Currently, I run an exciting community art and heritage project in Bideford, North Devon. Called Way of the Wharves, it’s about creating renewed knowledge and pride in the maritime history of a deprived ward (East-the-Water).
Myself and a dedicated group of volunteers do this by organising events, art workshops, education programmes, recordings of oral histories, designing tourist information panels, and researching stories of how people lived and worked around the quayside and port of Bideford.
Once an important, strategic port for worldwide trade and ship building, Bideford’s rich heritage and tidal estuary lends itself to be regenerated for generations who know nothing about this.
I manage the day-to-day project, the volunteers, social media, finances and really enjoy creating new workshops and motivating people to come together to build a better and more positive community environment.
You can follow what the Way of the Wharves team are up to on our Facebook page.
I’ve also run youth film inclusion projects, with those Not in Education Employment or Training (NEETs), and been project co-ordinator for community arts, literature and theatre festivals.