Simon Bridge

Simon Bridge

Art forms: Storytelling for schools, festivals and special events. Shakespeare and Drama workshops and lectures for all ages.

Summary: “A special talent” – Foundation for International Education. “Fantastic stories and drama opportunities” – primary school, Suffolk. “Inspiring” – Fantastic Family Festival. “Thanks to Simon. His energy and enthusiasm really brought the day to life” – sixth-form college, London.

Locations: Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire – any location considered

Experience: I have been a professional actor for more than 30 years. Since 1993 I have been bringing Shakespeare and drama to schools, adult education, youth theatre and community groups using practical workshops and lively interactive lectures. I work regularly as a storyteller in schools throughout the region.

Qualifications:Diploma, Drama Studio London

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Projects: I have worked with numerous theatres throughout the UK including a long association with the education department at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. I have led education projects for numerous arts organisations nationally and internationally. I work regularly with schools, run a Saturday morning drama club – Jampot Drama, and am in demand as a story teller.

Groups worked with:  All ages, from nursery school to undergraduate level and adult groups

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Clare Birks

Clare Birks

Art Forms: Stage Designer/Artist

Summary: My work is a balancing act between art and industry. It’s part solitary but mostly collaborative, binding together and presenting other disciplines in performance. It’s about capturing and creating atmosphere for a production, creating an environment, addressing all the senses but predominately visual. Sometimes using traditional stage design materials and on other occasions new more innovative technology. The work is usually part of a live performance. It’s ephemeral nature adding to its many special qualities. Each performance is unique.

Locations: Suffolk, Essex, Norfolk, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire

Experience: After graduating I joined the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester as a scenic artist, props maker and designer. Since then I have worked as a designer in numerous theatres all over the country and as Head of Design at the Redgrave Theatre Farnham and the Mercury Theatre Colchester. In 1999, spurred on by my increasing personal and professional interest in education I won a place on an “Artist in Education” course run by Essex County Council. Since then as part of my design practice I have devised and run projects in Theatres, Schools, Colleges, Essex University and latterly for Creative Partnerships.

Qualifications:
1970-1972 Harlow Technical Collage Foundation Art Course
1972-1975 Trent Polytechnic Theatre Design Diploma 2:1 (second class, first division)
1999 Essex County Council Cultural Services. Artist in Education Course
2008 EXCITE! train-the trainer course. Training for Creativity in Education.

Projects: (a selection)

Arts Reverie, Ahmedabad India – Exhibition ‘Design for Living’, Create an installation and curate an exhibition of work created by young people from Ahmedabad and Oldham.

Colchester Museum Service – Artist on project to celebrate the centenary of the Colchester Pageant of 1909. Create installation for exhibition in the Holly Trees Museum and devise and run series of workshops for youth groups.

Firstsite, Colchester – Artist on community project Art Stop: Bus Stop. To devise and run art sessions for children and parents/carers on the firstsite bus at locations around the region.

Pits Wood, Copford, Essex – Artists in the Woods. Lead artist on project to celebrate 25th anniversary of woods being managed by the Pits Wood Trust. Create installations in the wood. Devise and run workshops for school and local groups.

Essex County Council. ‘Essex Eye’ Installation, County Hall, Chelmsford – ‘A grove of magical trees suspended with hundreds of images of eyes painted on postcards by Essex school pupils and members of the public.

‘Biddenham International School & Specialist Sports College, Bedford‘What is the best environment for learning project?’ Experiments in learning spaces, including changing spaces & changing location to help determine the best environment for learning.

John Bunyan Primary School & Infants, Braintree – ‘Beat Box Sound Cube’. Musical installation designed in conjunction with Year 2.

Folkworks,The Sage, Newcastle – Wassail National Tour. Design Set & Costume.

Creative Partnerships Haven Gateway – Creative Practitioner, (from 2006).


Groups Worked with: Primary and Secondary Schools, Community groups, including children, young people, the elderly and disabled participants.

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Louise Maclaren

Louise Maclaren

Art forms: Visual Artist, Mixed Media and Printing, Photography and Digital. Art Tutor, Art workshops.

Summary: Mixed Media Art Workshops, Print Workshops, any Art/Craft based workshop, site specific , themed or otherwise, tailored to suit the needs of the specific group.

Consultations are offered before the Event if required.

Practicing Visual artist who offers portraits and illustration by commission, I also hold an Open Studio most years in May and display my work based on Printing, Watercolour/pen& ink work and prints made using reused polystyrene as a block printing Method on recycled paper.

Locations: Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and London

Experience: I have had 12 years experience in the Field of delivering Art Workshops to different groups of people (often Socially excluded).

I am also a practicing Artist and believe in a Holistic approach:  empowering students to express themselves creatively.

I was an Antique Restorer specializing in carving and gilding for 10 years before but also did portrait commissions and design work until I felt that I wanted to use my work to help people somehow.

Qualifications: 7 GCSE’s including a grade ‘A’ in Art.  Three ‘A’ Levels: French, History of Art and grade ‘A’ in Art.

I passed my pre-Degree in Art and design at Worthing Art College in 1984 and was accepted at Trent Polytechnic to do a degree in Theatre Design but took up a placement as an apprentice restorer instead.

I went to West Dean College, in Sussex on picture frame restoration course in 1984. Then in 1992 I returned to West Dean College to do a course on 18th Century wood carving.

In July 2005 I obtained an ‘O C N’ of three credits in level 2 in Business Skills with ‘Weetu’ organization. In October 2005 I was accepted a place on ‘Fusions’ a unique training course at the time, in developing arts practice in health or social care settings and participatory related art’s work until February 2006. This was delivered by creative Arts East & Theatre resource at the UEA.

In 2009 I obtained a pass in a level 2 award for health and safety at work.

Groups worked with: Isolated and vulnerable groups of people, learning and physical disabilities, older people, people with mental health issues, children who are young carers, younger children and young people of different nationalities.

Projects: 1991 – 2009 I delivered Art workshops on a freelance basis with learning disabilities at Break Charity in their outreach groups.

In 2007 amongst other portraits I was commission a portrait by the Coke family of Holkham Hall, Norfolk.

I have work put on Norfolk’s Heritage Explorer website (sheep @ Godwick; http://www.heritage.norfolk.gov.uk/ – click on explore more, then art & archaeology, find the letter T and click, it will list my name & Godwick, click it and the work comes up )

NHER was a project created to publish Norfolk’s Historic Environment record on the internet. Art was used to show some of the important Archaeological sites.

I also became a regular Art tutor at a drop in centre at ‘First focus’, Fakenham, Norfolk and was there until 2009, we explored all aspects of art. Later I was to Run an Art workshop through ‘Salthouse Exhibition’07’ (North Norfolk Exhibition project) I themed it around ‘identity’ designed for students in care situations who often felt a loss of the personal in their situations. My aim was to explore this creatively starting with our hands, signatures & monograms.

In October 2008 I and a colleague Nikki Mcdonagh were chosen to run workshops entitled ‘representing others’. This was an art and drama based workshop for secondary school pupils encouraging them to break down barriers in our society and be more accepting of differences in people culturally and otherwise; organized by South Norfolk District council.

In the Spring of 2009 I exhibited at The Troika 7 small art Exhibition , Dragon Hall, Norwich, and have been exhibiting at various venues in Norfolk since then,

In the summer of 2009, I worked with children who were carers from Kings Lynn’s Willows Family support Centre for a project run by Action for children’s Art Matters, producing a mixed Media Mural based on the Maharajas’ procession, the work was exhibited at the V&A in London alongside The Maharaja: The splendour of India’s courts Exhibition that Autumn. It was a real joy to see their faces when they saw their work on display in such a wonderful venue.

I  took part in the Norfolk and Norwich Festivals’ Open Studio 10 and exhibited at the Forum and Wells-next-the-sea.

I shall be opening my studio for NNF most years (see my website for details).

In 2010 I did two art workshops for clients and carers for NNEP; ‘Salthouse 10’ based on a printing method reusing polystyrene as a block print, an accessible method for different types of students whilst trying to put the question about why; despite it’s pet mark 6 logo for recycling this material is not more widely recycled?

I have more recently been helping run art workshops in Melton Constable for YESU a Sherringham based charity whom provide support for vulnerable groups of people.Groups worked with: Isolated and vulnerable groups of people, learning and physical disabilities, older people, people with mental health issues, children who are young carers, younger children and young people of different nationalities.

 

Contact details:

www.louisemaclaren.com

[email protected]

‘Boxing hares in red Gold and Green

‘Some things are meant to be’

‘No stone unturned’

Foolhardy Circus Arts

Foolhardy Circus Arts

Art Forms: Circus based arts activities, and shows.

Summary: Attend one of our circus skills workshops or invite us to your school and experience our innovative schools programme.

Locations: Norfolk, Suffolk.

Experience: We have 25 years experience, a wealth of talented performers and an approach to workshops second to none, if you think circus think foolhardy circus arts.

Projects: Shows, workshops, mix and mingle characters, the circus show and big top hire.

Groups Worked with: School Children

Contact details:

www.foolhardycircus.org

Bee Willey

Bee Willey

Art forms: Illustrator

Summary: Teaching Illustration at Norwich University of the Arts

Visual artist, engaged in  site specific mixed media creative projects

Creative consultant, working with a team at Finking Cap

Literacy/ narrative and illustration workshops

ECAT and Early years training events at Trinity park

Mural projects in schools around themes such as recycling, healthy eating, ecology (3D  and 2D)

Contact details:

www.lipstickillustration.com/artists

www.beewilley.com/

finkingcap.blogspot.co.uk/

 

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Joanna Scott

Joanna Scott

Art forms: Visual Artist

Summary: With a background in commercial illustation and mural painting, Joanna extended her work seven years ago to participatory arts. Working on projects ranging from recycled art and lanterns to book cover illustration, site specific installation and heritage work.

Locations: Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, North London, Essex, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, North Hamptonshire, Leicestershire, Sussex, South West England.

Experience: Highly skilled practitioner with seven years experience of running meaningful workshops and celebratory events with many varied groups.

Qualifications: A level art, Btec in Spatial design, Artists in Education short course successfully completed with Hertfordshire University covering evaluation and report writing. Working towards a Diploma in counselling as an addition to community arts practice

Projects:

Appledore Visual Arts Festival lantern making

Echo site specific intervention with SPID Theatre Company in London

2012 recycled lantern project with London Borough of Brent

Participatory installation with the Woodland Trust

Set and scenic with special needs adults Hemel Hempstead Old Town Hall

Curriculum based workshops with The Hat Factory Luton

Workshops in comic book drawing, mask making, personal maps, suncatchers,card making, puppets, watercolour and acrylic painting

Willow weaving with the former Arts Education Team at Hemel Old Town Hall

Groups worked with: Groups ranging from schools, to the homeless, children in care, elders, ethnic minorities, adults and young people with learning disabilities, people recovering from stroke and illness, recovering addicts and young mums.

Contact details:

[email protected]

www.joanna-scott.co.uk

07957 932476

St Albans, Hertfordshire.


Nicola Marray-Woods

Nicola Marray-Woods

Art forms: Visual Artist

Summary: I specialise in community and school art projects including murals, ceramics, drawing, mixed media, environmental works and school ground design. I work with all ages and levels of experience from nursery, primary and secondary aged children through to family groups and adults of all ages and abilities. I aim to facilitate the work of others so that the process is satisfying and meaningful whilst ensuring that their creativity is retained in the final high quality work. I enjoy the challenge of working with new materials and groups. I also provide training in school ground development through my role as an accredited trainer for the school grounds charity Learning Through Landscapes (LTL).

Locations: Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, South Lincolnshire

Experience: Since 2000 I have been working in the East of England on a wide range of workshops, projects and artist in residence programmes. Clients have included over 40 schools and children’s centres, district and county councils and local and national charities. As an accredited trainer for LTL I have delivered training and facilitation on national school ground development programmes. I have project managed and led a range of large projects including an award winning school garden in King’s Lynn and since 2009 a Heritage Lottery Funded community project for the Woodland Trust.

Qualifications: June 2004 Learning Through Landscapes  Accredited trainer

June 1995 University of Surrey BA (Hons) Art in a Community Context with Educational Studies – First class honours.

Projects:

Woodland Trust (Jan 09 – Dec 2010) Reffley Wood Projects: a Heritage Lottery Funded project running art & maintenance events in Reffley Wood and WREN funded informal play sessions in wood with 5 primary schools

Cambridgeshire Library Service (Cambridgeshire Community Archive Network)(2005 – 2008)  Working with four primary schools, a special school, a youth group and  6 local community groups using local history images to create new art works with children.

Forest Heath District Council (2006) Mural at Brandon Railway Station

Tilbury Power Station (2006). Interpretation board at environmental centre

Howard Junior School, Magical Sensory Garden – Project manager & artist-in-residence (2001-04) Creating multi-sensory quiet & creative award winning garden which features in DfES publication and a 25m mural painting for school playground

Forward & Futures ‘800 years of King’s Lynn’ mural (2004) Research, design & painting a 112m2 mural for a town centre location with a local charity.

Text Collector II –Artist-in Residence – A Year of the Artist, EAB and European funded community arts project (2000) based in Downham Market, Norfolk. Text (poems, stories etc.) were used to inspire art work (collage, painting, film, public art etc) made with and by local people. This culminated in an exhibition.

This is a selection from the last ten years. More examples are available.

Groups with: Children and young people (2 -18), families, adults, people with learning disabilities, older people (including those with dementia), teachers and other professionals.

Contact details:

[email protected]
www.nicolamw.co.uk

0771 256 7479

 

Laura Watson

Laura Watson

Art forms: Scriptwriter/Dramatist

Summary: Freelance Scriptwriter who runs playwriting projects for children, teenagers and adults.

Locations: Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire

Experience: I am a freelance scriptwriter. I have written several episodes of EastEnders, an episode of Casualty, an Afternoon Play for Radio 4 (Nightcap) and a play for my local youth theatre in Newmarket, Suffolk (Angel In The Park).

Before going freelance I worked for BBC Radio Drama, Laura Cecil Literary Agency and as a Script Editor and Story Editor for EastEnders.

I also have extensive experience in running creative writing classes and projects for children, teenagers and adults.

Qualifications: Post-grad Certificate- Scriptwriting & Literary Editing, Sheffield Hallam

BA (Hons) Writing, Middlesex University:Classification 2.1.

A Levels, Hills Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge, 2 A’s and a C

10 GCSE’S, Soham Village College, Ely, Cambs, 5 Grade A’s and 5 Grade B’s

Projects:

Writer in Residence @ St. Felix Middle School, Suffolk, Sept 2009- July 2010: I work with a different group of students each term on a creative project. Past projects include the plays ‘Danger In The Darkness’, about a school trip that goes wrong and ‘The Burning Truth’ about two runaway children.

Scriptwriting for Adults, Jan 2009-ongoing: I run a ten week evening class on the basic craft of scriptwriting.

Creative Writing Workshops, LACESS, Jan- May 2010: Looked After Children’s Educational Support Services are funding me to run workshops in various schools attended by Looked After Children. I also ran a Create A Play Day in February half-term for fifteen children (aged 11-14) who are all in Foster Care.

School Workshops, The Children’s Discovery Centre, May 2009- Ongoing: I am a listed writer for The Children’s Discovery Centre who arrange for me to go into schools and run creative writing workshops.

Radio Project, Open Doors Course, Suffolk Artlink, Nov 2009: I worked with adults with learning difficulties to develop a short radio play. The play was on the theme of ‘Love’ and was recorded by Ipswich Community Radio.

Create A Play- Newmarket College, Suffolk, July 2009: Along with my brother who is a Primary School Teacher, I ran a three day summer holiday workshop for 8-12 year olds. The theme was Magic and Fantasy. We worked with the children to develop their own short plays, which they then performed to their parents at the end of the last day.

Writers Residency for Action For Children, Feb-May 2009: I worked with twelve Young Carers (aged 7-11) over a three month period of weekly meetings. We created a modern-day fairytale ‘A Science Project Goes Wrong’ which was then performed by the children to their families and key workers.

Scriptwriting/Drama Project @ Red Balloon, Sept- Nov 2008: I ran a series of workshops at Red Balloon Learner Centre in Cambridge (for students that have left mainstream education due to bullying), working towards a one-act play that the students performed at the Cambridge Arts Theatre.

Groups worked with: Children, Teenagers and Adults. More specific groups include Young Carers, adults with learning difficulties, children and teenagers in foster care and teenagers who have left mainstream education due to being bullied.

Contact details:

[email protected]

07974409228

Laura Watson – Making the Change

Genista Dunham

Genista Dunham

Art Forms: Visual artist

Summary:
 
I trained at the Slade School of Fine Art. In the latter stage finding a niche making experimental films and animations. I then started working for the artist Tacita Dean assisting in the post-production of her films.  Through that time I volunteered in a homeless shelter, which then led into workshops with young offenders. Repositioning outside London, I returned to Suffolk to rediscover values of authentic localism and community.

I now teach Art & Design in a Suffolk prison. A challenging area. Working with people at risk of marginalisation by society brought about through complex problems and tangled legacies. Complied by the stigma attached to holding a criminal record, is the impact this then brings upon self perception of identity and perception of others. Through my work I witness an emergence in sensitivity, pride and motivation towards change.

We balance the requirements of professional teaching standards delivering National QCF accreditation with the roles of responsibility underlying any security/protection service. I encourage cross-platform multi media approaches, 2d and 3d with learning reference to artists and exploration into their interests. Though I teach graphic design interlacing between the digital mediums and the practical arts. .

Art provides a space for contemplation, reflection, distraction and fresh imagination through which it is possible to transcend the circumstances which have brought about their problems and incrementally bring about small changes to life and wider well-being. I consider myself fortunate in receiving daily reminders through others of the potential for restorative realisation through creative activity.

Locations: Suffolk

Experience: Qualified Teacher

Qualifications: Fine Art Hons Slade School of Fine Art, University College London

Projects: Free-Lance Teaching & Workshops Employment
Herba Illustrations for publication -Cathedral Herb garden. July’09.
Artlink ‘Step-Up’ – Series of Art and Film animation workshops ‘Hotdogz’ in Ipswich with Moderate learning Difficulties & Physical Disabilities. Jan – March ’09.
Art Workshops through Social Services Community Education Drop-In-Centre (New Info Bar) for people with Learning Difficulties, BSE. Jan’06 – present
Supporting Contemporary Adolescence (SCA) – Art design work and digital photography workshops.
Junior Youth Inclusion Project (JYIP) long-term YOS programme based in Stowmarket – Art workshop management and input to project work e.g. anti bullying campaign
Women’s Refuge, BSE– art/craft based workshops.
Bury St.Edmunds Art Gallery – ‘Drawing in Motion’ Oct ’06 & ‘I Can’t Draw’ Feb’07. Using our bodies moving through the light of a projector to create life-scale animated drawings.
Art Link ‘Step-Up’ – Series of Art workshops In Ipswich with Moderate learning Difficulties & Physical Disabilities. June ’07.
Risbygate Arts- Animation workshops ½ term project using digital media software to create simple animations from raw collaged images developed through photo editing. October 06.
New Info Summer Project for young people with learning disabilities through Community Ed, Suffolk- Artistic input to workshop programme. Summer 06 & 07.
Age Concern – Digital image work on using various computer software. July- Nov ’07.
Film Technical Assistant to International artist, Tacita Dean. Since Dec 01- Present P/T. Production and post-production assistant eg. Colour grading, negative analysing, quality checking of the prints, general prepping and exhibition installations
Marian Goodman Gallery, NY- as Tacita’s film advisor to galleries pre-exhibition

Risbygate Arts is a Charity Limited Company – for community arts serving in Bury St Edmunds and surrounding villages. Oct’05 – Feb’08. www.risbygatearts.co.uk
Art & Theatre Workshops for children 6-13, with artist Gilly Seago, Bury St.Edmunds
City & Guilds 7407 Further Education Teacher Training- In progress
Qualified TEFL teacher public speaking and classroom management skills, lesson preparation
British Council. Amman Jordan. Two months summer course teaching English.
Structuring lesson plans, classroom exercises and executing lessons for intermediate and advanced levels. 1997.
Ashwell House School, London N1. Teaching English to European vacation Students. Summer 1998.
St.Matthews Housing – supported accommodation for isolated and vulnerable people, Bury St.Edmunds. I organise a weekly art group for residents from the three Bury houses from. Jan 2005.
St.Martins N The Crypt – Trafalgar Square Connection for the Homeless Art Group. Nov 2003.
Amnesty International – involved with art work for current campaigns, WOMAD festivals, demo days, designs for education art workshops with children for refugee families, Southbank art-making weekend activities.

Groups Worked with: People with Learning Difficulties, People with Physical Disabilities, Women’s Refuge groups, Young people, Children, isolated and vulnerable groups of people

Contact details:

[email protected]
www.genista.co.uk

Maryjane Edgar

Maryjane Edgar

Art Forms: Visual Arts, Site Specific Dance, Movement & Physical Theatre, Sound /Sound-scape, Digital Photography, Drama, Puppet making, Mask making, Storytelling with Multicultural Instruments

Summary:
Specialise in workshops for Schools, Communities, Festivals and Parties.

Locations: Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex and Kent

Experience: Very Experienced

Qualifications:
M.A. Degree in Digital Practices.
Digital sound recording, and Sound-scape over last 10 years
Diploma in Swedish massage Therapy
Diploma in Aromatherapy massage Therapy
Multi-disciplinary Art practising for 20 years

Projects: A few examples : Environmental/ Recycling/Performance

The ‘Green Man’ Tour… 6 performances in Norfolk, using research, drama, engineered sound, singing bowls, flute, drums and African harp. The performance was given using masks made from Silver Birch, Oak, Hawthorn, Ivy, Willow and Rowan. Digital Sound-scape and recordings of ‘The Ancient Ones’ were created for atmosphere.

‘Slim Your Bin’, a project to promote recycling in South Norfolk, encouraging hoteliers to re-use… After playing the didjeridoo in a wheelie bin, and covered from head to toe in recyclable objects, such as plastic spoons, wrappers, packaging, film cases etc, I then jumped out reciting a ‘recycling’ poem and then gave a demonstration/ workshop of how it is possible to create a work of Art re-using broken plates to make mosaics.

A world conservation project, ‘Hotstuff’ was developed, to make children aware about sustainable energy and recycling. The amount of energy we use in this country was measured in footprints, which each child at Bowthorpe school in Norwich decorated with objects they might have otherwise thrown away. They also made an object out of clay and had to place it into a giant ball ‘world’ so they saw their piece being ‘recycled’. Music, story, movement and songs, were performed about the elements to finish.

Forest Stories at Poringland – Dressed up as the green woman, made a bender house from willow and bamboo, and told ‘green’ stories to young children.

Whitlingham Nature Reserve – Storytelling workshop for all volunteers, encouraging adults of all ages to go out of their comfort zone, using the voice, drama and physical technique.

Drama Collaboration with “Open Doors Company,” where the clues were acted out to complete a cross word drama puzzle.

Groups Worked with: With children of all key stages and people of all ages, in Schools, libraries, community centers, festivals and private homes etc.

Contact details:

[email protected]

www.theartofmaryjane.co.uk