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MEET OUR CREATIVE ASSOCIATES

We work with talented, professional and dedicated freelance artists. Our artists are very much part of the Ignite family and are specifically recruited into our  freelance pool that receives regular work, training, support and networking opportunities. 

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Mixed Media

Painting and Mural Painting

Sculpture and 3D

My favourite project:

"My favourite work to date with Ignite was being given the opportunity to produce 2 different exhibitions with adults with acute mental health needs, who were all extremely isolated and hopeless.  The transformation I saw in every participant was life-changing.  Providing a space which enabled people to share their voice whilst processing unimaginable loss and  trauma, was an incredibly moving experience for me to have been a part of."

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ANGIE HARDWICK

Public Art
Ceramics
Sculpture

My favourite project: 

"My favourite project with Ignite was Art at the Heart. The opportunity gave me a chance to be creative in my specialism. Presenting the thoughts and feelings of Darnall community during the pandemic. The suspended cogs represented the community working together."

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ANNIE BEECH

Visual Arts
Mixed Media
Textiles

My favourite project: 

"'What Makes me, me' was my favourite. I ran weekly workshops with 8 children and their families at Crystal Peaks Library, using the theme 'What Makes me, me'.

We had fun exploring a wide range of media, creating a giant map, self-portraits and postcards for exhibition. It was fantastic to see the group grow in confidence."

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CHARLOTTE NEWTON

Photography

Film

Mixed Media

My favourite project: 

"Seeing student Joe Wilde (who I have worked with for over 2 years) sell his fantastic abstract photography work at the opening night of Open Art Exhibition at Sharrow Junior School."

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LAURA GRAY

Photography
Illustration
Graphic Design

My favourite project: 

"Adopt a Care Home - Local school children coming into Care Homes and creating artworks alongside the residents using different themes. You could see the joy and happiness it would bring, especially to the residents. They would all help each other with their projects & chat whilst doing so. It was so heartwarming to watch & be involved."

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GEVI CARVER

Poetry
Creative Writing

Mixed Media

My favourite project: 

"I worked on a commission for Migration Matters Festival collaborating with poet Sile Sibanda and Ignite visual artist Laura Page to create a poem-film. The piece used the image of ‘through my window’ to connect the experiences of people in different communities during lockdown."

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HELEN MOYES

Textiles

Mixed Media
Upcycling

My favourite project: 

"My favourite project with Ignite: working in a school and introducing 8-year-olds to a range of textile art materials and techniques, including using sewing machines. The children each made a piece of textile art that I then created a patchwork from to hang on the school wall."

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KATE SULLY

Mixed Media

Painting

Collage 

My favourite project: 

"Art at the heart was inspired by older peoples responses to the Covid19 pandemic and I was able to create large scale abstract paintings to articulate how people felt which was amazing to connect with the community and share creativity."

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LIZ VON GRAEVENITZ

Murals
Mixed Media

Installations

My favourite project: 

"The most recent work was painting my largest mural to date in Sharrow for the project Art At The Heart. As I was painting my old neighbours, friends and people from the community shared their stories with me and were delighted with the cheerful colours brightening up the space. Even though this project was challenging the response and interaction from the community is the reason I love working with Ignite within our communities."

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KAREN HERRICK

Textiles
Mixed Media

Colourful

My favourite project: 

"Stencilling workshops at The Art House & Western Park Museum, inspired by the Painted Fabrics story, working with adults living with long term mental health difficulties. It was a privilege to see their confidence grow over the project enough to arrange at the end, a multimedia creative presentation & event selling their own art."

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Fused glass
mixed media
Sculpture

My favourite project:

"I ran a weekly session in a local school with their ‘Balance Ambassadors’ exploring the importance of health and wellbeing. At the end of the project, the group developed plans, a presentation and shared their findings with the rest of the school and with local organisations leading to the creation of a follow-up project designing a health and wellbeing resource."

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GILL COSFORD

Polymer Clay

Mixed Media

Sculpture

My favourite project: 

"I ran a large school workshop in Kidderminster with 400 children."

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CHARLIE HILL

Exploring nature creatively

My favourite project: 

"Some of the most memorable moments so far have been working on the Villages Project in Denby Dale. The project focused on mixed media watercolours and allowed time to get to know participants, exploring and experimenting with materials together and sharing skills."

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CHRIS SINGLETON

Theatre

Poetry

Spoken Word

My favourite project: 

"I ran a "Story Rollercoasters" session - getting children to design their own rollercoasters and use the shape to tell an exciting story! It was great to see them engaged, having fun and sharing the stories with members of their families around them. All the creativity!"

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SARA BEAVAN-WIDDOWSON

3D Mixed media 

My favourite project: 

"My favourite moment is definitely my recent project, Illuminating Experiences, an installation using illuminated 3D artworks and projection animation. The highlight has to be showing primary school children how to construct 3D houses using willow, tissue paper, PVA glue and using them in the installation. Although creating the houses was challenging for the children, it also showed them what they can achieve when they work together raising self-confidence and self-esteem."

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LOIS CONLAN

Puppetry

Sculpture

Wood Work

My favourite project: 

"My favourite project with Ignite: Working alongside local children to create The Fir Vale Beehive, as part of Ignite Imaginations Art At The Heart project. It was great to work alongside the children to hear their thoughts on how the covid pandemic had affected them and then using these thoughts to create something positive with our artwork."

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JORDANNA FARRIMOND

Painting

Printing
Photography

My favourite project: 

"Weekly zoom workshops with a group of children online who had received packs of materials. There was a strong sense of community, creativity and playfulness. It was lovely to inspire them and see the work they made during the session plus what they were inspired to make independently in-between the sessions!"

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LAURA PAGE

Photography
Mixed Media

Film

My favourite project: 

"The Sacred Spaces project in the Abbeydale Corridor where I worked with young people to interview people and photograph their community to explore what locals loved and what they wanted changing. They then created collages reflecting their findings and developed their ideas of what they would put into practice to improve their community. Loads of fun and energy and a brilliant practical outcome at the end!"

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SIAN THOMAS

Murals
Mixed Media

Installations

My favourite project: 

"Tall Tales Story Festival - craft project for 150 kids making mini-story boxes based on Ladybird books - inside a matchbox"

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ANDY MESSER

Story Telling
Writing 

History

Andy's workshops have included story writing, creative writing and literature.