Meet the #TACA Mentors

Our #TACA mentors are professionals from the creative industries, living with TS themselves, and they are volunteering their time, feedback, expertise and passion for the arts to the #TACA. They’ll be looking at every single piece of art that comes in. They have also put together videos that guide and offer advice to those of you that want to submit your art.

Selecting entries to exhibit in the online gallery won’t be easy, as there are thousands of talented young people out there. Our mentors will make sure that each entry has met the guidelines, and they will then use a specially developed scoring system to find the entries to fill the #TACA gallery. 

Visual Arts Mentors 

Terrina Bibb

Terrina is a freelance artist from Redditch in the West Midlands.  She uses a unique style of patterns to create her art. This came about when Terrina was 21. She works with uncontrollable tics that create the lines, dots and scribbles, and she uses this to raise awareness of Tourettes through her art.

As a result of her unique style Terrina has been involved with a growing number of televised and media interviews to show that there is no reason to be held back because of TS.  Being a mentor for the #TACA is a perfect opportunity to prove to herself that she can do anything.

Terrina is hoping to see a love of art from the submissions that come in, along with a range of styles and visions, but more than anything she wants to encourage everyone to just have fun!

Paul Stevenson

Paul is an award winning photographer, who has late onset full blown Tourette Syndrome plus, which started out of the blue a decade ago. He has found that he gets some respite and great fulfilment through helping others. He uses his unique position to raise awareness and offers empathy and solidarity to many young people who are struggling with their diagnosis.

Through his public speaking and TV and radio appearances, Paul seeks to raise awareness of Tourettes, increase acceptance and reduce discrimination. Paul is an advocate for Tourettes Action, Tic & Hull Yorkshire, Tourettes Scotland, Tourette Lifelong Care and Tourette Roma.

He is looking forward to being a #TACA mentor and seeing, first-hand, a range of visual arts pieces created by talented young people from across the UK. 

Musical and Performing Arts Mentors 

Clair Sargeant

Clair is a Dance Artist with 14 years of professional performing arts industry experience. She is the co-founder and co-director of an inclusive dance theatre company called Far Flung Dance Theatre, and she helps create events and opportunities for disabled people through Funky Llama at the Theatre Royal Plymouth.

Clair was diagnosed with TS as a 30 year old adult, which proved to be a difficult time, however she decided to use the creative arts to explore her tics through movement and film, helping her to understand her diagnosis. Clair is excited to be part of the #TACA, as it provides an amazingly inclusive platform for young people’s work to be seen and to give exposure for incredibly talented people with TS. 

Luke Montague 

Luke’s an actor, writer, producer and director. He trained at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, gaining an honours degree in Community & Applied Theatre. Since graduating he has taken the industry by storm by writing a musical set during World War Two called ‘The Silence Between Us’, raising awareness of mental health.

Luke has been on multiple theatre tours, including school pantomime, his biggest achievement to date is his show ‘What Makes Me Tic?’, raising awareness of Tourette Syndrome, a condition that Luke has. The show gives an insight to Tourette’s by using immersive theatre techniques.  The show has been performed across the UK, Europe and USA.

Luke is regularly involved in local Tourette communities and he is deeply honoured to be part of the #TACA mentor team.

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Tourettes Action has worked in England, Wales and Northern Ireland since 1981 and is the leading support, services and research charity for people with Tourette Syndrome (TS) and their families. The charity wants people with TS to receive the practical support and social acceptance they need to help them live their lives to the full. TS is an inherited, neurological condition, the key features of which are tics, involuntary and uncontrollable sounds and movements.

TS is a complex condition and a large number of people with the condition will also experience co-occurring features and conditions. It is estimated that TS affects one school child in every hundred and more than 300,000 children and adults in the UK live with the condition.

The charity’s main activities include:

  • Providing help and support by phone, email, and online chat 
  • Providing or facilitating a range of support activities including online and in-person groups, befriending, making small grant awards and organising workshops and activities including residential ‘Ticfest’ events to bring people with TS together to build confidence, resilience, and community 
  • Providing educational support to schools, teachers, and parents 
  • Running webinars, meetings, and conferences on topics of interest to people with TS and their families 
  • Producing written and other published materials online to improve the knowledge and understanding of TS. Tourettes Action is the ‘go to’ organisation in the UK for authoritative information on TS 
  • Advocating for those living with TS to the statutory authorities e.g. schools and the health service, together with advocacy using the press and via traditional and social media to improve the lives of those with TS 
  • Encouraging and assisting research into all aspects of TS and disseminating the results as widely as possible. Managing and monitoring research projects into the treatment and cure of TS fully or partly funded by the charity’s grants
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