Marina has worked for Us in a Bus since 2012. She is passionate about finding creative ways to connect with people, in particular those with learning disabilities and complex needs. For almost 10 years Marina facilitated art and music sessions at the seeAbility’s Millennium Centre, where she met Janet Gurney through Intensive Interaction training. Janet inspired Marina to learn about, and develop, her practice of Intensive Interaction.
Over the years Marina has developed her own musical ‘vocabulary’ that she uses when interacting with people. Minimalist composer, Philip Glass, and ‘Music with constant vocabulary’ inspire her approach. She researched the same topic in her postgraduate paper, based on her working experience at Us in a Bus. Marina considers the people she supports and her colleagues, as her constant inspiration.
Marina has degrees in both Economics and Fine Art, as well as an MA in Artist Teachers and Contemporary Practice. She is a visual artist who uses multimedia installation, film, performance, photography, poetry and storytelling in her artwork. She transforms spaces into educational experiences for people of all abilities to engage and discover their creative self. She also works as a Learning Facilitator at Somerset House Trust and as a free-lance artist.
Marina came from Croatia to the UK with her husband, 18 years ago for an 18-month experience. They completely fell in love with the people and culture, so they are still here! Marina volunteers for ‘Book Beyond Words’ book clubs, doing creative writing and Haiku poetry. Her other passions include Taekwondo, nature and walking by the sea with her husband during a low tide.