Arts Champions

The Arts Champions team is a vital part of the Arts and Education Network offer. They are recruited from across our region and have experience of delivering arts projects in schools and educational settings.

The Arts Champions are mentors who can act as a sounding board for projects and offer ideas for new ways of working in the classroom.

The network can pay for the time of the Arts Champions, so their expertise is FREE to schools.

If you are interested in working with an Arts Champion, please contact the network staff who will be able to identify an Arts Champion appropriate for your project.

Bethan Jenkins

Music

Name

Bethan Jenkins

Job title

Head of Music

Organisation/Business

Lewis School Pengam, Bargoed

Discipline

Music

 

Background

I am the Head of Music at Lewis School Pengam where I have taught since 2000. Currently, I am heading the Lead Creative School Programme at Lewis school in collaboration with two feeder primaries – which has just been awarded ‘good practice’ by the Arts Council of Wales. I am also a lead practitioner for the EAS Non-Core Lead Music programme and currently working with GWE and WG to develop resources for the new GCSE Specification.

In May 2016, ESTYN acknowledged Lewis School Pengam’s Music Department as part of a case study in the Thematic Review ‘Best Practice in the Arts Key Stages 3 & 4’. I have a wealth of experience in delivering a variety of exam-based qualifications: GCSE (Music), L2 BTEC (Music), GCSE (Performing Arts), AS/A Level (Music), AS/A Level Music Technology and Level 3 BTEC (Music).

Website Link

lsp.wales

 

Carol Williams

Music

Name

Carol Williams

Job title

Outgoing Director of Music / Subject Leader for Music

Organisation/Business

Bassaleg School

Discipline

Music

 

Background

I am a freelance musician, arranger, mentor and teacher with over 30 years experience of teaching music in secondary schools. I have embraced lots of change in the curriculum during my teaching career to date, including the introduction of GCSE and the National Curriculum along with several different A-Level and GCSE specifications. I am a passionate believer in the importance of the arts in developing well-rounded members of society; a good, inclusive arts education should be an essential part of the learning experience for all pupils. In October 2015, our Music department was selected by Estyn for a case study as an example of good practice in the teaching of the creative arts.

As a teacher and conductor, I currently work with Gwent Music to deliver good quality teaching and learning through individual and group musical activities. As a conductor, I have directed school choirs and bands performing with considerable success at prestigious festivals, events and venues throughout Europe.

I am also an External Mentor for Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs), working in partnership with EAS, EWC and Welsh Government to mentor new teachers, from all subject areas and in various schools,through their first year of teaching.

I am passionate about sharing my experience and skills as a musician and teacher with others in the profession. I believe that all learning should be fun, challenging, engaging and inspiring.

 

Clary Saddler

Theatre, Media, Music & Performing Arts

Name

Clary Saddler

Job title

Theatre company founder / artistic director / producer / director / facilitator / tutor/inclusive arts practitioner

Organisation/Business

Forget-Me-Not-Productions

Discipline

Theatre, Media, Music & Performing Arts

 

Background

Since graduating from drama school in 2002, I have been steadily building a career in the Performing Arts, media, music and inclusive arts. I developed this practice further by gaining Qualified Teacher Status as an adjunct in 2011. My background includes 16 years as a professional actor/musician/singer/songwriter; touring with such companies as Theatre for Youth and the Production Crew, as well as working professionally as a producer/director/facilitator/tutor with my own company Forget-Me-Not-Productions Ltd.

After gaining QTS, I taught & lectured for four years – specialising in secondary education drama, music & media, A-Level drama & theatre studies and BA Hons Drama & Education. I came to realise that combining my two areas of expertise could lead to some exciting results. To that end, I began entry into inclusive arts development. During my career to date I have acted as a mentor in many capacities; such as mentoring trainee teachers, training work experience students and apprentices and delivering and designing staff INSETs and twilights for primary schools, secondary schools and special schools. My specialisms include digital theatre, filmmaking and music and songwriting and I have a flare for making all activities fully inclusive.

Website Link

www.forget-me-not-productions.co.uk/cms

 

David Cartwright

Visual Art

Name

David Cartwright

Job title

Head of Art

Organisation/Business

Idris Davies School 3-18, Rhymney

Discipline

Visual Art

 

Background

More details soon.

Website Link

sites.google.com/idrisdaviesschool.wales/ids/home

 

David Garner

Visual Art

Name

David Garner

Job title

Artist

Organisation/Business

N/A

Discipline

Visual Art

 

Background

More details soon.

 

David Powell

Music

Name

David Powell

Job title

Managing Director

Organisation/Business

Upbeat Music and Arts Service Ltd

Discipline

Music

 

Background

Having studied and practised as a professional musician from 1983, I started part time peripatetic teaching in 1989 alongside my performing career. In 1996 I gained PGCE in Primary Education at the University of South Wales and joined the Gaer Junior School as classroom teacher. During this period I was an exemplar numeracy teacher for Newport Council.

I was appointed Assistant Head of Gwent Music Support Service in 2001 and stayed until 2013. During that time I gained a wealth of experience regarding all aspects of music service provision to schools and I had responsibility for service provision in the County Boroughs of Blaenau Gwent and Newport. Notably, instrumental music provision in schools rose by 100% in Blaenau Gwent between 2001 and 2010. Many innovative strategies were employed to achieve these high levels of engagement in a recognised area of severe social and economic deprivation. In 2013 I formed Upbeat Music and Arts Service Ltd, a fluid force of artists from many disciplines creating high impact projects and experiences for schools. I have a proven track record of training, mentoring and leading teams – identifying qualities and strengths, and blending those attributes and individuals into a cohesive and dynamic force.

In March 2017, I was recipient of the inaugural South Wales Argus ‘Creativity and Innovation’ award.

Website Link

www.upbeatmusicandarts.co.uk

 

Dean Yhnell

Music

Name

Dean Yhnell

Job title

Musician / Educator

Organisation/Business

Beat Technique

Discipline

Music

 

Background

More details soon.

Website Link

beattechnique.co.uk

 

Gina Roberts

Dance

Name

Gina Roberts

Job title

Freelance Dance Practitioner

Organisation/Business

Self-employed working for various organisations

Discipline

Dance

 

Background

I currently deliver sessions for pre-school children allowing them the freedom to explore movement and music in a friendly environment. During the sessions I aim to develop early language skills, physical, creative and social skills in a fun and relaxed environment. The sessions aim to develop confidence, build self-esteem, and enhance language skills. Children also develop their balance, co-ordination and motor skills while making new friends.

I also devise and teach units of work in primary and secondary schools to all ages and abilities. The sessions are created in line with the National Curriculum and the school’s curriculum maps.

I have worked as a dance mentor and consultant for the PESS (PE in School Sports) initiative with Sports Wales. I worked alongside teachers to raise the standards of dance in primary and secondary education using the PESS pedagogy of teaching and learning. As part of my role I would deliver demonstration lessons, team-teach, set targets and outcomes, give teachers feedback on their lessons and help develop their knowledge of dance in the national curriculum.

Website Link

www.ginasminimovers5.wixsite.com/minimovers

 

Karin Molson

Museums

Name

Karin Molson

Job title

Learning Manager

Organisation/Business

Monmouthshire Museums Service

Discipline

Museums

 

Background

I am the Learning Manager for Monmouthshire Museums Service and have over 20 years experience of working in museum and gallery learning.

I develop curriculum-related creative learning experiences inspired by museum objects and documents, paintings and photographs and historic buildings. I have worked for a diverse range of museums and art galleries including Kettle’s Yard (University of Cambridge), Cambride and County Folk Museum, The Corinium Museum and Bristol’s Museums, Galleries and Archives.

I provide training in object handling and investigation and using museum collections for creative learning

I have co-authored two publications for teachers focusing on using statues and sculpture for developing higher order thinking skills and using museum collections, documents and other historic resources to develop creative learning in the classroom.

I have worked on a number of intergenerational oral history projects, two of which resulted in films being produced for schools across Bristol and Monmouthshire.

I’m the chair of the South Wales heritage Education Forum, a member of the Group for Education in Museums and an Arts Award Advisor (Discover and Explore).

 

Kate Verity

Community and Combined Arts / Visual Art / Theatre and Performance Arts / Literature

Name

Kate Verity

Job title

Freelance Artist / Arts Development Officer

Organisation/Business

Caerphilly CBC Arts Development

Discipline

Community and Combined Arts / Visual Art / Theatre and Performance Arts / Literature

 

Background

I have over 20 years of experience in delivering arts sessions in a variety of settings with a huge range of different groups, including children and young people, older people, people with learning disabilities and those experiencing mental health issues. I’ve worked in Caerphilly Council’s Arts Service for over 10 years and have a great deal of experience in collaborating with other artists and developing arts projects, including managing and contracting artists and overseeing projects from start to finish.

I regularly work with groups such as Caerphilly Youth Theatre designing sets and props for their shows and I have a passion for theatre and performance arts. I’m the lead artist for Maindee Festival carnival parade and I love to create large scale work. I also deliver community arts workshops in a variety of art forms, often working as part if the Malarky Artist collective. I have an MA in Arts and Health and I believe in the power of using the Arts as a tool to promote health and well being and its ability to change lives.

Website Link

your.caerphilly.gov.uk/bmi/arts-development/arts-development

 

Louise Tolcher-Goldwyn

Visual Art / Applied Art

Name

Louise Tolcher-Goldwyn

Job title

Senior Education Officer

Organisation/Business

Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre

Discipline

Visual Art / Applied Art

 

Background

More details soon.

Website Link

www.lgac.org.uk

 

Sally James-Williams

Performing Arts

Name

Sally James-Williams

Job title

Head of Performing Arts

Organisation/Business

Lliswerry High School, Newport

Discipline

Performing Arts

 

Background

More details soon.

Year 9 Film Project 

 

Website Link

lliswerryhigh.org

 

TBC

Digital Art

Name

TBC

Job title

Teacher or artist

Organisation/Business

TBC

Discipline

Digital Art

 

Background

We are looking for a new Arts Champion who can be our digital arts specialist. You can be a teacher, currently championing creative learning through the Digital Competency Framework, or you could be an artist working with technology on creative projects in schools.

Get in touch with us for more information or download the application form.