Emma Thomas is our Dance Development Officer.  She holds a Masters in Dance, is a visiting lecturer in dance at the University of Chester and currently working towards a PHD in Dance.  Emma’s style of movement is challenging, physical and engaging and strives to create choreography that challenges ideas.

Jon Randall is a freelance theatre practitioner and filmmaker based in Kendal.  Jon’s practice has a strong focus upon exploring authentic narratives concerning the unique stories of people and places.

Lauren Davey is a professional actor and qualified teacher.  She works as Lecturer of Acting at Kendal College and recently played Hermia in the touring production of PurpleCoat’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Ashleigh Duncan works as a freelance dance artist.  Ashleigh teaches Mature Movers, Baby Dance and is our key school worker.

Emily Thomas recently graduated from Leeds Beckett University where she trained in Dance. Emily will be leading our Saturday Dance classes – Movers and Shakers, 7-11years and Boyz Moves.


 Beatrix Baker is a Kendal based artist and works mainly in wood, creating imaginative steam-bent objects for the home and for galleries.  

Chris Barnes is a practising potter with a background in fine art.  His ceramic work has been exhibited widely in the UK and in Germany.

Jamie Barnes has been a semi-professional printmaker for ten years. He principally makes images about buildings, architecture and structures within the landscape.

Cath Bond is an experienced French, German and Italian language teacher and spent years living abroad.  

Rachel Cabble runs a successful upholstery business – Killington Upholstery and Textiles Services (KUTS).  Rachel is passionate about all things furniture.  

Ellie Chaney is an artist who works in a variety of mediums including paper arts, photographic processes, animation and film making.

Lizzie Curwen is an experienced vocalist with ten years’ experience as a classical singer and production vocalist.

Thuline De Cock has been successfully selling paintings and drawings in Galleries both in the UK and abroad.

Hannah Ehlert has trained in hazel and willow weaving with a variety of craftspeople and successfully run creative coppice craft and weaving courses for many years.  

Janni Howker’s literary awards include the prestigious Whitbread Prize for Children’s Literature. Her classes are very popular and many students go on to have work published.

Karen Lester has exhibited work in galleries in the North West and was recently involved in art projects in Cumbria including Printfest and C-Art and Go Herdwick.

 Rachel Lightbird ran a successful yoga studio in Aberdeen and has trained with John Friend, Shiva Rea and Patthabi Jois.

Catherine MacDiarmid is a local artist who 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. Catherine has worked as an adult tutor for over 16 years, helping students explore a range of disciplines within drawing and painting

Emma Massara’s first Mandarin teaching placement was at Eton College and since then she has taught in Beijing, Shanghai, Munich, Madrid and Edinburgh.   

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.

Angie Mitchell is our resident printmaker teaching a variety of printmaking techniques.  Angie uses various mark making to add detail and information about the texture and pattern.

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.

Colin Reynolds is a professional photographer specialising in landscape photography with his own studio and gallery.

John Scott is a prize winning, published author and has been performing his monologues, short stories and poetry for years.  He was recently part of the “Best of Fest” performance at Staveley Roundhouse.

Nicki Smith is a community artist specialising in encouraging participation.  One of her projects involved creating artwork that toured the U.S.

Nicola Sproson wants Nordic Walking to become second nature to those who try it, which should in turn improve mental and physical wellbeing.

Kate Thomas is pianist, singer and double-bassist having spent the last 10 years in London as the lead music teacher. 

Caren Threlfall has worked in the fashion industry as a designer and uses wool and silk fibres in a ‘painterly’ way to create textural moody felt pieces that depict landscapes, seascapes & floral designs.

Cherrie Trelogan has a fine art background and worked as a curator and arts educator in a range of museums and galleries and as Deputy Director and Head of Education for the Lakeland Arts Trust.

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

Frances Winder is an Artist resident in Kendal, well known for her work in Mixed Media, Watercolour and Acrylic paint.  Her work can be seen in several galleries in the area.

Amy Williams studied sculpture at art college and was recently commissioned by Lowther Castle to create a whole banquet of food from paper where it is now on display in the permanent exhibition.

Dorothea Williamson is from Stuttgart. She enjoys teaching, working with groups and creating a supportive and fun atmosphere for learning.

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.

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