I am a community artist and freelance illustrator. I have worked in community arts for 5 years and am passionate in the belief that producing art in a studio atmosphere can help wellbeing, confidence, and social cohesion.
I specialise in drawing, illustration, printmaking, painting and animation workshops, but have experience in all aspects of art, craft and photography. I am experienced in devising, planning and delivering accessible art workshops on a regular basis. I always try to help people learn new skills and produce quality artwork. This work often results in high profile exhibitions, which are always well received.
Benchill Community Centre Art Club and After School Club
The Art Club is an open art session for all abilities. We do inclusive collaborative projects for display in the centre.
The After School Club hire me for one session per week to engage the kids in drop-in art workshops. We aim to get as many kids involved in making quality and fun artwork for display around the kids room and garden.
Venture Arts, Hulme, Manchester
Art Tutor for 6 art workshops per week. We as an organisation are proud of the quality workshops and atmosphere at our centre. I play my part in this by continually devising new and interesting workshops. I also produce a great deal of graphic design and promotional work for exhibitions etc. I have also designed calendars and t-shirts for the Manchester 10k. The workshops are assessed and monitored with lesson plans and evaluations.
In addition to this regular weekly sessions we do outreach, collaborations and exhibitions as listed below.
Art of Nature Exhibition, Lowry, Salford
Annual Exhibition showcasing a variety of work on the theme ‘Nature’
Learning Mentor Program with Crowcroft School, Levenshume.
I worked with artists mentors from Venture Arts to teach skills they learnt to school kids. This project, an animation, was shown at Z-Arts in Hulme.
Articulate Exhibition, Lowry, Salford
Annual Exhibition showcasing a variety of work on the theme ‘communication’
Mentorship Schools Program, St John Vianney
We went to a local school and took 2 students from Venture Arts to help ‘pass on’ the skills they had learnt in a printmaking workshop. The results were displayed in an exhibition at Z-Arts in Hulme.
02/11 – ongoing
Mencap, Navigation Rd, Altrincham
Workshop Leader and Assistant for 10+ adults with learning disabilities.
06/11 – 30 week project.
Workshop Leader and Assistant for 5 adults with an ASD.
Art-Tastic!, The Lowry.
Exhibition facilitator. The culmination of a years work with the Aiming High group, this exhibition carried on at the Lowry after the layered exhibition.
04/11 and 12/11
‘Layered’, The Lowry and Royal Exchange Theatre
Exhibition Facilitator and Graphic Designer. The work was displayed at these high profile venues and involved professional mounting and a complex hanging structure. I also designed the flyer, which was well received by all involved.
02/11- 30 week project
St Giles Lodge, Sale
Workshop Leader and Assistant for 7 adults with learning disabilities.
‘Hulme is Where the Art is’, Hulme.
Workshop Leader for a local art festival. I ran a busy drop-in screen-printing session for kids and adults.
04/11 – 1 week project.
Art Soup, Nexus Art Café
Using the theme of ‘Healthy Eating’ we ran a joint project with nexus. And the kids from Aiming High. The work was exhibited at the café for the kids and their family.
01/11- on going.
Manchester People First South, Sharston
Workshop Leader for 7 adults with a learning disability.
12/10 – 15 week project
Manchester People First, Cheetham Hill
Workshop Leader for 12 adults with a learning disability.
‘Open Book’ Exhibition, The Lowry and The Peoples History Museum
Exhibition facilitator. I made sure the work produced in my workshops was presented and installed to a high standard.
‘Hulme is Where the Art is’, Hulme
Workshop Leader for a local art and music festival. I ran a busy drop-in screen-printing and T-shirt customising workshop.
‘We Came, We Saw, We…’ Manchester Art Gallery.
Workshop Leader and Exhibition facilitator. The work was presented in a handmade hardback book and displayed in the gallery. I also ran a tour of the work with members of Venture Arts.
03/10 – On going
Aiming High Kids Workshops
Workshop Leader and Assistant for an on going Saturday club. We take it in turns running then assisting in many different workshops for around 10 kids with a learning disability and their siblings.
07/10 – 10 week project
‘Pass it On’ after school workshop and exhibition.
Workshop Leader for an initiative in which Venture Arts members became mentors to a primary school group. The work was exhibited at the Zion Centre in Hulme.
06/09, 06/10, 06/11
Art in the Garden, Lymm Festival
Exhibition facilitator. Each year we produce work for this festival. As the exhibition is outside it takes different skills to plan and exhibit the work successfully.
11/11- (5 week project).
The Pre-Raphaelite Experiment, Manchester Art Gallery
Workshop Leader for a multi organisational project involving Studio-One, Youth Services, Out in the City and Manchester City Art Gallery. Using the ideas of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood as inspiration, I devised a printmaking, drawing and calligraphy workshop. The final work was displayed alongside the fine art at Manchester City Gallery.
Halloween Drop-In Workshop, Wythenshawe Park
Workshop Leader for a drop-in printmaking workshop for families.
‘World Day’ Urmston Grammar School
Workshop Leader for a ‘world art’ themed event. I ran 6 half hour mask-making workshops for over 20 kids at a time with a short turnover time between sessions.
Halloween Fun Day, Workers Education Authority
Event Organiser. This event was for a wea Week of Learning. The whole event was put together by myself, including planning workshops, promotion, hiring support and organising refreshments.
Brazilian Kids Carnaval Day, Solomon Grundy’s, Withington
10/06 – 02/09
Studio One, Wythenshawe
Workshop assistant. Plus event worker.
A Park for the People, Wythenshawe Park
Memory Box Project, Wythenshawe Park
Dig Manchester, Wythenshawe Park
Education, training and Qualifications.
Person Centred Behaviour
Disability Awareness and the Equality Act
Communicating with Disabled Children
Safeguarding Children Foundation
First Aid at work
Metropolitan University Manchester
Illustration with Animation BA (hons)- 2:1
Demontfort college Lincoln
Btec ND Graphic Design- Merit
Thomas Magnus Upper Newark
GCSE’s 9 A-C