About Ellie


“What Ellie is doing is truly inspirational, and she does it with a real lightness of touch”

Susan Meehan,
Daiwa Foundation 

Ellie is a Socially Engaged Creative Practitioner and Consultant based in Plymouth, UK. She creates opportunities for people to be creative, self-express and connect with both themselves and others on a deeper, more personal, level. Ellie provides platforms for people to document their unique experiences, empowering their voices and shedding light on their stories.

Through embodying a co-creative approach, Ellie’s projects are shaped by those who participate: this is reflected by the variety of media used and forms the projects take. From printmaking, letter-writing and painting to creating community events and conferences, Ellie is skilled at creating the opportunity for connection to spark between people through creative communication.

“You help me to become more clear about how I express myself, you help me be an expert”

Ronald Amanze,
Ambassador of The Photobook Project

Working internationally, nationally and locally, Ellie’s projects are rooted in memory and association with place. With a focus on working with people living with dementia, their carers and intergenerational groups, Ellie asserts what people are capable of when given the right frameworks to work within. Her projects are designed to a high-standard, empowering the participants in their professionalism: through Ellie’s attention to detail and design, fostered during her MA Illustration: Authorial Practice, participants are celebrated as artists in their own right.

Ellie is passionate about the power of creative practice to tackle social isolation, disconnection and to increase wellbeing within our societies. Researching into the social, emotional and neurological benefits of creative engagement, Ellie’s projects are grounded in this knowledge which is evidenced by her sophistication of execution and forward-thinking approach.



Online Tutor for Living Well with Dementia module on Dementia MsC at University of Hull: https://online.hull.ac.uk/courses/msc-dementia

Became a Governor for Stoke Climsland and Calstock Primary Schools


Ambassador for The Creative Health Project with Arts Well, covering Launceston and the Tamar Valley (Cornwall)

Awarded funding from the Ideas Fund to work with Butterflies (Hull) and MSc Dementia to deliver The Photobook Project and create an evidence-base for the benefits for people living with dementia 

Online Tutor for Dying Well with Dementia module on Dementia MsC at University of Hull: https://online.hull.ac.uk/courses/msc-dementia

Awarded In-Residence with the Inclusivity Project, creating an evidence-base for carers’ involvement in The Photobook Project 

Socially Engaged Creative Consultant for iGen, Evidence Synthesis Review with University of Exeter and University of Sheffield

Awarded Creative Investment Grant from Cultivator to create a publication about The Photobook Project and towards AMANZE film

Awarded funding from Arts 4 Dementia for AMANZE film

Keynote speaker: 2nd International Webinar on Dementia and Alzheimer's Rehabilitation, "My Dementia Life Matters"

Commissioned by Art Licks to deliver Together Apart (The Photobook Project), funded by Ryedale’s Creative Economy Fund

Creative Development Workshop for Cultivator Clients. Focus: Collaboration and Power

Visiting Lecturer on BA Drawing, Falmouth University. Focus: Residencies

Sensory Trust: Care Home Friends and Neighbours, an intergenerational project connecting 10 care homes and 10 schools across Cornwall. Supported by My Home Life and The Linking Network, funded by Dunhill Medical Foundation

Supervisor for The Reader project, MA Illustration ‘Illustration and Mental Health’ at Camberwell UAL

Awarded place on Multiplier Programme by Cares Family, funded by UnLtD (130 applied, 10 places). Includes £10,000 funding for “My Dementia Life Matters” project, to create training package for The Photobook Project, coaching with Iona Lawrence of Jo Cox Foundation, a film made about the project and groundbreaking workshop programme: www.thecaresfamily.org.uk/the-multiplier

Online Tutor on Living Well with Dementia module on Dementia MsC at University of Hull: https://online.hull.ac.uk/courses/msc-dementia

Community Engagement Lead for Grays Wharf (Penryn, Cornwall) projects Moving Landscapes and Mesh, Loop & Line

Awarded funded at Sensory Trust by National Lottery to work with artist Naomi Hannam on intergenerational project A Forest of Hope wih Sensory Trust groups and Constantine Primary 


Speaker at 12th International Dementia Conference: Transforming Care and Communities, Engaging Dementia.  Dublin. ‘The Photobook Project: A creative framework empowering people living with dementia and their wider communities’

Awarded artist opportunity as part of SYNETHESIA with Cultivator and Plymouth University: https://synesthesia.online/Ellie-Robinson-Carter-by-Holly-Willats

Awarded funding from FEAST Cornwall with Cornwall Community Foundation and Callington Memory Cafe to deliver Callington’s Creative Connections with Callington Community College and Callington Memory Cafe

Started as Online Tutor on Dementia MSc ‘Dying Well With Dementia’ module at University of Hull

“Until Next Time” exhibited as part of Surface Gallery’s online exhibition titled Personal Space

Awarded funding from Race and Equality Foundation to deliver My Life Matters project with Dementia Action Alliance for Black and Ethnic Minority Communities and Talk Dementia

Completed project “Until Next Time” with photographer and friend Hannah Wright, to be featured in Kresen Kernow museum collections as part of lockdown in Cornwall

Winner of Cultivator Grant to attend Funding Bid Writing Course with Christina Poulton Creative, Arts Well mentorship and Arts Well Funding Bid Writing Workshop

Completed International Certificate in Intergenerational Practice Edition 5 by Generations Working Together and University of Granada

Winner of Cultivator Grant to complete International Certificate in Intergenerational Practice, Generations Working Together

Awarded funded from FEAST Cornwall’s Re-Ignition Fund to work with artist Naomi Hannam to create activity packs for Sensory Trust groups


Speaker at lllustrating Mental Health, University of Worcestor. “Pass the Baton!”

Co-organiser of “Only Connect!” steering group, Falmouth University

Speaker at Ageing in Place Conference, London

“Pass the Baton!” residency in Tokyo and Nagoya, Japan with Run Tomorrow project. Funded by Daiwa Foundaton, September 2019

Conference organiser in partnership with Falmouth University titled “Only Connect!” A community symposium of Creative Intergenerational Practice and Research. Funded by FEAST, Invest Cornwall, Arts Council, Daiwa Foundation & Cornwall Council. Taking place in July 2019

Observations in Nature Exhibition at Potager Garden, Constantine. As part of Sensory Trust, funded by the Arts Council England

Winner of Creative Investment Grant from Cultivator, Cornwall, to speak at 11th International Conference on Vascular Dementia, Amsterdam & 12th International Conference on Alzeimer Rehabilitation, Stockholm

Winner of grant from Jean’s Dementia Fund, Penryn Memory Cafe, supporting attendance for international conferences (stated above)

Convenor & Plenary Speaker at 11th International Conference on Vascular Dementia, Amsterdam. “Creativity, Community & Connections: Empowering people with dementia through artistic practice”

Speaker at ‘Chaos’ forum, Falmouth University. “Hello Neighbour!”

Published “Hello Neighbour!” with Atlantic Press Books


Exhibitor at Seeing Voices, as part of Night English poem at the Poly, Falmouth

Exhibitor of “Hello Neighbour!” at “So you think you know where you’re going?” at Enys Gardens, Penryn. Curated by Cultivator, Cornwall

Exhibition at Studio E, Falmouth of “Observations at Ashridge Field School” with Amy Goodwin. Funded by Cultivator, Cornwall

Visiting Lecturer on Architecture BA Falmouth University, 2nd year

Awarded grant from Awards for All (Big Lottery) to run ‘Passing the Parcel’ with Penryn Memory Cafe & Penryn College, with Sally Crabtree

Artist in residence at Humanitas, Deventer titled ‘Hello Neighbour!”. Funded by the Arts Council International Development Fund

At Sensory Trust, awarded funding from Arts Council England to roll out ‘Observations in Nature’ with 4 dementia-friendly nature based groups in Cornwall 

Illustrator of By Orchestral Waters, by June Moore. Published by Atlantic Press Books

Attended & ran photography and Oulipo writing workshops for a group of artists at Ashridge Field School, Devon. Resulted in “Observations at Ashridge Field School”

Lecturer at Manchester School of Art on ‘Contextual Practice’, BA Illustraton & Graphic Design

Winner of Graduate Start up Programme, Cultivator

Awarded funding from Moveable FEAST to host conference at Falmouth University in July 2019


Exhibitior & Winner of ‘Hope & Renewal’ Photography Competition, Exeter

Created “Observations by Walking into Art” with Cambridge-based group for people living with dementia and their carers. Funded by Awards for All

Exhibitior & Speaker at Embodied Cartographies, Fringe Arts Bath. “Observations by the Happy Wanderers”

Speaker at ‘Marking Domains’ Conference ICA. “Pokemon Go: The Monstrous Transitory Space”

Speaker at ‘The Monstrous Forum’ Falmouth University. “Pokemon Go: The Monstrous Transitory Space”

Speaker at ‘Beyond Words’ Conference, Plymouth University. “Why are we going around in circles?”

Awarded funding from Moveable FEAST to work with Sally Crabtree, award-winning poet

Artist in residence ‘Zamdam’ with Sally Crabtree. Amsterdam

Associate Lecturer at Manchester School of Art on ‘Contextual Practice’, BA Illustration & Animation

Visiting Lecturer at Falmouth University, MA Illustration: Authorial Practice. Running tutorials, workshops and delivering lectures

Volunteer with the Sensory Trust, with the ‘Happy Wanderers’: walking group for people living with dementia and their carers


Speaker at the International Illustration Conference ‘Shaping the View’, Edinburgh College of Art. “Why are we going around in circles?”

MA Illustration Show & Award for Outstanding Studentship. An exhibition displaying Ellie’s illustration practice at Penryn Memory Cafe, the Sensory Trust & Sophie’s Project with Violeta Noy

Workshop at Falmouth’s ‘Blue’ Illustration Forum with Katie Jones Barlow. “Blulipo”

Completed MA Illustration: Authorial Practice, Falmouth University. Distinction 

Completed internship with Atlantic Press Books, Falmouth. Included: supporting artists and writers in the design of their books, marketing & social media, representing the press at national book fairs


Book-binding workshop, Falmouth University

Exhibitor at Bologna University Exhibition. ‘Stitch in Time Saves Nine’, as part of Sophie’s Project with Violeta Noy

Opened Penryn Memory Cafe as part of practice based research on MA Illustration: Authorial Practice

Exhibitor of Sophie’s Project at MA Illustration: Authorial Practice show, with Violeta Noy

Story Glory, Group Leader - delivering after-school creative writing workshops to primary school children in Cornwall


Began internship with Atlantic Press Books, Falmouth

Began MA Illustration: Authorial Practice, Falmouth University

Graduated from BA English & Philosophy, University of York. 2.1

Awarded the York Award: An employability certificate of University of York that accredits the work experience, volunteering & personal interests undertaken

Set up In-between Collective, York. Art collective with three other artists: Owen Dalton, Alice Kewellhampton & Imogen Lacey. 2 exhibitions: ‘Memory Project’, with York Memory Cafe (funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, exhibited at Orillo Studios, York) and ‘Place’ (exhibited at Bison Coffee Shop, York)

Gallery Explainer at Plymouth Museum and Art Gallery, as part of “Walk On” exhibition

Museum Educator at Plymouth Museum and Art Gallery, creating and delivering workshops with various groups in the community


Completed Gold Duke of Edinburgh: involved 5 day expedition in the Swiss Alps, volunteering at local Farmers Market for 3 years & 5 day trip to Porthpean Outdoor Centre for Year 7 students


Leader of Harmony Cafe, York. A monthly event for people living with dementia and their carers in the local community


Began BA English & Philosophy, University of York

Completed Foundation in Art & Design, Falmouth University, Distinction


Began Foundation in Art & Design, Falmouth University

Completed A-levels: Art A, English A, Geography A, Biology B. Callington Community College