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Collective Creativity for health: A workshop with Artist in Residence Nora Wuttke

14 March 2023, 3:30 pm–5:00 pm

Creative health

Are you a UCL researcher interested in the intersections between arts, creativity and community-based approaches to health? Join us on Tuesday 14 March for the first event organised by our new Creative Health Community co-leads, Dr Rochelle Burgess, Dr Humera Iqbal, and Dr Karen Mak and featuring Nora Wuttke, 2022/23 Artist in Residence at UCL’s Thomas Coram Research Unit.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to

UCL staff






Daisy Voake


Drama Studio
Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way
United Kingdom

Academics and researchers interested in the reduction of health inequalities have continually looked to the role of the arts and creativity in creating open spaces for participation, dialogue, and reflection about our interactions with society. The goal of the creative health community is to bring together UCL researchers, at all career stages, to reflect on how the use of creative methods can help advance our efforts to improve health.

If you work with the arts/creative methods or would like to explore and learn more about how you can, please join us for this collaborative workshop where we will hear from Nora and be guided through a creative activity to practice 'seeing' the world in new ways.  We will also discuss ideas for future sessions, so please come along and help shape our community!


•           Welcome and overview of community - Dr Rochelle Burgess

•           Introduction and dialogue with Artist in Residence - Nora Wuttke

•           Tea Break

•           Task set by Nora Wuttke

•           Open discussion and feedback

•           Next steps 

About the Speakers

Nora Wuttke

Artist in Residence at UCL’s Thomas Coram Research Unit

Nora received her architecture degree at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in 2009. She went on to complete an MA in Social Anthropology of Development at SOAS in 2010.

Following her studies, Nora spent 7 years in China and Myanmar. She was based for four years in Shanghai (2011-2015), where she worked for local and international architecture firms, including two and a half years as project architect at David Chipperfield Architects. In 2015 Nora moved to Yangon to work for Article 25, a London-based NGO, on the Reinvigoration of Yangon General Hospital and developed the masterplan for the hospital campus. Since 2017 she is an independent architect with projects in Myanmar. In 2018 Nora returned to SOAS for her PhD in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology.

Her main interest is the reciprocal effect of the built environment, individuals, society, and the state. Broader research interests include material culture; anthropology of space, place and architecture; anthropology of infrastructure; anthropology of the built environment; collaborative and multidisciplinary approaches; methodology and writing. Her regional interest is Myanmar (Burma).

Rochelle Burgess

Creative Health Community Co-Lead

Rochelle is interested in the promotion of community approaches to health globally, and views communities as a route to understanding and responding to the political economy of poor health, with a particular emphasis on the impacts of broader development issues such as poverty, gender, systems of governance, and community mobilisation (civil society). For the past decade she has focused largely on mental wellbeing and the experience of common mental disorders, and is a leading voice in the emerging field of social interventions in Global Mental Health. She has led a range of projects that focus on the development of community mental health interventions (in South Africa, Colombia, UK and Zimbabwe) and has contributed her methodological and mental health expertise to projects on community led responses to other health challenges, such as child health in Nigeria.  


Rochelle is an Associate Professor in Global Health and Deputy Director of the UCL Centre for Global Non-Communicable Diseases, at the Institute for Global Health at UCL. She is the founder and Director of UCL's Global Network on Mental Health and Child Marriage.  She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health, member of the ESRC peer review college, UK Trauma Council, among other affiliations.