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"Working with Diana is not only rewarding with great outcomes, it is also great fun! Diana has worked with all ages at the Museum and is always friendly and encouraging so participants can create their own art as well as appreciate hers".

K. Topping - Education Officer, Haslemere Educational Museum, Surrey.

Fulham Palace : 2016
Fulham Palace: 2016
The Wonderful Wish Machine: Haslemere Education Museum Big Draw (STEAM) 2016

Bronze Arts Award intensive course with students from years 7-11.

Participants imagined how Fulham Palace might look if the past Bishops of London had left one of their personal belongings behind for the next to inherit. The timeline spans finds from Roman origins of the site to the 1970s.

The objects and furniture were inspired by ideas about decoration and craftsmanship that made ordinary items extraordinary. 

From carved tableware to bejewelled treasures and ornate furniture, our artists (aged between 11
and 15) recreated an inheritance befitting a ‘Prince of the Church'. Their designs were inspired by the Palace itself and through historical research.

Woolmer Hill School, Surrey : 2016
Woolmer Hill School, Surrey : 2016

A variety of techniques used to create elements of 'celebration clothing' from recycled materials. Working with students from year 8 and visitors from years 5 and 6, decorative elements were made from discarded textiles, plastics and paper. These workshops will continue in 2017 and be shown at the Haslemere Educational Museum's Celebration Redesigned Exhibition, alongside other artwork by children and adults.

Youth Uncovered, Gerald Moore Gallery: 2016
Youth Uncovered, Gerald Moore Gallery: 2016

The Youth Uncovered Project was ambitious and experimental, where year 13 students from three London schools worked alongside artists to understand their practice and ultimately to curate an exhibition of work that evolved over the residency. With the question of "what does it mean to be a young person today?", the project was a collaboration with my daughter Ellie, who graduated in fine art in 2014.

Our project examined the desire for autonomy as a natural process of young adulthood. We have each experienced the tensions of the desire for autonomy for ourselves and as a dynamic between us as individuals.

The complexity of this transition is set against the background of the first generation to experience the constant presence of social media promoting peer group values. 

Used textiles from the home and the people connected closely with it were used to examine relationships, generations and self-image. The resulting installation 'The Fledgling' looked at these
issues through its curation by creating an environment that was comforting and familiar. The Shelter remains, a monument of joined experiences. By now it may be worn, damaged, outgrown… yet it remains a place of familial memory, a symbol of ancestry in a new, autonomous existence.