About Us

 Julia Ruppert- Creative Practitioner, 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 positive psychology (MAPP). She has since published and presented her arts for wellbeing research at national and international conferences.

Over the years, Julia has designed and delivered hundreds of arts for wellbeing workshops for children, youth, women, 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.

We are pleased to announce Clinical Psychologist Dr. Vlad Kolodin, Journalist and Writer Natalie Cooper and Educator Jacqui Smith will be joining Collective Art’s board.

We also Welcome David and Emma to our newly evolving steering committee.

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