Freelance Facilitator and Creative Workshop Practitioner 

Reliable, friendly, empathic, with excellent communication, critical thinking abilities, and 20 years experience of formulating, planning and delivering high standard creative learning sessions for a range of learners. 


My workshops are

  • flexible, adaptable and formulated to meet diverse needs

  • accessible and inclusive , all participants feel welcomed and comfortable 

  • designed to prompt critical thinking skills and encourage self-directed and collaborative investigation 

  • provide a relevant connection with the space in which they are run

  • engender person-centred, memorable, evocative, creative learning experiences for all participants 

  • popular and well attended with excellent feedback from both participants and project commissioners



BA (Hons) Fine Art, Byam Shaw School of Art, Central Saint Martins, London

PTLLS (preparing to teach in the life-long learning sector) NVQ level 4

Diploma in Fine Bookbinding, Brighton Polytechnic



I regularly work in a variety of learning environments in the cultural sector and in the wider community, including; The Westway Trust, Bethlem Museum of the Mind, Central Saint Martins, Westminster University, Lincoln University, The Guardian Education Centre, the British Museum, Wandsworth Museum, Battersea Arts Centre, The English Folk Song and Dance Society, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Tate, The Museum of Childhood, Great Ormond Street Hospital, and The British Library. 


As a freelance artist educator I have been contracted to run creative learning sessions for: marginalised, disadvantaged and vulnerable groups;  pupil referral units; youth groups; poets; librarians; refugees; supplementary schools; adults with mental health needs; adults and children with physical and learning needs; undergraduates; and adult vocational learners. I am currently delivering creative learning sessions in prisons around England. 


What participants make and say:









‘The attention to detail and the care with which participants were involved at their own level was remarkable’. Adult learner, Bookbinding masterclass, The British Library, 2017



"I know they want you back!’ Alice Mayers,

Creative Programmes Manager, The Westway Trust., 2017 

I was Initially commissioned to work with the Eritrean Parents and Children’s Association by the Westway Trust, for a workshop centred around migration, but the brief changed after our first meeting. The 14 year old leader of the participant group had seen a book on my website and asked if we could produce a similar binding for a project she wanted to organise to mark the loss of their friends in the Grenfell fire. 










'The session made me feel responsible, caring, happy and confident’, HMP inmate, on-going outreach project for Digital Learning at The British Library in partnership with award winning StoryBook Dads charity, Making Pop-Up Books, 2019

Work History

Freelance Specialist Creative Educator

2007 - 2019 The British Library, London

Produced high quality creative educational workshops for the British Library’s Learning team, including original workshops for their Core School’s programme. 

Instructed on average over 3000 participants per year: 

Make a Book

Play on Words

Bones to Bytes, what is writing?


Established and continue to maintain productive working relationships with the British Library’s

Adult Learning programme

Access & Community programme

Digital Learning programme 

Late events programme


Ongoing National project with The British Library in partnership  Storybook Dads

Pop Up books in Prisons

HMP Channings Wood 2018

HMP Kirkham 2019

HMP Featherstone 2019

HMP  Standford Hill 2019

HMP New Hall 2019

HMP Sudbury 2019

HMP Drake Hall 2019

HMP Channings Wood 2019


Commissioned workshops/residencies 

The British Library 2015, 16, 17, 18, 19  - ongoing

Bookbinding masterclasses

Pop Up Books & Paper Engineering

Experimental Printmaking and Bookbinding

Pastepapers & Suminagashi

The British Library and Riba,  and Liam O’Connor

Bookbinding for Walking the City Summer School 2019

The British Library, Regent’s High London, & Adisa The Verbaliser

Friendship Books 2019

In partnership with The British Library 

Make a Book for Adults with additional needs 2019, ongoing

The British Library and Guardian Centre for Education

CPD events for teachers attending Nate & Literacy Conferences between 2007 - 2018

Play on Words workshops

Make a Book workshops

Rotherham Riverside Library Bansky Project, community workshops and installation work with Adrian Barron. 

Supported by ROAR, Rotherham Open Arts Renaissance and The Arts Council, 2018

Bethlem Museum of the Mind

Tate Exchange: The Artist’s Spectrum 2018

Portrait Workshop 2018

The WestWay Trust 2018

Museum of Childhood, V&A 2017, 18

EFDSS 2016, 17, 18, 19 May in a Day

Dulwich Picture Gallery 2016

Vanessa Bell. Bookbinding & Printmaking workshops for local secondary schools

Wandsworth Museum 2015

Mapping Wandsworth’s Stories

Community workshops and installation piece.

The London Metropolitan Archive Cy Grant. Paper Marionettes 2016

Wandsworth Museum Ghost in the Machine pop ups  2015

Battersea Arts Centre  Sheepscapes 2015

National Army Museum 2015

Peoples’ Centre for Change 2012 -2014

Weekly drop in workshops for adults with additional needs

British Library 2007 - 2019 various.

Bookbinding workshops for Fine Art undergraduates at CSM 20 11 - 2012  

2010 - 2012 Westminster University: Visiting Lecturer in Visual Culture


2007 - 2008 Studio Assistant to the artist Jo Volley

2000 - 2005, 2017 ongoing Studio Assistant to the artist Tess Jaray

2003 - 2004 Mick Jones Productions: collection collating and archiving.

1999 - 2001 Cloth of Gold: Artist-educator and project designer, Inspiration Africa (Horniman Museum)

1988 - 1992 The Photographers’ Gallery: Bookshop Deputy Manager



Ria Bartlett      Lead Producer: Onsite Learning Team

The British Library 96 Euston Road LONDON NW1 2DB        +44 (0)20 7412 7315


Dr Aviva Dautch    Lead Producer

Bethlem Museum of the Mind, Bethlem Royal Hospital, Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 3BX


Tess Jaray RA

Islington, London

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