Five artists from those who expressed interest in exploring art and gender issues were selected by a panel of creative sector organisations and young people.
Bee Willey: Illustrator & Graphic Designer
Joanne Coates: Photographer
Catherine Scott: Poetry & Performance
Anna Ingleby: Puppeteer & Performance
Sarah Pennington: A Found Objects/multi-disciplinary artist
“I started writing poetry about 6 years ago. It happened by pure chance when I attended a ‘page to stage’ course at Hull Truck. The facilitator brought in a performance poet and I only went because I’d paid for the course! It’s no exaggeration to say it changed my life. For the better. I’ve met so many interesting people I would never have met otherwise. I’ve published 2 books ‘A Woman with a View’ and ‘Add Verse To Therapy’ and performed at many events, open mics and festivals including a one woman show at The Edinburgh Fringe. Previously I worked as a counsellor, a job I loved but have now retired from to concentrate on writing.”
Catherine on ‘Art Celebrating Equality’ 2016
“I can honestly say it has been a pleasure and a privilege to work with the young people on this important project. They have been serious, fun and extremely hard working and have explored the issues raised by the theme of equality with a maturity beyond their years. Their performance at the Freedom Festival was outstanding and received the audience recognition it deserved.”
Bee has illustrated over 20 childrens’ books. Co – editions in USA, Italy, France, Denmark, Spain, Korea.