I work as a project coordinator with festivals, galleries, charities, organisations and education services. Projects include adult learning programmes, professional development for performance artists, community world record attempts, outdoor art trails.
Spark Artist Coordinator at Yorkshire Sculpture Park
In January 2015 I joined the Learning Team at YSP to develop and deliver Spark, an outreach project that offers young people a chance to immerse themselves in the sculpture and landscape at YSP. Spark works with schools in economically and socially deprived areas, which do not have a history of working with or visiting YSP. Selected schools experience tailor made activities exploring cross-curricular learning, critical analysis, experiential learning and learning outside the classroom. The project involved teacher training and the development of new resources.
Learning outcomes for the project include: problem solving, teamwork, communication, listening, personal reflection, debating, being objective and critical, developing own visual language and artistic interpretation. The project also develops literacy skills through encouraging critical and expressive use of language in response to their observations. Practical artistic skills developed include drawing, material understanding and creating 3D form.
Spark project began in 2010 led and coordinated by artist Emma Spencer. The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation have generously funded Spark.
Visual Art Director at Grassington Festival
In my role as Visual Arts Director at Grassington Festival since 2009 I have developed and delivered art projects and activities, which inspire and engage local communities in contemporary art. The visual arts offers colourful and fun, family-friendly community events throughout the Festival fortnight and its preceding months. The events are a mixture of free, drop-in and ticketed experiences for people of all ages and ability.
Here are some examples of projects I have coordinated......
WordLab – Think While You Ink 2014
An artist-led print space facility open for public to “think while you ink”, encouraging them to pause and create. WordLab was a printing facility and installation fostering curiosity in words and language in a new playful format led by artist Helen Peyton. Offering workshops for the older generations in care homes, families, adults and school children to examine various print techniques. Including an interactive outdoor installation of printed letters and words for participatory games evoking thought about the ways we share ideas, messages and stories and a community challenge based around word games and a huge word search treasure hunt around the village. With thanks to Helen Peyton, Carine Brosse, Jennyanne Smith, Rachel Errington, Monika Laskowska and Lucia Ovejero.
Jolly Up Your Brolly 2013
Sculptor Gillian Brent, artist Carine Brosse and poet Becky Cherriman were commissioned to create new large-scale outdoor artworks. The installations responded to ‘umbrella’ as a theme. Local shops and businesses redesigned and dressed up their windows displays to accompany the theme.
Sketching the Moving Model inside the Luminarium 2012
The Luminarium in Grassington became a palace of magical inspiration for dancers and sketchers to explore life drawing with a difference – the life models are dancing. Dancers were Alison Clissold, Kim Glassby, Gerry Turvey, Madeleine Wuidart. Artist facilitator was Carine Brosse.
Watch a short film here.....
Leeds Arts Gallery Picture Lending Collection Art Trail 2012
(Images of work by Donna Rumble-Smith, Alice Bradshaw, Gavin Jones, Noel Connor, Suki, Helen Peyton, Tony Connolly, Nick Claiden, Jayne Lawless, Richard Hardaker and Leeds City Art gallery Picture lending Collection.)
A project in partnership with Leeds City Art Gallery, 15 contemporary artists and poets, who each selected a different picture from the esteemed Leeds City Art Gallery’s picture lending collection. The artists then developed a new artwork in response to the painting or print for the Festival. 15 artworks from the artists plus the 15 original Leeds Art Gallery pieces were installed in different locations and businesses in Grassington village for the public to see and enjoy throughout the festival fortnight. A public art walk led by the artists and gallery curator accompanied the trail, plus a Picture Lending On Tour Day in Grassington Town Hall with over 500 original artworks for the public to borrow.
Leeds City Art Gallery purchased artworks by performer Robert Hardaker, which is now part of the picture lending collection.
Wheel Painting 2012
A outdoor family fun day on Fathers’ Day with wheels, tyres, giant paper and a heck of a lot of paint. We explored different mark making on a big scale. Wheels were kindly donated by the public and sourced from Threshfield Garage.
Gnomes and Wheelbarrows of Wonder workshops and trail 2011
With Britain in Bloom as the theme, we developed free family workshops to customise gnomes to take home or create a miniature garden. Artist Lisa Haith created 80 plaster gnomes from scratch especially for the Festival. 35 wheelbarrows of wonder sprouted up across the village art trail, created by the local community who rolled out their reinvented wheelbarrows. Gardener Chris Beardshaw judged the wheelbarrows and awarded Best in Show, Best Original Idea, Best Design and Planting.
Grassington Bunting World Record 2010
2,696 metres of bunting, with over 9,000 flags set a new Guinness World Record for Grassington. Local clubs, schools and individuals worked together in a bunting frenzy for 2 months to cut, sew and decorate triangles, which were all hung up high in and around the village.>
Here’s a BBC Look North feature.......
I also develop an annual carnival project with 7 cluster schools and clubs in the dale, involving costumes, prop and music projects led by a team of artists. See here for images of previous parades