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The House of Fairy Tales - The Time Traveller's Ironbridge Quest

A specially commissioned project at Ironbridge Gorge Museums in 2015

Our Shifting Worlds

Pupils of Coalbrookdale & Ironbridge CE Primary School visit the Shifting Worlds exhibition with artist Megan Clark-Bagnall

The Talking Wall

Pupils of William Brookes School took part in a project about Clare Woods' artwork, Brick Field

Susie MacMurray - Blur

A commissioned artwork with Hereford College of Arts for the Family Arts Festival 2016

Creative Practitioners

 

Meadow Arts works with a group of talented, regionally-based artists to create projects for schools, colleges, universities and partner venues.      

Click on a name to find more details about the artist:

Jean Atkin

Hannah Day

Sarah Edwards

Megan Evans

Sally Harper

Claire Hilton

Verity Howard

Andrew Howe

Jill Impey

Jaime Jackson

Lindsey Kennedy

Kay Mullett

Fliss O'Neill

Emily Price

Kate Raggett

Mark Riley

Jamila Walker

Emily Wilkinson

Jon Williams

Melanie Woodhead

 

 

 

Jon Williams

As a child, Jon loved drawing and messing about with clay in the garden. At the age of 15, he encountered the head of his local art-school and in a blinding revelation realised that ‘art’ could be a job!

He studied in Swindon & then Bath, his experience culminating in a 1st class degree in ceramics and 3D design. Whilst at Art School he met his future wife and fellow potter Sarah Monk and in 1994 they moved to Herefordshire and founded Eastnor Pottery.

Current practice includes delivering clay workshops to the Arts, Education and Business. As well as working with groups and individuals at their studio, he travels all over the West Midlands and beyond working with people, all ages and abilities, exploring and developing their creativity via the medium of clay. He regularly works in early years settings, schools, children's centres, libraries, art galleries, businesses and prominent organisations.

eastnorpottery.co.uk

Kay Mullett

Kay is a ceramic artist making collaborative pieces with adults who have learning disabilities to promote and sell the work that they create; her practice is emerging alongside this facilitating role, often taking inspiration from the participants of workshops she offers.

She often works with groups of participants who have little access to the arts, for them art often has a therapeutic value. They produce artwork in a context from their backgrounds and experiences, using their art and creative pieces of work to communicate with an audience.

She has a 2:1 in Art in a Social Context from Dartington College of Arts, she has worked in the arts since graduating working with: Wolf and Water, Worcester Arts Workshop, The Kitchen Cabinet, Care Ceramics CIC, Inspiring Futures through the Arts and as a Meadow Arts Creative Practioner.

www.facebook.com/CareCeramics

Andrew Howe

Andrew is an artist and project director based in Shrewsbury, working solo and in collaboration with other practitioners and community groups.   His artist practice includes painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, books and digital media.  He uses walking and mapping to explore how people interact with places, informed by over 30 years’ experience in engineering and environmental consultancy.  He seeks to reveal hidden narratives and conducts practice-led research on subjects including inhabiting places, relationships between sites, the everyday, land ownership and public or private space.

He is a founding member of Cinderloo1821, a community organisation raising awareness of the Cinderloo Uprising, an industrial protest that took place almost 200 years ago in Dawley, now part of Telford.  For this project, Andrew organised a range of public arts events, commissioned new work, and led an educational programme developed in partnership with Historic England’s Heritage Schools in Telford. 

www.andrew-howe.com

Jean Atkin

Jean has worked as a freelance poet and writer in education and community projects since 2011, she is a widely published and award-winning poet and writer whose work has been featured and commissioned for BBC Radio. 

Her latest collection is ‘How Time is in Fields’ (IDP 2019), she creates lively, inventive workshops for schools, community groups, festivals, libraries and museums. She has led regular children’s creative writing groups for Writing West Midlands for the last six years. She has worked on projects in collaboration with organisations such as English Heritage, The Arvon Foundation, Rural Media and the Royal Voluntary Service.

Jean is currently poet in residence at Hargate Primary School in West Bromwich, Troubadour of the Hills for Ledbury Poetry Festival and Malverns AONB, and in 2019 was BBC Local Poet for Shropshire for National Poetry Day. 

www.jeanatkin.com

Mark Riley

Mark is a Community Artist, and since graduating with a BA (Hons) in Visual Arts & Art History in 1993 he has worked in a variety of settings with diverse participants and partners, including schools, children’s centres, and within the community.

He delivers training for public and voluntary sector organisations and holds C&G 7307 Stage 1, Arts Award Assessor (Discovery & Explore), and Level 3 Forest School Leader qualifications.

His work revolves around helping people think, helping them make sense of where they are and providing an opportunity to express these things. He has investigated using open-ended activities lead by children to encourage visualising ideas and also both creative and critical thinking.

www.creative-states.co.uk 

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Jill Impey

Jill studied textiles at Bradford University and completed a Masters in Fine Art at Staffordshire University. From university, she was involved in setting up PINKFISH, design and print cooperative in Bradford. She moved into teaching ESOL and printmaking in Leicester, then Art and Design at Shrewsbury College, until 2015 when she co-founded Participate Contemporary Artspace CIC.

She works with moving image and installation; often generated from a participatory process of creative workshops, around themes of interconnectedness, heritage, migration and nature. She is part of re:collect, artists working in heritage contexts.

Commissioned/funded projects include: beinghumanproject, The Elephant in the Room Conversations, The Beat of the Butterflies’ Wings, An Undertaking, Cinderloo1821.

jillimpey.co.uk

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Melanie Woodhead

Melanie is an artist based in Worcestershire whose work has been rooted in art and education practices for over 20 years. This has encompassed teaching Fine Art on Further and Higher education courses and her work as a creative practitioner delivering visual art workshops and residencies in schools, museums and art galleries.

Her creative practice is intertwined with her daily life and location, particularly the interrelationship of her house, garden and the woods beyond her garden fence.  As such the work has become increasingly site-specific, documented largely through photography, forming an emerging narrative of her sense of place within the location, how she learns from the nonhuman presences there and finding wonder in the everyday.

In 2018, she completed the MA Arts & Education Practices course at BCU and she continues to explore how the conditions for creativity and learning flourish in the space between familiar and unfamiliar territory.

www.artandgardening.wordpress.com

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Jamila Walker

Jamila is a Shropshire based art worker and exhibiting artist she has community art experience with individuals of all ages. Devising, running, managing budgets, evaluating and curating supporting exhibitions, developing resources for art sessions and projects. She has collaborated with various galleries, schools, mental health hospitals, and museums, amongst other organisations.

She believes that art can transform and empower people; giving a “voice” to those who find it hard to express themselves verbally and in written form. Community Art promotes inclusion, creativity, empathy and respect. She aims to allow participants to make their own choices and control their time within her projects/sessions.

She is passionate about promoting wellbeing, especially for those people who are most vulnerable. To her creativity is a fun, expressive, important, social, and experimental way to explore this.

www.jamilawalker.webeden.co.uk

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Sally Harper

For over 25 years Sally has been working with schools and community groups, delivering tailored projects in textiles, sculpture and fine art. Projects have included work with Early Years children creating exciting environments using light and shadow projection, large scale painting, outdoor sculptures and offering open-ended activities.

Eco-fashion shows, felt panels, glass painted murals and batik hangings with primary children, young enterprise schemes with special needs students and textile banners and 3D sculpture with local community groups to name a few.

She loves to adapt, and trial new techniques making every project exciting and dynamic, allowing for new ideas to develop and evolve. Sally is also a successful milliner, creating bespoke headwear for weddings, the races and social occasions.

www.sharper-arts.co.uk

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Verity Howard

Verity is a ceramic artist who responds to subjects surrounding people, history and places. By creating slab-built works she captures feelings, moods, atmospheres and a sense of place. The forms Verity creates are contemplative, using clay as a medium for drawing and monoprinting. It is important to Verity that the form of her work is integral to the subject she is responding to. That surface and form work together to create a successful and harmonious composition.

Verity has won numerous awards and exhibits both nationally and internationally including at the IV. International Ceramics Triennial UNICUM, Slovenia (2018) and at Ceramic Art London, King’s Cross (2019).

Key to Verity’s practice is her work running ceramics workshops in the community and in educational settings. Verity is passionate about Arts for Health and is the Pottery Tutor at Herefordshire Headway where she teaches adults with head injuries or acquired brain injuries.

www.verityhowardceramics.com

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Lindsey Kennedy

Originally, Lindsey trained as a jeweller and silversmith but now works as mosaic maker out of a small studio in Shrewsbury. Between changing disciplines, she also trained as a primary school teacher working in a wide range of schools in KS1 - although she finds that her different careers have many links to design and making. She subsequently moved into museum and gallery education, and she still delivers art and history sessions for schools at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery.

Education projects delivered in schools have covered mosaic-making, textiles, fine art and clay, both with whole-schools and working with classes or small groups. Her approach is very collaborative with the children at the heart of the project, carefully planned with clear outcomes plus the all-important enjoyment of creating.

www.lindseykennedy.com

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Megan Evans

Megan works predominantly with litter collected from the natural environment, using the medium of collagraph printmaking.  Her workshops remove litter from coast and countryside and aim to engage service users with the environmental challenges we are all facing.

Megan's sessions are an opportunity for participants to handle litter creatively - items of litter are treated as collagraph ‘plates’ and are inked up, rubbed down, and sent through a hand-operated roller press.  The resulting shapes and textures help to inform participants’ designs and are often developed with different mediums.

Besides the environmental significance of the materials used, it is often the process itself that offers the greatest reward, proving to be a therapeutic use of the hands and mind.  Although we are often working towards a visual outcome, Megan values the process of getting there as much as the creations themselves.

www.onyourbeach.co.uk

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Emily Wilkinson

Emily Wilkinson is a Welsh-borders based creative, poet and yoga teacher. She creates and delivers arts, health and community projects, writes poetry and makes books. She has worked with youth projects, schools, the elderly, and those experiencing mental health issues.

As a wellbeing practitioner, Emily teaches yoga in Oswestry and its surrounding areas. She considers physical movement to be part of her creative practice. Emily is interested in spaces for artistic wellbeing and has recently co-founded Raven Studios in Shrewsbury under MakeSpace Arts & Wellbeing CIC.

She is part of arts & health collective Elixir Arts and the Meadow Arts creative practitioner network.

www.emilywilkinson.net

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Fliss O'Neill

Fliss joined Meadow arts in January 2018 and has completed a number of projects in schools and community settings. She is a trained art teacher with years of experience working with children and young adults from different educational backgrounds, including five years with SEN.

Her passion is to inspire and nurture confidence through making art; she enjoys an explorative approach to creating artwork. Drawn in particular to the decorative arts, she appreciates functionality as well as the aesthetic qualities of surface design & decoration.

Her teaching and planning encourage curiosity and enquiry, instilled with the message that there are no wrong answers when making art. Teaching through a range of disciplines, she works primarily in ceramics, print, drawing, mixed media and collage.

instagram.com/flissoneill

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Kate Raggett

Kate is a Herefordshire based Land and Environmental Artist who makes earthwork drawings using natural found materials to express the sensation and deeper experience of being in the landscape. The earthwork drawings are temporary, site-specific works made in direct response to the rhythms and patterns of the materials used and land they are sited within. The drawings are not preconceived but emerge in the moment of their making following the flow of their natural environment.

As well as exhibiting her work Kate undertakes public and private commissions. Kate also runs public events inviting people of all ages and abilities to participate in making community earthwork drawings together which often take the form of large-scale mandalas. The aim of the workshops is to help people find a greater connection to the land and to re-discover their ability to play on a creative level.

www.kateraggett.com

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Emily Price

Price is interested in the flexibility of meaning, observation of cultural change and preservation of history. She works in two ways, first as an ethnographer and cultural archaeologist by physically exploring the land and the people that inhabit it, re-presenting discoveries in thought-provoking immersive, and visceral ways; from durational video and sound installation to performance, sculpture and happenings.

She also adapts to the role of initiator, facilitator and catalyst, offering an alternative use of art by adopting creative thinking to offer solutions to social and political issues. 

She studied for both a BA & MA at Goldsmiths and also for an MA in Fine Art Sculpture at the Royal College of Art.

www.emily-price.co.uk

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Sarah Edwards

Sarah Edwards has a background in Theatre, Visual Arts and Installation. She is fascinated by the way people interact with their surroundings, and says ‘we are all born with natural curiosity artwork should bring this out in us’. She loves working on collaborative art pieces in schools and community settings. This idea of working together gives a  sense of achievement, unity and can have amazing outcomes.

She has recently completed two commissions for the National Trust, one of which supported the tapestries of Grayson Perry and his exploration of masculinity and challenging peoples perception of Art, Society, History and culture.

Sarah has worked as a creative practitioner for the last 12 years, winning ‘The Big Draw’ international drawing competition in 2018 for work in a Primary School.  Over the summer months, Sarah works nationwide facilitating creative spaces for festivals and events under the name ‘Spare Room Arts’ which strives to deliver creative arts workshops in the most unlikely settings! 

www.spareroomarts.co.uk

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Jaime Jackson

Jaime Jackson is a moving image/digital & relational artist and visual art producer. His work explores the gap, distance and separation from the natural world that many people experience today.

Jaime uses new digital technologies (AR, motion capture, photographic editing, moving image) as well as traditional visual art media to work with communities and collaborate with scientists and researchers within the Biophilic City Network to develop methodologies of practice around process based Biomimicry and Biophilia (love of nature and learning from nature to solve contemporary human problems).

He develops art practice to communicate scientific policy advice and scientific insights to society and industry in ways that they can understand and in so doing make an important contribution to innovation and sustainable development.

www.jaimejackson.org

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Claire Hilton

Claire Hilton is a freelance arts in health professional and qualified Art Therapist who lives in Worcester. Having completed a Fine Art Degree in Leicester and MA in Art Therapy in Derby, Claire's practice as a mixed media artist and Art Therapist bridges teaching and therapeutic artistic approaches with adults and young people in different community and statutory settings. As Regional Co-ordinator for the British Association for Art Therapists, Claire regularly makes artwork and exhibits in the county and beyond working in many forms and media from paint and paper to more 3D assemblage and found object work. Claire regularly contributes and coordinates creative events with her freelance business 'Creating Space'  and works as a provider for mental health services across the county covering Warwickshire, Coventry and Worcestershire.

www.CreatingSpaceSessions.com

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Hannah Day

A recent graduate of Hereford College of Arts, completing a BA in Contemporary Design Crafts, Hannah has several years of experience bringing workshops to children and adults in various settings.  Most recently she has delivered pop-up workshops at Weir Garden (National Trust), and has run regular craft club sessions for children under the name Laughing Betsy. Her specialism is ceramics, producing concept-driven hand-built clay pieces using found objects as a starting point, although her workshops cover collage, mixed media, textiles and many other areas.

Hannah’s own practice relates to our belongings and their importance to us, and she has a particular interest in projects which facilitate the exploration of evocative objects as memory prompts and aids to self-understanding.  She also enjoys engaging with children and young people, encouraging every participant to explore their own creativity in the belief that art is for everyone. 

Instagram: @hannahdayceramics

 www.hannahday.co.uk

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