About Us

 Julia Ruppert- Creative Director, HCPC registered Art Therapist and Researcher

Trained at Canada’s University of Toronto, Concordia University and Goldsmiths University of London, Julia is an HCPC registered Art Therapist and Founder of Collective Arts. An interest in the links between positive psychology and visual art led Julia to complete an MSc (with distinction) in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP). She has since published and presented her arts for wellbeing research at national and international conferences. Julia is a full member of the British Art Therapy Association and a recently appointed Associate Editor for The International Journal of Art Therapy.

Over the years, Julia has designed and delivered hundreds of arts for wellbeing workshops for children, youth, women, perinatal wellbeing, families, employees, volunteers and teams.  Both positive psychology and a deep understanding of the multi-layered language of visual imagery play a central role in all of her project designs.

Peter Finch, Chair of Collective Arts.

Peter Finch has worked in local government for over 40 years. Here he ran both finance and computer systems teams. Since retiring, Peter has travelled the world but continues to be involved in the local community. In addition to his role as Chair of Collective Arts, Peter is also Chair of the local Residents Association, the local NHW Coordinator and is involved with community hall team management.

Our board includes Clinical Psychologist Dr Vlad Kolodin, Journalist and Writer Natalie Cooper and Educator Jacqui Smith.

Finally, we gratefully acknowledge the contributions of Andrew Craig for his interim finance and accounts support, Andrea Taylor from West Middlesex Hospital, Sharon Powell, workshop assistant extraordinaire and Carl Gohringer for tech support.