Community Visual Arts Development Officer: Amy Williams
Amy 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.
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 The Brewery 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.
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.
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.
Jamie Barnes is a freelance curator and has been a printmaker for ten years, he specialises in making etchings of architectural subjects, as well as teaching drawing and printmaking to adults and children. As a Curator he has 20 years’ experience working in museums and galleries across the county and has been the Curator of both Keswick and Kendal Museums and the Brewery Arts Centre. www.jamiebarnes.co.uk
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.
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.
Beth Mason is a personal trainer and is passionate about the impact of exercise and movement on the mind and body. The gentle and nurturing effects of Pilates have had a huge impact on her own life, both in terms of strength and also introducing more intent and mindfulness to her movement. An experienced secondary school teacher, as well as a fitness instructor, Beth loves to teach!
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.
Tim Murray is a Kendal based freelance photographer. After a career in business, he decided to change direction and develop his passion for photography. He went back to College and enrolled on a full-time Foundation course in Art and Design, specialising in photography. As well as undertaking commercial photography, he now teaches creative and technical camera skills.
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.
Eric Pye is a photographer who likes to combine his love of the outdoors with a desire to produce something creative. He likes to try and convey something about the places in his images and does this with traditional landscape shots as well as more abstract ideas using camera movement and multiple exposures. As well as creating his own images, Eric now puts his years as a school teacher to good use teaching photography to groups, individuals and here at the Brewery. Eric is also a qualified Mountain Leader (Summer) Assessed.
Wendy Sharrock is a professional solo recital singer and teaches singing in schools across the South Lakes.
Stuart Sutton started in film production just as filming-making technologies became affordable and has been involved with some great projects. He has worked with some very interesting people often at the cutting edge of creative concepts. He has a good knowledge of many editing, sound, post-production software programs.
Caren Threlfall studied fashion design at University of Salford and then worked in the fashion industry as a designer of Ladies’ and Children’s wear for well-known high street stores. Today Caren’s uses wool & silk fibres in a ‘painterly’ way in order to create textural moody felt pieces that depict landscapes, seascapes & floral designs. As well as felt, Caren works in other textile media including: Batiks, Silk Paintings, Hand Made Silk Paper pieces & Devore. In addition to creating & selling her own work, Caren teaches adult classes & workshops as well as privately. She also teaches Art in primary schools throughout Cumbria and Lancashire.
Florence Tourne is a native French speaker and has a passion for teaching and sharing her knowledge of France and Belgium with 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.