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Jane Darke – Porthcothan Beach School

Jane Darke's GardenA creative team able to provide inset days, projects and Art Awards.  Using numerous art forms and cross-curricular links to produce exciting and enjoyable sessions which engage with all ages and abilities.

Porthcothan Beach School provides opportunities for up to 150 pupils per day to visit the beach and home of Jane Darke (painter/writer/film maker) and her husband Nick Darke (playwright, deceased) to participate in workshop sessions based around the themes within their film ‘The Wrecking Season’.  A DVD of the film and a booklet of cross curricular resources are also available including worksheets, investigations and creative ideas.

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Jeremiah Krage – TV Presenter

Jeremiah KrageJeremiah Krage trained as a presenter for TV – he is currently presenting material for BBC Earth News Youtube channel.  Jeremiah can offer workshops on presenting skills for a host of formats including: vlogs, tutorials, documentaries, interviews.  he is very interested in collaborating with a film maker/videographer to facilitate the creation of original material with students.

He has 12+ years experience working in the arts in an educational context and often devises workshops in response to specific projects/needs of schools, or in order to directly relate to curriculum material.

Jeremiah also has experience working with people with learning disabilities, both as a teacher and as a collaborator.



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James Parkes – Animator

James Parkes has worked with primary and secondary schools on animation projects since 2006.

Animation Projects generally take the form of a short film and can be tailored to your needs.  From scripting and storyboarding, through model making and animation, to sound and editing, a collaborative team effort is encouraged in the journey from pre-production to post-production.

Animation Workshops instruct students on the craft of animation and culminate in animation examples.  A variety of animation mediums may also be explored; puppet, plasticine, drawn, cut-out, pixilation, rotoscope and sand-on-glass.

James Parkes

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Richard Austin – Visual Artist

Richard Austin has been working in education since 1993, working with all age groups.  He enjoys encouraging students to explore their creativity and push at the boundaries of their imagination to create a personal or collaborative piece of sculpture.

Richard can work on a single day or an extended project possibly creating a sculpture for the school, using any material suitable for the project.

Richard is experienced in engaging those students who feel excluded because of a perceived lack of ability in art and enables them to feel very much part of the project.



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Pat Hickman – Made Arts

made plans, delivers and evaluates exciting artistic interventions in a range of settings.  made offers people of all ages and abilities opportunities to develop their artistic/expressive selves through workshops, projects and training.  made emplys professional artists in music, dance, drama and visual art.

Journey with made into a world of exciting creative arts interventions!

“Imagination is the true magic carpet” NV Peale


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Tumbling Hat Theatre

Tumbling Hat is an up and coming theatre company who specialise in contemporary devised performances. Tumbling Hat has been lucky enough to be awarded a pre-incubation business-assist grant from University College Falmouth and with it aim to tour ‘The 100m Sprint’ to festivals, local schools, and showcasing events and providing a workshop for school audiences. We intend to tour ‘The 100m Sprint’ to schools and venues and to create further performances, continuing with the creative ethos of devising through collaboration.

 Riding high off the London 2012 Olympics and the venture to make sports more important in schools, ‘The 100m Sprint’ is an aptly relevant piece of comic theatrical entertainment. It is a collaboratively devised autobiographical performance, taking inspiration from childhood sporting memories. The piece explores the triumphs and hardships of sporting endeavours and the feelings of elation, embarrassment, and disappointment that accompany them. Experimentation with genuine exertion and exhaustion plays a huge role in the production, exposing the performers’ ability to sustain their roles while combating physical deterioration. ‘The 100m Sprint’ is an engaging show that is suitable for audiences of all ages.”


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Carys Wilson – drawing, painting, printmaking

I have twelve years experience of working within Education as an Arts based practitioner. I have worked within a variety of educational establishments in the capacity of both a full time Teacher of Art, and as a practising Artist. I have undertaken a wide range of Artist in Residence positions from two year and one year fixed term posts within Primary and Secondary schools, to ten week projects within Primary Schools and shorter term residencies in libraries, arts centres, schools, youth centres and Arts festivals.  

Although my practice is based primarily within the genre of drawing, the direction of each project I lead always takes a different direction and the choice of media is limitless. I have worked with students as young as four years of age, up to GCSE, A level, Foundation degree students and adults. I have worked with a wide spectrum of abilities and social backgrounds from Gifted and Talented students, to children and adults with severe Special Educational Needs, Autistic students, Visually Impaired students, Hearing Impaired students, children ‘looked after’, single and mixed gender schools.


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Update on Enhanced Disclosure DBS check requirements for artists

Updated June 2017.

In September 2012 the government issued a new definition of what is deemed ‘regulated activity with children’. Most school or educational settings will require anyone who undertakes regulated activity with children to have an Enhanced Disclosure with barred list check (formerly CRB checks, now DBS checks).

The new definition of regulated activity relating to children relates both to what activity you are doing and also how often you are doing it:

(i) Unsupervised activities: teach, train, instruct, care for or supervise children, or provide advice/guidance on well-being, or drive a vehicle only for children;

(ii) Work for a limited range of establishments (‘specified places’), with opportunity for contact: for example, schools, children’s homes, childcare premises. Not work by supervised volunteers

Work defined above is only regulated activity if done regularly i.e. carried out by the same person frequently (once a week or more often), or on 4 or more days within a 30-day period, or overnight.

There are three types of check which are undertaken by the DBS:

Standard checks: These are suitable for eligible roles that do not involve regular contact with children or vulnerable groups such as finance or security.

Enhanced checks: These are suitable for eligible roles where the applicant will be working/volunteering with children, young people and/or vulnerable groups.

Enhanced with DBS Barred List checks: These are suitable for roles where the applicant will be working/volunteering in a regulated activity (see paragraph above) with children and / or vulnerable adults.

Practical application of the above: 

If your work with children is paidfrequent and supervised, then you are likely to need an Enhanced Disclosure, but without the barred list check.

If your work with children is frequent and unsupervised then you will need an Enhanced Disclosure with a barred list check.

Note that ‘supervision’ does not necessarily mean a member of school staff will be with you at all times. Supervision must be: regular, day to day, reasonable in all the circumstances for the purpose of protecting the children concerned and carried out by someone who is engaging in regulated activity relating to children.

It is important to note that because schools are listed as ‘specified places’ under regulated activity, they are allowed to request an Enhanced Disclosure without barred list check for anyone who is working in their establishment even if not undertaking regulated activity. It is our experience that most schools do request this.

Useful links and documents:

Keeping Children Safe in Education July 15 – paragraphs 50-55 Safer Recruitment, p30 flowchart on who requires a DBS check and the type, paragraphs 83-89 for volunteers, paragraphs 91-94 for contractors (e.g. artists)

A useful leaflet created for the Disclosure and Barring roadshow is available here DBS Roadshow 2012 leaflet

A DBS elegibility handiguide created by SAFE to help you decide if a role requires a DBS check.

If after reading the above information, you do require a DBS check, KEAP may be able process one for you if you are an artist living and working in Cornwall, the cost is £56. However, it is preferable that the school or organisation requesting that you obtain a DBS check process it for you.

If you require further information please contact Helen Reynolds on


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Perran Voices

Perran Voices is a friendly, informal singing group which meets every couple of weeks to learn and sing beautiful songs in harmony – for fun and relaxation. The songs are from the Cornish repetoire of pub and folk songs and are usually taught by ear with words provided. There’s no pressure to come to every session, or to perform.  Hilary Coleman, who is leading the group for a year while the main leader Pip Wright, is away, is a singer and musician with top Cornish band Dalla,  bard of the Gorsedh and music teacher/trainer with many years experience in schools and communities. She will include some vocal technique in the sessions, helping singers find their voice and build their confidence. The group is mixed in terms of men and women, ages, voices and singing experience – but they have always ended up making a lovely sound often with a few giggles and a cup of tea along the way!

Starting on Tuesday 11th September 1-3pm at Perranuthnoe Church Room.
Dates for the rest of this term are as follows: 25th September / 9th October / 23rd October / 6th November / 20th November / 4th December

New voices of any age or experience always most welcome. £4 per session. If you would like to try the group out, or are planning to come for the first time, please let Hilary Coleman know on  or 01209 313233

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Red River Singers

Join a community singing group at Heartlands

An informal group focusing on the joy of singing songs

No auditions – just turn up.

All ages welcome (under 10’s must be accompanied by adults)

Based at: Tin Room, Chi an Bobel, Heartlands, Pool

Starting: Wednesday September 5th 2012 and weekly thereafter

Time: 6-8pm

Cost: £4

·        Cornish pub songs

·        Older Cornish folk songs

·        Songs in Cornish

·        Cornish carols

Led by Hilary Coleman singer and musician with top Cornish band Dalla,  bard of the Gorsedh and music teacher/trainer with many years experience in schools and communities.

‘It is a wonderful feeling to understand a sense of place through music and song. I love the Cornish songs and learning the language’

(singing group participant)


Hilary Coleman: 07837 226048




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