professionally trained photographer, arts facilitator, creative educator & founder of Gladys & the Bubblettes Photo Booth Experiences.
Offering relaxed & original wedding, engagement & family shoots, community & environmentally driven arts workshops, that are catalysts for larger collaborative public art projects through out the Uk & Europe.
Core to her ethos is inclusion, & arts access for all. Creativity is an innate function, a necessity to all, that can bring about individual & collective growth, social change & wonder.
Art is life. Life is Art. As human animals we are all artists, & each of our visions is as valid as the other's.
Creativity, beauty, crafting & making has an implicit function in our lives, it is a space for communication, for collaboration, for reflection, for understanding, release or just pleasure. It is an innate part of our lives that is being oppressed within failing educational & social systems. It can act as a space for change, of personal empowerment or simply to feel connected.
At present, the function of art & visual culture is one of marketing & profiteering, of manipulation & propaganda. There is much dead space within our cities that can be utilised to bring better messages into the social sphere, small acts of visual kindness, representations of unity & hope. Compelled by the brutalist culture, the changing social landscape, her personal life challenges & inspired by 22 years of working with the public in the Arts, education, hospitality & festivals.
Ali believes we can open up a dialogue between different sectors of society through Art, music & community collaborations.
"Idealism sees the world in God. It beholds the whole circle of persons & things, of actions & events, of country & religion, not as painfully accumulated atom after atom, act after act, in an aged creeping Past, but as on vast picture God paints on the instant of eternity for the contemplation of the soul"
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1846)