PROFILE

As a professional fine artist based in Prestwich, Chava is always looking for the next opportunity to translate life experiences into art. Since 2000, she has led a life fully devoted to the arts. Through a meticulous approach to the arts, she's made a strong and positive impression in the industry. Chava would love to work with you in the future, so please be in touch!

ABOUT

A substantial aspect in Chava’s work as an artist is being involved in the community. She uses art as a facilitator and a tool to help people cope with loss and trauma, as well as life challenges such as mental health, dementia, anxiety etc. Chava has a wealth of experience in the past 10 years, delivering Therapeutic Art workshops to Holocaust survivors and refugees, helping them capture their stories, as well as using art as a non-verbal expression of their experience, as well as documenting history. During her work on the project ‘Latent Memories’ she worked with the likes of The UK Holocaust Memorial Fund on their urgent testimony project. She identifed individuals suitable for recording, and helped to coordinate and facilitate recordings in the North West alongside Natasha Kaplinsky and Atlantic Productions. Chava describes one of her earliest memories as “learning how to recognise the ticking sound of a bomb on a bus”. Although she does not like using the term ‘warzone’, she was brought up with terror and war was part of her childhood. Having lived through the Gulf War, her way of coping with the fear and anxiety during the war sirens was creating art work. An album refecting her fear, anxiety and hopes. “This is when I realised the power of art in transmitting, transforming and infuencing myself as an individual as well as society as a whole. I suppose my obsession with war is about trying to understand how cruel people can be to each other, how war infuences who I am, but at the same time it is about being able to see the other side, the kindness and goodness, the ability to reunite and strengthen one another through war and disaster.”

CV

EDUCATION

1992-2009

2006-2009
First Class Honours in 3D Design: MMU, Manchester GB
2005 – 2006
BTEC Diploma with Distinction
Foundation Studies (Art and Design) MANCAT Manchester GB
2000 – 2002
Stedelijke Academie voor beeldende Kunsten Van Berchem Instituut R. Avermaete, Berchem – Antwerp, Belgium, Metal Design
2000 – 2002
Stedelijke Academie voor beeldende Kunsten Van Berchem Instituut R. Avermaete, Berchem – Antwerp, Belgium, Metal Design.
2002 – 2002
SCVO Nijverheidsschool, Antwerp, Belgium, Goldsmith course
1992 – 1994
CO OP Freizeit – Center Luzern, Switzerland
1992 – 1994
Beth Jacob Seminary, Luzern, Switzerland

WORK EXPERIENCE

1996-Present

Feb 2019 – ongoing
Art Commission – St Mary’s Hospital; Still Life
Oct 2018 – ongoing
Still Life – research through art, St Mary’s Hospital The Welcome Trust TOMMYS.
Jan 2018
Chief Rabbi’s Office – Neshama Festival, interactive learning workshops, exploring identity through the medium of clay.
Jan 2018 & 2019
Presentation and art workshop at HMP Buckley Hall for Holocaust Memorial Day.
Sept 2017-ongoing
Friendship Circle – regular therapeutic art sessions for young adults with learning difficulties.
2017
Submission of design for design competition for a Holocaust Memorial in front of the Houses of Commons, in collaboration with architect Andrew Burns, Atelier MB (scored 8/10 points)
2017-ongoing
Holocaust Education project “Through Their Eyes”, a project enticing Holocaust survivors and students from King David and Yavneh high schools to produce an exhibition of educational material
2017-ongoing
Art commission – Stenecourt synagogue, designing and project managing stained glass windows
2017-ongoing
QPC Liverpool-therapeutic art sessions
2016-2017
Coordinating and supporting UKHMF the ‘Urgent Testimony’ project
2016 – ongoing
Care staff training – how to enhance quality of life and wellbeing through art.
2015 - ongoing
Written in Stone – investigating the way that we record war stories through the written word and how all of that may be lost.
Sept 2015 – ongoing
StArt in Salford
June 2015 – ongoing
Leading artist for Community Arts charity.
Sept 2014 – Feb 2017
Latent Memories project – delivering therapeutic art to Holocaust survivors and refugees, recording life stories, creating Holocaust related artefacts
2013-ongoing
Therapeutic Art Camp Simcha – Organization supporting terminally ill children and families.
2013
Salford City Council Art workshop for Holocaust Memorial Day.
2013
Holocaust Memorial Day Lecture on exhibition ‘A Star shall Stride’
May 2012-Aug 2012
Managing and Delivering ‘Walkabout Project’ Lowry Art Gallery, Salford, Manchester
2012 - 2014
Cross Community Art Projects, bridging between the youth and the elderly.
2012 – ongoing
Art for Wellbeing
2012 – ongoing
Research – the influence of war on art and the way art influence the way we record and relay history
2012
TV Sales Presentation Create and Craft on Ideal World TV Channel.
2011 - 2013
Project Manager ‘Let your elders speak’ Heritage lottery funded.
2010 – 2011
AA2A Artists Residency at MMU
2010 – ongoing
Therapeutic art for children from disadvantaged families.
2009 – ongoing
Therapeutic art for the elderly
2010
Harper Hey Community Centre Project ‘My Manchester’
2009
Therapeutic Art with people with Alzheimer’s and Dementia
2008 - Ongoing
Therapeutic Art with the elderly
2007 - Ongoing
Volunteer work with handicap children
2002 - Ongoing
Private Tuition (Art)
1996 – 2002
Diamond Sorting (Gemology).

AWARDS, COMPETITIONS AND EXHIBITIONS

2005 - Present

February 2019
Yad Vashem Holocaust education seminar
2016 – Ongoing
Latent Memories – book, film, photo exhibition – creating and documenting Holocaust related artefacts
2015
Tree of Life sculpture – Nicky Alliance Day Centre
2014
Garden of Life – Salford City Council
2014
‘Let Your Elders Speak’ travelling exhibition in local schools, HLF open days, Jewish Museum
2013 - Ongoing
‘A Star Shall Stride’ IWM North
Jan - Feb 2013
The Hub’ Salford. Photographic exhibition of my work.
August 2012
Walkabout exhibition of the Art achieved by the community
Sept 2010
Jewish Museum Manchester ‘Fragility’
April 2010
JNF charity Exhibition
May 2009
MMU Degree Show ‘Scratches’ – selected for ‘Guldagergaard’ award.
April 2007
JNF Charity Exhibition
March 2007
International Jewish Artist of the year award Ben Uri Gallery, London
July 2006
‘Inspired By’ competition Manchester City Gallery
July 2006
Student Show MANCAT Manchester
January 2006
Cornerhouse Manchester ‘Britishness’
July 2005
‘Inspired By’ competition second place Manchester City Gallery.

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