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.
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.
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.
Bridget Bernadette Karn is an artist who has worked across a huge range of mediums, but over the last few years has gained worldwide recognition for her work making pictures out of felt, turning her passion into a full time business, selling her work and teaching her techniques.
She has exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition in 2016, won the York Women Mean Business ‘Made’ Award and was a finalist for Best Visual Artist at the York Culture Awards in 2017.
In this episode we discuss how despite our best laid plans life always seems to throw us in alternative directions, the incredible dynamics of natural light in landscapes and how they impact our moods and experiences, and about the upcoming Open Studios this weekend and next.
Amy is an actor and founder of Act With Amy: acting classes, workshops, and team building in York. After graduating from ALRA North drama school Amy has performed in many theatre, film and TV productions, including a TV advert for Boots.
We discuss the eclectic set of skills she’s picked up through taking on new and exciting roles, the link between creativity and confidence, and staying motivated in the face of uncertainty.