Britain Behind the Mask is a creative wellbeing project using storytelling, mask-making and visual arts to give voices to those whose voices have been silenced.
Our mission is to offer a space for silenced and marganalised communities to find their voices and tell their stories through mask-making, story-telling and visual arts. Our long term aim is to have a collection of visual arts pieces from across the UK which give a platform for silenced communities and invaluable voices to be heard and witnesses.
Kyra Hall-Gelly MBACP
Kyra began her career as Head of Enrichment and Welfare in a pupil referral unit where she received an award for an “Outstanding Contribution To The Lives of Young People” (2010). She is now a counsellor & psychotherapist using the arts, Co-Director of NeuroTribe UK (www.neurotribe.uk ), an empowerment organization delivering therapy to families with SEND, Lecturer in Counselling Skills and Group Process Group Facilitator, both at Kingston College, London.
Alongside therapy work and Diversity & Inclusion Consultation for NeuroTribe UK, she is also appointed Steering Group Member for Croydon Parent Carer Forum which works with Public Health England, the DfE and Local Government to meet the needs of children and young people with SEND.
Marissa Green HCPC
Marissa is a dramatherapist, mental health practitioner, and educator. She works mainly in the mental health, disability and education sectors and, in all her work, aims to help people find and amplify their voices.
Marissa runs Britain Behind the Mask with Kyra, as well as running a creative mental health education service provider - Open Words UK (www.openwords.co.uk). Alongside mental health facilitation, Marissa is also the convenor of the British Association of Dramatherapists Research Subcommittee and an Associate Lecturer in the Principles of Dramatherapy at Anglia Ruskin University.