Miriam is an experienced teacher. trainer and facilitator with over 17 years experience in planning and delivering workshops, trainings and training-of -trainer programmes in a variety of areas to a widely diverse client group.
She spent 5 years working for War Child Netherlands setting up, implementing and monitoring creative arts psychosocial projects for vulnerable young people in their communities who had experienced conflict and difficulties.
These varied from 6-12 week creative workshop programmes to 3 month training of trainer courses in hugely challenging settings, often in temporary shelters, refugee and displaced camps or in state institutions: schools or reform centres or prisons, in many countries across sub Saharan Africa, the Balkans and the Caucasus. This included consultation work for Save the Children, CARE, IRC, ERduM and UNICEF.
She spent a year creating a psychosocial creative arts training and workshop programme in Khartoum and Omdurman, Sudan creating programmes for street children, children in prisons, IDP's and children affected by conflict, including training programmes in southern garrison towns of Wau and Malakal, working closely with the British Council and GOAL and UNICEF.
She spent a year in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (Kivu's and Ituri) carrying out assessments and feasibility studies and training international and local social workers, teachers and artists in the use of creative arts to rehabilitate children and communities affected by conflict. This included working with children and young people affiliated with armed groups, and children accused of witchcraft. She worked closely with SCF- UK, UNICEF, CARE and IRC to devise and deliver emergency child protection trainings for the ongoing demobilisation programmes through MONUC.
Since returning full time to the UK in 2004, she has worked regularly for the British Council in Syria, Georgia and Oman, running creative art projects such as Sonic Postcardsa mixed media project with children in Damascus and Press Free Printmaking, an introduction to monoprint and cyanotype processes at the House of Artists in Muscat, Oman.
Her UK projects have included several projects for Creative Partnerships, the V and A, Scarlet Theatre, London Bubble.
She works regularly for the National Theatre as a facilitator running projects in Theatre Design for the Primary years and Secondary schools departments as well as CPD trainings for A Level teachers.
She is a visiting lecturer at SOAS for the Department of Development Studies and for the MA in music and development, lecturing on creativity, creative arts, psychosocial programming in development and conflict settings. She has also lectured Camberwell school of Art, and talked at the UN in New York and Geneva, and been on panels for Amnesty International and at the Frontline Club.
She aims always to use readily available materials which are context appropriate, and to create an inclusive stimulating environment in which to learn and create. She is fully CRB checked and able to deliver existing trainings or to tailor projects and trainings to client needs.
Publications include Feast of Colour, art making with children of a forgotten war, in Art Therapy and Political Conflict, ed Bobby Lloyd and Debra Kalmonitz, Routledge 2005 and
Trees Coloured Pink:art interventions in Kosovo Interventions Journal,(co-authored with T. Wertheim Cahen) 2006