“All things are connected like the blood that unites us. We do not weave the web of life, we are merely a strand in it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.” -Chief Seattle
Lydia Newman is a multidisciplinary artist with a background in directing and creative facilitation. Lydia’s artistic practice takes place across visual art, installation, soundscaping and movement; ultimately, personal narratives are central to these modes of expression that enable her to connect to herself and her viewers with authenticity, gentleness and venerability.
Lydia's artistic practice is a culmination of over a decade of experience working in the charity sector, where she led numerous creative facilitation projects and programmes across several countries, including the UK, The Gambia, Kenya, Bali, Tanzania, and China. Drawing from tools in drama, visual arts, storytelling, and movement practices, Lydia has developed an approach that empowers and supports groups to be honest, share perspectives, and find value in difference.
Lydia has collaborated with several prominent organisations in the UK, including KORI, The Young Urban Arts Foundation, Lewisham Youth Theatre, Jacksons Lane Theatre, Save the Children, The South Bank Centre, NHS, Age UK, and NT Connects. In 2022, she facilitated the development of the Minds Matter mental health toolkit for youth workers, commissioned by London Youth, AQA-accredited Drama Facilitation Courses for Lewisham Youth Theatre, and a Leadership Programme with Embercombe.
Through Lydia's expertise in creative facilitation, she has made a significant impact in her work with various organisations, establishing herself as a respected figure in the field.