BA Hons Printed Textiles Middlesex
PGCE Secondary Goldsmiths
Francesca is a Textile designer, lecturer and workshop facilitator. She has over 20 years experience of delivering high quality creative activities in London and Kent. She has worked with People United on the Kind Town Project and for Stour Valley Arts as an artist workshop facilitator for 6 years.
Francesca has set up and successfully funded several projects through grant applications. Most recently she founded Fable & Base in 2014 which was funded through a RSA Kickstarter campaign and European funding. Francesca’s aim is to reduce the environmental impact of textiles. She is currently working on an Ideas Test funded project delivering workshops that engage the community in the natural environment and exploring natural dyes.Artists' Website
BA Hons in Three Dimensional Design Ceramics.
P.G.C.E Art and Design, Artsmark Award, Arts Award
Martin has thirty years experience with site specific theatre group Welfare State International. He has created art works throughout the British Isles on beaches, in woodlands, city centres and galleries, including the building and firing of sculptural kilns at Tate Modern, National Theatre and for the Gold medal winning potters garden at Chelsea last year.
Martin has fifteen years experience working with Stour Valley Arts, maintaining the sculptures in the forest and working as workshop leader and educator.
Andy works across the fields of Architecture and Landscape, as a designer, artist and educator. He studied Architecture at Manchester Metro University, followed by a post graduate diploma at KIAD Canterbury, which led to 10 years of working within the profession. With a strong interest in the landscape his professional practise has since focused on ‘place making’ projects, working with both urban and natural environments. As an educator, his emphasis is on engaging people in the landscape through ‘hands-on’ art and design exploratory experiences.
Tracey Falcon is an artist and arts professional with many years experience of working with community groups in diverse locations starting with youth groups and Vietnamese refugees in Hong Kong in the mid 1990’s. She spent a number of years as a practitioner and lead agent with the Creative Partnerships programme, working with a range of ages and groups including SEN and PRU settings.
Tracey worked with Stour Valley Arts as a practitioner and project manager, regularly works with Turner Contemporary and often works with the Canterbury Museums and People United. She is currently working on an arts council funded project collaborating with a musician and film maker connecting Margate with Canterbury. Tracey has a successful record of grant applications, match funding and in kind support.
Tracey’s practice is about making connections – connecting ideas to materials and people to locations through the natural materials and resources available at a specific site. Her Already Read series of work uses newspaper to comment on the tension between man and nature and the impermanence of meaning. She created a floating art gallery in a collaboration with Whitstable Yacht Club, called White Horses Whitstable.
Tracey has a BA in Fine Art, an MA in Arts Criticism and is taking a PhD at UKC studying public art and social engagement. She regularly does outreach work for the University of Kent.
Hope Fitzgerald is a freelance artist, photographer and filmmaker. Hope’s photography and video production skills allow her to work in an observational unobtrusive documentary style to tell stories through photographs, moving image, and sound, creatively capturing the essence of educational and engagement programmes.
Hope’s film Down Time was distributed with Lucy Medhurst’s 2012 research publication Science Nature and Identity – Understanding the Value of Experiential Learning in a Land Art Context.
Hope has worked with Stour Valley Arts, KCC, Artswork Bridge, Royal Opera House Bridge, Royal Opera House/Thurrock County Council and Turner Contemporary, using video to provide both a powerful tool for advocacy of an organisation’s work and valuable evidence for research and funders. Hope has an MA Fine Art (Distinction) and PGCE.Artists' Website
A nature-lover, Gemma is passionate about working in and taking inspiration from, the natural environment.
”In a world dominated by technology, it’s a rare and valuable opportunity to share the experience of being creative in nature, bringing people together in a magical way.”
With a background in Fine Art and having developed her skills to embrace more craft-based mediums, Gemma enjoys working with a range of techniques, including drawing, printing, painting, collage, model-making, ceramics and appliqué. Since 2002, Gemma has been devising and delivering creative workshops and projects – as well as coordinating them – with a wide range of audiences, especially in Museums and Galleries and local outreach centres, often inspired by their outside spaces. Gemma has worked regularly with: children of all ages, schools. families, Young People, Older People, Vulnerable Adults, people with Dementia and Alzheimer’s, community, Special Educational Needs, ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) and Blind and Partially Sighted groups.
Lucy Medhurst is Strategic Manager for Artswork in its role as Bridge organisation for the South East and with responsibility for the Kent area. Lucy was previously Head of Education for Stour Valley Arts (SVA) for eight years, where she developed a high quality education programme in response to site specific commissions, including “Marks Measures Maps and Mind” with South East Dance and Turner Contemporary and Matthew King’s “King’s Wood Symphony” with Wigmore Hall and Trinity Guildhall. Following a place on engage’s Extend leadership programme, she was Acting Director during SVA’s transition into NPO status.
Lucy designed and developed the Down Time five-year action-research training project; part of the national Chances 4 Change initiative, focusing on wellbeing. SVA worked with a variety of disengaged and disadvantaged young people including Young Carers, Young Offenders, a Health Referral Unit, special schools and transition groups. Her research is published as Science Nature and Identity – Understanding the Value of Experiential Learning in a Land Art Context
Prior to this, Lucy worked for South Kent Education Business Partnership, as a freelance artist educator in schools and housing associations and is also a qualified wall paintings conservator. Lucy brings her expertise to the group in an advisory, mentoring and fundraising capacity.Artists' Website
Tim Norris graduated in 1995 from Sculpture at Canterbury School of Art. He has since undertaken commissions and residencies for both private and public collections throughout Britain, Europe and America. His work can be found at the Grizedale Forest, Stour Valley Arts, and along the Irwell Sculpture Trail. Tim specializes in large scale outdoor sculpture made from natural materials. He was awarded a student bursary by Stour Valley Arts in 1994, creating a piece for the forest, and has been involved as technical support for a number of the commissioned artists in King’s Wood. Tim has been leading workshops in King’s Wood since SVA started. He is a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors.Artists' Website
Chris says: ‘Making artwork in the outdoors is such a joy and provides a completely different experience to working in an indoor setting – scale, colour, sound and smell play such an important part in how ideas are conceived and developed’.
Working collaboratively with Evelyn Bennett, Chris’s practice is very varied, using a wide range of materials such as stone, wood, metal and fibreglass, in different scales from the monumental to the intimate, and in public spaces and galleries. Their work also extends to collage, sound and performance and uses colour and surface imagery as an integral element.
Over the years they have worked with all age groups in schools and universities, devising short and long-term projects using all manner of resources and approaches.Artists' Website
A practising artist with a fascination for natural history, Amanda has a BA in Painting, a post-graduate diploma in Painting at the Royal Academy Schools and was awarded a painting Scholarship at the British School at Rome. Her work can be found in many private and some public collections. Working with an experimental approach, Amanda enjoys engaging people from all backgrounds and ages in both the dynamic and intricate elements of landscape and natural forms through open-ended drawing, painting, writing and playing with materials; where the learner is at the heart of their learning experience.Artists' Website
Laura Thomas is a practising artist who uses photography and printmaking. Laura has a BA in photography and recently completed an MA in photography at LCC. Laura has an interest in nature, human presence & relationships; her work can be found in the millennium photographic library and she has been exhibited at a number of galleries across Kent & London. Laura is trained to Gold level in delivering Arts Award to young people and works regularly within schools delivering these courses. Laura worked with Stour Valley Arts for 15 years, delivering workshops and managing projects.
Sara Wicks’ practice draws on narratives, usually inspired either by life events or by the natural environment. She works in a variety of media and makes drawings and collages alongside delicate three- dimensional paper based constructions. Although the fragility of these sculptural pieces usually necessitates internal installation, Sara has also been commissioned to make outdoor work. She has exhibited widely in the UK and in northern Europe, with work represented in numerous public and private collections.
Alongside her own practice, Sara has worked as a sessional lecturer at University for the Creative Arts at Canterbury since 2003, teaching on the Fine Art BA and the Foundation Course. She is a Board member for the Whitstable Biennale and for Limbo in Margate, as well as being a member of Resort studios. She has worked as an artist educator for Stour Valley Arts and Turner Contemporary since 2005, as well as undertaking short term residencies for galleries in conjunction with exhibitions of her work. Most recently Sara was commissioned to make The Beaney Broadsheet for The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge in Canterbury, using contributions from members of the public to form a series of newspapers celebrating the library and museum collections.Artists' Website