Meet Our Tutors

Our creative tutors have been an integral part to the centre before we even had a building to call our own. Now, we want to celebrate their contributions to not only the arts but our communities by allowing you to meet our tutors.

Those below range from long-standing tutors that have been here since the beginning, to new tutors who we are so excited to support in the coming months. Keep an eye out for new additions we add as our programme expands.

Kathleen Anderson, Fabric Craft

Kathleen is a local quilter, quilting teacher and quilt pattern designer. She teaches beginners how to make patchwork quilts, from start to finish, using modern tools and techniques.

www.cowdenquiltschool.com

Kate Bajic, Jeweller

Studio jeweller and tutor with over 19 years experience. In addition to teaching jewellery courses at Attenborough Arts, Kate creates, exhibits and sells her own work, nationally and internationally.

www.katebajic.co.uk

Dee Barnes, Pottery & Ceramics

Dee has been delivering clay workshops at the Attenborough Arts Centre since 2015 and has over 35 years’ experience of working within clay. Aside from teaching ceramics, Dee also produces mixed media jewellery and runs a number of successful, cutting-edge, contemporary craft galleries.

www.deebarnesdesigns.com

Scott Bridgwood, Life Drawing

Scott is an award-winning Fine Art painter who graduated from Chelsea School of Art in 1992. He’s been teaching Life Drawing abroad and in the UK for over 25 years, and at Attenborough Arts for 17years. Scott mostly paints the human form in oil on canvas.

www.scottbridgwood.com

Sarah Cooke, Weaving

With a Fine Art degree, and years of teaching and managing Arts courses, Sarah now has time to explore the many aspects of Weaving, especially using unconventional materials.

www.sarahcooke.co

Georgia Danvers, Botanical Art

Georgia is inspired by nature, colour,  shape, form design & personal creativity and is a RHS medal-awarded botanical artist specialising in watercolours and pencil. In her classes, Georgia encourages individuality in style whilst gaining confidence.

www.spirotanical-art.com

Miriam Gill, Art History

Miriam relishes in researching and delivering courses on all areas of Art History. As a founder member of Leicester Vaughan College, her enthusiasm for continuing education fuels her deep commitment to continue to look more closely and think creatively about visual culture in the inspiring company of adult students. She is currently teaching History of Art for Institute of Continuing Education, University of Cambridge and Oxford University Department of Continuing Education.

Jenny Grevatte, Fine Art

An established artist, Jenny is represented solely by the Goldmark Gallery in Rutland. She has taught at the Centre since 1984 and still enjoys her teaching as much as ever.

www.jennygrevatte.co.uk

Diane Hall, Fine Art

After completing a Diploma in History of Art and The Advanced Studio Course for Professional Development and Practice at University of Leicester, Hall became a Fine Art Tutor. In 2013 completed an MA in Fine Art, with distinction, followed by a Residency at University of Lincoln and in 2018 – 19 at University of Loughborough.
Founder member of g8 artists. Work concerns the imperatives of conservation, global ecological issues and the associated political debate concerning our planet.

www.dianeehall.co.uk

Rosie Johnson, Illustrator and Calligrapher

Illustrator, calligrapher and general maker of beautiful things! Rosie looks after her 2 little daughters and runs an Etsy shop specialising in alternative, quirky cards and paper goods.

Instagram: @rosieandramonamake

Steph Knowles, Multi-Discipline

Steph teach across several platforms: Dance, English Language and Visual Art. Her own practice is based around drawing but has strayed into various other disciplines including sound, ceramics and installation.

Paul Maslowski, Chinese Brush Painting

Practising for 25 years, Teaching for 19 years Paul has always been interested in the arts of the orient and to start with believed it began with Japanese art and observing the practise of a Chinese Calligraphy Master and he now teaches both here at Attenborough Arts Centre and at the studio he runs with his wife – Double Happiness Studio Market Harborough. Paul’s work has been exhibited in the UK, Taiwan, Poland, France, Spain and the United States.

www.doublehappinessmh.com

Austin Orwin, Pottery & Sculpture

Never far from a set of chisels, Austin has a huge passion for all things sculptural, whether it’s the design of a piece, the techniques implemented, or the materials used . He’s a regular fixture in the Creative Learning program at Attenborough Arts, and offers his Experiments in Sculpture and Sculptural Ceramics courses for everyone, from the absolute beginner to those coming with previous experience.

Shazia Osman, Mixed Media

Shazia Rashida Osman is an interdisciplinary Mixed Media Artist, inspired by traditional Practice. Her work explores themes of Islamic Art and Pattern.

www.rashidaart.com

Cathi Rae, Spoken Word

Cathi Rae is an award-winning poet and spoken word artist. Her work has been widely published and her debut collection “Your cleaner hates you and other poems” (Soulful Publishing) came out at the end of 2019. She has performed throughout the UK as a headline poet and obtained an MA in creative writing at University of Leicester in 2020 and is currently working on a PhD in poetry.

Mel Rye, Mixed Media

A multi-disciplinary artist, illustrator, and a qualified Art + Design teacher passionate about drawing in all its different forms, collage, photography, animation and digital image making.

www.melrye.co.uk

Savannah Sinhal, Health & Wellbeing

Savannah is a certified Holistic Health Practitioner working with lineages of knowledge from Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Japanese Macrobiotics and Taoist Arts. Her practice integrates medicinal cooking, herbalism and ecology with cultural arts and creative education for community wellness.

www.savannahsinhal.com

Jo Shearer, Mixed Media

Having taught Art in schools and colleges in Hertfordshire and Leicestershire for over 10 years, Jo embraces the freedom of working in a variety of media and has developed an ever-increasing passion for print. She enjoys nurturing creativity and confidence in all ages and abilities & cultivating a calming and therapeutic release through the process of making.

Hayley Stokes, Mixed Media

A painter with a love of people and the outdoors, Hayley’s artworks are typically narrative, and often autobiographical.  They include drawings, animations, installations and text but her true passion is for painting; typically with a focus on colour and expression.

www.hayleystokesart.com

Jeremy Webster, Fine Art

Jeremy has been a practising artist for over 40 years, specialising in oil painting and drawing and has exhibited his work widely.

Katherine Wilson, Fused Glass

Katherine creates unique fused glass work, inspired by the natural world, from her studio in Tollerton.

www.number8glass.co.uk