SAMMY - 

ArtSpeak Photography Tutor 

 

Sammy is a freelance photographer with over 13 years of experience and is the founder of Photography Oddities, a regular photography walk based in Leicester. During her walks Sammy instigates games and tasks to inspire and motivate participants and incorporates all elements of photography theory and practice. She has experience working with a range of ages and can tailor sessions to make them accessible to all abilities. She is specialised in many areas of photography ranging from weddings, portrait, sports, travel, studio, abstract, landscape, event, film, property and lifestyle.

Sammy is currently leading our Photography walks programme. The walks take place at a different location on the third Wednesday of each month. For more details please visit our ArtSpeak Ambles page. 

JAGDISH PATEL -

Visiting Photography Tutor 

Jagdish is a Nottingham based photographer. His photography work is firmly located within the realms of portraiture and documentary, through a process of socially engaged art practice.

 

He graduated with a MA Photography from De Montfort University, Leicester. He is an Associate member of the Royal Photography Society (RPS), and Primary in Nottingham. He is also one of the founders of ‘Off Centre Photo Festival’, Nottingham’s independent photography festival, and the Nottingham Centre for Photography and Social Engagement. The Nottingham Centre of Photography provides advice, training and mentoring for a range of photographers across the City. 

Jagdish ran our 12 week photography course based in Bilborough between September and December 2019.  

ROB COLLINS -

Visiting Photography Tutor 

 

Rob Collins is an Artist, Photographer and Film Maker working across various genres of photography. His recent interests are around 'Lived Experiences' and he has produced a body of work including the mediums of moving image, performance, installation and sound to explore this subject.

As a key walker and cyclist, Rob first became interested in landscape photography during a hiking holiday in Yosemite National Park. It was there, at a photography exhibition, he saw the inspiring work of Ansel Adams for the first time. Since then, Rob has travelled extensively in the UK and abroad and has aimed to emulate Adams’ iconic work

Rob delivered an online and outdoor workshop based on landscape Architecture. 

DOMINIC POTE -

Visiting Photography Tutor

Dominic is a Fine-Art Photographer who came to photography through his childhood passion for drawing and painting. Dominic paints with light. His materials may be those of the photographer, but his eye is that of an expressionist painter and his sensibility one of a poet.


Over the past 20 years he has made work for exhibition, sold work through galleries in the UK and abroad and made work to commission. Much of Dominic’s commissioned work has been for healthcare projects, creating artworks in collaboration with hospital staff, patients and local communities. 


 “I believe the camera can be a very expressive tool and that anyone with a camera can learn to be more creative and to develop new ways of seeing and capturing their photographs. Through my workshops I hope to introduce participants to some photographers who have an interesting experimental approach to photography and to teach some of the techniques and approaches to photography which will allow each participant to develop their own unique photographic style.”

 

Dominic led the Fine Art and Alternative Camera Techniques Photography workshops in 2019. 

JACK PERKS   

Visiting Photography Tutor

Based in Nottingham Jack is primarily a freelance underwater & wildlife cameraman having worked on various BBC nature shows like Springwatch, Countryfile, The One Show and The Great British Year. He's also filmed for two angling series Mr Crabtree Goes Fishing and the upcoming series Pursuit. Jack has been awarded in both British Wildlife Photography Awards and Underwater Photographer of the Year.


Jack has written two books "Freshwater Fishes of Britain" & "Field Guide to Pond & River Wildlife of Britain & Europe". He has also written for many magazines including BBC Wildlife, Outdoor Photography, Diver. Jack is sponsored and works with Affinity, Hammond Drysuits & Fotospeed. 


He's passionate about teaching others and, as well as delivering talks and private photo workshops, he runs short courses on wildlife photography with Nottingham Trent University and is a part time lecturer for the MSc Biological Photography and Imaging course at The University of Nottingham. 

Jack delivered an online Wildlife Photography workshop in October 2020, we were forced to cancel the outdoor practical workshop and will be looking to reschedule at some point in the future. 

WORKSHOP LEADERS 

Visits and Visual Arts Workshops 

ANNA ROEBUCK

Resident Art Tutor 

Anna is currently running our ArtSpeak Art Club. The club takes place on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 25 Prospect Street, Radford. For full details visit our ArtSpeak Art Club or Creative Workshops page. 

Anna Roebuck is a multimedia Artist with over 18 years of experience. Skilled in a range of art mediums and techniques, Anna also works extensively with recycled plastics. 


She owns her own studio, The Making House, in Burton on Trent, where she produces work for commissions, community projects and for private sale. She also delivers high-quality workshops in a range of art and craft techniques.  


To view Anna's work click here to view her website. 

SUSAN BEDFORD

Visiting Tutor

Inspired by her travels and the natural world, Susan creates vibrant, tactile mixed media artworks.  Using her photography skills, she begins by capturing images of the things that interest her, she’ll often paint on location before finally responding through mixed media textile outcomes.  

 

Contemplating the impact of technology on the way we live and the consequence of human activity on our planet, Susan goes through a process of deconstruction and pixilation of her painted textiles that results in an offset view representing the changing environment and disconnection between the real and digital world.

Susan led a series of Mixed Media Art Workshops online during November and December 2020. 

MEGAN ROSE

Visiting Tutor

Megan is an illustrator and writer based in Nottingham. She particularly likes drawing people, dogs and other small mammals. Her recent landscape work has been inspired by her love of adventure and the great outdoors, something that she has missed during lockdown.

 

Her picture book 'The Jam Makers' has recently been developed into a Puppet Show and showcased at Nottingham Puppet Festival 2021. 

Megan delivered some landscape drawing workshops online during 2020 and 2021. 

MIKE WILSON 

Visiting Tutor

 

Whilst working as a Manager in adult education, Mike also writes poetry, songs, drama and fiction.  He is experienced in giving talks and running workshops and teaches literature, creative writing and songwriting, to a variety of audiences.  

Mike gives regular talks on a range of literary themes and topics for Nottingham Library services and for The Bookcase in Lowdham.


Mike wrote and performed in Teeth Like Razors, a drama-piece featuring the lives and works of Brecht, Weill and Eisler, which toured the country to great acclaim. He has written over 80 titles for education publishers Hodder Murray. A collection of poetry – Desperanto – was published by Smokestack in 2009. He contributed to A Modern Don Juan, cantos in Byronic style, a homage to Lord Byron in 2013; and More Raw Material – work inspired by Alan Sillitoe, in 2015.

 

 

Mike led our visits to John Clare's Cottage and DH Lawrence Birthplace Museum as part of our Literary Season at the beginning of 2020. 
 

SIMON WITHERS

 

Visiting Tutor

Simon is a visual artist, performer and writer; living and working in Nottingham. 


Simon’s work is broad based, using materials that are appropriate in conveying my ideas. He has made work-using tapestry, paint on canvas, paper ‘fold outs’ and undertaken acts of performance.

 

Simon’s work has featured in over 150 exhibitions including, The Rashleigh Jackson Collection, Nottingham Contemporary, Northern Stars, A Foundation, Liverpool. Metahang, at Nottingham Castle and Pricked: Extreme Embroidery, The Museum of Art and Design, New York.

 

As a performer Simon has partaken at events organised by Home Live Art at The City of London Festival, The National Theatre, The National Trust and Nottingham Contemporary.

 

Simon ran our still life drawing workshops at City Arts. 

CATHY LESURF -

 

Visiting Creative Writing Tutor 


Cathy is a creative Artist, Performer, Producer, Writing Teacher and Mentor. She is a published author and has experience in writing and teaching for all age groups covering the genres: Writing for Radio, Screen and Stage, Storytelling, Fiction and Life Writing.

 

Cathy specialises in Life Writing, Script and Fiction, and has written an original module for the BA course at Nottingham University on The Creative Mind, exploring the overlap between creativity, writing, personal narrative and models of the mind.  


“I believe the experience of participating in a creative writing group is a shared journey, an opportunity to feel socially engaged and included, and a safe space for individuals to tell their stories.”


Cathy led the second phase of workshops with our Creative Writing Group and focused sessions around character and narrative development in Fiction and Life Writing.

DR RUTH CHARNOCK -

 

Visiting Creative Writing Tutor 

 

Ruth is a creative non-fiction writer, poet and academic and joined us to run the initial phase of Creative Writing Sessions held at Meadows Library. 

“I am particularly interested in helping other writers and would-be writers, free up their ideas and develop their confidence to create."

 

Ruth's sessions enabled participants to experiment with different approaches to writing in a supportive and encouraging environment. 

Ruth led our creative writing workshops which took place over the course of 12 weeks and ended in December 2019.