I am committed to ongoing professional development through research, attending seminars and conferences and networks. I also incorporate opportunities for networking, skill sharing and collaboration in the projects that I develop and manage. This has recently included a series of creative sharing sessions as part of the Boundary Way Project. Development and sharing opportunities I have set up include; sustainable practice – the arts and climate change, experimenting with plant dyes, digital photography in the landscape, land art, an introduction to mycology, exploring sense of place and literature and the garden as sanctuary.
Previous experience of creating professional development opportunities for artists includes a role as course leader for a long term programme of support at Wolverhampton Adult Education Service, talks and courses for Wolverhampton University and a commission to deliver creative business support for Coventry University.
- Julie’s Bicycle Improving Biodiversity Webinar, May 2019. Available here.
- Leadership Open Space Talk for Arts Connect 2018, Building Resilience as a Freelance Creative Producer.
- Working as a Self Employed Artist with Grain, for Wolverhampton University 2018 to BA Photography degree students
Between 2014 and 2016 as part of a commission for Creative Enterprise at Coventry University I set up Creative Monday, a monthly network for artists and creative businesses in Wolverhampton. This event brought together creative people with various backgrounds for mutual support and sharing with visiting speakers and roving venues.
Creative Connections/ Steps to Self Employment: Professional Development Programme for Artists
Between 1999 and 2016, as a part time tutor for Wolverhampton Adult Education Service I led an innovative programme that helped artists from across the West Midlands working in various disciplines develop the theory and practice of setting up their own business. I set up regular exhibitions to showcase artist’s work and built a strong network with the regional arts sector through a programme of guest speakers, visits and partnerships.
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Making Art History
I devised and led this project which was a partnership between Wolverhampton Adult Education Service and the National Trust at Wightwick Manor. The idea behind it was to invite artist’s responses to the fascinating history of this Arts and Crafts property and it’s legacy both seen and unseen. The project provided professional development experience for artists through behind the scenes exploration of the property and engagement with a range of visiting specialists. The development of the project and the presentation of the work integrated to this unique setting. The final outcome was a rich and diverse collection of work which uncovered some intriguing and unexpected stories about the Manor’s past.