As the Head of Further Education at Hereford College of Arts, I feel very lucky to witness our college level students begin their creative journeys with us.
I began my own creative journey following my A Levels on a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design. This fun and exciting course gave me the drive and confidence to apply to University where I completed a BA Honours Degree in Fine Art (Tapestry) at Edinburgh College of Art, followed by a move further north to another specialist Scottish Art school where I completed an MA in Art & Design at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen.
As an educator and a practitioner, I feel completely at home within this creative community. The students and staff that I work with every day never fail to inspire and teach me. The experienced and dedicated teams at HCA are passionate about giving our students the best possible start to their creative education and this is reflected clearly in the ambitious work of our students of which I am so proud.
I have worked in Arts Education for many years at all levels; starting as a Technical Demonstrator in a specialist workshop, as a Teaching Assistant, as a Tutor, Course Leader, Curriculum Leader and now overseeing the quality of delivery of the Further Education provision across all disciplines at HCA, whilst Course Leading the Foundation Diploma in Art & Design.
I have been an External Moderator for the University of the Arts London since 2014 and I very much enjoy being a part of the UAL network, working with remarkable creative students, arts educators and sharing innovative practice across the UK.
I believe that HCA is a truly exceptional specialist college in which to experience Arts education and our four curriculum areas of Further Education (Art & Design, Music, Digital Futures, Performing Arts) are the perfect platform to begin the exploration of personal practice and discovery.