Our purpose is to bring Contemporary Art as a form of Wellbeing to communities in the South West through socially-engaged and collaborative art projects.
Working with local and national professional artists, we aim to demystify contemporary art by creating immersive art experiences in which the public are invited to engage with the artwork, often in a collaborative process with artists, therefore nurturing a sense of ownership. HEARTHSTONE ways aim to provide opportunities for the audience to deepen their knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of contemporary art, to develop personal creativity and to be inspired.
We endeavour to bring enhancement to rural communities in collaboration with other voluntary organisations in the South West including, local businesses, local authorities and individuals in the community.
HEARTHSTONE ways is a Registered Learning Provider (UKRLP). We evaluate our community projects through HACT (Mental Health Social Value calculator). For further details please see our Equality & Diversity Policy page.
Luminara Star Florescu – Co- Founder and Creative Director
Luminara is an artist, curator and arts educator. She is experienced in managing, fundraising and artist development on large scale contemporary art projects which include social practice and community collaboration. Projects include Arts Council England funded ‘B-Wing’ at Shepton Mallet Prison and ‘Happenings’ for Fringe Arts Bath. Luminara has also been an Arts Award tutor and advisor with Trinity College London for over a decade. http://luminarastar.co.uk
Jason King – Co- Founder and Technical Director
Jason is an award-winning filmmaker with worldwide experience of working with children and vulnerable adults, from the streets of London to the citizenships of Africa. He has worked as a filmmaker for Save the Children, Mencap Cymru, Citizens Advice, SS&L, LAMP, SOS Children’s Villages & Explorium. www.jasonking.org.uk
Alice Maddicott – Creative Education Consultant
Alice is a published writer and Creative Lead at Halsway Manor National Centre for Folk Art. She has nearly two decades of experience teaching, managing and fundraising for creative education projects across the country. Past and current clients include: Bath Festivals, The Roman Baths, 5x5x5=Creativity, Somerset Art Works, The Eden Project and many more. http://www.alicemaddicott.com