We would love you to meet some of our RoadTrip team and over the next couple of days we will post some news about them. Do not forget to keep a look out for the artists blogs, too.
Emily Spruce is a 25 year old illustrator, community artist and youth worker from Newport Pagnell in Buckinghamshire. She studied for her BA hons degree in illustration at Manchester Metropolitan University. In the last year of university she embarked on a community art project to produce a 150ft riverside mural, in partnership with Ordsall Community Arts, with over 300 people from the local community between the ages of 4-70. Emily has now been running freelance community art projects for five years. Emily tells us that much of her work, “Has been in youth clubs, schools, churches and community groups all over Manchester, London and in Melbourne, Australia. I am now studying for an MA in Youth and Community Work and hope to be a JNC qualified youth worker by July 2013. I am currently works at Streets of Growth in Tower Hamlets, London, a youth based charity and I run young women’s group and various art and enterprise projects with disengaged young people aged 13-22.”
Maya Harding currently lives and works in Leicester for the Arts and Museum Service, facilitating family arts and crafts activities. Maya said, “ I studied art at Manchester Metropolitan University, I like to observe, draw, print, photograph, film, collect and document. Themes within my art work stem from my interest in travelling, mapping, movement and journeys. I have worked as a Community Artists on various projects including the YPPP (Young Persons Photography Project) in which we created and developed workshops resulting in an international travelling exhibition for young Bulgarian people as part of the SOS children’s charity. I was also part of the team that developed the Living Positive Photography project working primarily with people who had or were affected by HIV, in which I coordinated a Manchester City based exhibition in over 70 locations around the city, with the aim of raising public awareness of the effects of HIV on people’s lives.” Maya recently arrived back in the UK after travelling in Latin America for 10 months. I am really excited and enthusiastic to be involved in Guernsey’s art scene and adding my creative inspiration to Art on the Beach.