Meet our tutors

Find out more about our talented tutors below

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  • Alison Bacon

  • Alison Bacon trained to teach dance with the International Dance Teachers Association and currently runs sessions for children and adults across the city. She describes dance as a great form of exercise which also has a wonderful social element.
  • Conny Bailey

  • Conny Bailey studied art history at the University of Leicester from BA to PhD. She teaches a broad variety of art history subjects to certificate and undergraduate level. Her interests as an unreformed petrol head and glass painter often help her to find unusual angles in the material she presents as part of her courses. (Image taken from course)
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  • Kate Bajic

  • Kate Bajic is a professional jeweller who exhibits her work in galleries and exhibitions nationwide. She also teaches across the East Midlands, giving beginners and improvers the opportunity to create beautiful silver jewellery.
  • Dee Barnes
  • Dee Barnes

  • Dee Barnes specializes in working with mixed media. Her philosophy within her own creative practice is that it should be affordable and accessible to everyone. Everyday materials and found objects can be incorporated into a piece of wearable jewellery.  Dee sells her work widely in galleries, shops, and museums.throughout the Uk.
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  • Geoff Beasley

  • Geoff Beasley studied at Ravensbourne College of Art and Design and The Royal Academy Schools, London, and gained an MA in fine art at Nottingham Trent University in 1993. An experienced teacher and professional artist, he is part-time artist in residence at Rockingham School in Northamptonshire. (Painting by Geoff Beasley).
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  • María-José Escudero Bregante

  • María-José Escudero Bregante has attended flamenco classes to an advanced level in Murcia (Spain) at Escuela de Danza y Espacio Artístico Aranza and Al-Óleo Espacio Artístico. She has also attended a flamenco piano course with the famous Sevillian flamenco pianist Dorantes. She brought flamenco dancing to Leicester in 2012, where she has taught weekly at Studio 79.
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  • Scott Bridgwood

  • Scott Bridgwood is a figurative artist who graduated from Chelsea College of Art & Design in 1991. He has exhibited in London and Rome where he also taught at the British Cultural Institute. He was sold widely and won various prestigious awards. A former chair of Leicester Society of Artists, he teaches at various venues across Leicestershire.
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  • Alan Caine

  • Alan Caine is a teacher and painter. One of the founders of the Richard Attenborough centre (where Attenborough Arts Centre is housed), he was responsible for the University of Leicester’s adult education programme for 30 years.
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  • Hilary Cartmel

  • Hilary Cartmel has worked as a sculptor for over 30 years. She was a student in Nottingham, was a visiting lecturer on the Fine Art degree course at Leicester Polytechnic and has completed more than 60 public art commissions. She has exhibited widely and been involved in the Sculpture Exhibition in the university’s botanical garden.
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  • Rishii Chowdhury

  • Rishii Chowdhury is a Leicester based musician who brings a fresh, energetic and exciting approach to playing the tabla. He is already gaining a reputation as an individual with “empowering qualities” which is why the student body of his YO-Tabla! classes are growing. As well as being deeply rooted in the Indian classical tradition, Rishii has been involved in many stimulating collaborative world music projects working with tap dance, Western classical, Drum n bass, jazz, electronic, reggae, electro rock, pop and dubstep genres.
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  • Peter Clayton

  • Peter Clayton graduated in fine art in 1981. He has shown in some 150 solo and group exhibitions around the UK, and his work is in private and public collections worldwide. Commissions and residences include P&O Cruises, Faber & Faber, Grizedale Forest in Cumbria, and Buckinghamshire Museum and Art Gallery. He has taught at Attenborough Arts Centre since 1998. (Artwork by Peter Clayton)
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  • Stephen Coley

  • Stephen Coley is a fine art graduate and co-founder and active member of the visual arts organisation Artblock. A practising artist, he has exhibited throughout the UK. His main areas of work revolve around organic sculptures, using metals or plastics, and mixed media collages incorporating drawing, painting, tissue and photography.
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  • Dr Maria Collingham

  • Dr Maria Collingham is an established practising artist who has exhibited widely,with work held in national and international collections. She was amongst the first few people to complete a PhD in Fine Art Theory and Practice. She has lectured and taught visual art for over 15 years at universities, museums, galleries and in community settings and delivered workshops and talks for a variety of organisations including the BBC and English Heritage.

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  • Georgia Danvers

  • Georgia Danvers is a trained botanical artist who has exhibited throughout the UK, including three prestigious exhibitions held by the Society of Botanical Artists in London. She is also a published artist and currently teaches courses through to diploma level.
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  • Doe Demure

  • Doe Demure is an experienced Oriental belly dancer and has danced professionally for Chaines Dance Company since 2009. Under her performance name, Doe Demure, she also performs burlesque and hula hoop styles. Hannah hopes that her classes help students to feel confident and comfortable in their own skin.
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  • Dr John Florance

  • Dr John Florance is a BBC Radio Leicester’s Faith and Ethics producer. He teaches for the WEA and occasionally at De Montfort University and the University of Leicester. He is President of the Shires Branch of the Betjeman Society and the Leicester Gilbert and Sullivan Society and conducts pre-concert talks for the Philharmonia Orchestra residency and for the Leicester International Music Festival.
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  • Miriam Gill

  • Miriam Gill has a lifelong fascination with visual art. Her studies at Oxford and The Courtauld Institute of Art focused on the Middle Ages, but she has a wide-ranging interest in different periods and artists and the connections between them. (Image from an art history class)
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  • Richard Gill

  • Richard Gill has taught at Attenborough Arts Centre for many years. He has written books on Marlowe, Shakespeare, Donne, Jane Austen, Tennyson and Yeats, and has taught for over 30 years at Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I College, as well as at Vaughan College and the Workers’ Educational Association. He has also worked in radio and television.
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  • Grey Gibson

  • Grey Gibson works across various art forms to help people explore and develop their creativity. Founder of Deep Well Arts, her diverse background includes theatre and visual art projects, establishing a new arts centre, and innovative workshops for a wide range of groups from Writing East Midlands to Fermynwoods Contemporary Art. She is currently researching the connections between improvisation. (Image from class).
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  • John Gull

  • John Gull is a professional vocal coach with 20 years’ experience and a diverse background in choral music, from cathedral choirs to barbershop choruses. He aims to enthuse learners to enjoy singing with others in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
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  • Diane E Hall

  • Diane E Hall is a practising artist who worked in disability education for 25 years before becoming a tutor at Attenborough Arts Centre in 2000. She uses a variety of approaches to learning, interpretation and engagement with art, and aims to encourage creative experience and provide an opportunity for learners to develop new skills and to evaluate and assess their own work. (Image taken from class).
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  • Linda Harding

  • Linda Harding is an artist who works mainly in textiles, selling to commission, through local galleries and online. She has 12 years’ teaching experience with both children and adults in schools and museums, and for community arts programmes such as The Spark Festival and Leicester Mela, and loves to awaken the creative spark in others.
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  • Greg Harris

  • Greg Harris paints high quality, figurative oil paintings. He graduated with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from De Montfort University in 2009 and, has since been pre-selected for the BP Portrait Award 2013 and the SELF competitions in London.  Locally, he’s exhibited at the New Walk Museum, the Louise Ellerington Fine Art Gallery, the Pedestrian Gallery, Just The Tonic and the Exchange Bar.
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  • Leila Houston

  • Leila Houston uses photography, installation, film and sound as contemporary art forms. After graduating from Nottingham Trent University in 2003, she spent five years with Digswell Arts Trust. She now exhibits and curates shows and sells work countrywide, as well as running art classes in galleries, universities and schools. She recently attained an MA with distinction from De Montfort University.
  • Kat Iliffe
  • Kat Iliffe

  • Kat studied gained a Bachelor of Arts degree in 3D Design Wood, Metal and Plastic. She later went back to gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education specialising in secondary Art and Design. She has over six years experience as a classroom teacher specialising in a wide range of art, design and technology subjects. Iliffe Arts Ltd. is a social enterprise company that provides specialist workshops and courses in physical expression, visual and performing arts.
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  • Steve Johns

  • Steve Johns holds an MA in Creative Writing from Loughborough University and is a certified master practitioner and coach in Neuro-Linguistic Programming NLP and is a member of the International Coaching Federation. He has written a novel and a hardback anthology of his poems. Currently he is editor of the award winning Soar Valley Life magazine which is delivered to more than 20,000 homes in rural Leicestershire.
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  • Steph Knowles

  • Steph Knowles is a graduate in fine art who has worked with adults and community groups for 16 years. Her practice is based around drawing but she also paints, using digital media and makes sculptural forms and installations. She has exhibited in group and solo shows across the UK and has work in private collections both here and abroad. (Image taken from a children’s workshop)
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  • Malika Kraamer

  • Malika Kraamer is passionate in her current work as curator of world cultures at New Walk Museum and as an independent curator, researcher and tutor. A specialist in contemporary global arts, she studied at different European universities and did her doctoral studies in African art at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

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  • Jo Leatherland

  • Jo Leatherland is a practising textile artist who loves exploring colour and texture. From her 20 years’ experience of teaching the young and the young at heart, she is a passionate and stimulating teacher who creates a supportive and fun environment. She teaches across the East Midlands and runs a community craft group.
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  • Fiona Linday

  • Fiona Linday enjoys being a freelance creative writing practitioner in diverse settings. She supported learning in schools for many years before studying creative writing at Lancaster University and winning a couple of short story competitions.
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  • Kirsty Munro

  • Kirsty Munro is a comedian, performing artist and workshop facilitator. Her comedy credits include solo shows at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival and Comedy Cashback Winner 2011. Kirsty has over 8 years’ experience leading workshops and enjoys sharing her passion for live performance. She creates a fun, relaxed atmosphere for people to discover their talents and gain a confidence boost.
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  • Joy Norman

  • Joy Norman is a mixed-media artist who has been working for many years with handmade paper pulp, textiles, organic items and found objects. She creates one-off pieces of framed work, wall hangings and decorative bowls, and has exhibited widely throughout the East Midlands. She is a member of the Design Factory and the Tesserae Textile Group.
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  • Austin Orwin

  • Austin Orwin is a professional sculptor who exhibits his work regularly and also works to commission. He has been teaching at Attenborough Arts Centre for some seven years. His courses offer a very supportive environment where individual ideas can be explored and learners with a mix of experience can push the boundaries of their work.
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  • Ketan Patel

  • Ketan Patel has established himself as a teacher and performer in Leicestershire since graduating from the Brighton Institute of Modern Music. A versatile musician, he is adept in classical, acoustic and electric guitar styles. He is a regular performer in a range of musical outfits including jazz, rock and classical ensembles.
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  • Chris Jay Rogers

  • Chris Jay Rogers: Having worked initially in graphics and illustration, I began the transition to fine art in the late 1990’s. Since then I have sold my work through exhibitions and commissions. I am also a member of the Ashby Guild of Artists and the Leicestershire Pastel Society. I began my teaching career in 2007, combining part-time teaching with studying to achieve my professional teaching qualifications over the following years. (Artwork by Chris Jay Rogers).
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  • Lois Gardener Sabet

  • Lois Gardener Sabet is a fine art graduate who has been working for many years as an abstract painter using pattern, colour and rhythm in her large watercolours. She has exhibited and sold works internationally and taught in residential courses in the UK and France. She is dedicated to helping people find their own form of expression with paint and gain complete confidence in using colour. (Image taken from class).
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  • Victoria Satchwell

  • Victoria Satchwell: Founder and Designer/Maker at hapalaida. I studied Photography and Print at college, I continued drawing and printing occasionally then a few years ago I booked onto a screen printing refresher course. I design each item at my home in Leicestershire.  All of my designs start out as hand-drawn images and then I either screen print, lino & block print, hand paint or digitally print them.
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  • Farhana Shaikh

  • Farhana Shaikh Shaikh is a writer, freelance editor and publisher born in Leicester. She founded The Asian Writer in 2007 and recently established Dahlia Publishing, a boutique indie press. She hosts the monthly Writers Meet Up Leicester and has just launched LeicesterWrites.co.uk for writers living across the county. In 2010, Farhana won an Arts bursary from the Royal Shakespeare Company; she continues to write theatre reviews for The Public Reviews.
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  • Katie Sone

  • Katie Sone Write Away Arts delivers workshops and activities with the main focus being on creative writing and literature development, including Writing for Wellbeing and Toddler Tales - children's storytelling workshops. I am a skilled Arts Project Manager with over twelve years experience in managing events, performances and projects within the arts in Leicester and Leicestershire.
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  • Ben Spiller

  • Ben Spiller is passionate about Shakespeare. He loves inspiring, surprising and affecting people with the playwright’s inspirational language, vibrant characters and exciting sense of performance. Ben’s recent directing credits include Lear/dementia (Derby Theatre Studio), unclepandarus.com (London 2012 World Shakespeare Festival) and Emergency Shakespeare (Watch This Space at the National Theatre). Ben has facilitated Shakespeare workshops and discussions with people aged from five to 100 at all levels of ability and in various contexts.

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  • Hannah Torrance

  • Hannah Torrance trained in applied theatre at Central School of Speech & Drama and specialises in youth and community theatre. She has worked with companies such as the Young Vic Theatre and MIND, as well as running workshops in art and drama for children and young people.
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  • Lindsey Warnes Carroll

  • Lindsey Warnes Carroll has been performing, telling stories, writing and running workshops for children and young people for over 12 years. Most recently, she has delivered creative writing and drama workshops and storytelling sessions in primary schools and Sure Start children’s centres across Leicestershire. Lindsey is also a member of the Leicester-based comedy improvising group Unidentified Flying Improv.
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  • Jenny Wright

  • Jenny Wright is a professional artist and exhibits as Jenny Grevatte. She has had many solo shows nationally and internationally, including a simultaneous exhibition at New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, Attenborough Arts Centre in 2010 and The Goldmark Gallery. She has work in many public collections and has taught at Attenborough Arts Centre since 1984.
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  • Andrew Wynne

  • Andrew Wynne is a freelance visual artist, designing and creating contemporary wall-hung work to commission and for exhibition. His practice includes teaching in adult education, school residencies with learners ranging from reception year through to sixth form. He likes to work by freely experimenting with the medium, working mostly with resist and discharge-dyed textiles, print and mosaic.(Artwork by Andrew Wynne). Lunch voucher 2016

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