I am a Creative Arts Practitioner from Newport, Wales. Over the years, I have unearthed a passion for bringing to light overlooked or undermined health conditions, particularly asthma, as someone with this condition myself. I enjoy a curious approach towards different styles and materials when making and I use discarded objects to upcycle as much as possible. I tend to work on a larger scale, through installation, sculpture, or relief work, often incorporating a participatory element within the work. My installation including lungs made from plastic piping and balloons, where viewers were invited to experience breathing through the lungs to understand some difficulty of asthma informed by my personal experience, is an example of this.
See more of my work on my website: https://sophieball30.wixsite.com/website
In my facilitation practice, I am passionate about using the therapeutic arts to support mental wellbeing. My approach is person-centred; I believe in the importance of participants having a safe space where they can express themselves through art making to realise their potential. In my current 10 week placement with Breathe Creative and Ty Canna I am working with a group of adult participants, the project is called ‘Lets Grow Through What We Go Through’ and we are creating things that help us stay positive during this difficult time.