Community and Adult Education

In this section you can find projects that I've worked on with various community groups, community arts peojects I've been involved with and adult education workshops and projects.


For more information or to find out about booking a session please contact me.


An Introduction to Natural Dyeing Workshop

September 2019

Myriad Studios, Carlisle


Carlisle Puppet Pageant 2019

June-September 2019

Prism Arts, Carlisle

Working with Carlisle Women's Group and Carlisle International Women's Groups to create two giant puppets and banners for the pageant parade.


Shadow Work Workshop and Talk

July 2019,

Random Stitchers of Cleveland, Guiseborough


Pictures in Fabrics and Threads

July 2019

RSPB Geltsdale

Bird Portraits: Hand Embroidery

April 2019

Haltwhistle Art Club

Textile Jewels: Machine Embroidery on Water-soluble Fabric

March and April 2019

Holm Sown, Castle Douglas

The Eden Workshop, Penrith

Creating beautiful butterfly inspired brooches using a sewing machine and soluble fabric.

Improvised Printing

January 2019

Myriad, Penrith

Using found objects to create unique prints to make into wrapping paper and cards.


New Light North: Sketchbook Making and Drawing

November 2018 and January 2019

Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle

Running alongside the New Light Prize exhibition I designed and delivered two workshops showing people how to make their own sketchbooks and start filling them with drawings.


Beautiful Recycling: Melted Plastic Decorations

November 2018

Myriad, Penrith

Workshop making decorations from melted plastic bags.


Machine Embroidery

September 2018, March and April 2019

Holm Sown, Castle Douglas

Machine embroidery and Applique workshop

Changing Impressions: Remembrance 100

August 2018

Cumbria's Museum of Military Life, Carlisle

A Frottage and Embroidery drop-in workshop.

Suffolk Puffs

July 2018

Stapleton WI, Cumbria

Demonstration and mini workshop

Pictures in Fabric and Thread

June 2018

The Eden Workshop, Penrith

Textile workshop exploring texture, colour and composition.

Textile Hangings Inspired by Nature

April 2018

RSPB Geltsdale Visitor Centre

Textiles workshop run alongside my 'Wingspan' exhibition.

Embellishing Printed Fabric Workshop

February 2018

Dumfries and District Embroiderers Guild, Dumfries

Inventive Sketchbooks

September 2017

Brampton Art and Craft Club, Brampton

November 2017

Myriad Studio, Penrith

July 2018

Cloud9 Gallery, Dumfries

Machine Embroidery Workshops

Various dates 2017, 2018 and 2019

The Eden Workshop, Penrith

Bird Portraits Workshops

June and July 2017

RSPB Geltsdale, Cumbria

Textiles workshop

Embellishing Printed Fabric Workshop

April 2017

Brampton Art and Craft Club, Brampton

Suffolk Puffs

April 2017

Warwick Bridge WI Group, Warwick on Eden

Demonstration and workshop.

Lead Artist: Somme 100 Commemorative Quilt

August-November 2016

Cumbria's Museum of Military Life, Carlisle, Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle, Helena Thompson Museum, Workington

A partnership project between Prism Arts and Cumbria's Museum of Military Life. We worked with schools and community groups to make patches to create a commemorative quilt for the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.  The work was unfurled on Armistice Day at Carlisle Castle.

Artists Talk: Interconnectedness

July 2016

Appleby Textile Group, Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria

A talk about my art practice and my participatory practice and how the two influence one another

Embellishing Printed Fabrics Workshop

July 2016

Appleby Textile Group, Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria

Drawing Workshop: Hands

June 2016

Carlisle and Borders Art Society, Carlisle

A practical workshop to help people improve their techniques for drawing hands.

Making Mini Banners: Textile Workshop

April 2016

Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle

Taught Life Drawing Session

April 2016

Carlisle and Borders Art Society, Carlisle

Hand Embroidery: Embellishing Printed Fabrics Workshop

February 2016

Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery

Shadow-Work Workshop

February 2016

The Cumberland Branch of The Embroiderers Guild, Carlisle

Artists Talk

May 2015

Tullie House Museum and Gallery, Carlisle

Along with four other artists I was invited to talk about my work and how I had been influenced by the work of Anselm Kiefer.


Engage: Artists Rooms Project Talk and Workshop

May 2015

Tullie House Museum and Gallery, Carlisle

As part of the Artists Room project I was asked to talk to members of Engage (an organisation promoting education in galleries and museums) about the Skyground project and I also delivered a sketchbook making workshop.


Quintinshill Memorial Quilt Project

May 2015

Train Station, Carlisle

I planned this participatory project to help commemorate the centenary of the Quintinshill Rail Disaster. People at the station were invited to draw or stitch a forget me not (symbol of eternal memory) onto a train ticket. I then sewed all the tickets together to make a quilt.


Kiefer Inspired Landscape: Museums at Night

May 2015

Art Gallery Take-over for Museums at Night Event at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery. This year I ran a project encouraging visitors to help create a giant canvas based on the Cumbrian landscape and inspired by Kiefer's work.


Mixed Media Book Making workshop

February 2015

Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle

A mixed media book making workshop for art educators inspired by the work of artist Anselm Kiefer. This workshop focused on how the educators could adapt my projects for their different groups.


Crafty Hens Tutor


Various locations

I deliver various creative sessions for a variety of groups, mostly hen parties. Sessions include Textile Decorations and Fascinator making. All the sessions are planned and organised by The Crafty Hen.


Tullie Textiles Group


Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle

I run this informal social crafting group once a month, the group is open to anyone. Each month I demonstrate a different textile technique.


Embroidery and Appliqué Workshop

July 2014

The Hut, Brampton Community Centre, Brampton

Organising and delivering a hand embroidery and appliqué workshop for adult learners.


Fancy Dress Life Drawing: The Steam Punk Circus

May 2014

Art Gallery Take-over for Museums at Night Event at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery


Mixed Media Vessels Workshop
March 2014
Cumbria Adult Education and Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle

A CPD workshop for Art and Design Adult Education tutors looking at using mixed media to develop surfaces and make vessels.


Keswick Lantern Parade

October 2013

New Arts North, Keswick

I worked with two other artists to help make four giant mythical horse lanterns based on designs from local school children. Made of willow and tissue paper the giant horses were paraded for Keswick's Christmas light switch on and again for Carlisle's 2014 puppet pageant.


Carlisle Pageant Puppet Parade
August 2013
Impecunious, Carlisle with Chester Summer Watch

Organising and delivering workshops with a range of community groups leading to a giant puppet parade in Carlisle.


Tote Bag Making Workshop
June 2013
Creative Wellbeing, Carlisle YMCA

Fancy Dress Life Drawing
May 2013
Art Gallery Take-over for Museums at Night Event at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery


Taught Life Drawing Session

June 2012

Carlisle and Border Arts Society, Carlisle

Planning and delivering a life drawing session.


Impecunious, Co-Chair person

Impecunious Carlisle was a not for profit creative arts collective based in North Cumbria. Established in 2010, the group existed to promote and facilitate the creation of community arts events. Comprised of practitioners from a range of artistic disciplines we to initiated and delivered engaging and inclusive projects.

Life Drawing Organiser
September 2011-Present

Organising and delivering regular life drawing sessions in the local community.


Knit and Natter


MMU Student Union, Manchester

I helped set up and run a knitting group and taught many people to knit. We met in a variety of places including bars and parks to help promote our group and interest in knitting.

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