prior to working as a freelance artist & film-maker, I managed learning and community engagement programmes in museums and galleries across the west midlands. i now work with communities as an artist leading workshops and activities for all ages and abilities.
every month I lead ‘walk and draw’ at the new art gallery walsall.
participants produce a number of quick drawings, whilst exploring walsall on foot, and draw in different styles, using different techniques, approaches and materials.
every week on monday afternoons, i facilitate creative arts activities with inpatients on the chebsey ward at st george’s hospital in stafford.
presently I am delivering a 6-week drawing for well-being series of workshops on the them of landscapes.
i regularly deliver adult courses for artists who face barriers to the mainstream art world, (both in-person and online) for the national arts charity Outside In. courses include, ‘exploring collections’, ‘leading workshops’ and ‘the art of curation’.
throughout the summer each year i devise and deliver free arts activities for families on site at Pat Collins Fun Fairs Ltd, a legendary family-led fun fair based in walsall, which tours the UK.
in october 2022 i received a grant from engage to deliver free family arts activities at the Good Shepherd, in Wolverhampton, as part of the #letscreateart2022 programme. i delivered an arts activity in the community kitchen where families created a textile banner.
i supported a wonderful project entitled ‘woodland wonders’ in june 2022 for the Birmingham commonwealth games.
i worked with primary schools in cannock, rugeley & hednesford to create cut paper abstract collage ’ which were then transformed into art works which were later displayed in cannock chase forest.
for the birmingham commonwealth games 2022 i enjoyed working on a number of learning & community projects across cannock chase, rugeley and hednesford, with cannock chase district council, cannock chase creative education partnership, cannock chase inspiring healthy lifestyles team, and hednesford in partnership.