Early Years

I have a wide experience of nurturing children’s creative opportunities and demonstrating creative approaches especially in early learning.

I draw much of my inspiration from the Reggio Emilia ethos and the approach of educators in Scandinavia.

 

A lot of the work I do is based in the outdoor environment, which can also mean looking at how to bring the outside, back inside the classroom. I introduce children to a wide range of natural and recycled materials and resources, working with them to support their ideas and interests.

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I am interested in engaging children in the challenges and wonders of the natural world, first hand. I like to work on projects that support children’s ideas and interests. Projects that not only provided an opportunity to develop and foster children’s creative learning, but are designed to build their confidence and developed their awareness of risk-taking and understanding of the natural environment.

 

 

Since 1999 I have built a strong relationship with Sightlines Initiative and delivered a number of their creative enquiry based projects. (The UK reference for the preschools of Reggio Emilia.

 

CV

Qualifications /Training 

1981-2  Foundation Falmouth Art School

1982-5   BA Hons Fine Art, University of Northumbria

1985    Graduate business training

  • Artist study tours of the Pre Schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy and Danish Forest Schools, Denmark
  • Rites of Passage training – Welfare State International
  • Philosophy for Children training

2010      LEVEL 3 BTEC Forest School leadership Qualification Bridgewater College.

2019      SHINRIN YOKU – (Forest Bathing)Practitioner Training -Nature & Therapy UK

Employment  history

2012 – 2014 Co Director for House of Objects, North Tyneside

1993- 2010   Co Director ISIS ARTS

1987- 1991   Full time designer, maker, project coordinator on schools, hospitals and community projects and the Fish quay festival.                                                                        Freeform Arts Trust, North Tyneside.

1991-1994   Education coordinator and mentor ISIS ARTS

1985 – Princes Trust Grant-

Became self-employed as visual artist.                                                                                                      I hold an Enhanced CRB/ DBI,  and full Public Liability Insurance and Driving license.

I draw much of my inspiration from the Reggio Emilia ethos and the approach of educators in Scandinavia. Whether working in collaboration or by myself I seek to work in a way that is about engaging with this sense of exploration and playfulness.

I’m driven by a love of the natural world; a connection to nature and natural resources and I’m fascinated by the way we collect, arrange, select, explore, create and make things and narratives – real and imagined.

My professional practice has several strands incorporating education, collaborative projects with other artists and with community groups, commissions, and delivering training, all aspects of my work crosses-over into each other.

I work with natural and recycled materials, drawing, collage, textiles, mosaic, clay, film and documentation.

Most current, recent and not so recent but interesting projects…

2019-ongoing Creative Workshops in Libraries

Working with” Art Diamonds” in Gateshead libraries and Durham and Newcastle libraries  projects with the aim of engaging elders past retirement age in creative and cultural activities.

 

June 2019-2020

Working in partnership with Scotswood Natural Community Garden to deliver an environmental project for Early Years and their families. Early Explorers children will work on exciting, termly creative projects using materials from the garden as inspiration:  A Well Gateshead Newcastle funded project.

 

Spring 2019                                                                                                                                                               

As part of the 21st Birthday of the Angel of the North I worked with the Year One children of Swalwell School to produce a booklet about their theories and drawing of what angels mean to them. Funded by gateshead Cultural team.

“Angels live on clouds, they smile and be friendly: I once saw an Angle outside my window, I was just about to wake up” Emris age 5

A series of  intimate personal hand made closed hand mosaics using previously  used objects that in themselves represented almost another way of life. Continue reading “CV”