John Harris

John Harris

Art forms: Storyteller/Children’s author

Summary: “A Tour de Force” – Michael Morpurgo “Absolutely Brilliant!” BBC6 Music “Relaxed, conversational style” – Essex Life

Locations: Tells stories in 100 or so schools each year all over UK and Ireland – will visit anywhere that pays him (almost!)

Experience: John has been a full time professional storyteller for almost 20 years and has been paid to tell stories in one form or another for 40 years

Qualifications: Graduate of the teaching course of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Projects: John has already published four books and more are on the way – watch this space!

Groups worked with: Works exclusively with children and young people from Reception class age through to sixth form

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Leigh Driver

Leigh Driver

Art forms: Visual Arts, Film / Video / Photography, New Technology, Web Design, Crafts, Literature, Heritage Interpretation

Summary: At the West Suffolk Arts Centre we provide engaging and accessible opportunities to work in a wide variety of media through workshops,courses and personal tuition suitable for all ages and abilities. We also act as Arts Award Advisers for the Trinity Guildhall Arts Award Scheme and offer GCSE and A-Level support.

Locations: Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire

Experience: Very experienced arts and museums educator.

Qualifications: I trained as an artist at the Hertfordshire College of Art and Design in the early ’80s. Since then I have run numerous Arts-based events and workshops for all ages and abilities in a wide variety of media. I am an accredited Arts Award Adviser for The Trinity Guildhall/Arts Council England Arts Award Scheme and I am currently working with groups of young people from the Education Otherwise organization teaching Visual Literacy and Contemporary Arts Practice. I am also a successful web designer and published author (most notably ‘The English Village’ and ‘The Lost Villages of England’ for New Holland Publishers).

Projects: Trinity Guildhall/Arts Council England Arts Award Scheme – Adviser. Education Otherwise ‘Art Basics’ Course at Lopham – lead educator.
Art in the Park Week at Brandon Country Park – a week-long series of artist-led workshops and exhibitions – curator and occasional workshop leader.
Art and Craft Workshop with Mildenhall CRU – a group of young adults with severe learning difficulties. ‘Cultural Diversity in Brandon’ independent project
with students from Breckland Middle School. ‘Brandon on The Fringe’ Arts Festival (promoter).

Groups worked with: I have many years experience of working with home educated children (largely through the Education Otherwise organisation), people with severe learning difficulties, and people of all ages with little or no experience in the Arts. I am an accredited Arts Award Adviser at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels for the Trinity Guildhall/Arts Council England Arts Award Scheme.

Contact details:
leigh.driver@westsuffolkartscentre.com
Tel: 07882 891022
West Suffolk Arts Centre,

Brandon Heritage Centre,
George Street, Brandon,
Suffolk, IP27 0BX

www.westsuffolkartscentre.com