Creative Learning Tutors

Community Engagement: Drama Associate: Emily Baxter Once a member of BYT herself, Emily graduated from The Guildford School of Acting in 2018 and now enjoys sharing her skills and experience in community theatre and dance sessions. Exploring drama techniques such as storytelling, improvisation, movement, devising original work, and developing scripts, are just a few things Emily likes to focus on through games and exercises in her sessions.

Community Engagement: Dance Associate: Emily Davies A previous BYD member, Emily has been delivering sessions at Brewery Arts as well as other settings, since gaining her Dance degree in 2016. She enjoys sharing her love of dance with those she teaches. Emily’s style of movement is grounded in contemporary technique, creative dance and connecting with people, be that in the studio or with an audience.

Freelance Team

Chris Barnes is a practising ceramic artist with a background in fine art. His ceramic work has been exhibited widely in the UK and in Germany. He has taught Pottery with adults since 1994 and has experience of teaching Art in schools from Infant to Secondary School level.

Cath Bond is an experienced language teacher with a degree in French and German. During her degree she spent a term at university in France, and a year as a language assistant in a school on Lake Constance, on the Swiss/German border. After completing a PGCE she spent 2 years living in Italy, learning Italian, and working as a teacher of English as a Foreign Language, which she continued to do in Oxford on her return to the UK. She has been teaching languages in Adult Education for the past 11 years.

Philomena Dickson is a recent graduate of Leeds Beckett University with a BA Hons in Dance and the newest member of the Brewery Arts learning team! Her work is experimental and often improvisational, working with chance and harmonious accidents. She looks forward to collaborating with young people and other artists and is committed to making the arts accessible to all.

After studying Fine Art at university, Ciara Heaton left to pursue a career in community arts. Ciara spent many years working within specialist education, mental health support and creative community groups around the country. She has since moved with her young family to Cumbria to indulge in the outdoor lifestyle, inspiring her to study a Painting degree, specialising in large abstract landscape pieces. As well as being a practicing artist, she has a great passion for making the arts accessible to all.

Laura Higgins trained at The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts gaining a Diploma and Degree in Acting and has performed in a variety of acting roles from Shakespeare to sitcom pilots, original writing to corporate training. During working as an actor in London, Laura found joy working with adults and children in theatres and performing arts schools, running acting workshops across London and then as a resident tutor at both The Norwich Theatre Royal and Garage Theatre. The main focus in her sessions is to build a safe and fun environment in which young people can learn skills, build confidence and be supportive of others.

Karen Lester enjoys working with a range of painting and drawing media, including printmaking, sometimes combining these to create mixed media images. Her interest in Printmaking developed at Kendal College whilst completing a Foundation Degree in Drawing with the University of Cumbria. Her work has been exhibited in galleries in Cumbria and Lancashire over the last 25 years and she has been involved with projects including Printfest and C-Art. Karen is an experienced qualified teacher and has been teaching in the adult education sector since 2011.

Catherine MacDiarmid specialises in portraiture, typically working in oil, charcoal and pencil. She has exhibited widely; her work has been selected for show at MAFA and the BP Portrait Award, and also features in private collections throughout the UK as well as abroad. She is an elected member of The Lakes Artists Society and appeared in Sky Portrait Artists of the Year 2014, 2018 and reached the semi-finals in 2019. Catherine has worked as a tutor at the Brewery for over 20 years, helping students explore a range of disciplines within drawing and painting.

Sophie Martin is a local artist, illustrator and educator who specialises in lively pen and watercolour illustrations often drawn on location. She studied visual communication at Edinburgh College of Art specialising in illustration and has worked since then as a freelance artist and illustrator undertaking numerous commissions and exhibiting locally and further afield as well as self-publishing a number of books. Sophie enjoys sharing her creativity through teaching and has a PGCE in post compulsory education and experience teaching illustration and art classes and workshops in a variety of creative disciplines in both formal and informal education settings.

Steve Moss is the Musical Director for the Bryce Street Strummers, a community ukulele group and a smaller Showband that regularly plays for organisations and public events across South Lakeland.

Dominique Pluskwa is a native French teacher. Her classes have a uniquely fun and social feel and place an emphasis on communication and spoken French.

Kate Reid holds an Art and Design Textiles degree from Central School of Art London. She primarily works as a freelance Costume Designer. Kate very much enjoys running numerous workshops and classes for the Brewery.

Wendy Sharrock is a professional solo recital singer and teaches singing in schools across the South Lakes.

Florence Tourne is a native French speaker and has a passion for teaching and sharing her knowledge of France and Belgium with others.

Amy Williams brings a wealth of experience within the field of art, craft and design. She is a professional artist having studied a BA (Hons) in Sculpture and an MA in Illustration. In her current practice, she works on large-scale commissions creating paper installations. She enjoys working with a diverse range of groups and developing creativity in others.

Dorothea Williamson is from Stuttgart in Germany. She taught in Germany in secondary education and since 1990 in adult education in the UK. She enjoys working with groups and creating a supportive, friendly and fun atmosphere. Understanding culture and traditions and discussing current affairs is a particular interest.

Pilar Valera is from Madrid and has taught for more than 20 years. She also runs study-breaks in Spain for adults, and summer courses for children.

Chris Jones has been working as a professional actor since 2009. Career highlights include playing King George VI in the stage version of ‘The King’s Speech’ for Bill Kenwright, Treat in ‘Orphans’ at the English Theatre of Hamburg and Mr. Manningham in ‘Gaslight’ for Paul Taylor Mills. He often collaborates with Proper Job Theatre Company based in Huddersfield and has toured twice with them; Chris has also played the comic lead in several pantomimes over the years. Recently having moved to Kendal following his love of Lake District mountains, he is looking forward to sharing his experience with the local young performers. Chris is a fully qualified teacher.

Jessica Emsley is an artist and walker, and an advocate for engagement with nature and the outdoors through creativity. Her work as both artist and facilitator aims to explore new forms of creative process, with particular focus on creative engagement with nature. Jessica recently completed an MFA in Fine Art with Nottingham Trent University and is currently pursuing an ML which will allow her to lead more adventurous art workshops outdoors.

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