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If you are interested in licensing any of my designs then please contact me through my About page.

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Owner and designer of Penelope Designs.

Studio practice – East Side Studios, Digbeth High Street, Birmingham.

Member of Craft Courses (craftcourses.com)

My interests include travelling in the Far East, India, and Europe, visiting art galleries, dancing, cinema, theatre and live music.

Current Employment

Lead Artist at Art in the park Textile Project, Lightswoods Park, Sandwell

Visiting Tutor on Foundation and BA Art and Design courses (All Levels)

Freelance Artist and Textile Designer practising at Eastside studios in Digbeth, Birmingham.

Artist lead creative workshops 2007-2017

 

Qualifications

MA Textile Design (Distinction) – Birmingham City University 2014-16

MA Fine Art – University of Central England (now Birmingham City University) 1995-97

Honorary Fellowship – Bath College of Higher Education 1994-95

First Class Honours Degree Creative Arts – Bath College of Higher Education – Thesis, Aboriginal Art, in relation to the Social and Political context. 1990-1994

Teaching Qualifications

Further and Adult Education Teachers Certificate (7307) – City and Guilds.

Dip.Ed Certificate of Education, Years 1 and 2 B.Ed.

R.S.A. certificate in Teaching of Exercise to Music

Teaching Observation Feedback - Outstanding

DBS Enhanced certificate up to date

Professional Training

Member of Protocol Professionals 2017

LSIS Training programmes Equality and Diversity Jan 2011

OFSTED Training September 2010

SITS Training July 2010

CLAIT RSA Level One 2002

Professional Experience

Lecturer Full Time and Coordinator Part Time Edexcel Foundation in Art and Design 1997-2014.

Freelance artist in fine art and textile design.

B.C.U. BIAD - EDEXCEL Foundation Studies Co-ordinator - First Year Part time Students, BIAD and drawing tutor to the full time foundation students.

Exhibition of paintings, The Custard Factory, Birmingham November 2011

Exhibition of paintings Central Birmingham February 2011

Eastside Studio Artist Lead Group December 2010

Weekend Art workshop facilitator July 2008

P.G.C.E Mentor 2007 -2008

BA Elective lecturer specialising in Drawing Approaches and Practice. 2005 -2009

Central Youth Services, Youth and Arts Events, Workshop Leader, 2005

Midlands Art Centre, Michael Brennand-Wood Exhibition, Lead Artist, 2005

Dudley Hospital Trust – Make a book project – Craftspace-Touring exhibition, 2005

Boys Who Sew – Craft Council touring exhibition – lead artist for related workshops. Midlands Art Centre 2004.

The Big Draw – lead artist. Midlands Art Centre 2004.

East Side Studios Open and Launch September 2004

Midlands Art Centre, Alice Kettle Exhibition – leading associated workshops, 2004.

Midlands Art Centre – Dance Summer School, 2004.

Wilson Stuart School – Big Banner Project 2004 – funded be Creative Partnerships.

Book Communications – funded by Creative Partnerships for Wilson Stuart School, 2004

Litchfield Arts Festival – Set Designer, 2003.

Midlands Art Centre. “Red 62: Textile Group” Exhibition – Workshop, 2003.

Midlands Art Centre. David Hockney exhibition of Grimm’s Fairytales. Drawing and Printing project lead artist. Linked with a poet, 2003.

Smithwood School. 2D relief and 3D project using Figurative Forms, 2003.

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery with the Creative Arts Partnership. Special needs clients painting project, 2003.

Living Proof – Exhibition Gas Hall Birmingham – lead artist with Golden Hillock Secondary School in conjunction with  Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery 2002

City and Guilds Life Drawing Course Tutor, University of Central England, Bournville Campus, 2002.

Midlands Art Centre - Kei Ito:  Lead artist Fashion in Paper workshop. 2001

Midlands Art Centre – THE FIREBIRD  Assistant Painter 2001

Shenley Court Secondary School – “Flying High”, the launch of Shenley court Secondary School as a performing arts college. Sculptural kite project, 2001.

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery – Living Proof Project, 2000.

Millenibrum – 4 Galleries Project – Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, 2000.

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Freelance Visual Designer on Arthur and Coppelia productions as well as the Youth Dance Week. 2000.

Midlands Art Centre – Teaching teachers -Teachers as Artists project in association with Birmingham City Council Education Department 1999

 

West Midlands Exhibitions

2016

Coventry Open, Herbert Gallery, Coventry

 

Birmingham Exhibitions

2000-2014

RBSA Open

Custard Factory

Purple Gallery

Harborne Gallery

Four by Four Exhibition

Joint exhibition, RBSA

Gallery Nine, Brindley Place

Midlands Art Centre

Everyman Art Space

City Plaza

 

1998-1999

Fine Art Exhibition, U.C.E.

The Beatnik Gallery II

The Beatnik Gallery I

 

1996-1997

‘Small Portions’, The Works Gallery

Circo Gallery

The Bond Gallery

Habitat ‘Art in Store’

 

Bath Exhibitions

1992-1995

Windows Art Centre, Bath

Praxis Gallery, Bristol

Honorary Fellowship Exhibition, Bath

Tinstar Illustrations, Bath

May Art, Bath

Easter Art, Bath

Hot Bath Gallery, New Contemporaries

Two Man Show, Bradford-on-Avon                                       

Art to Go, Green Park Brasserie, Bath

Royal Victoria Gallery Student Prize, Bath

Degree Show, Bath College of Higher Education

Royal Victoria Gallery, Bath

 

Past Commissions

Paintings held in Private Collections – London, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Tokyo.

Jan 2000: Visual Designer, Queensbridge School – ‘Design a new uniform’.

Jan 2000: Artist in Residence, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery – Print Workshops.

Oct 1999 – Jan 2000: Shelter Housing ‘Homeless to Home’ Project – Changing Room Challenge.

Oct-Nov 1999: Mural Commission, Handsworth Wood Girls School – 20th Century Inventions

Sep 1999: BBC Choice Front Room – Gallery Feature