Meet our Artists

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Alan Sill

Alan Sill is a specialist media, film and photography tutor/lecturer combined with over 30 years working in the media industry. In teaching any media related subject, Alan creates an atmosphere in which students feel at ease whatever their ability, providing opportunities for all, regardless of ability, and ensuring that everyone has a positive experience; he has worked in a range of Further and Higher Education establishments across the north east. In 2014, Alan set up a social enterprise community magazine to give 18-24 year-old job seekers opportunities to engage with a creative “real world” experience, supporting their personal development, building their interpersonal skills and improving their employability. The magazine – in its online and print form, as well as via social media and an internet radio station – offers local perspectives on issues and promotes positive values. 

 

Claire Ford

Claire Ford is a mixed media artist whose practice is focused on working within and across a variety of health settings, facilitating projects in and engagement with art. In her practice, Claire specializes in working with people living with dementia and other cognitive impairments. Claire believes the Arts can take us to places unimaginable and can help communication, connection and empowerment along with many other factors! Claire uses a variety of different Art mediums from fine art to textiles, poetry and music in her sessions. Claire enjoys connecting, collaborating and co-producing with new groups and building long-lasting relationships. People and connection are at the heart of her work. 

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Helen Kumar

Helen works as a Dance Engagement Coordinator at Dance City. Helen found the love of dance and performing arts at a young age and went on to gain first a BTEC in Performing Arts and then a BA (Hons) Degree in Dance and Theatre.  From there Helen worked in an arts centre teaching both dance and drama, performed as an actress in a theatre company, and as a dancer in a contemporary dance company for a year.  For 10 years Helen worked as Dance Development Officer at the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal, leading dance classes for all ages, programming dance companies, organising festivals and annually taking a “trouser role” in the Christmas pantomime.  Helen has worked at Dance City since 2013 where she loves the opportunity to share her passion for dance. 

Lissie Connor

Lissie Connor works as a Dance Engagement Coordinator at Dance City. Lissie is a producer, co-ordinator and dance facilitator based in the north east. With over 10 years’ experience, Lissie began her career as a performer after completing her training at Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Following a natural development into dance management, Lissie returned to her northern roots working with many exciting emerging artist in the region. Specialising in dance theatre and outdoor production, Lissie has worked on major cultural events including Lumiere Durham, Freedom City & Juice Festival. Lissie also delivers Dance & Pilates, specialising in young people and 55+ age groups. 

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Helen Kumar

Helen works as a Dance Engagement Coordinator at Dance City. Helen found the love of dance and performing arts at a young age and went on to gain first a BTEC in Performing Arts and then a BA (Hons) Degree in Dance and Theatre.  From there Helen worked in an arts centre teaching both dance and drama, performed as an actress in a theatre company, and as a dancer in a contemporary dance company for a year.  For 10 years Helen worked as Dance Development Officer at the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal, leading dance classes for all ages, programming dance companies, organising festivals and annually taking a “trouser role” in the Christmas pantomime.  Helen has worked at Dance City since 2013 where she loves the opportunity to share her passion for dance. 

Katharine Goda

Katharine is a poet and creative facilitator with a background in university lecturing, skills training and student support. She has been highly commended in several competitions nationally, with poems published in numerous blogs, journals and anthologies as well as, recently, selected to become a film poem. Katharine thoroughly enjoys participating in and developing writing workshops, believing passionately that creativity is for everyone. Katharine received an Arts Council England Developing Your Creative Practice Award in 2019 to consolidate her writing practice and explore creative facilitation with women in prison and new mothers. She appreciates being able to bring people, words and ideas together despite the additional challenges at the moment. 

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Liv Hunt

Liv Hunt is a theatre-maker, facilitator and puppeteer specialising in creating theatre with communities. She has a background in curating theatre projects in care homes, schools, community centres and theatres working with people from varied backgrounds and abilities. Her practice is centred around telling, sharing and imagining stories and to do that she uses different mediums such as drama, music, puppetry and sensory theatre.  

Liv started her career working as an associate artist with Equal Arts charity for older people where she curated cross-art form projects in care homes and with schools. In 2018, she became the community engagement coordinator for Alphabetti Theatre where she produced participatory projects Walter (2018) in collaboration with The Discovery Museum and Write Something Junior (2019) in collaboration with 6 primary schools across the region. In addition, Liv is a drama worker for both Live Youth Theatre and Open Clasp Theatre Company, and works with Unfolding Theatre and as a creative associate with Seven Stories – the Centre for Children’s Books.  

Lissie Connor

Lissie Connor works as a Dance Engagement Coordinator at Dance City. Lissie is a producer, 

co-ordinator and dance facilitator based in the north east. With over 10 years’ experience, Lissie began her career as a performer after completing her training at Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Following a natural development into dance management, Lissie returned to her northern roots working with many exciting emerging artist in the region. Specialising in dance theatre and outdoor production, Lissie has worked on major cultural events including Lumiere Durham, Freedom City & Juice Festival. Lissie also delivers Dance & Pilates, specialising in young people and 55+ age groups. 

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Poppy Crawshaw

Poppy Crawshaw is a theatre director and facilitator who specialises in creative aging. She has a passion for arts in health and particularly enjoys the opportunity this presents to work with lots of different people. In the recent months of lockdown, Poppy has been involved in directing a film called The Collection, co-created with young people with experience of the care system and filmed in a socially distanced way. During this period, Poppy also worked with a group of learning-disabled artists to create a piece of online theatre called Six which was performed over Zoom. 

   

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Rachel Harkes

 Rachael has been teaching medieval history for several years, and loves bringing new and interactive methods into a learning environment. She was trained in theatre, working for many years to help bring history to life on the stage, and believes that we can gain a lot from considering the past in relation to and as a reflection of our lived experience today.   

Sam Slatcher

Sam Slatcher is a Durham-based singer-songwriter and community music practitioner. Sam runs a social enterprise called Citizen Songwriters that facilitates group learning on music and songwriting. Ove the past 5 years, Sam has developed a unique programme of learning that enables individuals and communities to write their own music on issues that matter to them. Sam has a PhD from Durham University in arts-based creative community engagement.  

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Pui Lee

Based in Gateshead, Pui Lee is an artist & arts educator working throughout the UK. Arts engagement forms much of her practice and she aims to make a positive difference in life by empowering others through creativity. Trained in a range of artistic disciplines, she uses both traditional and contemporary 2D & 3D art-forms including drawing, printmaking, craft, junk art, sculpture/installation, photography, parade art, and moving image. She has exhibited and sold work nationally and internationally.  

 

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