Mandy McAteer studied photography at the University of Westminster and gained an MA in Contemporary Visual Culture at Keele. Her specialist areas of practice are moving and still image production. Her specialist subject area is notions of cultural identity, stigma, discrimination, the visual representation of marginalised groups, and the sense of ‘otherness’. As well as working in a commercial context for clients such as Amnesty International and Traidcraft, she has had numerous commissions for both moving imagery and still images such as ‘Dispelling the Myths’, a video communicating issues surrounding refugees and Asylum Seekers, ‘The Plates Project’, which culminated in an exhibition where people were asked to express their views on issues surrounding mental health – this project was highly commended by the Department of Health and the National Institute for Mental Health and was cited by the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health as a model of best practice. She also has curated many exhibitions of other practitioners’ work.