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London-based artist Serena Korda worked alongside local people to co-create the Horniman Museum and Gardens’ launch show for its new Studio, which opened in October 2018.

Serena Korda worked as part of the Collective – a collaborative group included 10 members involved in artistic and creative community support programmes across south London – to create the inaugural programme for The Studio.

The Studio Collective in 2018 were:

  • Anna-Maria Amato – an artist and curator of the SHARP Gallery in Brixton, which exhibits work by emerging artists, many of whom are mental health service users        
  • Joe Francis – a songwriter from a musical background, whose involvement with patients at St Christopher's Hospice has revitalised his interest in all kinds of arts, especially pottery
  • Judith Fernandes – a service user of Three Cs, which supports people with learning disabilities and/or mental health challenges, who also volunteers with the Horniman and Three Cs’ allotment
  • Julia Austin – an active member of organisations campaigning for and working with disabled people, and a member of the Horniman's Access Advisory Group for a number of years
  • Lu Firth – a community worker with a particular interest in textiles, who runs arts and heritage projects with diverse audiences
  • Michael Cox – a keen photographer who regularly attends workshops at the Horniman as part of the Community Connections group for older people
  • Nicolas Gonzalez – a musician and music group facilitator in the Mental Health and Wellbeing Centre at Blackfriars Settlement, who also volunteers with creative arts charity Heart N Soul
  • Nigel Looker – a lifelong Forest Hill resident, who is a peer support volunteer with MIND and attends the Community Connections Group at the Horniman
  • Philip Baird – an artist, musician and mental health service user, who is an Arts Ambassador for both Arts Network, a mental health arts organisation based in Lewisham, and the Dragon Café 
  • Serena Korda
  • and members of the Horniman team.