Artful, participant-centred ways of working, that support individuals to explore and learn from their relationship with their cultural and natural heritage, are inclusive and powerful.
James devises and delivers participatory arts projects, and professional development for educators and artists, and acts as a consultant in the development of interpretation and learning materials, and project evaluation.
James works people of all ages, from babies and pre-school children, to doctoral students, and with heritage, environmental and arts organisations.
Hands-on creative activities provide an ideal way to improve access to the collections of galleries, museums, and heritage sites, encouraging the development of new audiences and increased understanding through creative learning.
James also works as a visiting lecturer with graduate and postgraduate
students to explore the value, and embed the practice, of socially
engaged arts practice and creative, place-based learning, within courses
and research programmes.
In addition to formal education, James has worked with young people in a variety of community contexts, including young carers, young people with mental health issues, and young people receiving support for issues relating to substance abuse and/or homelessness.
James works throughout Wiltshire and the surrounding counties
(Berkshire, Hampshire, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Bath, Bristol,
Poole and Bournemouth), across the UK, including London, and overseas.
a class teacher I often have an ‘end product’ in mind - this was a much
more open process where every suggestion and offering was valued and