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Wanda Canton is an artist, facilitator, consultant and researcher.

Wanda (pronounced van-da) is currently completing her doctorate at the University of Brighton, exploring the relationship between UK Drill, knife violence, and rap as a decolonial philosophy. She is a seminar lead for criminology and is particularly interested in alternatives to the criminal justice system.


Her work as a facilitator and mental health practitioner explored how music, sound, speech and performance can enhance mental health and social cohesion. She has worked across community projects, statutory and charitable services including: 

  • Forensic Psychiatric Hospitals (low and medium secure)

  • Prisoners support services

  • Domestic Violence Charity 

  • Community mental health day centres

  • Mental Health & Wellbeing community events and projects 

  • Emergency Services Frontline Staff 

  • Wellbeing and Arts Festivals including Edinburgh Fringe 

She has featured on and produced a number of podcasts and her work published in the Journal of Psychosocial Studies discusses the use of rap in recovery from trauma. More info and links can be found on the 'publications' page. 

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