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:

[email protected]

www.theyarnsmithofnorwich.com/welcome

Tel: 7908515766

Ivy Cottage, Greenways,

Newton Flotman,

Norwich

NR15 1QJ

Emily Campbell

Emily Campbell

Art forms:  Visual artist, community artist, public artist, designer, illustration

Summary: About Emily Campbell’s practice:

Through the use of photography my practice seeks to create a world that on the one hand is real and on the other – imaginary.  Using digital imaging, I effectively ‘paint with photographs’.  Each image is made up of many smaller photographs enabling me to create surreal and magical scenarios.

The work I create for Public Commissions seeks to create an uplifting yet calming environment.  Often working with a creative writer in the community, I visualise the poetic texts created about the local area.  Large surreal vistas are installed as light boxes or printed onto Perspex, allowing the visitor views of their locality possibly only before seen in their dreams.

Locations: National

Experience:  I have many years experience working in the Public Realm. All my work starts with workshops in the community, which inspire the final artworks. Recent projects include, a series of light boxes for Fulbourn Hospital, Wolverhampton Kings High School and Edinburgh Sick Kids Hospital. Please email me for a full CV.

Qualifications:

1991 – 1992     MA Alternative Media – Chelsea School of Art, London.

1988 – 1991     B.A Hons (1st Class), Fine Art – Camberwell School of Art, London.

1987 – 1988     Art Foundation – Norwich School of Art.

Projects: Some Recent Public Art Commissions

2012

  • Cambridge and Peterborough Mental Health NHS – Created a series of Light boxes for refurbished Dementia Ward.
  • Edinburgh Sick Kids Hospital – Working with staff and patients to created 2 large light boxes for the entrance to the Hospital

2011

  • University of North Staffordshire Lead artist for new build Children’s Ward’s.
  • BSF project Dandelion Public Art Commission for Kings School Wolverhampton.
  • Blackburn New NHS Build – Major glazing commission for front of new Health Centre.

Groups worked with: Older People, People with Mental Health Issues, Children, Young adults, Teenagers, Probation, Learning difficulties

Contact details: 

[email protected]

www.emilycampbell.co.uk

07783796416

Emily Campbell

Emily Campbell