Podcast #25: Colin Black

After graduating with an MA from the Royal College of Art London, Colin Black worked for several design companies before becoming senior lecturer and head of design at Leith School of Art.

After nearly 25 years in Leith, Colin and his wife Sallie have now moved to York to set up Seek Art School.

In this episode we chat about why people are drawn to the arts, what makes his best students stand out, and how you go about teaching people to see creatively.

http://seekartschool.co.uk

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Podcast #22: Drew Wintie-Hawkins

Drew Wintie-Hawkins is the Co-Director of York Dance Space, an arts organisation set up to develop dance across York and North Yorkshire. With a background as a performer he takes a hands on approach to developing learning programmes in dance, supporting the development of professional artists across the region.

In this episode we chat about the risks he and his wife Hannah took in setting up their own place, how skills learnt in dance can be used both in education and in wider life, and how getting out of your bubble and collaborating with other organisations will improve your art, as well the community as a whole.

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Podcast #17: Nicola Stead

Nicola Stead is an art teacher, specialising in sculpture and special effects. Her new venture is The Creative Studio York, an art school opening in Clifton Moor on the 8th of June.

We discuss the challenges in bringing a project like this to life, the key component to making great art, and the importance of being around other creative people.

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Podcast #16: Grace Abell

Grace Abell (@abell_design) is a graphic designer with a background in art directing magazines. She stepped away from that into branding, and has now set up independently in York, also running quarterly designer and illustrator meet ups in the city.

In this episode we chat about the way she approaches branding projects, her honest advice in starting your own business and her involvement with the Guild of Entrepreneurs (@GOE_York), as well as her commitment to ethical business.

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Podcast #15: Lisa-marie Newman

Lisa-marie Newman is the creative director of York Nurturing Community (@ync_ork_uk), organising events and activities that deliver an exciting art programme promoting wellbeing and social cohesion.

We talk about the links between creativity, community and wellbeing, her frustration at teaching art in schools without the freedom to teach creatively, and about their new premises opening at Spark:York tomorrow.

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Podcast #14: Mat Lazenby

Mat Lazenby is a creative director at design agency LazenbyBrown, based on the Shambles, which he co-founded with Gary Brown after working in senior creative positions for a number of agencies across York and Leeds.

As well as working on brand design projects for both local and national brands, Mat is a previous master of the guild of media arts and a champion for creativity, regularly speaking in schools and colleges.

In this episode we chat about education and how you teach children in environments that are constantly changing, about facing your fears and trying to improve the things you’re not good at, as well as York’s UNESCO designation and what that means for the city.

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