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Cultural Economist

Specialist in Cultural Capital and Cultural Well-being

Penny Eames
Managing Director, PSE Consultancy,

PO Box 490, Waikanae, New Zealand

+64 21 321 048



Penny Eames, JP, MA (Applied) has been involved in setting up programmes in the arts and education, particularly for people on the margins of society for several decades. Currently she is Managing Director PSE Consultancy and Arts Access International. Until November 2004 she was Executive Director and founder of Arts Access Aotearoa. She has also worked with the Arts Council of New Zealand and for The New Zealand Workers Educational Association.

She is chair of Voice Arts Trust and Craft Aotearoa and on the Board of Arts Participation New Zealand.

Her specialist skill has been her ability to work with communities, hospitals, prisons, territorial local authorities and government departments, as they plan programmes that celebrate cultural diversity and encourage social inclusion, particularly for those on the margins.

Penny Eames has worked as a cultural economist and is a specialist in cultural well-being and cultural capital for 30 years.  She has set up programmes for people on the margins of society for which she was awarded a Human Rights Commission citation 2004 and was arts winner of Wellingtonian of the Year in 2003.   She has worked on research projects including social science research on the spiritual well-being of Older New Zealanders and set up many Creative Spaces for people with psychiatric or intellectual disabilities.

Penny has a long publishing record and has conducted contracts and addresses conferences in New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, United Kingdom Japan, UK, Germany, Austria, Argentina, India, and South Africa.  These contracts and speeches have been on topics associated with marginal communities, prisons arts and policy, art and health and more recently cultural economics, wellbeing and cultural capital.

She has an extensive publishing record which includes publications in a wide range of subjects, including: Spiritual Well-being of Older New Zealanders; Cultural Well-being and Cultural Capital, Creative Solutions and Social Inclusion – Culture and the Community, Arts Solutions for Social Problems, The Art and Health partnership and Expressions of Freedom and Fantasy art in prisons and the justice sector and assisting in the writing of a publication on Cultural Diversity and Art and new New Zealanders.

Ms Eames is also known both in New Zealand and internationally for her strategic thinking and the original way she encourages group planning. Her methods enable decision makers to plan and develop healthy environments where physical, intellectual, emotional, spiritual and cultural well-being are recognised and celebrated. In the health sector this has included hospitals and health clinics.

In New Zealand, she is also a Justice of the Peace, Civil Marriage celebrant, grandmother of 7, mother of 3 sons, and now three daughters-in-law and has been married to Hubert for 45 years.  For further information email: penny.eames@paradise.net.nz


  Dr Robin Philipp



Robin is a New Zealander and graduate there of the University of Otago. He is a Consultant Occupational and Public Health Physician in the Bristol Royal Infirmary, (BRI) England. He is also Director there of the Centre for Health in Employment and the Environment (CHEE), and holds a Senior Clinical Lectureship with the University of Bristol.

Dr Philipp was previously employed full-time in the University of Bristol from 1975-96 where, at the invitation of the World Health Organisation, (WHO) he established in 1989 the WHO Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health Promotion and Ecology. With his move in 1997 to the BRI this Centre closed. He was invited then to establish the CHEE to continue and build on the earlier WHO collaborative work. Since 1996 he has been working closely with the Nuffield Trust, London, England, and the WHO to help develop and explore roles of the arts and humanities in health and medicine. Some of his sculpture has been exhibited in England and New Zealand and a few of his poems published.

The background and framework of this NZ – UK collaboration have been presented in a paper, “Strengthening NZ – UK Strategies For The Arts And Health”: February 2005; 21pp: A paper for discussion with the Hon. Judith Tizard, MP, Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, New Zealand Government, the Hon. Helen Clark, Prime Minister for the Arts, Culture and Heritage, New Zealand Government, and Dr. David Chaplow, Director of Mental Health Services, Ministry of Health, New Zealand. This paper is, with their permission, is published on this website.

For further information email:  Robin.Philipp@UHBristol.nhs.uk


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