Paula produces the podcast, Can Art Save Us? She interviews diverse, award winning, international artists about their lives and work through the lenses of courage and curiosity.
Paula changes the current political language around the Arts in the UK as 'soft.' She explores courage and curiosity in the Arts and why these qualities matter to our mental, societal and democratic health. This is in direct response to deep, politically motivated cuts in the Arts and education for over a decade in the UK.
Free to listen and subscribe, the podcast is available via podbean distributed to multiple platforms including apple, spotify, google, amazon music and more. Head to:
Paula has interviewed throughout her career. Jazz, blues and music legends, including Ray Charles, Curtis Mayfield, Herbie Hancock and Quincy Jones for NBC TV. Hollywood and film cast for BSkyB, artists and makers across prestigious arts and heritage venues.
Paula is an Associate Member of the Arts and Wellbeing Centre at Brighton University. She has studied with Sussex Mindfulness, part of the NHS, the University of Oxford Mindfulness Centre and the Compassion Institute led by Dr. Thupten Jinpa, also the principal English translator to H.H. the Dalai Lama. She also also undertook an accredited teaching course with the UK's Mindfulness Now College approved by the British Psychological Society. All studies draw on the latest psychology, neurology and contemplative sciences and this informs her interest in the value of the Arts and social prescribing.
"Your podcast is creating important conversation Paula. Thank you for inviting me!" Qudsia Akhtar, Poet.
Forward Book of Poetry.
"Such a great roving and in-depth conversation with Paula at Can Art Save Us? Yes, it can! A great pleasure." Dr. Cherry Smyth, Poet, Author, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
so much for having me
on. I really appreciate it and
it's been fantastic to speak
with you today. "
Zita Holbourne, multi-award winning artist, poet, senior Trade Unionist.
Momentum Consultancy in Ireland, has included the podcast in their EU course for Social / Cultural Service educators and managers. This is part of Activate, promoting social prescribing across Europe. This is a purposeful home for the podcast to share important insights from diverse, international artists on social values.
Paula's interest in arts and wellbeing is in relation to our mental, societal and democratic health. She has contributed to published research with the European Cultural Foundation in a hybrid lab, “Cultural Creative Spaces and Cities." This explored the critical role of Arts & Culture at the local level in communities for societal health, democracy and European solidarity.
Paula contributes the podcast to
online events supporting arts and wellbeing and mental health awareness. She is a supporter of Social Prescribing and you can find out what is available near you here:
You can also read the interview transcripts in the blogs and all podcast episodes are captioned.
"Wow, that's such an interesting question. Wow. That really speaks to me." Otis Mensah, the UK's first hip-hop poet laureate.
"These are very interesting, very good questions. I thoroughly enjoyed the conversation."
Architect, Author, Top 50
Global Thinkers List.
"Thank you for having me and bringing such challenging questions, it's been wicked." Adam Kammerling, Slam Poet Champion, inter-disciplinary artist.
"I do admire what you are doing. I really enjoyed talking to you and wish you every success with the series. I will always be glad to work with you again."
Antony Penrose, Co-director of the Penrose Collection and
Lee Miller Archives.
"I’M A FAN! I think you’ve created an extraordinary body of work." Listener.
Looking forward to an October editorial in Indie Shaman, a glossy, quarterly, international magazine. The podcast will be highlighted in the feature with Season 4 guest, Doctor of Faerytales, Elizabeth Lovely. This is a result of the podcast interview.
Season 5 is scheduled for November 20th, 2023, on World Children's day.
Paula's live interview on regional BBC Radio about Season 4 was available on BBC Sounds throughout July.
Season 4 published on Windrush Day. Windrush 75 guests include one of the world's leading sculptors, Basil Watson, who created the UK's National Windrush Memorial unveiled by HRH the Prince of Wales.
The artists explore the vital, social and cultural contribution of the Windrush generation, the scandal of hostile legislation and justice.
The podcast was selected for presentation at the Cambridge University conference "Going Places" in Dec, 2022. Authors, poets and spoken word artists explored social and poetic justice. The conference was inspired by and opened by poet, author and broadcaster, Lemn Sissay, OBE.
As a result, Season 3 was dedicated to diverse, acclaimed and award winning poets and spoken word artists. Season 2 published on the International Day of Friendship.
Amanny Mo at BBC Radio Surrey and BBC Radio Sussex covered the premier of Can Art Save Us? Paula was interviewed with a Season 1 guest, Antony Penrose of Farleys House & Gallery, Home of Surrealists, Lee Miller and Roland Penrose.
Paula is exploring partnerships, collaboration and funding for this arts-based research, national and international. She is interested in the multi-disciplinary value of the research and for social impact. The podcast is free to listen and without exclusive paid content in support of arts access, economic equality and the importance of cultural exchange.
"Thank you so much again for having me amongst the list of extremely accomplished and wonderful guests that you have. And thank you so much for keeping your podcast accessible as well. I think that's that's really important." Bhumika Billa, poet, classical dancer, legal academic.