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Richard set up the only neon art courses in the UK

Neon Workshops

Richard Wheater runs Neon Workshops, which makes signs for the creative sector and sculpture for artists. He told Creative Choices that, although commercial neon may be in decline, it is still in demand as an artistic product.


A career as a furniture maker

Gareth Neal is a furniture designer and maker who rose to prominence for his traditional furniture with contemporary exteriors. He discusses his career and reflects on the furniture making industry.


David Beastall is a Digital Executive for Renfrew Group International.

Getting started in web design

As a graduate or school leaver, how do you get that first job in web design? David Beastall, Digital Executive for Renfrew Group International, shared his thoughts and experiences about a web career.


The Creative & Cultural Industries Team, Barking & Dagenham College

The Creative & Cultural Industries Team at Barking & Dagenham College won the 2018 Creative & Cultural Skills Training Provider of the Year Award. We spoke to Games, Art & Animation Course Leader and Creative Skills Project Co-ordinator, Katie Morgan, about their work and success.


What does an Associate Artist do?

David Whitney works for Theatre Royal as their Associate Artist and looks after their youth groups, workshops and productions. He explains more about the role and what skills are needed for this area of work.


Jen Davies is part of the Creative Glass Guild in Bristol.

Surviving as a glass artist

Jen Davies is part of the Creative Glass Guild in Bristol. She spoke to Choices about her work as a glass artist, and how a creative business can survive in tough times.


Not everyone enters libraries, archives, information and records with a degree.

Get qualified for library work

Not everyone enters libraries, archives, information and records with a degree. Some take their qualifications once they’re in the profession.


Graham Lister is the Production Manager at the Curve theatre.

Designing a modern theatre

Graham Lister, Production Manager, talks about the unique design of the Curve Theatre in Leicester. The exposed nature of the theatre allows the audience to see behind the scenes.


The records profession is changing, becoming more aligned to technical systems.

Managing records in a charity

Mark Thompson is the records manager at the British Red Cross. He is responsible for all records that need to be retained for legal or business reasons.


Nikki works freehand and direct with the wire mesh, with no moulding or casting.

A career in figure sculpture

Nikki Taylor is a sculptor, creating beautiful and expressive sculptures of the human form. She works mostly with woven wire mesh, and also in bronze, from her Surrey-based studio.


There are many different ways to get into UX research

User experience research

Hedgehog lab is a global software consultancy that specializes in multi-platform software and connected device innovation. We spoke to Laura, Emily and Caitlin in the User Experience Research (UX Research) team about how they got into the industry and their work on the team.


Each instrument is made by one person from start to finish.

Making musical instruments

Mike Anderson founded Starfish Designs after making a traditional Scottish harp for his daughter. Now he sells instruments worldwide and spoke about how he achieved this business success.


Architectural glass is glass used as an artistic building material.

Finding new creative projects

Binita Walia is an artist who works with architectural glass. When she needed a new project, she developed MyIdeasBook.com, an online sketchbook for creative people.


Tanya's work mixes heritage conservation with technical skill and artistic creativity.

An archaeological illustrator

As a specialist archaeological illustrator, Tanya Berks creates artistic reconstructions of archaeological sites, but also assists with land surveying, technical drawing, and conservation. She spoke about her career journey.


Nathan Lee, flute beat-boxer.

Learning to flutebox

Nathan Lee has built a successful musical career with his unique method of playing the flute and beatboxing at the same time. He spoke to Creative Choices about how he got started.


Pauline Brandt is an audio describer in theatre.

Audio description for theatre

Theatre audio describer Pauline Brandt discusses working backstage in 'a cross between poetry and live broadcast'.


Henry Wyndham has worked at Sotheby's art auction house for 15 years, and has been in the art world for 35 years.

Art auction career

Henry Wyndham has worked at Sotheby's art auction house for 15 years, and has been in the art world for 35 years.


Joe Craig has written several popular novels for children.

Writing novels for children

Joe Craig has written several successful novels for children, including his 'Jimmy Coates' series. He spoke about his career journey.


A tapestry weaver's day could involve sitting at the loom all day, just simply weaving.

Being a tapestry weaver

Dovecot Studios is a leading contemporary tapestry studio. Weavers Douglas Grierson and Jonathan Cleaver, and director David Weir, share their perspective on the history and current state of tapestry.


What employers are looking for in technical staff

Working in technical theatre and live events is fun, fast-paced and rewarding. If you're curious about careers in this area, there's good news: we need more skilled technicians in lighting, sound and stage, and available routes in are changing for the better. Here are 4 things employers in the industry are actually looking for.


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