As a Artist Educator I know that Art makes lives better,  I create varied art workshops and classes which reach into sectors and communities providing inspirational & entertaining learning.
I also engage with a number of social projects annualy where Arts & Crafts make a clear difference to communities.
Please feel free to contact me if you have an idea or wish to collaborate with an Artist.

Swoop

Outdoor wind powered "Birds of Delight" Chandeliers. 

In August 2020, I constructed 8 giant wind powered chandeliers filled with painted birds for an outdoor exhibition at Watts Gallery, Surrey. 
'I love the new Swoop:Birds of Delight installation that was shimmering in the sunshine in the woodlands surrounding our Artists' house at Watts today. Come and see for yourself! The installation is made entirely of birds decorated during the lockdown by the amazing children Surrey school children who took par in the project with Artist Gina McAdam and our partners Delight and Paintbox' 
Alistair Burtenshaw. Director at Watts Gallery.

Swoop, Birds of Delight.

link to 'Swoop' walk through video-
https://twitter.com/DearsleyArtHive/status/1297089856179445761?s=20

Guildford Lantern Parade

In Autumn 2019 I designed the concept and theme for Guildford's first ever public lantern parade. Working alongside the Electric Theatre, local schools and charities, we jointly created a parade based on the fable The Town and the Country Mouse.Acknowledgements to 'Same Sky' of Brighton who kindly lent their expertise in lantern construction for the event.

Museums at Night. The Umbrella Parade.

In 2018 I conducted a Night time umbrella parade for members of the public attending  the UK scheme, 'Museums at Night' at Watts Gallery Artists Village in Surrey, UK.

half-term theatre project. A shadow puppet making workshop and theatre to try out the results.

Pop-Up Shadows Puppet Theatre

School Holiday Shadow Puppet Theatre workshop.2019.

Makers Market in Godalming.
In 2019 I created the first ever Godalming Makers Market to celebrate the wealth of Arts & Crafts heritage we have in our town. 
Delight. Working with Schools in Surrey
Delight in Watts
Year 4 mural project with Delight in Watts and Green Oak School, Surrey, UK 2019.

My Drawing Clubs

Featuring images taken from 'Sketchbook Club' and the drawing club based at NHS Frimley 'Drawing with Dementia'

Surrey County Council F.I.S.H Summer school. Drawing Robot Battle.

Art for All

Wrapping paper design created with teenagers from the Art for All award programme at Watts Gallery, Compton, UK.
Making Faces
Feb 2020 half-term drawing project at Watts Gallery.

Beacon Hill School Tile Exhibit


Designed for Beacon Hills Primary School. 2019
Ceramic outdoor instalation display in collaboration with Watts Gallery.
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Nature tile panel

When Busbridge Junior School reached its 150th anniversary back in 2018, I was contacted to help create a special artwork to celebrate the landmark birthday.
I proposed that we work with Watts Gallery to acknowledge our town's rich Arts and Craft heritage and also reference Godalming's famous gardener, Gertrude Jekyll who is buried just over the road from the school.
We based the theme on nature and set about to create a terracotta tile with each pupil and staff member currently at the school.
I hand installed the results on the wall opposite the main office in April 2020 during the lockdown, it was a very enjoyable project and the final piece looks fantastic..


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