Emma Wilson – visual artist

I am freelance visual arts practitioner living and working in far west Cornwall.

Since 2000, alongside my own studio practice, I have been planning, managing and delivering art workshops within community, education and gallery settings.

I am passionate about the role of creativity and the arts in a child’s learning and development. I believe that the Arts reinforces and supports the five outcomes of the Every Child Matters Agenda.

I have used the arts to engage unmotivated, vulnerable, at risk children and young people as well as work with young people and adults with a broad range of learning difficulties and special needs.

My role as an artist within education has varied greatly from being asked to deliver a very specific workshop using certain materials within a class, being placed into a school as an artist in residence or working with groups in art galleries.

I am experienced in responding to curriculum needs and particularly enjoy using an art-focused, cross-curricular method of teaching.

I have been responsible for setting up a successful model of working based on Room 13 (http://room13international.org) within the charity Trelya.

I am very keen to share this model of working and would love to see other Studios successfully up and running within other settings, as I believe the results can be both rewarding for young people and staff alike.

Contact: www.emmasaffywilson.com

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Dena O’Brien – Kiwi Print Studio

Dena O’Brien has a Masters from The Royal College of Arts and fifteen years of teaching printmaking. From primary age, families and higher education. Dena has established her own business ‘Kiwi Printmaking Studio’. She can deliver workshops covering monotypes, screenprinting, collagraph, linocuts and drypoint.

Dena can travel to any venue with all materials of if preferred use of the studio for groups. Dena’s expertise and imagination can create exciting projects and workshop from large collaborative artworks, community events to printed products and specific skills teaching.

Dena believes that magic of printmaking can provide the ‘wow’ moment to any project for any age. See Dena’s website for examples of school projects and events and print workshops to suit your ideas and group.




07976 018401

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Gail Aspden – Ceramicist and Visual Artist

Gail specialises in ceramics and believes there are many benefits in working with clay.  Different hand building methods are used to create a clay piece; pinch, coil, slab, creating texture and sculpture. She also covers colourful art and craft activities in various forms.

Her backgrounds are BA (Hons) in Studio Ceramics, HND in Ceramics Design and ND in Art and Design.  With training and experience at a local pottery, Penhalvean.

She’s based in Porthleven, has a studio in Redruth, Cornwall and will travel on request.

Enhanced CRB checked, Public Liability Insurance cover and British Sign Language qualified.

If you are interested in a Ceramic and Art Workshop; please email Gail



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Melanie Young – Visual Artist and Workshop Leader

Melanie YoungI am an experienced arts practitioner and have extensive experience working in schools with all age groups.  I have been a professional artist and workshop leader for over twenty years.  I have exhibited widely in the UK and have work in collections in the UK, Europe and Australia.  I have been involved in a variety of community and educational art projects including Global Gardens Project, Arts Response and The Art of Money Skills and have worked with organisations such as The Eden Project, RIO and Arts for Health Cornwall.

E –  melanie@watergatefarm.com


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Christopher Nixon – Visual Artist

Chris is a freelance community artist with wide experience in organizing and running creative workshops and events and for the last fifteen years has worked and performed in festivals, community, theatre, education, and outdoor celebration throughout Cornwall and elsewhere e.g. City of Lights – Truro.  Golowan – Penzance.

Primarily a visual artist he originally trained as a painter but now works predominantly in 3-D

Chris uses most materials but specializes in working with recycled materials and enjoys turning the mundane and discarded into things new, ideally quirky (sometimes mechanical) and hopefully comical.

He is currently researching the mathematical/geometrical principles that underlie pattern and movement in Nature.


E-mail: cjo.nixon@gmail.com

Mobile: 07734722520

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Sarah Gatter – Colour Monkeys

Colour Monkeys is a series of children’s art workshops for children aged 4-9yrs. We explore junk sculpture making, printmaking, painting and clay work.  Colour Monkeys also provides art making in an educational and developmental learning context.

All workshops are facilitated by Sarah Gatter, who has a PGCE (with QTLS) for teaching in schools and colleges, as well as recently completing an MA in Twentieth Century Art & Design (2012).  Sarah is passionate that art is accessible for everyone and establishes this approach in a variety of community arts and participant led arts projects.

Email   sarah.gatter@yahoo.co.uk

Web   Sarah Gatter

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Ali Roscoe – Eye Opener Arts

Having worked in the field of creative education for over 30 years I have vast experience of inspiring children and young people and unearthing their creative potential through exciting workshops and adventures.

My creative ideas emanate from my love of narrative and nature.  I take stories, overheard conversations and day to day observations and weave them into new beings through drawing, painting, collage and textiles.  I take simple words and they evolve into a 3D installation.  I never know what will happen, but something does!

I’m a recyclomaniac by the way, so whatever you throw away I will breathe new life into it.


E –  pcpurrs@hotmail.com


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Tony Minnion – Cloth of Gold

Tony is an artist who works with textiles exploring traditional and new technology.

He has extensive experience of running collaborative school art projects that combine active participation with impressive outcomes often in the form of large fabric banners, colourful outdoor wall panels and flags for public display.  Workshops introduce new creative techniques and processes, develop skills and share ideas that can be developed and sustained beyond the life of the project.  He is particularly skilled at working creatively with people and computers without getting bogged down with the technology.

E –  t.minnion@btinternet.com



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Nick Brennan – Cartoon Fun

Nick BrennanNick Brennan has been a professional cartoonist (for the Dandy & Beano) for over 20 years and runs cartoon drawing workshops.  These can last from an hour to a full day, and the children are encouraged to participate throughout, creating their own characters and, in longer workshops, writing stories for them which they then turn into comic strips.  All the techniques needed for the creation of a comic strip are covered – character creation, storyboarding, picture composition, speech bubbles, and sound effects – as well as looking at perspective, anthropomorphism and onomatopoeia!  The  workshops can also be tailored around topics that the children may be studying (eg Greek myths), but the emphasis is always on the children having fun!

Nick is CRB checked and has public liability insurance.




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Hazel McGregor – textile artist

finished mandalasmlI specialise in textile based projects, but can offer an exciting variety of artforms and creative ideas, fitting into any theme, event, or curriculum topic. Recent projects include flags, bunting, feltmaking, giant collages using recycled items, printmaking, book-making, mixed-media textures and surfaces, and environmental projects using natural materials.

I love to work on a large scale, creating group or individual projects, exploring colour, texture and pattern, and encouraging everyone I work with to have fun with creativity. I am Camborne based and have been a Community Artist for 13 years. I have a large store of equipment and materials that I can use for projects, and where possible I promote the use of natural, found or recycled items.

‘Hazel is absolutely fantastic, her workshops are vibrant, well organised and always pitched at the right level for the children. I can highly recommend her!’ (Geoff Smith, Headteacher Kehelland School)

E –  hazelmcgregor1@gmail.com

Download Hazel’s CV here Curriculum Vitae 2014


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