Dave Tonge

Dave Tonge – The Yarnsmith of Norwich

Art forms: Storyteller, historian and author

Summary: I tell stories at museums, heritage sites, schools, festivals and fairs over much of the UK. My focus is on stories from Saxon and Viking times through Medieval and Tudor to the present day.

Locations: Throughout East Anglia, but also the rest of England.

Experience: I have told at many national museums, including the British Museum and Ashmolean. Also for English Heritage for the last 15 years, the Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust and the Historic Royal Palaces. I have also headlined at a number of storytelling festivals including Settle in Yorkshire, Sandwich Winter Tales in Kent and Festival at the Edge in Shropshire.

I have also published two books based on my performances: Tudor Tales (2015) based on an adult storytelling set called ‘The Shaming of Agnes Leaman.’ The second, Norfolk Folk Tales for Children, based on a new set celebrating my local heritage and folklore.

I also run basic storytelling workshops at festivals and one called ‘Telling Heritage,’ focusing on storytelling in museums, that I lead at the Ashmolean every winter.

Qualifications: My interest in storytelling stemmed from using stories as historical sources while studying for my BA and MA at the University of East Anglia. I have also trained as a freelance museum educator at museums in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, including the Fitzwilliam.

Projects: In 2005 Creative Arts East funded me to lead basic skills storytelling training with a number of disadvantage pupils at a middle school in Great Yarmouth, which culminated with them putting on a storytelling performance at the Time and Tide museum in the town.

While in 2015 I was commissioned by Waveney and Blyth Arts to create and perform a storytelling set, called ‘Legends of a Long Forgotten Land,’  as part of a bigger project, called Finding Doggerland, which explored artists responses to the now lost land bridge that once joined Britain to Europe. My sessions toured libraries throughout Suffolk.

Also in that year, I created a storytelling performance for the Historic Royal Palaces about a Tudor royal progress to be performed at an outreach event at Tatton Park near Manchester. And in 2016 they commissioned me to create and perform a set for and Elizabethan Christmas event held at Hampton Court Palace.

Groups of people worked with: As well as telling to adults, families and young children, I have told stories to groups with learning disabilities, young people with autism and also in care homes to elderly people suffering from various forms of dementia, telling classic tales as part of a reminiscence program.

Contact details:

t[email protected]

www.theyarnsmithofnorwich.com/welcome

Tel: 7908515766

Ivy Cottage, Greenways,

Newton Flotman,

Norwich

NR15 1QJ

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

Contact details: 

Lisa Temple-Cox

Lisa Temple-Cox

Art forms: Visual artist, community engagement and public arts

Summary: Public and community engagement forms a large part of my practice, and I enable a range of art activities that includes painting (from individual work to large scale murals), assemblage using found objects, collage, and photo-transfer. My public arts commissions are usually informed by a community engagement process, and as well as public and private commissions, I undertake school residencies tailored to meet the needs of the curriculum and/or project theme in hand. I have worked with children and adults of all ages and abilities, and in institutions as diverse as schools, colleges, residential homes, museums and prisons. Projects range from one day drop-in workshops at fetes and fairs, Creative Partnerships school projects, artist residencies, and major public arts commissions. I have a clean driving licence, enhanced disclosure CRB, and public liability cover.

Locations: Will travel anywhere

Experience: Self-employed in the field of public and community arts since 1990

Qualifications: MA (distinction) Arts in a Social Context / Certificate in Education: Lifelong Learning Sector

Projects: Creative Conveniences,Colchester: Healthcare Histories, Peterborough City Hospital: Rowhedge Heritage mural: Monkwick Bunker project, Colchester: Journey to the Podium, Essex county Council 2010: Wickford Library Timeline: Farleigh Hospice Project, Chelmsford and Maldon: Riverside Living project, Halstead.

Groups worked with:  Children of all ages, adults, people with learning and/or physical disabilities, older people, primary school from reception upwards, secondary school, higher education, museum visitors.

Contact details:

Studio 9,

Cuckoo Farm Studios,

Boxted Road,

Colchester,

CO4 5HH

07980 357418

[email protected]

www.flickr.com/photos/deepgreenart/collections/

 

 

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

Jane Bower

Jane Bower

Art forms: Murals, ceramics, textiles, plays.
Practical primary art: painting, drawing, ceramics, textiles, printing, drama, dance

Summary: Ceramic and mural commissions, chiefly for primary schools. Art/drama/dance/writing, groups/classes. Artist in residence, staff Inset. Highly qualified/experienced primary teacher/advisor.

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

Experience: Primary teacher/Arts advisor/artist in residence with over thirty years’ experience. Arts provision in over 500 schools. I am a member of the actors’ union Equity and act professionally, the
author of several arts-based books for teachers and regular writer for educational magazines.

Qualifications: B.Ed Hons Degree 2/1 Art and Design
Teacher’s Certificate (Art – Distinction)
CSSD Advanced Diploma In Drama in Education (Distinction)
RSA Diploma in Theatre Arts (Distinction)

Projects: Mural and ceramic commission, Elsworth Primary School, Cambs. This was to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the school. I worked with every child in the school, discussing design and symbolism and involving each in the making process.
Dance festival, Teversham School, Cambs. This was an annual booking for eleven years. I worked with the whole school for four days, culminating in a performance on a given theme such as famous paintings, countries, colours or famous books for children.
I was commissioned to write ‘Peter Pan in a Day’ by Debden School, Essex. Costumes, scenery, music and choreography were produced in one day with 66 infants and performed to parents. Sutton School, Cambs also invited me to repeat the day with their pupils.

Groups worked with: I have worked periodically with various community groups, but my forte is working with children aged 4-11 and their helpers/teachers.

Contact details:
[email protected]
Phone number: 01223 502628
Postal address: 9 Mark’s way, Girton, Cambridge