Megaphone, November 2019

A collaboration with Al Dix of 509 Arts, for Theatre in the Mill’s Withness Weekender. I created a miniature Bradford set and over the course of the weekend worked with members of the public to populate the scene with a tiny, table-top protest. Al recorded the voices and ideas of Bradford people as they engaged with the piece, he then delivered his Megaphone monologue on the Sunday evening, amplifying their words and expressing his own ideas about the meaning of protest.
This was a BRILLIANT project to be involved with, such an interesting concept and I feel like we’ve only just begun to explore the potential of this process. It was part of Al’s Decade project, so expect plenty more stimulating and thought-provoking work from him over the next 10 years.

Big Local Connects 2019

A team from Handmade Parade was commissioned by Big Local to create an interactive art installation for their annual conference in Nottingham. We designed an Allotment Workshop which grew as the weekend progressed. Participants were encouraged to talk to each other about their Big Local projects as they were making. There was a range of activities available for all abilities, from a simple cut-out seed head to a more complicated folded flower.

It was great to see people chatting together and forging connections, I’m keen to do more of these projects. If you have a conference or corporate event coming up, get in touch and I can design a bespoke installation for you.

Barkisland CE Primary School, April 2018

I was commissioned by Barkisland CE Primary School to run a series of art workshops and make a collaborative art work to mark the celebration of 150yrs of the school. Working closely with the art coordinator, I devised a programme focused on the local landscape and built environment. We produced textural surfaces and stained papers in preparation for a series of observational drawings. I worked with Key Stage 2 pupils, encouraging them to think about drawing in new ways and refine their work as they produced individual collages.

I then selected a range of drawings from the children and developed these into two ‘maps’ of the local area, one showing the school as it is today and another describing the location 150yrs ago.

Examples of preparatory work and visual resources:

Plunge Boom, outdoor arts theatre company 

I lead make-and-take workshops for Plunge Boom’s “Vegetable Nannies” and “Trolls Kitchen” shows at festivals and events across the UK. We have appeared at Greenwich and Docklands International Festival, Blackburn’s Countryside comes to Town, Hull Freedom Festival and Festival of Thrift, among many others. Plunge Boom create dynamic and engaging experiences for families and are highly respected in the outdoor arts industry. The company is the creation of Mimi Faulks and Ben Faulks (aka CBEEBIES Mr Bloom)

Summer School, William Hulme’s Grammar School, Manchester 

Multi-arts project on the theme of ‘In the garden’

Ceramics project on the theme of ‘Under the Sea’

St John’s Catholic Primary School, Poulton-le-Fylde

This project involved working with Key Stage 1 pupils to make ceramic sculptures based on mini-beasts and fungi. The school wanted to create pieces to display in their nature garden, pupils explored texture and colour in their work.