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Phil McFadden

Art Psychotherapist Clinical Lead, Adult Mental Health, Hywel Dda University Health Board

Phil studied Art in Cardiff and Manchester. After painting & printmaking in a series of makeshift studios and screeving across Europe, he studied Art Psychotherapy at Sheffield before working creatively toward change with patients with various needs in many settings.

His creativity is also expressed in various forms including ceramics, 2D work and building motorcycles. Since 1998, he’s lived and worked mainly in Pembrokeshire with his wife and three children.

Phil’s work with Hywel Dda’s AOT was awarded by the Florence Nightingale Foundation.

Cut-Up Workshop:

If psychosis is fragmentation, a way back may be to re-experience and to play with the various wholes and their different meanings. The quest is naturally to attempt to return to wholeness; truth; reintegration. However, unless they are accommodated the reasons for psychosis may continue to cause splits. We will explore the wholesome whole-hearted nature of flexibly healthy images and text. Movable type takes individual letters to construct words. We will reconstruct words and pictures to extract different meanings from new relationships. This workshop is intuitive, unpredictable and subject to change as it evolves. Poetry is not a death sentence