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Jane Hardstaff

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Curator, artist, researcher, writer, participatory learning facilitator, creative project leader

East Midlands

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I am interested in the construction of individual and cultural identities, their constant recalibration and mediation through objects.

My work focusses on supporting women’s mental health, my ‘Motherlines’ project is inspired by women’s experiences of childbirth and motherhood.
My creative practise spans individual work as an artist, curator and writer and includes collaborative projects and creative project management. My approach is informed by a background in psychotherapy and museums and my experience as a working-class feminist. I am founder/co-director of Common Threads creative arts and health organisation; artist in residence at the Beeches Perinatal Unit, Derby Royal Hospital; researching for an AHRC-funded PhD exploring the role of museums in supporting mental health through a partnership between the School of Museum Studies, Leicester University and the Holburne Museum, Bath.