Senior Art Therapist
BFA (NZ), MA Art Therapy (Practice, UK)
Asha Munn is graduate of Elam School of Fine Arts and she completed her Masters in Art Psychotherapy at Art Therapy, The Northern Programme in Sheffield, UK. She is a registered practicing art therapist, artist, consultant, lecturer, educator and photographer. She is also a published book designer and author. Asha’s career as an artist and in socially engaged art has spanned the last seventeen years.
Through navigation of cross-disciplinary creative projects Asha combines her practice as an Art Psychotherapist, Artist and Artist Researcher. Asha is interested that meaningful therapeutic opportunities may exist in a variety of perhaps previously unconsidered places. She frequently works with galleries including the internationally renowned Yorkshire Sculpture Park (UK) and is currently exhibiting her own work Fly Away Home at the park.
Asha has been at the forefront of innovative and groundbreaking work with adolescents in the UK for the past eight years. Asha has been recognised by Arts Council England for her work with some of the most hard to reach groups. She was a Finalist in the National Lottery Awards and has also won the Youth Justice Board Awards as well as the William Archer and the Encouraging Employment Award which are both part of the Koestler Prize and exhibited at the South Bank Centre in London. Whilst in the UK she established My Artistic Voice, which explores the practice of socially engaged art and art therapy. Working internationally Asha believes much can be learnt about mental health and creativity by exploring beneficial links across cultures. Asha wishes contribute to the evidence base for socially engaged practice and art therapy. She is interested in collaborative working and sharing knowledge, building creative partnerships and supporting the establishment of participatory arts in NZ.
Alongside Māpura, Asha also works with Waitemata DHB (Marinoto North), North Harbour Living Without Violence and Toi Ora. She is an accredited domestic violence facilitator and advisor to both the MIT counseling board and the Whitecliffe Arts Therapy masters course where she is also a guest lecturer.
Banner image: Matthew Tucker, Infinity, 2014