Between 2006 and 2012 Jean’s Drawing Breath multi media project (www.drawingbreath.com) focussed on lung health and involved a wide range of groups in the Kent area; the resulting group exhibition, Drawing Breath: Maps and Journeys, has toured major hospitals in the south east.
Her new multi-site exhibition, Open People: Open Spaces, celebrates the commitment of Whitstable people to living in a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment, free of hate crime.
In addition to her photographic practice, Jean is a founder member of East Kent’s branch of the national Keep Our NHS Public which campaigns against privatisation in the NHS. She is a passionate believer in an NHS free to all.
Jean Fraser is a photographic artist with a background in community and independent photography. She has exhibited widely in individual and group shows and much of her commissioned work and exhibitions have been concerned with health, sexual politics and the environment.
Jean began working in the voluntary sector in the 70s in organisations such as Women’s Aid. She went on to study photography in her 30s and, as a socialist and feminist, gravitated towards areas of social concern.
Retraining in the 90s as an art psychotherapist, she worked in adult mental health, leaving her post in the NHS in 2005 due to ill health and returning to freelance photographic practice.