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"Whether working with a child, a vulnerable adult or an experienced artist, Karen has that unquantifiable 'extra something' which makes everyone feel empowered, valued and respected. Her fastidious planning, eye for detail and gentle, encouraging nature always bring results and make creative participation a joy for everyone"
Gordon Scott, Director of Prema

Working collaboratively with groups

When working on a collaborative sculpture, often where the participant has never previously touched clay, I find that the art that we create together engages and inspires people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.

In addition to learning new skills and working as part of a team the benefits of creating work collaboratively lead to increased confidence, increased feelings of well being and wider personal horizons. I devise unique creative opportunities to deliver quality collaborative innovative permanent artworks. I work with people in schools, communities, hospitals and other health care settings. The work is usually made on site, transported for firing, returned and permanently installed.

My work can be proactive in addressing common issues such as social inclusion; cultural diversity and lifelong learning. I structure specific projects to meet these criteria as required. I follow Health & Safety guidelines as required by the HSE in my working practice and in the artwork I create. I accept individual commissions and I am CRB checked and fully insured.



http://www.garas.org.uk/

Art Lift Residency 2011

These mosaics were the result of a' Art Lift' residency working with clients of GARAS, who offer support to those seeking asylum in Gloucestershire.

We worked together in drop in sessions to create a mosaic celebrating diversity by the use of hand imagery hidden in creatively designed fish swimming through the waters of life. This piece was designed for the stairwell at GARAS and is permanently installed.

The second residency was at Bartongate Surgery in Gloucester city centre. Jan Newman, surgery manager and Dr Jane McGrath provided a safe arena within the surgery where we developed individual creativity and skills. We designed site specific pieces and created permanent artworks for the new wing of the surgery.

Referencing 'portholes' from the architecture of the building, patients designed local uplifting local scenes they would like to view through these 'apertures'.... Westonbirt Arboretum, Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetland Swans and May Hill landscape along with a surgery 'spring garden'.

http://www.bartongatesurgery.co.uk/
Bartongate, Slimbridge swans mosaic, 1 metre diameter Bartongate, May Hill Mosaic  1 metre diameter Bartongate, Westonbirt Walk, mosaic, 1 metre diameter
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