Art in the Community
As an art educator and artist I work with various organisations to help provide exciting and stimulating art projects for children and young people. My aim is to encourage participants to explore their own way of expressing themselves through art activities. The emphasis is on inclusion, community or Internationally-themed projects, building self-confidence, gaining an understanding of the possibilities of art in terms of wellbeing and career options and learning about techniques and materials.
Credit: Alice Hendy Photography
I have a new role at the RWA (Royal West of England Academy), Bristol as a Freelance Facilitator. I will be running workshops for children from Venturers' Academy in Bristol and homeschooled children from April 2022. More details to follow.
Pre-project workshops took place at Venturers' Academy in June 2021
Kandu Arts is based in Chippenham, in Wiltshire, and has worked since 1998 with communities, often the most marginalized and hardest to reach up and down the country.
Their approach, which uses arts and activities - music, film, visual arts & sport - as a means to explore a wide range of issues when combined with nurturing strong relationships, is highly effective in areas of engaging the disaffected, increasing community cohesion and development.
Kandu work with families, young people, communities, decision makers, politicians, schools and just about every agency through delivery of an alternative provision package for young people who are not in school, bespoke projects for communities and businesses, residentials, holiday and after school clubs, family support, events, consultation and training.
I have worked with Kandu on many occasions over the last ten years and fully support all the wonderful work they do.
During Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 I ran art workshops at the Kandu S.H.O.P (Social Hub of Positivity) in Chippenham.
The workshops were for anyone who wanted to take part, observe or even just to have a chat. The aim was to create a piece of abstract art using a variety of techniques including printing and collage and just to enjoy the process rather than focusing on the outcome. Many touching stories were heard over the course of the week; it was lovely to see people engaged in creating, some of which had never created a piece of art before.
Studio Visits for Kids
Understanding how art can be a viable career option is something I was never taught at school. In fact, it was exactly the opposite. I know I'm not the only one that was led to believe that being an artist was an option only for the truly gifted and that for the rest of us mere mortals, there was no money in art. My 'studio visits for kids' is to show young people that there are many different routes into a career in the art industry; having your own studio and selling art online is just one pathway. A studio visit enables young people to see what my art space looks like and discover what my day to day routine is. They can be tailor-made to suit the needs of the visitors and include a Q&A session if required. Visits are free of charge, please contact me to book.