The Art Fund, Bursary to attend the ICA Artists' Film Biennial, London, 2016.

Arts Council Wales (ACW) Welsh Women Bird-Jones & Heald, 2014.

Wales Arts International (WAI) International Opportunities Fund (IOF) received for Women’s International Stained Glass Workshop (WISGW), France, Bird-Jones & Heald, 2014.

University of Bangor to stage an exhibition of artwork from the In-between-ness project, with Dr Richard Tranter, 2012.

North Wales Research Committee, R&D award to conduct a pilot scheme - In-between-ness: Using art to capture changes to the self during antidepressant treatment. Lead applicant Karen Heald, with Co-applicants Dr S. Liggett, Dr R. Tranter & Professor Rob Poole, 2010.

Arts Council of Wales & Safle, R&D award to collaborate with Dr Richard Tranter to develop the In-between-ness project, 2010.

Stiwdio Safle Award received from Safle and the Arts Council Wales for a nine-month Artist Residency at Glan Clwyd Hospital, Bodelwyddan, Wales, 2009-2010.

Arts & Humanities Research Council award University of Salford, with P.I. Professor Paul Haywood, Sam Ingleson & Brian Percival, 2009-2012.

Wales Arts International (WAI) International Opportunities Fund (IOF) received for The Dream Space, Japan, 2007.

Artist Professional Development Scheme award, University of Salford, UK, 2004.


REcognition by the Research Council

Invited Guest Lecture as part of the Art & Media Staff Research Day at the University of Chester, Kingsway Building, Chester, UK, 2014.

Invited to talk at ELIA (The European League of Institutes of the Arts) Open Space forum as part of the 12th   

Biennial conference Art, Science and Society: Art Questions, Art Knows, Art Matters. ELIA is the primary international network organization of major arts education institutions & universities. University of Applied Arts (Die Angewandte), Vienna, Austria, with Susan Liggett, 2012.

Invited Guest Lecture at the University of Huddersfield to the School of Art and Communication staff away day, Barnsley Campus, University of Huddersfield, UK, 2012.

Invited Address The School of Health, Person Centred Care Group, Research Forum, University of Salford, Salford, UK, 2011.

Invited to lead discussion at NASN DIALOGUES Conference. Title of discussion: Visualising the Invisible: Manifestations in Arts and Science Collaborations, Northern Arts and Science Network, The Rose Bowl, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, UK (19 March 2011), with Susan Liggett, Rob Poole, & Richard Tranter, 2011.

Arts & Humanities Research Council & Arts Council England: Arts and Science Fellowship Award shortlisted, 2005.


Art Work in Collections

Museo Municipal de Arte Contemporáneo en Vidrio de Alcorcón-MAVA, Madrid, Spain, Bird-Jones & Heald.

NHS Collection.

Private collections.