Podcast #18: Tom Straszewski

Tom ‘Strasz’ Straszewski is a theatre director and writer, and is the pageant master for this years York Mystery Plays.

We discuss what that role involves, the importance of guilds in our city and the community benefits they bring, his theatre company Bronzehead Theatre and how they explore site sensitive pieces, and the huge variety of tasks artistic directors take on to bring projects to life.

Bronzehead Theatre on Twitter | Facebook

The Mystery Plays take place on 9th, 12th and 16th September.

 

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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.

www.facebook.com/TheCreativeStudioYork

 

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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.

Connect with Mat: Twitter | Instagram

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Podcast #13: Bridget Bernadette Karn

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.

Connect with Bridget: Website | Instagram | Facebook 

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Podcast #12: Luke Porter

In this weeks episode I interview my brother Luke (Instagram: @_lukeporter). Luke is a freelance graphic designer, as well as a talented photographer and musician, he’s basically one of those annoying brothers that seems to be able to do everything you can but much better.

We talk about the link between extreme sports and creativity, how he managed to leave school already having a list of clients he could design for, and about the struggles of juggling multiple creative passions.

Website: http://www.luke-porter.co.uk/

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