I provide materials, stimuli and support that empower participants to take their own creative journeys through a project and do their best work.
Documentation, consultation and evaluation are built in to all my workshops. This dialogue helps me to facilitate an environment that grows with the participants rather than restricting their choices.
I take responsibility for identifying, problem-solving and removing barriers to learning and participation.
Where appropriate, I use alternative communication methods such as signing and visual aids to ensure that each participant can access the work in a way that suits them.
I see participatory art as equal in beauty, relevance and importance to work created in the traditional art world. My work promotes skill, quality and attention to detail through reflective practice, engagement through materials, experienced staff and small group work.
Formerly a co-director of Muddy Feet Theatre & Arts and Figment Arts, I now work as a freelance arts facilitator and designer/maker as well as co-running High Top Circus, a small company that specialises in teaching aerial circus skills.
Since graduating from Bretton Hall College with a BA in Devised Performance in 1999, I have worked with young people in a broad range of settings including children’s theatre and community arts, education, playwork, outreach and therapeutic support. This range of experience has led me to specialise in working with children and young people who have communication and behavioural difficulties. In 2010 I was awarded an MA in Inclusive Arts Practice from The University of Brighton School of Art.
With a practice informed by the social model of disability and the principles of co-constructed learning, I have designed a diverse range of projects around themes such as multisensory arts practice, experimental mark making, photography and aerial acrobatics and have experience in working 1:1 and with groups. I create workshops and projects that act as flexible frameworks within which participants can access high quality opportunities to autonomously explore the creative process, learn new skills and make work.
Previous and current clients include The Worthing Dome Cinema, various schools including The Cedar Centre Special School and Springboard Education, Hollingdean Community Trust, Brighton & Hove Fostering and Adoption Services, Barnardos and Create Studios, Brighton. I am currently an associate artist for Theatre Royal Brighton and Tea Dance for Little People.
Skills & Experience.
I have 14 years experience working with children and young people and specialise in learning disability and inclusion. I am skilled and comfortable in working with people whose behaviour can be challenging and those with speech & language difficulties. I am qualified in MAKATON up to level 8, can use PECS and Symwriter and have a clean and current DBS and Public Liability insurance up to £10,000,000.
As well as home study and personal practice I try and do a short course for professional development each year. In recent years I have spent time studying performance for young audiences with both Oily Cart and Punchdrunk theatre companies and also completed a summer course in set design for performance at Central St Martins.
Photo by Claire Griffiths.