Johanna Roehr is an illustrator/ animator and the founder of Self Raising Studio at the Old Bakery in Truro. Johanna set up the Social Enterprise in 2016 to provide a positive and safe space for anyone wanting to explore their creativity.

During her Master’s degree, Johanna began to research neurological conditions for an illustration project. In order to get more insight into what it might be like to live with conditions such as autism or dementia, she started to work as a care support worker.

Spending time with neurodivergent people constantly challenged Johanna’s own perception of reality and encouraged her to see the world from many different perspectives - all of which are valid. Using art as a language turned out to be an amazing tool to communicate those different views to one another where words have failed.

At Self Raising Studio, Johanna and her guest tutors offer a variety of workshops in animation, painting, printmaking, book binding and outdoor sketching. These sessions are designed to playfully break down communication barriers that can often lead to social isolation and low self-esteem.

Come join us for a workshop and add your creative voice to the conversation! We can’t wait to see what you’ve got to say!