My Passion is working creatively – I have experience in Fine Art Painting, Photography, Film Making and Theatre and I like to try and involve an element of these in what I do as I believe working creatively can vastly improve peoples confidence.
My Purpose is to work creatively with people to help them gain confidence, motivation, self belief and develop new skills.
I gained a 2:1 in BA Hons Film and Media Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2009 and it was around this time that I became interested in Chinese Culture as I studied a module entitled ‘East vs West’. This lead me to base my dissertation on the work of renowned film director Zhang Yimou whose work comprises well known titles such as Hero and House of Flying Daggers as well as being responsible for the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics.
I have previously worked for an art Gallery in Manchester, The Centre for Contemporary Chinese Art (http://www.cfcca.org.uk/). I began volunteering for the organisation in March 2012, and then undertook an unpaid Internship April 2012 – December 2013 which led to me being offered the position of Education and Outreach Co-ordinator delivering the START Education program in January 2013.
Whilst involved in the delivery of the START education program, it was my responsibility to liaise with freelance artists and Schools to coordinate gallery exhibition visits and to organize and facilitate artist lead workshops both in a gallery and classroom setting. During my time with The Chinese Arts Centre, as well as working with Freelance artists, Community Mental Health and Wellbeing groups and Teachers I also engaged with school children. I worked with over 200 students of various ages and abilities from schools across Manchester. Each project spanned 2-3 months and so allowed me to witness, support and guide the students on an artistic journey that allowed them to access their creativity in new and innovative ways.
In May 2010, I undertook a work experience placement with BBC Blast based in Liverpool. BBC Blast is the BBC’s Youth Creativity Service aimed at 13-19 year olds. During this placement, I was given the role of Outreach Co-ordinator. I worked with others to plan and promote the event, man the reception desk, liaise with organizations throughout the various boroughs of Liverpool as well as with freelance artists. I also helped to support the workshops at the final event of the project; the Hub Festival.
I have also worked with The Odd Theatre Company (Offender Development through Drama). This Company is a non-profit organization committed to working creatively with vulnerable and excluded groups. The company works with young and adult offenders, in secure environments and institutions as well as young people who may have previously been excluded from mainstream education. They facilitate workshops, devise films and perform productions to boost the confidence, social skills and qualifications of their students for positive and realistic results. I worked with Odd Theatre Practitioners and YOT (Youth Offending Team) Workers to run the 2010 Unitas Summer Arts College in Derby. In August 2009 I Worked with Odd Theatre Practitioners and Youth workers to create a film for the Sheffield Youth inclusion program. For both projects all of the students we worked with achieved the goals set out for them, exceeded targets and passed assessments.