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have just come to the end of a six week program of family arts activities in my hometown of Preston.

I

I approached the venues, put the program together

and produced all advertising material, including a website www.prestonsummerarts.co.uk.

The workshops were delivered at three venues; Brockholes Nature Reserve, Beacon Fell Country Park and Samlesbury (tudor) Hall.

I delivered workshops in

Hand Built Ceramics

Screen Printing

Lantern Making

Weaving

Silk Painting

Felt Making

Lantern Making Weaving Silk Painting Felt Making In May I finished a years maternity cover as
In May I finished a years maternity cover as part time Arts Development Assistant for
In May I finished a years maternity cover as part time
Arts Development Assistant for my local council.
My biggest project there was organising a three day
schools and family sculpture event at Wyre Estuary
Country Park. This involved: contacting and liasing
with schools; managing a small team of staff and
volunteers; contracting and managing two artists;
booking food, music and craft stalls; producing
marketing material, promoting the event and
managing the budget.
I also organised and pro-
moted an event for ‘the Big
Draw’ and worked as part of a
team developing a 1.7M
regeneration project- helping
to draw up the artist brief and
select the design team.
For the last three years I have
worked freelance in Schools and
the community. I have delivered
many community arts projects,
working with NEET young
people, young people in care
and minority groups, largely on
community festivals.
I have worked with primary, secondary and special needs schools, on projects
including; arts and enterprise, exploring ways to make the most of the outdoor
environment for learning, projects centered around specific areas of the
curriculum and sensory arts for young people with disabilities.
For my most recent school project I
spent two weeks with a primary
school in a small coastal town. We
explored how the beach could be
used as a space for learning and
experimented with different
processes and materials to create
art, taking the beach as
inspiration and using materials
found on the beach.
The first summer I was at university I
My second summer at university and
spent two months in Vietnam teaching
the summer I graduated I managed
English in two orphanages, to children
the arts program for ‘Activate’ holiday
aged 5- 15 and groups of up to 40, as
club in Nottingham. I planned and
my Vietnamese was poor this usually
prepared all the activities, including
involved a lot of singing, role play and
drama and dance and after some
drawing.I spent most evenings running
instruction managed a small team in
arts, craft and dance activities.
delivering them.
I did a fantastic Applied Arts degree at University- called ‘Craft, sustainable design and practice’,
I did a fantastic Applied Arts degree at University- called ‘Craft, sustainable design
and practice’, the course gave me a good grounding in ceramics, print, large and
small scale metal working and textiles. The course focused on sustainability in the
choice of materials, production and the life cycle of the product.
I was interested in combining my love of colour and pattern with movement and interaction
I was interested in combining my love of colour and pattern with movement and
interaction to make work that was unique and that the buyer would feel a personal
connection to. This is the culmination of my third year project, each brooch has a
tiny cog mechanism inside so that when the tab is pulled the legs and wings move.
They were sold in individual glass presentation cases, with fictional
anthrapological labels.
The fact that my work turned out to be jewellery was incidental really, I was very
interested in automater and kinetic sculpture but they weren’t suited to the course.