Please look in the Gallery for a visual CV
I have been working as a freelance community artist for the last 5 years.
I have worked with Action Factory Community Arts on many different projects and at many different events with a large range of skills with all ages and abilities.
I have worked with Horse and Bamboo Theatre company (Waterfoot) on one of their Guided imagery projects, and on various youth theatre projects, events parades and mask making workshops.
I have worked for Mid Pennine Arts on large scale events, lantern making and lantern parade projects, fireshows,and shadow puppet projects.
I have also organised and co-run little kids spaces at Glastonbury Festival; Story gardens at Beyond the Border Storytelling festival, and Earthwise festival; and run mask making workshops at the Northern Green Gathering.
I have managed and performed in fire shows at the Northern Green Gathering, Beyond the Border Storytelling festival, and at events for Mid Pennine Arts, Action Factory Community Arts, and Blackburn Borough Council.
I have recently worked with SLAP in Chorley and Active Futures ( Pendle Leisure Trust) .
I have also worked in schools and local community groups on mosaics, banners, wood relief and willow sculptures.
I have skills in budgeting, fundraising, management and overseeing projects as well as many skills in the creative arts.
After doing 2 years of voluntary work with the local Arts Centre whilst at The United World College of the Atlantic in South Wales, I was left with a strong sense of the need for using the Arts to engage the community.
I completed a B TECH in Art and Design at Blackburn , and then a Circus course at Greentop Community Circus Centre in Sheffield .
I have attended numerous training courses with Horse and Bamboo Theatre co, in mask and puppet use, music and voice work and story development.
I am also the mother of two young chldren, am home educating and have an allottment!
Masks:Puppets: Lanterns: Lantern Parades: Event management: Parades; Mardi Gras & Festivals: After school and lunch clubs: Mosaics: Wood relief: Textiles: Clay work: Sensory environments/ Installations: Costume: Fireshows and Lightshows: Wire work and jewellery making: Kites: General Arts and Crafts: Gigantes and other large parade structures: Shadow Puppets:
Here's part of a letter recieved by Action Factory from Cherry
Fold Primary School about a workshop I've recently delivered as part of
the Burnley 2020 Vision Project.
"The class teachers, teaching assistant and children got so much out of the day, educationally, creatively and socially and they have commented ever since on how fantastic the workshop was and what a wonderful artist Kerris was. It gave the children an insight into what they wanted to see, use their imagination, develop their creativity and improve their knowledge, skills and understanding. An all round perfect activity for the whole day, planned appropriately for the children's age and ability"
I have taken part in training courses in mask and movement, storytelling, fireworks, trapeze and other circus skills, shadow puppetry, ceramics, first aid, child protection, parade backpack contruction, singing, masks and music,