“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.
This artistic practice is informed by over a decade of her work within the charity sector, leading creative facilitation projects and programmes in the UK, The Gambia, Kenya, Bali, Tanzania and China. Over this time, Lydia has run various programmes using tools from drama, visual arts, storytelling, and movement practices to aid groups in feeling empowered and supported, to be honest, share perspectives and find value in difference.
Lydia has worked with notable organisations in the UK, including KORI, The Young Urban Arts Foundation, Lewisham Youth Theatre, Jacksons Lane Threate, Save the Children, The South Bank Centre, NHS, Age UK and NT Connects. Over 2022, Lydia has facilitated the creation of Minds Matter mental health tool kit for youth workers commissioned by London Youth, AQA-accredited Drama Facilitation Courses for Lewisham Youth Theatre and a Leadership Programme with Embercombe.