I believe that communities become more resilient and caring when people have the confidence, understanding and skills to engage actively with the world around them. In my artist practice, I aim to cultivate curiosity and imagination by raising questions and noticing the particular in places.
My experience in community learning and participatory art covers a range of different audiences, participants and settings:
- engagement workshops for general public and community groups,
- organised and led art walks,
- delivered schools projects as independent creative practitioner and on behalf of Meadow Arts,
- projects with Looked After Children and young people with disabilities
- public events alongside curated exhibitions,
- developed an educational programme and learning resources for a public funded heritage project,
- created a walking event for livestream online festival,
- artist talks and presenting papers at academic conferences.
Combining artist skills with my experience in civil engineering and environmental consultancy gives me a broad outlook with an ability to make new connections and offer fresh perspectives on subject themes.
I am trained as an Arts Award adviser for Explore/Discover level and have completed courses in:
- Planning for Work in Formal Education (Arts Connect)
- Creative Facilitation for Young People (Artsworks)
- Managing Difficult Situations (Severn Arts)
- Attachment Theory, Neuroscience and Parenting (Severn Arts).
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As co-founder of Cinderloo1821 in 2018, I helped secure over £30k of public funding and have led many different events for people, community groups and schools to learn about the history around the Cinderloo Uprising.
As a member of the Meadow Arts’ network of creative practitioners, I have led engagement projects alongside Meadow Arts’ projects and exhibitions, and I have also worked in schools under the Meadow Arts Inspires programme.
My artist practice stems from walking and experiencing places. I bring this practice into many different community events and learning projects and find that people enjoy the opportunity to take time observing the world through artistic eyes.
As part of the 2017 Heritage Open Day events, I was delighted to be invited to run a workshop at the Unitarian Church on Shrewsbury’s High Street.