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Also check out and LIKE my Facebook Artist Page, which I use as a regular blog to record what's happening, what I'm thinking, the things I've seen and what I'm up to in my art. :-) Also, check out the Events section on it, which lists all the public workshops/events I run across the country! If you are interested in any bespoke workshop bookings or buying any of my artworks, then just get in touch...Thanks!

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ART WORKSHOP BOOKINGS FOR SEPTEMBER 2017 ONWARDS

NOW BEING TAKEN! (A few dates still available in August 2017!!)

Get in touch today to avoid disappointment. Dates are first come, first served! : 07970 785 030 / pui_lee@hotmail.com

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(NEWS): ...Got some exciting projects, workshops and exhibitions lined up... -watch-this-space! XD

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(NEWS): ...Really excited to invited back to IncludFEST Tees Valley at South Park, Darlington, on 15th July 2017. 10am-3pm. Come along to "Pui's Pop-Up Photobooth!" and I will be running a family-friendly drop-in Prop-Making workshop during the day! You can then express yourself for a fun photo or silly Selfie! :-)

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(NEWS): ...Really excited to asked to design and deliver a series of drop-in family-friendly workshops to coincide with the upcoming Rana Begum exhibition at Longside Gallery at Yorkshire Sculpture Park! ...Watch-this-space!

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(NEWS): ...Really excited to be going to see the "From Shore to Shore" play at Newcastle Chinatown in June! Visit the following link to buy a ticket, which also includes a meal. Although not directly involved in the play itself, I was involved in the project by interviewing and photographing people at the North East Chinese Association Elders Lunch Club and also Liverpool Chinese Wellbeing Dementia Network. I also collaborated on a family-friendly drop-in workshop with Creative Writer Mary Cooper, where I designed a Hand-Crafted Book inspired by Chinese symbolism and showed the participants how to make one; Mary then worked with the group to help them write their own poetry to go inside the books, which were treasured and taken home with them! This was at the Royal Armouries in Leeds.

 https://www.northernstage.co.uk/whats-on/from-shore-to-shore

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(NEWS): ...Really pleased to have featured in the latest LifewithArt newsletter! :-) See link:

http://www.lifewithart.co.uk/2017/05/30/an-action-packed-first-occupation-in-dunedin-house/

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(NEWS): ...Really happy to have been invited to do a Woodblock Print Demonstration as part of the LATE SHOWS event at Northern Print, Newcastle, on Saturday 20th May 2017. You can come along, chat to me and see examples of my recent woodblock work! It's on at 7pm until late! There will also be exhibitions to see and drop-in workshops to take part in too! Free entry. P.S If you are interested in buying any of my prints, just get in touch!

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(NEWS): ...Come along to my "Make Your Own 3D Cardboard Rabbit Sculpture!" Easter family-friendly workshop at Victoria Gallery and Museum in Liverpool! On 20th April 2017. 1pm-4pm. All materials provided. Free entry.

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(NEWS): ...Really pleased to be working for the arts charity LifewithArt again as Art Co-ordinator and Art Tutor! This time, the venue will be at Dunedin House, Teesdale Business Park in Stockton. I look forward to working with the new groups for this programme from March 2017 to mid-April 2017.

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(NEWS): ...Really pleased to be invited to be involved with the From Shore to Shore project, where I will be doing some photography at the Chinese elders lunch club at NECA in Newcastle (March 2017) and also at the Dementia Support Network run by Chinese Wellbeing in Liverpool (April 2017).

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(NEWS): ...Looking forward to being part of the GemArts Mini Mela event at Caedmon Hall at Gateshead Central Library on Saturday 24th February 2017! I will be delivering a family-friendly drop-in block-pinting workshop as part it! 11am-3pm! :-)

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(NEWS): ..."Creative Compositions and Abstract Impressions!" -A Drawing workshop for adults with Artist Pui Lee! On 8th February 2017. 6pm-8:30pm. Participants will use various stimuli and drawing materials to experiment and explore different drawing techniques with my guidance. Suitable for beginners and intermediate drawers aged 16yrs+. See https://online.gateshead.gov.uk/EventTicketsOnline/pages/eventdetails.aspx?ky=4895 to book your ticket.

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(NEWS): ...Looking forward to working with the children at St. Joseph's Primary School in Gateshead on a big lantern-making project this February! :-)

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(NEWS): ...Celebrate Chinese New Year and come along to my "Make Your Own Chinese Dragon Puppet!" family-friendly workshop at Victoria Gallery and Museum in Liverpool! On 28th January 2017. 1pm-4pm. All materials provided. Free entry.

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(NEWS): ...anddd my popular cardboard creature sculptures are back again! hehe! This time, we have a charming two-legged animal for this latest project! :-)

...Celebrate the upcoming Chinese New Year and come along to my "Make Your Own 3D Cardboard Rooster Sculpture!" family-friendly workshop at The Gallery in Gateshead! On Saturday 21st January 2017. 10am-12:30pm. All materials provided. Free entry.

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(NEWS): ...I look forward to doing some more work as a Freelance Teacher for Dragons in Europe this January delivering exciting educational workshops in Chinese culture in primary schools across the North of the country! 

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(SEASON'S GREETINGS): ...(01/01/2017) ...Happy New Year to you all! 2016 has certainly been an interesting and exciting one for me! Lots of great things happening in my career and I look forward to the upcoming arty adventures in 2017!     

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(NEWS): ...(01/12/2016): ...What a way to start the last month of the year!  Had a super day delivering 3D art workshops for primary school classes at The Whitworth Art Gallery today! Got brilliant feedback back too! My first time working for them as a freelancer so I'm really happy to be a part of their team now!    (-as well lol!!)

...GB takeover here I come!!!! 

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(NEWS): ...(16/11/2016): ...Check out this fabulous culture blog by Rachel Horton! -I'm apparently October Artist of the Month! Hooray!  Thank you very much for featuring me! -Great to chat! 

https://thesculptureculturevulture.wordpress.com/2016/11/15/october-artist-of-the-month-pui-lee/

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(NEWS): ...(14/11/2016): ...Awesome! Just received the good news that I have officially been selected to be one of the freelance artist-educators for THE Yorkshire Sculpture Park!!!    This year has definitely been a good one for me career-wise with a number of top art museums/galleries and interesting projects inviting me to work for them! ...Long may it continue!

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(NEWS): ...(12/11/2016): ...Wow! What an awesome day! :-) Did an artist-in-residence day at the New Squares gallery space in Penrith and absolutely delighted to find that my exhibited woodblock print had sold a week in after the show opened! ...Also sold some other smaller prints today too! It was good to chat to the visitors about my work and demo things. It makes me very happy indeed to have people make positive comment about my artworks e.g. "really lovely work", "beautiful", "I can appreciate the skill involved", "really detailed" etc. :-0 Thank you also to those fabulous people who nominated me as their top 3 People's Choice vote too! 

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(NEWS): ...Will be showing new some woodblock prints in some group exhibitions in the North East as part of the International Print Biennial 2016! Free entry. Works for sale.

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(NEWS): ...Am super excited to be joining the freelance gallery education team at The Lowry in Salford to deliver school workshops for them later this year and beyond! It's such a fantastic venue! :-)

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(NEWS): ...Went along to "The Big Draw! STEAM Symposium" day event at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead on Saturday 9th September 2016 and it was really interesting indeed listening to the broad range of speakers talk about the role of visual literacy in their practice whatever the discipline.

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(NEWS): ...Really pleased to be invited back to Castle View Enterprise Academy, Sunderland, to deliver some art workshops for them throughout the upcoming academic year! :-)

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(NEWS): ...I will be delivering some Roald Dahl-themed 2D art workshops inspired by his book, "Dirty Beasts and Revolting Rhymes", at the following Sunderland venues:

-Washington Galleries Library: (Tuesday 30th August 2016); 2:15pm-3:15pm

-Sunderland City Library & Arts Centre: (Friday 2nd September 2016); 2:30pm-3:30pm

The workshops are family-friendly and participants can expect to try their hand at character drawing, experiment with different media and receive lots of tips from a real professional artist!

Free entry. All materials are provided.

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(NEWS): ...Really pleased to be back again at The People's History Museum in Manchester to deliver a family-friendly drop-in art workshop, "Protest Collage Posters!". Wednesday 31st August 2016. 1pm-3pm. Free entry. All materials are provided. ...So come along and make your mark! :-)

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(05/06/2016): ...And so, I have successfully completed my charity trek challenge in the Brecon Beacons!!!!!!!!!!! :-) :-) :-)

The Brecon Beacons run through the centre of South Wales and are the training ground of the SAS. As you can imagine, The Beacons routes will provide trekkers with an extreme physical workout and a psychologically taxing challenge, crossing the highest peaks in South Wales including Pen y Fan (886m), Corn Du (873m), Cribyn (795m) and Fan y Big (719m). Never been to South Wales before and yes, I decided to go horse riding for the first time the day before for five hours! -Got to live life to the fullest!
So, I began the trek at 9am on Saturday 4th June 2016, with a half mile walk before it just getting to the start location. Then I crossed that all important finishing line on 7:23am on Sunday 5th June 2016 morning. So my completion time was 22hours23mins according to the tannoy. The trek consisted of every type of terrain imaginable - and not very forgiving ones at that - with plenty of ascending and descending of varying slope types. I also reached the summit of the highest peak in South Wales called Pen Y Fan via the harder steep option, as well as crossing the other three high peaks. I wasn't travelling light either carrying a rucksack with 3 litres of water, snacks, clothes, camera and other trek-related equipment. Obviously, when night fell, the trek still continued and you're completely reliant on light from your headtorch... and the route certainly didn't get easier just because it got dark! Interestingly, the event organisers did also comment that the distances marked out were actually longer than what was stated, so it's more than likely I ended up doing about 50-ish miles today instead of the 47 miles. LOL! XD

Well, it's definitely been the toughest and at times, terrifying challenge I have ever undertaken and I am so pleased to have achieved completion especially since I hadn't specifically trained for the event beforehand. It was my first ever trek and the experience has definitely left me with memories to last a lifetime. Not all trekkers complete their treks sadly and some do end up pulling out for various reasons; but I was adamant that I will most definitely see it through to the end regardless of what obstacles threw themselves at me. It just goes to show what mental willpower and a determined mindset can do for you!

Many thanks to the people who have kindly supported me on my fundraising mission and made a donation. All funds raised will go directly Alzheimers Society charity. Please donate to: www.justgiving.com/Pui-Lee-BreconBeaconsChallenge-2016

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(NEWS): ...Really pleased to be invited to do some work on the upcoming Tram Sunday Festival in Fleetwood (near Blackpool), which takes place in July! I will be delivering a couple of 3hr Creative Professional Development workshops for teachers, youth group leaders, parents in the local community as well as working with staff members from Alphabet House Day Nursery on a project, where they will be participating in the parade procession for the very first time! ...More details to come! :-)

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NEWS: ...Excited to be delivering a Creative Development workshop at LifewithArt charity arts centre in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. It is only a one-off but it will be my first time working in Northern Ireland so I'm really looking forward to it! I was invited to co-ordinate the summer programme initially but will be handing over the project to local new recruits after this initial first session! I will be working with Rainbow Project adult community group on 19th July 2016, 2pm-4pm, and I look forward to meeting them!

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(NEWS): ...Really pleased to be invited to visit Castle View Enterprise Academy, Sunderland, again to deliver a series of creative workshops for Year 8 and Year 10 pupils as part of their Challenge Day! On 8th July 2016.

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(NEWS): ...Really excited that some of my etchings will be on show at a group exhibition called, "In or Out" at the new Chester Art Centre, Cheshire! The show runs from 5th June 2016 - 19th June 2016! Really pleased to get some great feedback from the curators of the show about my work! :-)

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NEWS: ...Excited to be asked to co-ordinate the LifewithArt workshop programme in Stretford, Manchester, this summer as cover work. ...Watch-this-space!

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(NEWS): ...Really pleased to be invited to deliver a China-themed workshop day on 21st June 2016 for pupils Years 3 - 8 at St. Martin's Ampleforth School, Yorkshire. Representing Dragons in Europe as a Freelance Teacher.

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(NEWS): ...Really pleased to be a member of Northern Print now and I look forward to using their studios and facilities to create some new print-work! :-)

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(NEWS): ...And so, my latest charity fundraising challenge and mission for 2016:

As some of you know, I also work with individuals who suffer from dementia in my art workshops and so, this is why I have chosen this charity to raise funds for this year. On Saturday 4th June 2016, I will be completing a 75km (47 mile ish) trek challenge in the Brecon Beacons, which runs through the centre of South Wales and is the training ground for the SAS! The journey will also involve crossing some of the highest peaks there so it's not for the faint-hearted (-I've been told)! This is my first time doing anything like this so I hope you can support me on my fundraising mission here! :-)

I will be fundraising for Alzheimers Society is the UK's leading support and research charity, helping those with any form of dementia. Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases, such as Alzheimer's Disease or a series of strokes. Dementia describes a set of symptoms, which may include memory loss and/or difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. There is no cure and it is a progressive disease, which means that the symptoms will gradually get worse over time. It has a devastating effect - not just on the diagnosed individual but on those caring for them too. www.alzheimers.org.uk/

Please donate to: www.justgiving.com/Pui-Lee-BreconBeaconsChallenge-2016

Many thanks in advance! :-)

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(NEWS): Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th May 2016: 3D Flat-Pack Cardboard Animal Sculptures with Artist Pui Lee; @ LIFE Science Centre, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 11am-5pm. To coincide with the exciting new "Animals Inside Out" exhibition, which opens that same weekend!

http://www.life.org.uk/whats-on/making-space-3d-flat-pack-animals

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(NEWS): ...Really excited to be delivering a drop-in family-friendly workshop, "Create Your Own 3D Picasso-esque Self-Portrait Sculpture!" at The Gallery at Gateshead Central Library, Tyne and Wear. On Tuesday 31st May 2016. 1:30pm-4pm.

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(NEWS): ...Will be delivering a family-friendly half-term drop-in art workshop at The People's History Museum in Salford, "Crafters: Strike a Pose!", Wednesday 1st June 2016. To coincide with the new Grafters photography exhibition. All materials provided. 1pm-3pm.

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(NEWS): ...Really excited to be invited to deliver a weekly after-school Art Club at South Street Primary School in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear! :-) I'm sure that we will all have lots of creative fun making some really cool things! XD

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(NEWS): ...Really excited to be invited to deliver some art workshops for the International Centre for Life in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne! It's a great science museum so I am really happy to be doing some work for them!

Saturday 9th April 2016: WOW-worthy Wearable Sculptures with Artist Pui Lee; @ 10am-4:30pm.

Sunday 10th April 2016: WOW-worthy Wearable Sculptures with Artist Pui Lee; @ 11am-4:30pm.

Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th May 2016: 3D Flat-Pack Cardboard Sculptures with Artist Pui Lee; times to be confirmed.

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(NEWS): ...Will be delivering a contemporary 3D art workshop, "Objects of Value", at Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery Trust, Carlisle, on Saturday 25th June 2015. Aimed at adults. To coincide with the new Cumwhitton Viking exhibition. Please enquire at the museum reception to book your place or phone the museum at: 01228 618718

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(NEWS): ...Really excited to be freelancing as an artist for Z-Arts in Manchester! :-) Am really happy that my portfolio is still continuing to expand! I will be delivering some children's art workshops during the February half-term there on the Wednesday 17th Feb 2016 (Chinese Paper-Cutting) and Friday 19th Feb 2016 ("Lots of Luck!" Sculptures)! -Can't wait! XD ...More info to come!

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(NEWS): ...Really excited to be working as artist for Lancaster Chinese New Year Festival 2016!! Thursday 27th January 2016 - 31st January 2016! ...More details to come! XD

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(NEWS): ...Looking forward to promoting Chinese culture in my workshops as a freelance teacher for Dragons in Europe this January-February 2016! :-) ...Will be visiting lots of primary schools up and down the country! ...-Can't wait!

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(SEASON'S GREETINGS from Pui Lee!)

"I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year! :-) What an awesome year it has been! Lots of highlights indeed but I am definitely looking forward to all the fun and new arty adventures for 2016! :-D "

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(NEWS): ...Really excited to be creating a new installation artwork as part of the West Walls Artists Retrospective group show at The Old Fire Station arts centre in Carlisle. Preview event: 7pm onwards on 4th Dec 2015. Show runs from 4th Dec 2015 to 13th Dec 2015. All welcome! :-)

[NOTE: Due to the recent flooding in the area after Storm Desmond, the exhibition has had to close after 6th December 2015 and plans are being made for a second-time exhibition later on in 2017. Watch-this-space!]

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(NEWS): ...Really excited to be invited to have a stall at the Christmas Fayre at The Manor House care home in Newcastle! It's at 2pm-4pm on Saturday 28th November 2015! I'm currently making some festive bits and pieces for it as we speak, and I can reveal that I will also be selling some etchings of mine too! :-D

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(NEWS): ...Back by popular demand! (Hooray!) I will be delivering another Flatpack 3D Cardboard Christmas Reindeer drop-in workshop at Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, on Saturday 12th December 2015. 1:00pm-3:00pm. Suitable for families and all materials will be provided. :-D

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(NEWS): ...Really excited to be invited to demonstrate Chinese arts and crafts at an event at The Sage, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear! As part of BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival of Ideas! 1pm-4pm. Saturday 7th November 2015. Come and find me in the BBC Get Creative section and join in the fun! :-)

 

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(NEWS): ...Come along to Hexham Spook Night in Northumberland and take part in my family-friendly drop-in art workshop at Queen's Hall Arts Centre to make your own "Cute and Creepy Halloween-Themed Teru Teru Bozus" to take home with you! All welcome. Saturday 31st October 2015; 5pm-7pm. There will also be lots of other fun things going on during the event so make a day of it! :-)

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(NEWS): ...Really excited to be continually expanding my client base! I am now a freelance artist for Victoria Gallery and Museum in Liverpool too! I look forward to delivering art workshops for them in the coming year! :-)

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(NEWS): ...I look forward to working as a freelance teacher again for Dragons in Europe in Jan/Feb 2016, delivering educational workshops on Chinese New Year and Chinese culture! :-)

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(03/10/2015): ...Wow! What a great turnout for my first workshop of October 2015! It was a family-friendly Big Draw! drop-in session at The Gallery at Gateshead Central Library, Tyne and Wear! The theme is "Every drawing tells a story!" and participants of all ages took part in my series of drawing challenges to reinterpret their favourite books and stories! It was a great morning indeed and there were lots of fantastic drawings made! Thanks to everyone who came along! :-)

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(NEWS): ...Really excited to be delivering workshops as part of the annual Big Draw! at the following venues:

Saturday 3rd October 2015; 10am-12:30pm: @ The Gallery at Gateshead Central Library, Tyne and Wear!

Tuesday 26th October 2015: 11am-3pm: @ Cumbria's Museum of Military Life, Carlisle!

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(19/09/2015): ...I successfully completed the Cross Morecambe Bay Charity Walk this year, led by The Queen's Guide, Cedric Robinson! I thoroughly enjoyed this 10 mile walk in aid of VSO, which started from Arnside (Lancashire) to Grange-over-Sands (Cumbria)! :-)

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(INTERESTING EXHIBITIONS ALERT): ...As you know, I regularly visit exhibitions each month and this September is no different:

I am looking forward to seeing the following - (watch out for reviews on my Facebook Artist Page):

Both Sides Now 2: @ CFCCA, Manchester: --- 25 September 2015 - 6 December 2015. Preview: 24/09/15; 6pm-8pm.

Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige: I must first apologise… @ HOME, Manchester: --- 12 September - 1 November 2015

Dismaland - Banksy @ Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset: 20 August - 26 September 2015.

The Fergusson Gallery, Perth: ongoing.

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(NEWS): ...I will indeed be visiting Banksy's Dismaland in Weston-Super-Mare on 11th September 2015!!! Am so excited that I was lucky enough to buy a ticket for this once in a lifetime exhibit! A full review and photos will be posted afterwards. :-D

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(NEWS): ...I will be returning to The People's History Museum in Salford/Manchester this Wednesday 28th October half-term to deliver a family-friendly drop-in art workshop called, "Break the Vault!" ...All welcome. All materials provided.

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(***NEWS***): - EXCITING SUMMER PROJECT - The Creative Currency Casino: ...

Everyone’s a winner as there are a lot of exciting things happening this summer as part of the pARTicipate family-friendly programme at The People’s History Museum, Salford!  

Local families are invited to engage with ideas of money in the current changing exhibition, Show Me the Money: The Image of Finance (1700 to Present Day) and to take part in a series of artist-led workshops with Pui Lee, learning new creative techniques along the way including: drawing, collage, origami, 3D and printmaking. The workshop programme will conclude with a final banknote drawing workshop, where participants can then try their luck at the artist’s Creative Currency Casino to win some fabulous prizes!

Sessions are for children aged 5yrs+ to adults and will take place on the following Wednesdays at 1pm-3pm:

The work created during the workshops can be taken home or displayed here for all to see.

Throughout the summer, visitors of all ages will also get the opportunity to contribute to the All the Money in the World installation by the artist, which explores ideas of wealth and aspiration. This can be found in the family learning section within the "Show Me the Money!" exhibition itself!

Pui Lee says, “Money is a huge part of our everyday lives and yet it is often regarded as being a bit of a forbidden subject. We are often reluctant to talk about it and although it is often perceived as being a grown-ups’ subject, I think it is worth engaging children and young people with it too. This is a unique project, which explores the theme of money in terms of how we use it, the exchanges that we make and its perceived value.I hope to encourage parent and child collaboration as well as a greater understanding of art conversations across all ages and abilities.

Venue: The People's History Museum, Left Bank, Salford. Suitable for all ages. All materials provided.

Hope you can all take part in my exciting new project, The Creative Currency Casino! Check out and follow the accompanying blog as the project progresses: https://phmmcr.wordpress.com/2015/08/04/pui-lees-creative-currency-casino/ :-)

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(NEWS): ...Really excited to be freelancing for The Gallery at Gateshead Central Library in Tyne and Wear this Autumn and Spring! :-) ...Watch out for news on art workshops that I will be delivering very soon!

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(OPPORTUNITIES): ...Due to interest, I am now also accepting bookings for private lessons/tuition too! I can tailor the session to your own individual needs, whether you want to learn something new, develop existing skills further, need help with portfolio preparation or whatever! :-) Please note: Because of the nature of my freelance work, I will require some flexibility with work bookings because my availability does vary from one week to the next; but otherwise, get in touch and let's see what we can do! :-)

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(Family First Saturday Workshops with Pui Lee): ...I will be back at Prescot Museum, Knowsley, to deliver some family-friendly drop-in art workshops on Saturday 1st August 2015 and Saturday 5th September 2015. 12:30pm-3pm. Suitable for all ages. All welcome!

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(NEWS): ...Looking forward to delivering a family-friendly drop-in art workshop as part of Knowsley FeelGood Festival! on Saturday 8th August 2015. 1pm-5pm. Suitable for all ages. All welcome and all materials provided. So come along and make a dreamcatcher with me on the day!

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(OPPORTUNITY AVAILABLE - June - July 2015): ...There will be artist-led primary schools workshops with me available at NGCA, Sunderland, to coincide with the upcoming Plot Bunny exhibition by Beatriz Olabarrieta and Turner by Cornelia Baltes (5th June - 11th July 2015). The workshops will include a look around the exhibition, 3D practical activity and also creative writing too. Please select from: June: 23rd, 24th, 25th, 29th, 30th or July; 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th. If interested, either contact myself or NGCA at: 0191 561 1235

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(01-02/06/2015): ...Went along to a 2-Day academic conference at Manchester University called, "The Knowledge of Emotion", which was really, really interesting! More info to come! :-)

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(23/05/2015): ...Had a lovely day working at the West Area Heritage Event at Barnes Park, Sunderland! I delivered 3 craft workshops: "Design your own TARDIS (Time and Relative Dimensions in Sunderland) Heritage Bag". It was a lovely sunny day and fantastic to see such a big turnout! Thank you to everyone who came along to my workshops! :-)

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(NEWS): ...Sooo excited to have got a ticket to the upcoming Cornelia Parker lecture at Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, on Thursday 23rd April 2015!! She's one of my favourite contemporary artists and I am really excited to be going along to hear her talk about her work. The tickets for the event sold out so quickly, so I feel very lucky to have got one when they did a second release a few weeks later! ...Hooray! :-D

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(NEWS): ...Really excited to be freelancing for the Queen's Art Centre in Hexham this Autumn! :-) ...Watch out for news on art workshops that I will be delivering very soon!

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(NEWS): ...Easter Half-Term Art Workshop: ...I will be delivering a family-friendly drop-in art workshop, "Make a city installation out of recycled materials with artist Pui Lee!" at The Drawing Room, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear; on Thursday 9th April 2015. 1:30pm - 3:30pm. Suitable for all ages. Materials will be provided. All welcome.

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(NEWS): ...Looking forward to visiting Buddies Clubs and Services again at Netherton Community Centre, Glasgow, this Easter break! I will be delivering a Kite-Making workshop for their service users on Thursday 16th April 2015. Representing Ricefield Chinese Arts & Cultural Centre.

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(April 2015): ...I will be delivering an "Introduction to Monoprint!" workshop for participants aged 16yrs plus at Best Life Centre, Botchergate, Carlisle, on Saturday 11th April 2015. 1pm - 3pm. All welcome. As part of the Creative Wellbeing project, directed by Rebecca Mellor. Check out: http://creativewellbeingcumbria.org for more details.

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(NEWS): ...Well, I am really pleased that my portfolio is still expanding! I am really excited to work with the People's History Museum, Salford, as a freelance artist! I will be delivering their pARTicipate drop-in art workshops in the summer, which I am currently in the middle of planning! Dates are: 25/07/2015; 05/08/2015; 12/08/2015; 19/08/2015 & 26/08/2015. ...Further news to come!

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(31/03/2015): ...I had a great time working with pupils (all years) from Stalyhill Infant School, Stalybridge, to create two giant Chinese dragons for display at their school! I spent the day at the school, delivering a grand total of 5 art workshops as part of their Diversity Day! The children worked really well together - well done to everyone for all their hard work! Representing CFCCA, Manchester. ...Pics to come!

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(March 2015): ...Looking forward to delivering my rag-rugging workshops as part of the Creative Wellbeing Out West project! 10am-12pm at Sneckyeat Community Centre, Whitehaven. On Tuesdays 10th and 17th March 2015! ...See you all there! :-)

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(Feb 2015): ...Come along to my family-friendly art workshops: "Make Your Very Own Flat-Pack 3D Cardboard Ram!" as part of the 4-day Manchester Chinese New Year celebrations 2015!! :-D Find me in the big marquee on St. Ann's Square in the city centre. All materials are provided. On Thursday 19th February and Saturday 21st February 2015. 12pm-3:30pm. ...Hope to see you all there! :-D

There is a very exciting programme of events and things to be seen. Check out: http://www.chinesenewyearmcr.com/

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(18/02/2015): ...Come along to my half-term family-friendly art workshop, "Make Your Own Fortune Cookie & Origami Container Craft!" this afternoon at Houghton Library, Houghton-le-Spring, Tyne & Wear. 2:30pm-4:00pm. All materials will be provided. ...See you all there!

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(16/02/2015): ...Come along to my half-term family-friendly art workshop, "Make Your Own Fortune Cookie & Origami Container Craft!" this afternoon at Sunderland City Library & Arts Centre, Fawcett Street, Sunderland. 2:30pm-4:00pm. All materials will be provided. ...See you all there!

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(08/02/2015): ...Well, I'm really pleased to say that I have indeed successfully completed the charity sleep-out challenge in Windermere with only a sleeping bag (-and no tent!) in order to raise vital funds for the Winter Warmth Appeal, which helps vulnerable older people survive the winter when facing rising fuel costs and other problems. It was so much fun indeed, super cold (reached down to minus 6 degrees during the night!!) but a fantastic experience! -Definitely one of my highlights of this year already!

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(07/02/2015): ...THE DAY HAS FINALLY COME!!! It is, of course, my charity sleep-out tonight in Windermere to raise vital funds for the Winter Warmth Appeal, which helps vulnerable older people survive the winter when facing rising fuel costs and other problems.

Well - I am SO, SO, excited indeed!! Have a great weekend everyone!!! ...YEAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! :-D

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(06/02/2015): ...Went along to the Arts Award Annual Conference 2015 today at Newcastle City Library, Tyne & Wear. Many thanks to BridgeNorthEast for hosting yet another really informative and inspiring event! It was fantastic to bump into some of my work colleagues who I freelance for as an artist as well as meeting new faces too! The day was action-packed with lots of interesting talks about Arts Award and creative projects that have been carried out in the region. There were also some participatory workshops in the afternoon too, which were really good to take part in! I went along to the sessions about 'Creative Evidencing' and 'Connections - Collaborative Working'. At the end of the day, we were even treated to a poetry reading and a live dance performance too... -members of the audience even got the opportunity to learn a few steps of the foxtrot!? ...All good fun! :-D

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(24/01/2015): ...I am absolutely delighted to say that I have officially raised a whopping £521.00 to date for the Winter Warmth Appeal, which I have been fundraising for!!! The charity helps vulnerable older people survive the winter when faced with rising fuel costs and poor health, so it’s for a really good cause! Thank you to everyone who has kindly made a donation so far, because every little helps! Now all I have to do is to complete the sleep-out challenge in Windermere on the 7th February 2015! …Am really looking forward to it! If you would like to make a donation, please go onto: https://www.justgiving.com/Miss-Lee-TKD/ ...Thank you! :-)

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(22/01/2015): ...First there were reindeers... and then there were polar bears... and then along came some dinosaurs with some funky felines too... and now to celebrate the upcoming Chinese New Year, I can exclusively reveal that there is going to be a big flock of flat-pack 3D cardboard rams appearing very soon!! ...Here is the very first prototype structure for my ram that I have designed, which is now standing proudly in the CityCo offices in Manchester! (pic to be uploaded soon)

...Want to make a personalised one to take home with you? Come along to my family-friendly drop-in art workshop at St. Ann's Square in Manchester city centre. All materials will be provided. I will be there during the afternoons of Thursday 19th February 2015 and Saturday 21st February 2015.

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(13/01/2015): ...Today was my first art workshop as part of the Creative Wellbeing Out West Project (project managed by Rebecca Mellor). I went to Whitehaven today and enjoyed lovely views of the West Cumbrian coast as I travelled down on the train! At my workshop, participants explored the art of monoprinting in a relaxed and informal environment. I demonstrated and showed various techniques to try, which they then experimented with and created some great prints to take home wth them! One participant commented, "I thought it was absolutely brilliant!" ...I'm really glad everyone who took part enjoyed themselves today! :-) ...Pics coming soon!

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(08/01/2015): ...Well, the first art workshop in 2015 is today's one working with the residents at The Manor House care home in Newcastle! The residents explored a variety of painting techniques and produced some lovely artworks to take back with them. One participant commented, "The best part of today? Well, to learn something is GOOD and it helps build your confidence. I had a very pleasant afternoon so thank you very much. I enjoyed myself, made something and learnt something too. Hope you can come back again soon." ...Always great to get positive feedback back from the people taking part in my sessions! :-) ...Pics coming soon!

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(05/01/2015): ...Details of my art workshops, which I will be delivering as part of the Creative Wellbeing Out West project:

Tues 13th Jan 2015; 10am-12pm: An Introduction to Monoprint! @ Whitehaven

Wed 14th Jan 2015; 1:30pm-3:30pm: An Introduction to Monoprint! @ Maryport Community Fire Room

Tues 20th Jan 2015; 10am-12pm: Make Your Own Stuffed Felt Monster! @ Whitehaven.

Wed 21st Jan 2015: 1:30pm-3:30pm: Make Your Own Stuffed Felt Monster! @ Maryport Community Fire Room

Tues 10th March 2015; 10am-12pm: Rag-Rugging! @ Whitehaven

Tues 17th March 2015; 10am-12pm: Rag-Rugging! @ Whitehaven

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Sneckyeat Community Centre, Hensingham, Whitehaven. CA28 8PG.

Maryport Community Fire Room, Mealpot Road, Maryport. CA15 6NQ.

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NEWS: ...Absolutely delighted to be invited back again to deliver workshops as part of the Creative Wellbeing Out West! project in the coming new year. This time, I will be delivering workshops in the Maryport and Whitehaven area on various dates between January and March 2015. ...More details to be announced!

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NEWS: ...Absolutely delighted to be selected to be involved in the Manchester Chinese New Year Festival 4-day celebrations. I will be delivering some family-friendly art workshops as part of this and members of the public will get the opportunity to take part in some exciting projects of mine! Check out: http://www.chinesenewyearmcr.com/

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NEWS: ...Really pleased to be working for Dragons in Europe (http:dragonsineurope.com) as a freelance teacher in January and February 2015! I'll be visiting various schools up and down the country as part of this work! Watch-this-space!

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18/11/2014: …I went along to a lecture today by Oxford University lecturer, Dr Selina Todd, at Newcastle University as part of their “Lectures for All: INSIGHTS” programme. The lecture was called, "The People: The Rise and Fall of the Working Class (1910-2010)." Much of my art practice involves working with people, exploring ideas of identity and our place within the world today; so this talk was of great interest to me in terms of research. This social history lecture documented the voices of real working-class people from servants, factory workers, miners to housewives throughout the twentieth century. Charting the rise of the working class, through two world wars to their fall in Thatcher's Britain and today, Dr Todd tells their story in their own words in what was thoroughly engaging and vivid lecture.

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06/11/2014: ...I went along to the NEATEN Termly Meeting Autumn 2014 at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead. I got the opportunity to listen to artist teachers around the region talk about their projects and it was definitely an inspiring session indeed!

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Wed 29th October 2014: ...Come along to Cumbria's Museum of Military Life, Carlisle, where I will be delivering a very special drop-in Big Draw! workshop, called, "Local Heroes"! 11am-3pm. All ages welcome. No experience necessary. All materials provided. http://www.cumbriasmuseumofmilitarylife.org/the-big-draw/

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Tues 28th October 2014: ...Come along to Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, where I will be delivering a very special drop-in Halloween-themed art workshop and I will be showing participants how to make their very own flatpack 3D Lucky Black Cat to take home with them! 1:30pm-3:30pm. All ages welcome. No experience necessary. Free entry.

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Sat 11th & Sun 12th October 2014: ...Come along to The Big Draw! event, "It's Our World!" at Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, Carlisle! There will be FREE drop-in family-friendly drawing workshops with Artist Pui Lee and Digital Artist Emma Goodman in the galleries. Event is 1pm-4pm. More info about my project to come but mini-workshops with me at 1:30pm, 2:30pm and 3:30pm in the Border Rievers Gallery. All ages welcome. No experience necessary. Museum admission charges apply..

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15/09/2014: ...Went along to my first CafeCulture event in Newcastle this evening and I wasn't disappointed! Tonight's discussion was called, "The Mexican Mafia and Me" and it proved to be a really fascinating subject, which raised thought-provoking questions about both individual and collective responsibility, the consequences of our actions and decisions in life, the possibilities of rehabilitation as well as the broader notion of what humanity really means. It was great to meet artist, Lyn Hagan, as she reflected on her recent work, which explores the complexities of the human side of death row. She spoke about the sensitivities involved in such an investigation, her friendship with a prisoner facing the death sentence and also the public perceptions of her work. The regular CafeCulture events involves informal cafe-style discussions on culture, politics, philosophy and science. The programme for the year ahead definitely looks set to be really intellectually stimulating and I look forward to attending future ones!

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SEPT 2014: ...I have officially received news that I have successfully passed my DTLLS postgraduate teaching course qualification! I completed my part-time studies earlier this summer after two years of hard work. Teaching and serving people has always been a large part of my life and the decision to work towards a formal teaching qualification seemed a logical CPD progression for me in order to further my skills and experiences. I now have relevant knowledge and understanding from a school/college teacher's perspective, including the challenges of working in a formal educational institution.

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NEWS: (Summer 2014): Make It Mondays! FREE-drop-in family-friendly art workshops with Artist Pui Lee @ Prescot Museum, Knowsley.

~Monday 28th July 2014;

~Monday 4th August 2014;

~Monday 11th August 2014;

~Monday 18th August 2014.

1pm-4pm. All welcome. All materials provided.

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NEWS: (July 2014): ...I will be delivering the Art Summer School for children from Years 4-6 at NGCA, Sunderland, during 21st-24th July 2014. My role involves researching the show and devising a series of educational and fun workshops, responding to this. The workshops will consist of a guided tour of the "Show Me Your Money!" exhibition by myself and of course, plenty of creative activities to get busy with! There will also be a mini exhibition of all the work by the children at NGCA afterwards (25th July 2014 - 30th August 2014), which will be open to the public, as a celebration of their achievements. :-) ...Looking forward to it!

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NEWS: (08/07/2014): ...Been featured in an article in the Shields Gazette newspaper: http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/visitors-given-chance-to-try-something-crafty-1-6720172

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NEWS: (June 2014): I have just found out that I will be delivering some Textile Taster Workshops as part of the Cultural Spring 2014 programme in Sunderland! All welcome. No previous experience necessary.

Tuesday 8th July 2014: "Upcycling Textiles and Old Clothes to Make a Rag Rug" at Cleadon Methodist Church Hall, Sunderland. @ 1pm-3pm.

Friday 18th July 2014: "Design & Make Your Own Felt Stuffed Toy" at Castletown Community Association, Sunderland. @ 5:30pm-7:30pm.

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NEWS: (May 2014): LifewithArt North East (www.lifewithart.co.uk) is back again this summer and I will soon be co-ordinating and delivering the next batch of FREE workshops at the Newcastle charity arts centre on Northumberland Street in the city centre. The sessions will take place between: Monday 16th June 2014 and Sunday 20th July 2014. If your charity and/or local community group is interested in taking part in this opportunity, then get in touch with me at: pui_lee@hotmail.com under the subject title: "LifewithArt Opportunity".

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EXCITING NEWS: (06/06/2014): "The Market" (2014) exhibition at CFCCA is now installed and will open to the public from: Saturday 7th June 2014 -Sunday 15th June 2014. Hope you can all make it!

Photos and a write-up will be featured on this website in due course.

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HELP REQUIRED: (May 2014): CFCCA (Manchester), Alder Community High School (Hyde) and I are trying to raise funds for the upcoming "The Market" exhibition as well as future projects at CFCCA. Check out: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cfcca/saveart and please donate if you can! Pledges are only accepted if we meet the target goal within the specified deadline! Thank you in advance!

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27/03/2014: ...Went to a really interesting lecture by Dr Helen Yallop (King's College London), "Ageing, Identity & Wellbeing: Looking at the Past to Understand the Future" at Newcastle University as part of their “Lectures for All: INSIGHTS” programme.

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EXCITING NEWS: (11/03/2014): I have just found out that I have made it past the shortlisting process and have officially been selected to be the project artist for the final project of the 3-year START education programme at CFCCA, Manchester! 

I am SO SO pleased to have been successful in my proposal application for this big project, which responds to the work of Manchester based illustrator Stanley Chow! I look forward to working with Alder Community High School in the upcoming months. I'm sure it will be great fun! The project will run from mid-April to mid-June 2014. There will be gallery visits, school art workshops, curatorial workshops and a final public exhibition as part of the project! I look forward to relocating temporarily in Manchester for the duration of this project!...How exciting! :-D

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EXCITING NEWS: (09/03/2014): After a successful meeting and proposal presentation, I have been invited to be involved in an exciting new collaboration between Ricefield Chinese Arts & Cultural Centre (Glasgow) and Bridgeman Arts (Glasgow) to work on a Chinese-themed section in the upcoming West End Festival 2014 parade, which is the second biggest festival in the UK! I have been commissioned to deliver a series of Lantern-Inspired Costume-Making workshops for locals in the Glasgow area; and I will also be designing and creating a giant artwork (solo), which will act as a centrepiece during the parade itself. This is my first ever carnival work so I am so pleased to get the job and I look forward to the new creative challenge that lays ahead! Dates to be confirmed; but actual parade is on Sunday 8th June 2014 at 3pm.

Photos and a write-up will eventually featured on this website after the project finishes.

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(06/03/2014): It's World Book Day today! I had a great day working with Year 5 pupils from St. Cuthbert's Primary School, Sunderland, and Year 2 pupils from Gillas Lane Primary School, Sunderland. The children took part in some Bookmaking workshops of mine at Sandhill Library and Houghton Library and all created a lovely hand-made book to take home with them! Pics coming soon... :-)

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27/02/2014: ...Attended lecture by novelist and screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce at Newcastle University as part of their “Lectures for All: INSIGHTS” programme: "What's in Your Head?" (Fickling Lecture on Developments in Children's Literature). Got the opportunity to meet the man himself and get a book signed by him! ...Awesome!! :-)

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07/02/2014: ...Was really inspired after attending the North East Arts Award Conference at Newcastle City Library. The guest speaker was only THE Michael Rosen and it was brilliant to hear him speak.

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(23/01/2014): ...Really excited to be working with the following groups for the Spring batch of LifewithArt Newcastle art workshops: Tourettes Action North East (Northumberland); The Percy Hedley Foundation, Able 2 Day Centre (Newcastle); The Manor House (Gosforth); Forever Families Support Group (Northumberland) and The Heathlands Project, Laurie Brewis Trust (Carlisle).

The workshops will take place from 24th January 2014 to 8th March 2014 at our Newcastle venue.

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(23/01/2014): At my arts 'n' crafts workshop, the residents at The Manor House, Newcastle, learnt all about Chinese culture and worked on a big collaborative project for permanent display at the home. Check out this massive Chinese blossom tree they created during the session! It looks really pretty!

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(09/01/2014) ...Another positive testimonial about my work in care homes just came through today:

"Pui Lee has been coming to The Manor House, Gosforth, for some time now. We are a residential home looking after a large number of dementia clients. Pui Lee has a patient and understanding nature and relates to these residents extremely well. The projects for each workshop are different, she thinks of ideas that the residents can cope with and meets each individual's needs. We have had some wonderful Halloween and Christmas decorations which have been on show within the home. The residents have been very proud of their work. Pui Lee is one "activity" that I will not cut down on and will always make sure I can schedule her in every month for as long as she is able to come and see us." - Allison Lawton (Lifestyle Co-ordinator at The Manor House, Newcastle)

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(06/01/2014): Great news! I have been invited to design and deliver some art workshops for CFCCA, Manchester, for Year 9 pupils at Manchester Communication Academy, exploring the theme of "My Place in Britain!". ...Looking forward to it! :-)

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(06/01/2014): Another client testimonial just came in today:

"Pui Lee is an unusually excellent all-rounder as an artist and creative professional - she provides a range of clever ideas and approaches to any briefs/workshops given, is fabulous at facilitating children and family-friendly art workshops, documents everything in line with what is required and is always reliable. Her range of skills and attitude put her miles ahead of most other artists I have employed." - Knowsley Leisure and Culture Development Officer

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Arts Award(16/12/2013): Pui Lee is now an Arts Award Adviser for Discover/Explore Levels as well as for Bronze/Silver Levels. This means that I can now help children and young people aged 5yrs-25yrs achieve their Arts Awards! Arts Award is a fantastic scheme for children and young people today and it provides them with the opportunity to work towards an accredited award, which sits on the national qualification framework. Therefore I can also help participating schools fulfil ArtsMark application criteria. See www.artsward.org.uk for more info and/or get in touch with me to find out more about this opportunity!

I also look forward to attending the Arts Award Conference in Newcastle on 7th February 2014!

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(15/12/2013): There were some festive treats in store for members of Tourettes Action North East and their friends and family at their end-of-year celebrations! I delivered some Christmas themed creative activities for the families, children and young people to get involved in. Projects included a recycled cardboard Christmas wreath, a 3D giant paper snowflake, some crafty carol-singing angels and other hanging decorations for the festive season.

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(06/11/2013):

Planned and taught my first ever life drawing class for the BTEC Foundation Art & Design (pre-Degree) students at Gateshead College, Tyne and Wear! This was part of my formal mentor observation as part of my OCR Level 5 DTLLS teaching qualification. I really enjoyed the experience and feedback from both mentor and learners was really positive! :-)

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(OCT 2013): ...The residents at The Manor House, Newcastle, took part in some art workshops of mine to make some hand-made Halloween decorations to decorate the home!

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(22/10/2013): Don't worry if you didn't manage to get to the exhibition of the Big Draw! installation of "The Museum of Curiosities!", you can still take part and/or view the drawing contributions from the project. Drawings in any media can be scanned in/photographed/created on Apps and emailed to me for inclusion on http://museumofcuriosities-bigdraw2013.tumblr.com/, which features all the individual drawings made as part of the Big Draw event.

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(21/10/2013): ...Don't forget everyone: the Big Draw! installation: "The Museum of Curiosities!" is on show to the public for one week only! Go along to this hand-drawn museum and see everyone's drawings, see if you can spot the ones you made or add some more to the installation! :-) Free entry.

Opening Times: Monday 21st October 2013 – Friday 25th October 2013; 1pm-4pm; and Sunday 27th October 2013; 1pm-4pm.

Venue: The Community Room, Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery Trust, Castle Street, Carlisle. CA3 8TP.

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(20/10/2013): ... The second day of the Big Draw! event at Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery Trust went brilliant today! Lots of brilliant feedback about the project too! Here are some pics, including some of the final installation, which will be open to the public for one week to view:

Close-up view of installation

(19/10/2013): ...Wow - what a great turnout for the Big Draw! workshop today! Let's keep it up for tomorrow too! The installation is shaping up nicely so far! Here are some pics from the day:

Those who were less confident in drawing used Pui Lee's special "drawing window" to help them create their drawings! Families from all over took part in this event! Drawing from direct observation in the workshop! Looking at the Virtual Collections for some inspiration!

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(18/10/2013): Don't forget...The Museum of Curiosities also has its very own Virtual Collection of Curiosities for members of the public to submit a photograph of any object, which they find to be “weird”, “wonderful” or “just plain curious”. Check out: http://museumofcuriosities.tumblr.com/ This is one unique collection you definitely will not have seen before - and more importantly, you can see it anytime and anywhere! :-)

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(06/10/2013): Dates for your diary...

Big Draw! 2013 workshops: "The Museum of Curiosities with Artist Pui Lee"

DATES: Sat. 19th & Sun. 20th October 2013.

TIMES: 1pm-4pm. 

VENUE: In the Community Room, Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery Trust, Castle Street, Carlisle. CA3 8TP.

Free entry. All ages and abilities welcome. No previous experience necessary. All materials provided.

 

 

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(05/10/2013): "The Museum of Curiosities!" Update: - ...Join in the conversation: “The Curator’s Choice: Highlights from the Virtual Collections” is now viewable at www.facebook.com/museumofcuriosities where people can comment, LIKE and share their thoughts about the objects they see. The idea behind this is to stimulate some kind of dialogue about unique and interesting objects that hold some personal meaning to at least someone out there!

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(04/10/2013): Big Draw! 2013: “The Museum of Curiosities!” with Artist Pui Lee"

***SUBMISSIONS WANTED FOR VIRTUAL MUSEUMS COLLECTION!***

To Get Involved!: Take a photograph of an object that fits into the category of “weird”, “wonderful” or “just plain curious”. You could even get creative with Photoshop and create an imagined object. The possibilities are endless! Let’s fill up this collection with as many interesting objects as we can by the end of October 2013!

Email the jpeg to me at: pui_lee@hotmail.com under the subject of “Museum of Curiosities”. Then subject to approval, it will be uploaded into a “virtual collection of curiosities” on: http://museumofcuriosities.tumblr.com/

This will form part of the Big Draw! 2013 project I am working on for Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery Trust this October called, "The Museum of Curiosities!"

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(01/10/2013): ...It's The Big Draw! month and this year, I have been commissioned to run the Big Draw event at Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery Trust, Carlisle, which I am extremely excited about! My idea has been approved and the project will be called, "The Museum of Curiosities"... watch-this-space!


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(20/09/2013): Oooh - how exciting! I have just received the news that I have been shortlisted for a very BIG project! Keep those fingers crossed for me! :-p [27-09-2013 News Update: ...Ah! Not to be, on this occasion but delighted to have got shortlisted to the final 2!]

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(JULY 2013): Completed my big Artist Residency Project at Throckley Primary School, Newcastle! Working on a silk painting project based on ideas of inspiration and aspiration to transform a space in the school. This project incorporated a whole-school approach. Pics can be viewed on the Artist-in-Residence page of my website.

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(23/06/2013): Here is feedback about my "Food for Thought" art workshop from the Hexham Spaces Project co-ordinator, Morag Illes:

"Hexham Spaces Project is established to showcase a range of local creativity and community-driven initiatives in the heart of Hexham, Northumberland, through short term use of available retail spaces in the town centre. The Project is actively working with a variety of groups and organisations in the town to present a range of pop-up community projects, visual art and local craft displays in currently vacant retail spaces.  

Pui Lee worked with us facilitating an art workshop for sixth form students from Queen Elizabeth High School, Hexham. The workshop took place in DELIcious, a now redundant sandwich shop. This was Hexham Spaces premiere workshop and gallery venue. 

Pui Lee is a thoughtful and engaging artist. At Hexham Spaces, we are concerned with creating work that invites and encourages the community to engage with space and its many uses but we pride ourselves on remaining site sensitive. Pui did an excellent job at connecting with the site and relating the workshop to its surrounding. Pui followed the brief and introduced students to new mediums of art and ways of thinking. Pui Lee was welcoming and tentative to the students, motivating them to express themselves in a range of ways.  

Many thanks Pui from all at Hexham Spaces Project."

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(14/06/2013): I designed and delivered a very special Art Workshop, "Food for Thought", in collaboration with Hexham Arts Forum and The Hexham Spaces Project. For this project, I worked with a group of pupils from Queen Elizabeth High School, Hexham. The session included: drawing, 3D, mixed media, installation and performance. After the workshop, the work was curated to form a public exhibition in the same Empty Shop venue: DELIcious. This will be on show for on-street viewing at all times during: 15th June 2013 - 13th July 2013. We had the preview during the evening after the workshop and it was lovely to meet the locals. Thanks also to Mary Oswell for loaning us the space as an Empty Shop. Venue address: DELIcious!, 31 Hencotes, Hexham, Northumberland. NE46 2EQ.

Me and Mary Oswell, ex-owner of former DELIcious sandwich shop Preview Night of the "Food for Thought" exhibition Site-specific installation exhibition at DELIcious!

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Example Roman coins that I made earlier

(17/05/2013): Come along and make your own Roman coins using clay at my family friendly drop-in workshop as part of Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery Trust's "Museums at Night 2013" event: Legends and Lugavalium: Explore Roman Carlisle! You can then try your luck on the "Human Fruit Machine" to win all sorts of fabulous prizes! There will also be plenty of other things to do during the event! (6pm-8pm) See web link for more info: http://www.tulliehouse.co.uk/museums-night-2013-legends-and-luguvalium-explore-roman-carlisle

Click here for more info and pics.

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(16/05/2013): Museums at Night 2013 at Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery Trust, Carlisle.

Well, tonight's "Art Gallery Takeover" at Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery Trust, Carlisle, was certainly a lot of fun indeed! Great to see so many people there! It's not often you have drawing easels, colourful cocktails, Roman findings, Lego bricks, Minecraft, paper crafts and a couple of DJs all in the same space at the same time! There was certainly plenty of opportunity to get creative whether it was through drawing, crafting, building and/or producing digital creations! 

..So I spent much of my evening tonight doing some "Fancy Dress Life Drawing"! It was great because visitors could actually be the model (with the option of trying on some novel fancy dress outfits and accessories (or come in whatever they wish)) and/or just sit/stand at an easel and draw to their heart's content! 

So I learnt again how hard it is to draw when the model isn't static and/or does not pose for long but never mind, once I started a drawing, I just let my imagination finish it off for me…

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(11/05/2013:) I designed and delivered a family-friendly drop-in workshop, "Time Travelling Recycled Robots!" at Prescot Museum, Knowsley, and probably the busiest one yet there! Lots of really fantastic robots produced by the families who took part! Well done indeed!

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(02/03/2013): Freestyle Wire Sculptures with Artist Pui Lee! Drop-In Workshop for Prescot Museum, Knowsley. (Aimed at adults, children and families)

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(08/02/2013) Had a great day working with pupils at Bowness-in-Solway Primary School, Carlisle, and we did lots of arts and crafts related to the upcoming Chinese New Year including dragon making and even Shadow Puppets!

...Looks like I'm in another newspaper article - this time, Saturday 9th February 2013 edition of the New and Star newspaper. Didn't realise I was in it but here's a link to the double page spread coming up! -Shame they spelt my name wrong! :-S Click HERE for press link.

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(NOVEMBER 2012:) ... I'm absolutely thrilled to have been shortlisted and then selected for a schools workshop as part of the Hong Kong: In All States exhibition in this year's Liverpool Biennial 2012! Research visit took place Thursday 8th November 2012 and I got to visit the exhibition and make preparations for the day. The workshop will take place on Monday 19th November 2012 at FACT, Liverpool, and will also involve a visit to the Hong Kong: In All States exhibition at Copperas Hill, Liverpool. Will be working with Yr7 pupils from Holly Lodge Girls College, Merseyside. Really looking forward to it! :-)

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(SEPT 2012): ...Exciting news indeed! I am studying towards my OCR Level 5 DTLLS Teaching Diploma at West Gate Community College, Newcastle! This will be on a part-time basis so that I will still be working as normal as a freelancer. I have now also gained a teaching placement (p/t) at Gateshead College as a 'trainee art lecturer' on their Foundation Diploma in Art & Design Course! (Sept 2012)

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(NEWS:) Saturday 26th May 2012: Artist Pui Lee did a big art project as part of the Step Out charity event at Saltwell Park, Gateshead. 10am-2pm. She worked with the local families to create a big field of weird and wonderful flowers. Penguins were also spotted in the park as the artist showed locals how to make their very own penguin! Donations came from the event and from a collection box, which circulated UKTC North East Taekwon-do classes, which Pui is part of. Pui says, "The event was well turned out and I am pleased to say that a grand total of £142.55 was raised for The Stroke Association charity as a result."

A field of weird and wonderful flowers - art installation Some penguins I made earlier...

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Please contact artist Pui Lee to discuss your requirements at: 07970 785 030 / pui_lee@hotmail.com. Have a look at Workshops and CV section of this website for more info about Pui's arts education work.