I am a researcher and educator working across education and the arts, more recently also involving the sciences. I am currently completing a doctorate investigating the significance of the practice of art-making as an educational model. The thesis focuses on an arts and engineering education project – The Imagineerium. This proposes a particular model of STEAM education – a subject of national and international interest. I have been involved in further research on the topic, with colleagues across the UK through a BERA Commission award.
As a teacher educator, researcher and former director of a creative learning organisation, I have a longstanding interest in developing young people through creative and cultural experiences. My professional experience directed my earlier research into the role of artists in teacher education, developing models for professional artists to engage with education. This focussed on creative practices developed through partnerships between the arts, schools, community and industry.
I am fortunate also to work with a range of creative and cultural organisations as a critical friend and partner on diverse projects – often through the medium of theatre-based performance.