Currently I’m a Creative Associate as part of Creative Schools. Creative Schools is a flagship initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme to enable the creative potential of every child. Creative Schools is led by the Arts Council in partnership with the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, with support and input from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.
I have been working as a freelance arts educator and coordinator for over ten years for a range of organisations in England, Australia and Ireland. I’m passionate about a teaching practice that empowers people. I believe that those who gain the skills of questioning and exploration through art become confident in their own ability and consequently gain a thirst for learning. I set high expectations for all my students and ensure that each workshop has a range of achievable and aspirational outcomes.
My workshops often explore the themes of local/place, cultural identity and link socio-political issues to art education, which leads to increased group engagement, a positive learning environment, and celebrates each person as an individual.
My practice encompasses a wide range of media, including: video, painting, printmaking, sound editing, photography, collage, digital art, animation, sculpture and ceramics. I also facilitate performance, dance and physical theatre workshops.