Panel speaker at The Art of Wellbeing symposium

Sheila has been invited to be on a panel at Creative People and Places and the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance’s upcoming symposium The Art of Wellbeing.

The Art of Wellbeing

A symposium exploring the relationship between meaningful arts engagement and individual and community wellbeing.

A partnership between Creative People and Places and the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance

University of Central Lancashire, Burnley Campus, 14 June 2019, 10.00 – 16.30

As part of Creativity and Wellbeing Week, this symposium hosted by the Creative People and Places network will explore the meeting places between the culture and health sectors, with a focus on wellbeing.

The event will put the relationship between collaborative and participatory art and the wellbeing of individuals and communities under the magnifying glass. Does working collaboratively with people to choose and create art that is of, with and by their community have a lasting impact on wellbeing? What about art's capacities to unsettle and challenge? Can art really make people feel better?

Further details can be found HERE

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Heart of Glass - Open Space Workshop in May

Sheila is contributing to an Open Space session at Heart of Glass in May facilitated by Chrissie Tiller (Creative Consultant and Practitioner) and Emma Fry (Criticality Producer, Heart of Glass), which asks:

How can we begin to take care of ourselves while working with, for and about others?

The session is Pay What You Can and is for anyone who is artistically engaged in social and collaborative arts practice.

For further details about the event click HERE

Chrissie Tiller 

Chrissie Tiller is a passionate writer, thinker, teacher, and practitioner with a lifetime’s history of working through collaborative and social practice: particularly in cross-cultural and trans-national contexts and with places undergoing social, economic and political change.  Her recent think piece for Creative People and Places, Power Up, explores the current state of collaborative arts practice: including examining notions of privilege, cultural capital, politics, personal values and ethics in bringing about cultural democracy and social justice.

Getting To Know You tea cups…

Getting To Know You tea cups…



Developing Your Creative Practice Grant Success

Sheila is delighted to have been awarded a Developing Your Creative Practice Grant by Arts Council England.

She will be using the grant to work with a mentor (instead of being the mentor herself for once), refresh her core artistic values, increase the visibility of her practice and gather some concrete strategies around ways to survive the next 20 years and thrive… Exciting and timely…

Image by Sheila Ghelani

Image by Sheila Ghelani



Edges & Contours Lab, Unbox Festival India

Sheila has been invited to be part of a lab facilitated by Invisible Flock and Quicksand which will take place in Bangalore, India in February. The lab will facilitate a new network of artists and creatives from UK and India and build meaningful, cross-disciplinary collaborations within environmental and socially engaged practices.

The network will be formed of five delegates from the UK and five delegates from India, plus teams from Invisible Flock and Quicksand, who will meet and explore mutual connections during a three day Lab and UnBox 2019.

Three days working together in advance of the festival will result in a number of separate outputs for the festival in varying forms, eg workshops, installations, zines etc. Relationships and collaborations will be built through mutual interests and areas of focus, naturally facilitated during the first day of the lab.

Invisible Flock and Quicksand will work together during the same time period on a new project, mirroring the same process of development.

Click HERE to read more about the lab and follow its progress as it unfolds…




Common Salt at Scare the Horses, Exeter

In January 2019, the new subscription based initiative ‘Scare The Horses’ in Exeter presented Common Salt (x 2 shows) to launch their new initiative and season of work at Southernhay House Hotel (once owned by William Kirkpatrick an East India Company Official).

Hear an interview with Sheila and Sue by Scare the Horses curator Paula Crutchlow HERE. With contributions from Deborah Clark owner of Southernhay House, and Dr Nicola Thomas, Cultural Geographer at University of Exeter.

Find out more about Scare The Horses HERE

This event took place on Thursday 31 January 6pm & 8.30pm

Image by Paul Samuel White

Image by Paul Samuel White



Common Salt (A Lament) by Lucy Cash online

The 2018 tour of Common Salt, a show and tell made in collaboration with Sue Palmer, comes to an end with a specially commissioned 'cinepoem' made by artist Lucy Cash.

Common Salt (A Lament) was exhibited at b-side festival on Portland, in September 2018. Now it's available online. Click HERE to view it (6 mins long, don't forget to turn up your volume!).

Thank you to everyone who came to see our show and tell around the table this year. It's been an extraordinary journey since we started back in 2014! We are planning future performances of Common Salt in 2019. Please get in touch with us if you are interested in hosting the piece.

It's the shortest day today and the longest night.

Warm and good wishes on this turning point of the year.

Our thanks to Arts Council England, b-side festival and Rajni Shah for supporting the work. And to the host venues: The Wellcome Collection, Bristol Library, Battersea Arts Centre, South London Botanical Institute, Frome Museum, Art.Earth at Dartington and b-side Portland. And to our Producer Sally Rose.

To read more about common Salt on my website click HERE.

Sue was also Art.Earth - September's Artist of the Month! Click HERE to read more about that.

To view Lucy's website click HERE and to view’s Sue’s website click HERE.

Supported using public funds by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Developed with support from b-side and One Final Act by Rajni Shah Projects.

Image still from Common Salt (A Lament)

Image still from Common Salt (A Lament)



Infinity Knot - Agents of Change

Sheila is presenting Infinity Knot as a drop-in activity as part of Clod Ensemble’s symposium Agents of Change: The Power of the Placebo Effect.

The event takes place on November 3rd 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM at Wellcome Collection.


Join us for a day of provocation and engaging discussion with leading scientists, cultural thinkers, artists and medics, exploring the topic of placebo. 

What is the placebo effect and what can it tell us about the way we practice healthcare today? How can expectations, suggestibility, belief, charisma of the healer, ritual and environment impact on our health? Can we be agents of our own pleasure and pain? How are we affected by those providing us with care, the manner in which we are cared for, or the setting in which care is given?

Drop in and out for the whole day, or come along to one or two of the individual sessions listed below. 

Part of The Power of Placebo – a national programme of events to accompany our new performance, Placebo.

SESSION 1: MIND & BODY (11:00 – 12:30) Featuring: Jo Marchant, Jon Stone, Suzy Willson, Peggy Shaw, Hana Ayoob (Chair)

SESSION 2: RITUALS OF CARE (13:15 – 14:45) Featuring: Sarah Goldingay, Paul Dieppe, John Fox, Christina Lee, Hana Ayoob (Chair)

SESSION 3: HEALING SPACES (15:00 – 17:00) Featuring: Elisabeth Hsu, Amy Shelton, John Burnside, Trystan Hawkins, Andrew Hall, Hana Ayoob (Chair)




Last chance to see Common Salt in 2018!

Last chance to see Common Salt in 2018!

A few tickets left for each show ....

Frome Museum, Somerset | Saturday 20 October

4:00pm & 7:00pm

Book tickets online (plus booking fee) HERE

Plus a couple of tickets for each show are on sale at Frome Museum - cash only, no booking fee.

We seat 17 people around the show and tell table for each performance.

The piece has been to the following venues so far:

South London Botanical Institute, London (part of Chelsea Fringe) | Battersea Arts Centre, London | Bristol Central Library, Bristol | b-side Festival, Portland Dorset | Dorset County Museum, Dorchester | Dartington Hall, Devon (hosted by | Wellcome Collection, Reading Room, London

Our Common Salt cine-poem made by artist Lucy Cash, was also on display from the 8th – 16th September at b-side Festival

A performance around a table - a show and tell - exploring the colonial, geographical history of England and India taking an expansive and emotional time-travel, from the first Enclosure Act and the start of the East India Company in the 1600s, to 21st century narratives of trade, race and culture.

Described recently by audience members as 'mesmerising', 'ingenious', 'spellbinding' and 'like reading a book in 3D real life!', we lay out a ‘home museum’ of objects and stories; of the Great Hedge of India, of borders, and collections – all accompanied by original Shruti box laments.

Supported using public funds by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Developed with support from b-side and One Final Act by Rajni Shah Projects.

Read more about the piece HERE

Photo by Paul Samuel White



Two Talks

Sheila gave a couple of talks in September/October. The first talk was for DIY organisation extraordinaire Girl Gang Sheffield at the Delicious Clam as part of DRAFT where she gave a brief intro to her work and discussed her Checklist of Care with around ten local artists…

The second talk was for The Praxis Forum in October - a project that offers a new form of professional development that seeks to enable artists with disabilities to engage with the art community outside of the disabled art context through participation in a programme of monthly peer mentoring forums (The Praxis Forum project is initiated by Jackie Castellano with support from The Showroom, LUX, Acme Studios, ArtQuest and DisabilityArtsOnline. It is made possible by Arts Council England through their Lottery Funded Grants for the Arts programme).



On Sulphur

On Sulphur is a micro-festival, a programme of talks, screenings and discussion about sulphur the chemical element, sulphur as metaphor, and 'Sulphur', Sheila's artwork. 

Thursday 12 July at Toynbee Studios
28 Commercial Street
E1 6AB
United Kingdom

2-5pm & 6-9.30pm.
Full day tickets: £12/£8
Afternoon or evening session only: £6/£4 concessions.
More information on sessions and contributors to be announced soon.

Click HERE to book a ticket

Through a curated programme including discussions from chemists, artistic responses, films, performance and more, On Sulphur shares the process and research that Sheila undertook to make 'Sulphur' in early 2017. 

Curated by Sheila with producer Sally Rose - this is the first time they have collaborated in putting together a programme, and this will be a welcoming space to learn, discuss and reflect on the cross-pollination between art, culture and science.

Contributors on the day include collaborators from ‘Sulphur’, and artists and scientists from Europe and the UK:

Session 1, 2-5pm: Professor Clive Oppenheimer (Department of Geography, University of Cambridge), Agnieszka Gratza (writer and drifter) and Dr Andrew Szydło (Chemistry Teacher, Highgate School).

Session 2, 6-9.30pm: Tim Spooner (who will show his performance sculpture ‘The Telescope’), Ross Williams (Science Technician, London), John Hunter (videographer for ‘Sulphur’ and artist), Marty Langthorne (Lighting designer for ‘Sulphur’ and artist) and performers in an extract of ‘Sulphur’ Jo Hellier, Katherina Radeva and Louisa Robbin. 

Including films by; Gosie Vervloessem (Belgium), Becky Edmunds/Fiona Wright, Lucy Cash and a curated selection from Cineclub Croy (Switzerland), and installations from Marty Langthorne and John Hunter. 

Supported by a Royal Society of Chemistry Outreach Fund Small Grant and using public funds by the National Lottery through Arts Council England


Image by John Hunter

Image by John Hunter