Prue Thimbleby – Visual Artist
I am an interactive artist – my work only exists in the context of people – even when working for commission I make my work in a way in which people add to and change it. I work with stories, especially people’s autobiographical stories; creating video and audio installations. Examples of stories can be seen at http://www.swanseastortelling.com.
Three days of the week I work as Arts in Health co-ordinator for ABMU Health Board – building partnerships, raising funds, training volunteers and staff in storytelling and supporting and delivering Arts projects.
Sarah Wright – Senior Researcher
I am a senior researcher at Swansea University with specific expertise in qualitative research and a background in Anthropology. I have worked in the private sector supporting a range of individuals and organisations in achieving sustainable success. This work has focused on the importance of engaging and aligning relationships with individuals in workplaces. My research interests lie in patient-centred healthcare. I am involved in research to improve the quality and delivery of healthcare for patients in different healthcare settings; to integrate qualitative research in clinical trials research and research which explores the relationships which underpin patients’ experiences . My own doctoral research has focussed on patient-centred professionalism in gastroenterology.
Rhian Solomon – Visual Artist
I am a Visual Artist – My practice is concerned with drawing parallels between skin and cloth, the body and dress. Themes in my work are developed in response to conversational research that I undertake.
In Reconstructing Ourselves I will be working closely with the patients and staff at Morriston Hospital to create a new collection of art work. I will be running workshops with patients that explore their changing bodies and wardrobes throughout their experiences as a patient. and I will look to sensitively interpret these narratives through the objects that I create.
Alongside Reconstructing Ourselves, I currently run a research project and consultancy, entitled sKINship, that brings together professionals from reconstructive plastic surgery and pattern cutting professions.
Mr Mark Cooper – Consultant Plastic Surgeon
I have been a Consultant Plastic Surgeon in Wales for 20 years and have a specialist interest in breast reconstruction. I carried out the first perforator flap and fat grafting operations in Wales. I have always been interested in the visual, as well as the functional and psychological aspects of surgery
Mr Amar Ghattaura
Amar Ghattaura qualified from University College London Medical School in 1995 and has trained in London and South Wales. He is currently an NHS Consultant Plastic Surgeon at the Morriston Hospital, Swansea with a specialist interest in breast surgery. Mr Ghattaura’s is the Clinical Lead for Microsurgical services and has a specialist interest in breast reconstruction following cancer. In addition, he also undertakes super-microsurgical procedures in Neath Port Talbot Hospital to manage lymphoedema, a common occurrence following breast cancer surgery.
Over the last 12 years of working in the field of Plastic Surgery Mr Ghattaura has worked in many prestigious Plastic Surgery units in the UK including the Royal Marsden Hospital, London, Great Ormond Street and the Oxford Radcliffe Infirmary. As well a gaining valuable experience of breast surgery in Harley Street, London, he has been trained in breast surgery at the University Hospital Ghent, Belgium.