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TULLIE HOUSE MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY TRUST, CARLISLE

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

Before the museum became a Trust, 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.

Since the museum has become a Trust, I have been invited back again to resume my work there as a freelance artist, which I am most pleased about. 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 art workshops with great success to date:

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.

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

 

19-20/10/2013: The Big Draw! 2013 with Artist Pui Lee: "The Museum of Curiosities!" See Art Workshops for the General Public 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 up to 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.
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.
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.
17/08/2010: “I Believe in Faeries” (drawing and photography project)

Prototype Fake Faerie Photograph - Pui Lee

10/07/2010:
2 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 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