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.

Freelance Tutors:

Chris Barnes is a local potter and art teacher. He studied Sculpture at St. Martins School of Art, London 1978-82. He has been responsible for setting up a number of community potteries and has vast experience of teaching children and adults.

Donna Campbell is a local community artist working with individuals, families, groups and organisations in the areas of wellbeing, education and celebration. She has a wealth of experience working with people of all ages and abilities, nurturing creative skills, confidence, participation and potential.

Emmie Coxey trained at London Contemporary Dance School before attending Northern School of Contemporary Dance as a member of the postgraduate international touring company VERVE. Emmie has worked as a freelance dancer all over Europe and is now exploring her own work as a dance artist based in Cumbria. She is very interested in collaborative-based work combining dance with various other performance styles.

Tim Murray, a Kendal based professional photographer. 7 years ago, after a career in business, he decided to change direction and develop his passion for photography. As well as undertaking commercial photography, he now teaches creative and technical camera skills.

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.

Stuart Sutton started in film production just as filming-making technologies became affordable (almost) and has been involved with some great projects (and some not so great). He has worked with some very interesting people often at the cutting edge of creative concepts and made quite a few boring promotional corporate videos too. In addition to a good sense of humour (these workshops are fun) he also has a good knowledge of many editing, sound, post-production software programs.

Clare Taylor graduated from the Professional Contemporary Dance programme at Scottish School of Contemporary Dance, before training at Northern School of Contemporary Dance, gaining a first class BPA Hons degree in Contemporary Dance. Clare continues to develop her teaching in both Contemporary Dance and bbodance Ballet and Tap examinations.

Kate Threlfall holds a degree in Dance, is a freelance dance artist in the North West and currently a dance Development Officer at Ludus Dance. Kate’s style of movement is physical, theatrical and engaging. Kate strives to create work that is fully inclusive for all.

Rachel Towe has a background in primary dance in education. She has worked as a freelance Dance Artist on a county and national level, in community and education settings from Early Years to University Level. Rachel is very excited to be working alongside the Brewery to teach our youngest dancers in the Baby Dance class, and to coordinate our fabulous annual Brewery Schools Dance Platform.


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.

Jamie Barnes is a freelance curator and has been a printmaker for ten years. He principally makes images about buildings, architecture and structures within the landscape. Jamie also teaches art history at the Brewery.

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

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

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

Katie Edwards creates conceptual illustrations for a wide range of international clients from editorial to advertising, using traditional photographic and silkscreen printing techniques. Focusing on metaphors and symbolism, reflecting her enjoyment for the natural world, evoking thoughtfulness and humour.

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.

Penny Hunt is an artist living in the Yorkshire Dales near Settle. She has taught for many years and is secretary of Cumbria Printmakers and Three Peaks Arts. She is inspired by wild, open spaces on land or sea and tries to capture the atmosphere in her paintings and printmaking, where each material feeds back into the other, the layering, overprinting and intaglio techniques are present in all.

Ishwara has a background in athletics, football and art. Yoga & Meditation was embraced passionately in 1991 and a decade later began training intensively in the Sivananda & Satyananda yoga traditions. Ishwara has since taught workshops & retreats across Europe, India and Bermuda as well as teaching yoga philosophy in Italy.

Karen Lester is an artist and printmaker and 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.

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 illustration at Edinburgh College of Art and has been working since as a freelance artist and illustrator. She has a PGCE in Post-compulsory education and has experience running creative workshops in schools, colleges and for refugee groups in India and Nepal.

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.

Keith Redfern has taught guitar for many years from beginners to more advanced learners. He plays acoustic and electric guitar and works as a freelance musician, tutor and music leader. Alongside teaching in adult education, he works in schools and on music projects around the area.

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

Kate Threlfall holds a degree in Dance, is a freelance dance artist in the North West and currently a dance Development Officer at Ludus Dance. Kate’s style of movement is physical, theatrical and engaging. Kate strives to create work that is fully inclusive for all.

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

Annie Turner is an experienced abstract artist and teacher whose work is experimental but also heavily influenced by the landscape around her. She has taught both at Kendal College and throughout Cumbria.

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.

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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