I am a visual artist based in London and East Sussex creating characters through the medium of illustration, collage and costume, producing small publications and installations. I also work alongside health academics as a cultural partner on arts, wellbeing and medicine projects.

My work is inspired by Scandinavian folklore and landscapes, Japanese character culture, deep sea monsters, 1970’s psychedelic animations, Eastern european illustration, Jungian psychology, dreams, nightmares and subconscious wanderings.

I have exhibited in London, Germany and Finland and some of my drawings are in Outsider Art collection The Museum of Everything

I produce patterns, cut-outs and compositions influenced by my time in post Soviet landscapes and the former Eastern Bloc and document a range of 20th century design, illustration and book covers, with a slant towards Eastern European aesthetics on my blog and archive Kuriosas

I also work as a photographer producing street portraits of people around the world, having worked for a variety of international publications and institutions such as The Guardian, The Independent, Telegraph and European Network of Ageing Studies to promote positive ageing and cultural diversity.

With a BA in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Sheffield and a King’s Interdisciplinary Award in Arts and Mental Health from King’s College London, I am fascinated by the mind body connection and exploring the role the arts can play in bridging this gap in my practice. I currently work as a character illustrator on children's wellbeing publications with psychologists at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience and as a cultural partner alongside scientists on projects exploring the arts and physical health conditions at Florence Nightingale School of Nursing at King's College London.

I am always interested in potential opportunities and collaborations in the UK and abroad

Ali Winstanley | aliwinstanley@gmail.com | 0779 307 2966 




2014 King’s Interdisciplinary Award: Art and Mental Health, King’s College London

2002 BA Psychology and Philosophy, University of Sheffield



2019 Illustrators Geocache trail, Lewes, East Sussex

2019 Early Career Researchers Showcase, Bush House, King’s College, London

2019 Skyscape Wellbeing, Florence Nightingale School of Nursing, London

2018 Micro Library Books Presentation, Bergen Art Book Fair, Bergen, Norway

2016 Future of Ageing, Institute for Longevity, London

2015 Ageing Well, Royal Society of Medicine, London

2013 Addressing the Ageing Demographic, Royal College of Art, London

2013 Remnant: An Enduring Trace, Studio 1:1, London

2013 Forest world, Kaantopaikka, Helsinki, Finland

2013 Eye-Line, Joint show with Rachael Macarthur, Das Gift, Berlin, Germany

2012 Ridley Road Open Studios, London

2011 Museum of Everything Open Exhibition, Tate Modern Turbine Hall, London

2011 Ridley Road Open, London


2018 Arts Based Participatory Approaches, Translational Research Workshop, Queen Mary University, London

2015 Age Culture Humanities Journal, European Network of Ageing Studies


2018 Lead Artist, Families Week, Great Ormond Street Hospital, London

2018 Lead Artist, Making the Invisible Visible: Fatigue in IBD, Florence Nightingale School of Nursing, London

2018 Lead Artist, Skyscape photography workshops, King’s College London

2018 Lead Artist, Arts in Mind Festival, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, London

2017 Lead Artist, My Memory Forest Art and Wellbeing workshop, Wallands Junior School, Lewes

2016 Support Artist, Arts and Adults with Learning Disabilities, Grace Eyre, Hove

2015 Support Artist, Arts and Older People, Resonate, Westbourne Park Day Centre, London

2014 Producer, Art and Emotion family workshops, Maudsley Learning, London

2014 Support Artist, Neurorehabilitation Unit, Homerton Hospital NHS Trust, London

2014 Lead Artist, Arts for Older people, Trust Thamesmead, London

2013 Lead Artist, Family arts workshops, Kaantopaikka, Helsinki Night of the Arts Festival, Finland

2013 Lead Artist, Young people’s workshops, Joutsa High School, Jousta, Finland

2013 Support Artist, Comic workshops, Clapham Manor Junior School, Kid’s Company

2012 Support Artist, Arts and Older People, Resonate, Westbourne Park Day Centre, London


2018 My Memory Forest II, King’s College London

2017 My Memory Forest, King’s College London

2017 Trypophobia, Micro Library Books

2012 Kaiyobi, Self published


2015 Nylon Japan, JP

2014 How to Age, Pan Macmillan and School of Life

2014 Guardian Weekend Magazine, UK

2013 Vogue, UK

2013 Telegraph, UK

2013, Glamour, UK

2012 i newspaper, UK

2012 Guardian Newspaper, UK

2012 Elle, UK

2012, Grazia, UK

2012 WGSN


2011 Museum of Everything Book II

2011 Bronze Age Editions I


2013 Haihatus International Art Residency, Joutsa, Finland


2014 PYMCA Youth Culture Photographic Archive

2011 Museum of Everything, Outsider Art collection


The Guardian, Vogue, Nylon Japan, Virgin Airlines, Frankfurt Airport, Visit Finland, i newspaper, Grazia, Telegraph, Elle, WGSN, Pan Macmillan, King's College London, The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, Royal Society of Medicine, The Royal College of Art, Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, The School of Life, Institute for Longevity, European Network of Ageing studies, Westminster Arts, Greater London Authority, King's Cultural Institute, Trust Thamesmead, Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, Great Ormond Street Hospital