Visual Arts


21 Creative people in total for Visual Arts


Jade Poole was presented with an Intern of the Year Award by Andrea De La Cruz from The Creative Society. (Image: James Fletcher)

Jade Poole, intern producer

Jade started out with Exim Dance Company on a paid internship as a producer, but within a year she was promoted all the way up to general manager. In 2015 she won the Creative & Cultural Skills Intern of the Year Award.


Di Spalding, scenic artist

Di Spalding has been working as a scenic artist for 25 years. She is self-employed and works from her own studio, creating scenery for theatrical sets.


Peter Vaillant, abstract artist

British abstract artist Peter Vaillant says that there is no worst aspect to his career and that he loves creating his artwork so much, he doesn't see it as a job. We spoke to him more about his role, how he became an abstract artist and how you can too.


Simon Pascoe, arts company director

Simon Pascoe is director of environmental arts company Red Earth. As a former actor, he says creativity is vital to success.



Hywel Pontin, Cyfarwyddwr

Hywel Pontin, Cyfarwyddwr, Canolfan Gelfyddydau Llantarnam Grange.


April Skipp, marketing and development intern

April joined Yorkshire Dance as their Marketing and Development Intern. She made such an impression on them that within a year, they had created a new position in the organisation for her and she is now the Marketing Officer. In 2016 she won the Creative & Cultural Skills Intern of the Year Award.


Ziza has learnt to prioritise tasks and keep on top of multiple projects .

Ziza Sery-Bi, cultural venue operations apprentice

Ziza has been working at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) since January 2012 on a Cultural Venue Operations apprenticeship.


Aisling Keavey, photographic artist

After finishing university with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art Print and Time-based Media, Aisling now works as a freelance photographer and runs workshops on photographic practice. We asked Aisling more about her role and what tips she has for getting into photography.


Making art isn't enough - you have to make sure its noticed

Hywel Pontin, Director

Hywel Pontin, Director, Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre.


Jack Homer, technical arts student

As a student at South Essex College, Jack developed a passion for technical development and helping his fellow students. He is a shining example of how much a young person can achieve if supported and empowered and in 2016 was the winner of the Creative Choices Award.


Andrew Cochrane, programme coordinator for Shape

Andrew Cochrane is an artist and the programme coordinator for disability-led arts organisation Shape. He discusses his career journey and gives some pointers for getting into art.


Cruze Foggo, apprentice scenic metalworker

Cruze started out studying a technical theatre course and working part time with metal in his family's business. After college, he was able to combine his love of theatre and metalwork by doing an apprenticeship as a scenic metalworker with The Royal Opera House.


Alison Jardine, painter

Born in Yorkshire, Alison now lives and works in Dallas, Texas making paintings with unusual media such as cement. She explains her career journey and offers tips on becoming a visual artist.


Hannahs latest event is the Space Hopper Challenge!

Hannah Fiddy, flashmob producer

Hannah's organising of flashmobs started out as a hobby but due to the events popularity, it soon became her full time job! She explains how flashmobs can range from silent discos to wedding proposals and offers 3 top tips to anyone wanting to get into flashmobbing!


Arts and culture interns

Steff Wills, Hayley Wayre, Natasha O’Dowd and Lizzie Minchener are paid interns for arts organisations in the Create Gloucestershire network. We asked them what they do as part of their internships in areas such as project management, fundraising and marketing.



“I wake up in the morning wanting to go to work and I know that so many people my age are not enjoying what they do.

Working in creative internships and apprenticeships

DanceEast, based at the Jerwood DanceHouse in Ipswich, is part of the Suffolk County Council Creative Employment Programme consortium. We met up with two apprentices and a marketing officer – who started as a paid intern – to talk about their experiences in the workplace so far.


Jason was commissioned by Parliament to create works for the exhibition 'The Beginnings of that Freedome’

Jason Wilsher-Mills, digital artist

Digital artist and painter Jason Wilsher-Mills creates works of art using an iPad, as well as more traditional methods. He talks about his journey, from drawing superheroes as a child to teaching and undergoing residencies – and how art liberated him when he became disabled.


Lindon Barr, dancer & choreographer

Lindon has been a dancer for artists such as Mariah Carey and Take That. He now works as the Head of Theatre School where he trained. Lindon explains more about his role and offers 3 tips for becoming a dancer.


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