Audrey West — North Wales Arts Development Officer

Audrey West moved from North London to North Wales in November 2017 to pursue her creative interests. She felt this area of outstanding beauty reflected her birthplace within the Portland Jamaica landscape, and intends to share this gift by offering artistic retreats.

Audrey displays a range of skills in her professional portfolio. After taking her first degree in Iberian and Latin American Studies, she qualified as a PGCE modern languages teacher; she received her Post-Graduate diploma as a Psychosynthesis Counsellor and Psychotherapist in 1998. Following an MA in Cultural Memory, 2002, and her raised awareness of the reverberation of trauma in subsequent generations of enslaved Africans who had suffered the onslaughts of the transatlantic chattel slave industry, Audrey pursued post-trauma therapy work alongside other engagements.

Audrey is a visual artist, exhibiting in group and solo exhibitions since the 1980s. These include a televised exhibition of UK Black Woman Artists to participation in Culture Colony Interventions at the Museum of Modern Art Machynlleth in Spring 2019. Audrey also writes in different forms, including narrative verse.

Since 1985, Audrey has been engaged in community empowerment alongside the not for profit sector across the UK. She has added organization development and training to this prism. In her role as Arts Development Officer for North Wales with Race Council Cymru, Audrey will apply her range of skills to include diverse creative stakeholders in delivering Black History Month/365 Wales.