Workshops & Talks

Workshops and Tuition

As well as providing private tuition to individuals and small groups, tailored to their specific requirements, I have worked with many organisations, including colleges, arts centres and charities, to deliver workshops to both their members and the public. These workshops have given me the opportunity to provide ideas, tuition and support to people with a wide range of abilities, and they have been a very satisfying part of my artistic life. The following three projects are ones that I have found particularly rewarding:

Pathways to Curation

This took place in 2012 at Coleg Powys, Newtown, Powys. I was one of three artists selected by Arts Connection to work with Art and Design students over a six week period, to help them create artworks for an exhibition in the Theatr Hafren Gallery. The theme was linked to the play ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, and here we are on the opening night of the play in the gallery, with some of the students’ finished artworks.

Pathways to Curation workshop participants with tutor Sue Purcellposter for Midsummer Night's Dream play at Theatr Hafren, Newtown

Arts Connection is an inspirational community arts organisation working in North Powys, Wrexham and the border communities. They are revenue-funded by the Arts Council of Wales, and have provided high-quality participatory arts projects in a wide range of artistic media since 1994.

Decorative 3D Wirework

This took place in 2006 at the Beaufort Building, Llandrindod Wells, Powys. I have worked with Celf o Gwmpas on various projects, and this was one of my favourites. The decorative wire structures were based on old lampshades, and were displayed in the window of the Celf o Gwmpas premises. One passer-by said “I enjoyed seeing the display everyday on my way to work”.

Decorative 3D wirework produced by Celf o Gwmpas clients in workshops run by tutor Sue Purcell, displayed in the window of their premisesCelf o Gwmpas clients working on decorative 3D wirework in a workshop run by tutor Sue Purcell

Celf o gwmpas believes in the value and importance of a creative life. Since 1998, some of the most disadvantaged members of our community have engaged with their activities.

Young Carers Festival

This took place in 2005 at The Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells, Powys. This was a weekend of activities for young carers, to enable them to have a break from their responsibilities and to meet other young carers. I was delivering some painting decor workshops for Saturday night party in the main hall.

Young carers producing decorative backdrops in a workshop run by tutor Sue PurcellYoung carers producing decorative backdrops in a workshop run by tutor Sue Purcell

For more information about support for young carers, please visit Young Carers