Participate Arts – initiating, developing & delivering contemporary community arts projects.
Individually tailored, high quality, contemporary arts projects with integrity, in consultation with communities, initiating community art projects that would not otherwise happen.
We work with a diverse range of people, who may be facing social, cultural and educational barriers, socially engaging through art. Workshops and participatory events bring peoples’ creativity alive, enabling people to come together and engage with each other, motivating participants involved to learn and develop skills for positive change.
We aim to inspire people to engage in art and the artistic process, creating a moment that can transform a day, a relationship, a place, a community or even a life. The interaction that happens can ignite a friendship, inspire a meaningful exchange, boost a low morale, give a voice to someone who felt they hadn’t been heard before or spark a thought process that deepens experience.
Participate Arts identifies people’s creative needs and desires, developing and delivering workshops and projects and assisting with generating the income to enable them to happen.
Graduated at Dartington College of Arts, B.A Hons in Art and Social Context 1993. Design work – set design and props for two shows for touring theatre company KAOS UK, 1996-98, projections installation for Film Festival Utrecht, 1994, set for Schism Theatre, Birmingham, 2005, design for Hearth Centre, Birmingham 2007,set design, creative facilitation and stage management for Women and Theatre, Birmingham, 1999-2007.
Projects include: Year of the Artist project – installation/performance exploring loss of local shops and regeneration, Birmingham 2000, creating large scale sculptures working with young people in Heathfield, Bovey Tracey and Teignmouth, Devon 2006-2008, fantasy tree sculpture with children for ArtFarm Project 2005, C.R.E.A.T.E environmental arts project 2006-2007 – creative workshops partnership with Teignbridge council and Sure Start.
Facilitation –worked at Devon County Council 2003-2008 leading creative family workshops. Trained at ‘ENQUIRE’ – Learning about Gallery Education 2008.
Co-ordinated and led Children’s Craft workshops at Contemporary Craft Fair
Gaby is passionate about the use of the Arts to create positive social change and help build communities.
Becci moved to Devon to attend Dartington College of Arts in 1993. Since completing the Visual Performance degree, she has built upon her interest in art that involves participation and making.
She has had various teaching experience and residencies including at Dartington College, The Stables Project in York (14-18 year olds), The Window Sills Project (12 month residency in Exwick, St.Thomas & Alphington, Exeter) She has also run weekly seasonal craft workshops for adults in Buckfastleigh, including doll making, felting, sewing, paper crafts, candle making, etc… and has been a registered childminder for 6 years (ages 2-13) where creative projects of all kinds form a large part of the activities on offer.
For many years she was a Consultant and Coordinator for “Contexture – A Contemporary Art Forum and Degree Show” at Dartington College of Arts, enabling, teaching and supporting students to prepare and deliver an annual professional art event with national status. She also has experience of exhibiting her own work and curating, for instance ‘Little Footprints’– art exhibition on the theme of the death of a baby, the Ariel Centre, Totnes, Devon & Chelsea Hospital, London and ‘Never in a Year of Sundays’ – 10 Artists Collective Sundays, Dartington Village hall.
Becci loves working with people and the connections and transformations that can happen around the creative process.