Nicola Winstanley is a socially engaged artist and researcher who explores the relationship between participatory arts, perceptions of place and community action. By forging new relationships between art, people and place, Nicola believes that art practice can have transformative effects on communities. She is particularly interested in engaging people who have no arts background and finding ways for art practice to improve their quality of life. With a background in 2D and 3D public art, Nicola has collaborated internationally with artists, makers and members of the public to make work that engages the public at large in art practices. She has most recently been working as a researcher and consultant to evaluate the impact of art on individuals and communities. Nicola has 8 years’ workshop and 5 years’ public consultation experience, as well as having designed and managed large-scale public art projects. Stoke-on-Trent