Employment History

Teaching

I have been employed on several occasions during the PhD to teach at undergraduate level. This has included lectures to foundation art students through to final year degree students from fine art, illustration, textiles and other creative disciplines, on topics such as craftivism and practice as research. I have also provided practical sessions for students to engage in making as well as theory.

Blog Designer and Administrator – LALU – Look-A-Ladies-Ukulele – July 2015 – May 2016

Look-a-Ladies-Ukulele (LALU!) was a music and visual arts based project led by Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust in partnership with Peepul Enterprise. The project was designed to boost the health and wellbeing of women living across Leicester and Leicestershire.

My job entailed the setting up and maintenance of a blog that documented the activities of the project from the music workshops, art workshops to the live performances. Data collected through the blog was used as part of the analysis and evaluation of the projects success.

Project Co-ordinator – Charnwood Arts The Big Knitting Group – Our Knitted Story – July 2014 – July 2015

A year-long research project which culminated in an exhibition at Charnwood Museum in June/July 2015. I helped collect the research, interviewing practitioners and participants about their craft as well as running a number of workshops and assisting with the curation of the exhibition.

Artist and workshop leader – Charnwood Arts RawArt Group – FLotsam and Jetsam – January 2015 – May 2015

Employed to plan and run 8 creative workshops on the theme of Flotsam and Jetsam and comparisons with people, and societies’ perceptions of mental health service users – workshops included wire manipulation, sculpture, drawing, print making and paper making.

The aim of the project was to stage an artistic project involving service users of the RawArt fine art group in Loughborough. The project culminated in the production of a touring exhibition of inspirational artworks.

The exhibition demonstrated the talent that exists within our mental health community and toured from Charnwood Museum in Loughborough to The Glenvale Gallery at The Bradgate Mental Health Unit and The Westcotes Health Centre Reception Gallery.

Artist – In These Shoes – 15th January 2015 – 27th February 2015

I was invited to add my own artistic contribution to a previous textiles project run at Glebe House in Loughborough. As well as contributing my own artwork I have also been employed to sew the artworks together for exhibition at the Peepul Centre in Leicester at the end of March 2015.

Sales Assistant – Loughborough Student’s Union Art Shop – September 2010 – 2015

Responsibilities included serving customers in a courteous and friendly manner with any enquiries, checking deliveries, and upholding the general maintenance of the shop including cleaning, filling shelves, date checking grocery goods and stock taking. I also took on extra duties including ordering essential art/office supplies, training student staff and acting as key holder in the absence of the supervisor.

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