Community

I’ve worked on many participatory arts projects in community and educational settings, facilitating workshops with adults, young people and children. My artforms include murals, drawing, painting, collage, model-making, photography, graphics and set design. Projects are long or short-term, and tailored to suit the group and context. Whatever the project, art can be used to explore an issue, to decorate a space, and most importantly, to encourage and develop people’s own creativity.

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Books 1

Book cover
Book cover

Group with books
Group with books

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Books 1

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Heart of England Mencap, Warwick

 

Book Project

'Our Life, Our Choice' book - an anthology of writing and artwork created with a group of adults who have learning disabilities. The book explores issues including respect, rights, and friendship, as well as ordinary thoughts on everyday life. It aims to help normalise disability amongst the wider community, by making the lives of people with disabilities more visible. I facilitated the sessions in which the work was created, and I compiled, edited, and designed the book, which incorporates stories, illustrations, poems, drawings and comics.

Mencap Panels 1
Mencap Panels 1

Mencap Panels 2
Mencap Panels 2

Mencap Panels 5
Mencap Panels 5

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Mencap Panels 1

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Heart of England Mencap,

Stratford Upon Avon

 

Mural Project

Artist Facilitator on a mural painting project with Mencap customers. Over a series of workshops, two groups produced eight individually painted panels, using exterior quality plywood. The paintings explore important personal themes such as homes and holidays, a love of gardens, things to be proud of including volunteering, and commemorating dear friends. The panels are on display in Mencap’s walled garden on the Alscot Estate, Warwickshire, and are designed to accompany planting and sensory development of the outdoor area for customers’ use.

Amber Art Room 1
Amber Art Room 1

Amber Art Room 2
Amber Art Room 2

Tree 1
Tree 1

Amber Art Room 1
Amber Art Room 1

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Amber Summer Arts Project, Devon

Artist Facilitator for a two day intensive creative mural workshop with Amber Foundation. Amber supports young people to gain skills, motivation and confidence to progress towards independent living and employment. I worked with a group of young artists at Ashley Court residential centre in Devon, to paint panels to be displayed inside the centre. The paintings were designed to convey positive messages about the artists’ own personal journeys, and to pass on these messages to future users of the centre. 

Brandon Mural 1
Brandon Mural 1

Drawing up 1
Drawing up 1

Brandon Mural 2
Brandon Mural 2

Brandon Mural 1
Brandon Mural 1

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Education Garden Mural, Coventry

I worked with a group of young volunteers in Coventry to design and paint a mural in Warwickshire Wildlife Trust’s Education Garden, at Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve. The group researched local wildlife found on the Reserve, and included it in the mural, particularly butterflies and caterpillars. With Voluntary Action Coventry.

Camden Society mural 1
Camden Society mural 1

Camden Society mural 2
Camden Society mural 2

Camden Society mural 5
Camden Society mural 5

Camden Society mural 1
Camden Society mural 1

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'Underwater' Mural, South London

A mural painted with adults with learning disabilities at a community and day centre in South London. As well as creating the painting, the group helped to design the mural, researched and drew fishes and underwater creatures from life, and helped to buy materials. With The Camden Society.

PPU whole
PPU whole

PPU top half
PPU top half

PPU process
PPU process

PPU whole
PPU whole

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'Peace' Mural, North London
The mural shows a machine which transforms warlike things into peaceful things. Guns are transformed into toys and tools, tanks into fire engines, and soldiers into footballers and babysitters. Designed and painted with children from Kentish Town and Brecknock Primary Schools, at Peace Pledge Union, North London.

Waterways Project, schools postcard
Waterways Project, schools postcard

Havering Schools graphic design project
Havering Schools graphic design project

Havering Schools painting project
Havering Schools painting project

Waterways Project, schools postcard
Waterways Project, schools postcard

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The Vibe, welcome sign
The Vibe, welcome sign

Pupil Referral Unit mural
Pupil Referral Unit mural

Ripple School, designs for playground mosaic
Ripple School, designs for playground mosaic

The Vibe, welcome sign
The Vibe, welcome sign

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Projects with Studio 3 Arts, Barking & Dagenham

 

'Waterways’ Photography Project

With children at St Margaret’s School, Barking, and members of Age Concern. We designed postcards to highlight awareness about Barking's River Roding.

'Substance Misuse’ Design Project
With students at Sanders Draper School, Hornchurch. We created posters and postcards designed to provoke thought and discussion on alcohol, tobacco, cannabis and solvents.

'Substance Misuse' Painting Project

With students at Brittons School, Havering. We created a series of panels focussing on aspects of peer pressure around drugs and alcohol. 

 

Multi-Lingual 'Welcome' Sign

A community participatory project, painted with visitors to a youth arts event at The Vibe Youth Arts Centre, Dagenham.

'Reflective' Mural in Quiet Room at Pupil Referral Unit, created with students at Barking and Dagenham Tuition Centre. Shows symbolic images relating to personal journeys, allowing viewers to reflect peacefully. 

 

Mosaic Project

With children at Ripple School, Barking, designing an underwater themed mosaic for the school playground.

School Group 1
School Group 1

School Group 2
School Group 2

Youth Group
Youth Group

School Group 1
School Group 1

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'Poplar Futures' and 'You-Topias' projects, East London

 

Visual arts projects with The Art of Change. I worked with schools and community groups in East London to explore participants’ feelings about their local area, using a range of artforms. The project engaged primary and secondary schools, a youth group, elders’ groups, and Somali and Bangladeshi Women’s groups; and included model-making, creative writing, reminiscence work, and painting projects.

IH Urban Eyes youth group panel
IH Urban Eyes youth group panel

IH front wall with logo
IH front wall with logo

IH Urban Eyes & Koran Group panels
IH Urban Eyes & Koran Group panels

IH Urban Eyes youth group panel
IH Urban Eyes youth group panel

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'Painting the House': Mural Project at Island House, East London

 

Panels designed and painted with eight groups at Island House Community Centre, Isle of Dogs, East London. The paintings depict themes important to each group, and explore their relationship with the Centre and the local area. Completed panels were displayed in and around the Centre; and groups taking part were Cryptics Youth Group; Urban Eyes Youth Group; Women’s ESOL group; Pensioners’ Craft Club; Playgroup; Playgroup Parents; Koran Study Group; Advice Centre Staff.

Space Mural 1
Space Mural 1

Space Mural 2
Space Mural 2

Space Mural 5
Space Mural 5

Space Mural 1
Space Mural 1

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'Space' Mural, Warwickshire

Designed and painted with members of a Young Men's Group at a Youth Club. Painted onto a climbing wall using textured and metallic paint, incorporating 3-D features of the wall. Part of a summer holiday project at Lillington Youth Centre, Warwickshire.