Whittingham Lives

Whittingham Lives (2017-2019) was an Arts and Heritage project focusing on the Whittingham Asylum in Preston. The project aims were to raise awareness and change perceptions about mental health. The project was funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England in partnership with Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, UCLAN, Lancashire County Council, Unison, Music in the Mind and Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library.

As Visual Lead and Whittingham Lives Board Member, Kate has had various responsibilities including logo design, the overall look of the project and creating an interactive educational artwork focusing on the Whittingham Railway. Who’s Driving That Train is an artwork using a train as metaphor for mental health and mental health care in response to historic research and consultation through events and creative workshops. This artwork was displayed in the Whittingham Lives: Hidden Histories-Alternative Futures .Exhibition at the Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library (13 October – 25 November 2018) and is now part of the Lancashire County Council Museum Service’s permanent collection.


“Kate has provided consistently phenomenal support for Whittingham Lives…the project has reaped the full benefit of Kate’s creative experience and wide range of artistic skills. Fellow project board members respect Kate’s passionate but even-handed approach and appreciate the reliability of her delivery.”

David Keddie

Chair, Whittingham Lives Association Stakeholder Engagement Manager Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust

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