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

Enhanced DBS check

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

Contact details:

 

David Jay

David Jay

Art forms: Video and animation workshops. Video Programmes can also be made working in conjunction with groups. The workshops include the use of all recording equipment e.g. camcorders, tripods, microphones, lights, laptops.

Summary: The workshops – single or as a series – are developed in conjunction with client groups and can provide a range of expertise and learning outcomes dependent on the client requirements.

Locations: Suffolk, Essex, Norfolk

Experience: A professional filmmaker for over 25 years creating a range of programmes that primarily tackle social and community issues. Video Course Director for several years at West Suffolk College. Has run workshops for over 7 years and also movie making residential breaks.

Qualifications: Bronze and Silver Arts Awards Advisor/Trainer. Stage One Moderation – Certificate in FE Teaching (Level 4). Completed SAFE Child Protection Training. CRB checked.

Projects: Examples of films made at some of the workshops can be found on www.ko-an.org.

ICE Project – Heritage Lottery – 29 interview programmes with people from the West Indies.

Lap of Honour – Heritage – 17 interview programmes with past and future Olympians.

Life Stories  – Suffolk Mental Health – 9 programmes, people’s stories.

Just Listen – Learning Skills Council – 11 programmes looking at Equality & Diversity issues.

Creative Partnerships – series of contracts working in Primary Schools linking workshops with the curriculum.

Inside Out – workshops developing films about the activities and interests of the group.

Olympic Values – Lottery – workshops with schools, colleges and community groups looking at the 7 values and what they mean to them.

Movie Camp – Activities for All – an annual residential break for young people with disabilities where they create their own films.

Groups worked with: Workshops for Special Education schools and colleges primarily in Suffolk, Primary Schools, youth organisations, community groups. Oral history projects with senior citizens.

Contact details:

[email protected]

www.ko-an.org

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.

Contact details:



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’

Gary Drostle

Gary Drostle

Art forms: Murals, Mosaics, Mosaic Sculptures

Summary: London based artist specialising in large scale mural and mosaic artworks, including mosaic sculptures.

Locations: Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire, Essex, UK, USA

Experience: Professional public artist since 1987 Gary has completed many major public commissions across the UK and in the USA. Gary’s works have received many awards including the ‘Best Architectural Mosaic’ award at the 2008 ‘Mosaic Arts

International’ in Miami and the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship in 2006. Gary was elected President of the British Association for Modern Mosaic between 2006-2009 and has lectured and written about mosaics in the UK and US.

Projects: Gary has completed many public commissions including works for the following local authorities: Bedford; Newtonards; Anglesey; Fylde; Leicester; Bexley; Dartford; Sutton; Islington; Leeds; North Somerset; Chester & West Cheshire.

Groups worked with: Schools, community groups.

Contact details:

[email protected]

www.drostle.com

0771 952 9520


Footprints Theatre Company

Footprints Theatre Company


Art Forms: A site specific Theatre Company working in an interdisciplinary form which combines all art forms in ways that engage the audience and participants to interact with the place in which they are either watching the performance or participating in the workshop.

Summary: Our motto – ‘Any Place is a Stage’

Our aim is to engage in the issue of environment, place and identity using the medium of theatre to find ways to articulate and animate the space.

Our work concentrates on developing an awareness of what is around us and our reaction to it and one another.

What do we do: We provided performances in chosen spaces on commission, and we provide interdisciplinary arts workshops for the community in a chosen space, these workshops can be single days exploring the space or can build over a period of time to a performance in that space with the community.

Our work has included: A bar in Chelmsford, several churchyards and churches, schools spaces, the centre of Colchester, Slack Space shop window and a library.

Locations: Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk and Camridgeshire.

Qualifications: The artistic director of the company has a Bachelor of Education Honours and a Master of Arts in Applied Theatre. All company members have enhanced CRB checks and the company has liability insurance.

Projects:

‘Have You got What I am Looking For?’ A performance at the Ancient Lights in Chelmsford. An interactive performance where the audience were never quite sure whether they were meant to be watching or participating.

Noak Hill – A workshop with Essex Wildlife Trust and families living in Havering. The families explored the wildlife site of Noak Hill and created personal responses to it.

All Saints Church. Little Cornard. Sudbury – A workshop for year Eleven drama students who explored the church and churchyard and produced promenade drama performances using the natural environment.

‘Window Shopping’ – Slack Space, Colchester. A performance project which sought to get passers by to stop and watch and then enter the premises.

‘Christmas Reflections’ – Lion Walk, Colchester. A performance project at Christmas which encouraged busy shoppers to stop and reflect on the Christmas spirit in an entertaining way.

Groups worked with: Footprints has worked with primary and secondary schools in Essex and Suffolk, Slack Space, Essex Wildlife Trust and the Lion Walk church community.

Contact details:

Artistic Director: Miss Paula Baker

07522576140

[email protected]

www.footprintstheatrecompany.co.uk



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.


Keith Botilier

Keith Botilier

Art form: Photography, Visual Arts, Film / Video, New Technology, Crafts.

Summary: My work consists, of oil, Acrylics, water colour, Photography and Digital images. Landscapes, still life and a mixture activities. I also build websites if asked.

Locations: Norfolk, Suffolk, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire.

Experience: Experienced

Qualifications: I trained as a draughtsman in engineering, I original got that due to my drawing ability.

Art course at Grays College, Essex, tutor – Jenny Geary.

I am a member of the WAF (World Art Foundation).

Contact details:

[email protected]

2 Abbeydale

Carlton Colville

Suffolk

NR33 8WJ

www.keithsphotography.co.uk

www.zazzle.com/keithbotilier

www.redbubble.com – search ‘keithbotilier’

Hedley Griffin

Hedley Griffin

Art forms: 2D drawn Animator, Cartoonist.

Summary: Animation workshops, cartoon drawing, script and story writing.

Locations: Suffolk, Essex, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire.

Experience: 30 years animation director for BBC and Channel 4 Schools television. Self-publish, write and illustrate my own children’s safety books, www.DangerSpot.co.uk

Qualifications: Degree in Art and Design 1974.

Projects: Vital Communities in Cambridgeshire, hundreds of films for television, many, many cartoon drawing, animation and literacy workshops for local primary schools and community projects.

Groups of people worked with: People with learning disabilities, primary school children, teenagers, teenagers with eating disorders, older people in nursing home.

Contact details:

[email protected]

[email protected]

www.hedleygriffinfilms.com

01986 798613

PO BOX 274,

Woodbridge,

Suffolk,

IP13 WX

Sarah Straw

Sunshine

Sawston Silent Movie

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