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TULLIE HOUSE MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY, CARLISLE

I have been a freelance artist for Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle, for a number of years now.

In the beginning, I worked mainly in conjunction with their Visual Arts Education Department, which was part of the overall Learning and Access Department at the museum. My work has involved working with a variety of age-groups and I have designed different styles of workshops including drop-in family-friendly and outreach school sessions as well as workshops for an art summer school. All of my art workshops were inspired by a particular exhibition being shown at the time - not necessarily contemporary art. My adaptability and interdisciplinary way of working has allowed me to design and deliver workshops, which are wide-ranging, challenging yet accessible. Feedback about my workshops has always been very positive from both participants and staff at the museum.

Read below about some of the projects that I have worked on for Tullie House.

I have been commissioned to design, plan and deliver the following creative work with great success to date:

28/03/2018: Designed and delivered 1.25hr schools Chinese crafts workshop: "Chinese Lantern Making and Chinese Papercut" at Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, Carlisle. Working with a classe of (30) KS2 children from Great Orton Primary School. As part of Arts Award Discover project. 10am-2:30pm.

Prototype examples by artist Pui Lee Finished lanterns made by primary school children at my workshop

27/03/2018: Designed and delivered 1.25hr schools Chinese crafts workshop: "Chinese Lantern Making [2 different designs/models] and Chinese Papercut" at Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, Carlisle. Working with 2 x classes of (35 and 14) children from Yr 5/6 + Yr 3/4 from Wiggonby C of E Primary School and 1x class of Yr 5/6 from St. Catherine's Primary School. As part of Arts Award Discover project. 10am-2:30pm.

26/03/2018: Designed and delivered 1.25hr schools Chinese crafts workshop: "Chinese Lantern Making and Chinese Papercut" at Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, Carlisle. Working with 3x classes of (28) Yr 2 children from Inglewood Primary School. As part of Arts Award Discover project. 10am-2:30pm.

Hand-Made Giant Chinese Dragon Commission for Chinese New Year Festival in Carlisle! (12th, 13th & 14th Feb 2018)

I was Artist-in-Residence at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle, for this project. For only three days (10am-5:30pm hours), I was given the opportunity to design and create parade art for Carlisle's first ever Chinese New Year festival! The brief was only for it to be GIANT so I decided to create a 26ft (8 metre) long Chinese Dragon for the parade on 16th February 2018! My idea was to create a fabulous, friendly and lucky dragon, which would spread positivity to the local community! Thus, I intended it to reference Chinese symbolism within its design. For example: it was 8m long and 8 is the Chinese lucky number. Likewise, the dragon would be predominantly red, which it symbolic of good luck and fortune in China. Elements in yellow and gold in the design would be symbolic of wealth and happiness.

Although the concepts and building were by myself, local families also got the opportunity to take in part of the production because I wanted them to have some ownership over the dragon too. So during those three days, I also ran a family-friendly drop-in workshop (whilst working on the building of the piece) where I invited participants to draw out a "Fu" symbol (which means good luck in Chinese) onto red paper, reminiscent of the Lucky Red Packets given out over the Chinese New Year period. These would then form the scales of the dragon and were later attached onto the body of it. Approximately 540 scales were collected by the end of the project! The giant Chinese dragon then took part in the parade procession. It was an intense working period but a fantastic challenge - I certainly had a great time working on the project! The feedback was so positive about the piece!

Artist Pui Lee starts building the dragon from scrap Artist Pui Lee and the complete dragon head! The giant dragon in the city centre parade I lead the giant dragon in the parade After the parade Some of the lucky scales for the giant dragon

[More images will be uploaded soon]

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11&12/10/2014: Family-Friendly Drawing Workshops, "As Curated by You", at Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, Carlisle. As part of The Big Draw 2014 weekend event.

Artist Pui Lee at workshop event 2014 As Curated By You with Artist Pui Lee at Tullie House As Curated By You - Artist Pui Lee at Tullie House My example iPad drawing

26/02/2014: "Art Teachers CPD Day" for AENW group: Researched and planned workshop projects to coincide with Mechanical Circus Exhibition for Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery Trust, Carlisle. The event was unfortunately cancelled last minute by the museum so instead, I delivered an informal illustrated presentation and demonstration of my workshop projects (including "ArtBots" and "Creative Problem-Solving") for the Learning Officer. Below shows my prototype of "Oscar the Artbot" and one of the drawings he can create in one of his many guises. I have fused together art and science to create something really visually exciting.

Oscar the Artbot by artist Pui Lee Drawing by Oscar the Artbot - by artist Pui Lee

19&20/10/2013: The Big Draw! 2013 with Artist Pui Lee: "The Museum of Curiosities!" See Pui's Big Draw Projects page for more information.

Close up of final installation of hand-drawn museum

17/05/2013: "Make Your Own Roman Coins Using Clay and Try Your Luck on the Human Fruit Machine!" as part of the Museums at Night 2013 event: Legends and Lugavalium: Explore Roman Carlisle! To celebrate Local History Month! This was a family-friendly drop-in workshop.

Artist Prototypes of Roman Coins made out of clay

The idea came about because I happened to know that Romans loved playing games of chance, despite gambling being illegal in Rome. My workshops are always carefully designed and planned, with a strong emphasis in conceptual relevance. The 'game' element has also featured in previous workshops of mine in some way or form, because I think it adds that extra bit of fun to things!

Participants had to show their finished clay Roman coin in return for 3 credits on the "Human Fruit Machine". Three matching fruits in a row won you top prize and two matching fruits won you a smaller prize. Only 3 or 4 people scored top prize during the course of the evening! The last half hour of the session was "Rollover" period and prizes tripled per turn, if successful! ...Exciting stuff!

Some of the Roman coins made during the workshop!

There was lots to do during my workshop; the families even got to have a look at and handle real Roman coins from the museum's collections! Wow! :-O There were also relevant story and reference books to look at too.

Some of the Roman coins made during the workshop!

For this workshop, I created a children's work booklet, which contained lots of interesting facts and useful information to support the main practical activity. I also created puzzle sheets as well. This meant that there was a strong learning element to the session and the children responded really positively to this, which was great to see!

Some of the Roman Coins made during the workshop!One of the hand-outs I designed and produced for this workshop! Some of the Roman coins made during the workshop! The feedback wall: What the participants had to say about my workshop!

April/May 2012: Made preparations and plans for a commissioned adult art workshop as part of: 'Secret Egypt - First Fridays' event inspired by the museum's collections, but unfortunately, this got cancelled prior to the event taking place due to restructuring within the organisation.

22/02/2011 and 23/02/2011: February Half-Term: “Other Worlds” As part of Tullie House's Young People’s Project.
For KS3/4 students. Theme of workshop inspired by the Underwater exhibition, curated by Angela Kingston. (mixed media/sculpture and sound installation workshop)


04/02/2011:Pattern and Print” at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle
2 art workshops (AM/PM) for KS2 school pupils, based on the Pre-Raphaelites and their Heirs exhibition at Old Tullie House. (drawing and printmaking project)


02/02/2011: "Along the Edge!" at Trinity 6th Form School, Carlisle
01/02/2011: "Along the Edge!" at Richard Rose Central Academy, Carlisle
20/01/2011: "Along the Edge!" at William Howard School, Brampton, Cumbria.
Outreach Fine Art Workshops as part of Tullie House’s Young People Project.
Working with approx 16 Yr 12/ (and some BTEC) Photography students at local secondary schools. Theme of workshop inspired by the Stephen Vaughan: Ultima Thule exhibition. (fine art drawing workshop)

Workshops for Art Summer School to coincide with the Hayward touring The Truth About Faeries exhibition. Working with children aged 7-11yrs.
19/08/2010: “Faerie Tales” (story-telling, shadow-puppet work, drama)

Workshops for Art Summer School to coincide with the Hayward touring The Truth About Faeries exhibition. Working with children aged 7-11yrs.
18/08/2010: “I Dream of Faeries” (designing and making 3D Dreamscape Room)

Workshops for Art Summer School to coincide with the Hayward touring The Truth About Faeries exhibition. Working with children aged 7-11yrs.
17/08/2010: “I Believe in Faeries” (drawing and photography project)

Prototype Fake Faerie Photograph - Pui Lee

10/07/2010:
2 family-friendly drop-in workshops to coincide with The Truth About Faeries exhibition.
~“Make Your Own Grass-Seed Troll Head!”
~“Make Your Own Weird and Wonderful Faerie-Land Plant!”

Artist Prototype by Pui Lee Artist Prototype by Pui LeeArtist Prototype by Pui Lee Artist Prototype by Pui Lee

29/05/2010:
2 family-friendly drop-in workshops based on exhibition, Magic Show.
~“Make your own Magic Cape!”
~“Potion Brewing – Make Your Own Magic Potion!” –This culminated into a commissioned artwork, The Potion Store, which was exhibited in the Learning and Education area of the show.

Artist Prototype of Magic Cape - Pui Lee (Back View) Artist Prototype of Magic Cape - Pui Lee (Inside View) The final installation: The Potion Store (2010) Close-up of the final installation piece