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 will lead the next phase of workshops within our Creative Writing Group and will focus 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.
The Creative Writing group will continue in February.
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.
Visiting Photography Tutor - Dominic will be leading the Fine Art and Alternative Camera Techniques Photography workshops. Find out more here
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.”
Visiting Photography Tutor - Jack will be delivering an online Wildlife Photography workshop and outdoor practical workshop in October and November. Visit the Creative Workshops page for full details.
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.
Visits and Visual Arts Workshops
Visiting Tutor - Susan will be leading some of our online workshops and will be running the Mixed Media Art workshops this November.
Visit our Online Workshops page to find out more about her upcoming workshops.
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.
To view Susan's work click here to visit her website.
Visiting Tutor - Megan will be delivering an online drawing workshop.
For full details about her upcoming workshop visit our Online Workshops page.
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 will showcase at Nottingham Puppet Festival 2021.
To view Megan's work click here to visit her website.
Visiting Tutor - 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.
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.
Visiting Tutor - Simon runs Still Life Drawing Workshops
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.