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Stephen Pettet-Smith

Stephen has been a key figure in the development of art in public places from the 1980s, specialising in urban regeneration and art in public places. He directed the Welsh outdoor sculpture collection, led the arts & crafts component of the 5th British Garden Festival and was Senior Commissions Officer for the Cardiff Bay redevelopment, before joining the NHS.

 He invested his experience in the development of Arts and Health, principally within the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospitals. His work has encompassed the development of exhibitions, management of an extensive collection, and the planning of interior and exterior design schemes. Stephen also engaged and partnered artists to run practical workshops with patients and relatives.

He led a substantial project for the government’s challenge to improve the healthcare environment of people with dementia. This became a national pilot scheme and is used as planning guidance for the department of health. He left the NHS in 2018.

Stephen works with the under graduate students  exploring arts, health & wellbeing.

His research interests include the use of the participatory arts, principally the use of clay, in personal development of people in communities who do not have an arts background or inclination. Stephen has led workshops with people experiencing loneliness, isolation and anxiety. He is currently exploring bringing together intergenerational groups for mutual support whilst involved in making.

Stephen’s own art practice is centred on raku ceramic work and thrown stoneware domestic pottery. Stephen is an associate of the Craft Potters Association, a member of Westcountry Potters and a fellow of the RSA.