Mary Robson works as an artist, social educator and arts/health consultant. She is interested in individuals fulfilling their life’s potential. She uses the arts and creativity to help make positive connections and create networks, help expose choices and latent talents, encourage mutual understanding, enhance the quality of communication and encourage thinking, learning and reflection.
One example is "Roots and Wings", an arts/social and emotional development project in Chickenley Primary School in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire. The art room there is an epicentre of emotional health and wellbeing in a school and its surrounding community. She uses ideas of ritual to ease the transition for children between primary and secondary school, and to make the school a centre for community-building activities.
She is the Associate for Arts in Health and Education at CMH (The Centre for Medical Humanities) at Durham University, and recently completed a three-year Fellowship from Nesta (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts). Its purpose was to investigate, study, understand and articulate her working practice set against notions and discourses of community, ethics and excellence, empathy and ritual.