer-songwriter, Chloe has worked as a community practitioner on a wide range of community projects. She has extensive experience of arts in healthcare having planned, delivered, managed and evaluated arts workshops (poetry, music, storytelling, dance) for Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust and West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust on behalf of the national wellbeing charity Kissing it Better. This role involved Chloe regularly working with those affected by dementia – working as a clarinettist and singer to encourage reminiscence and connection – and mentoring students and young people to confidently interact with patients on dementia wards.
In addition to this, Chloe has worked on a number of composition-based community projects. This includes working on projects with the Bridgewater Hall, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Hallé Orchestra and Oxford Lieder Festival, Zion Arts. These projects have been based in primary schools, secondary schools and universities, and have used a variety of approaches to explore new work, stories or past composers. Most recently, Chloe was a musician on Cheltenham Music Festival’s Musicate programme (read more) and also co-programmed and co-presented the Cheltenham Festival’s “Music for Schools Concert” in collaboration with violinist Jess Heynes.
Chloe is currently working as a community practitioner for Friction Arts and delivering the “Sharing in Song” project for the Live Age Festival and New Vic Theatre. She offers a variety of song- writing, composition and improvisation workshops and is always keen to connect with others interested in this way of working and explore new ideas.