Learning underpins everything I do. I consult, practice, research, write, teach and mentor, tailoring training sessions to the age, abilities and interests of the people with whom I am working.
I am an occasional lecturer at University of Leeds teaching intercultural storytelling, processes of performance and applied theatre and have taught outdoor arts, puppetry, mask and visual theatre to university students in the UK, Turkey and Slovenia, as well as to other artists and my peers. In 2013, I published a book on outdoor arts, this is available in print or e-reader. Further articles, research and writing can be found on my blog.
In 2021, I was commissioned by Bradford Producing Hub to create an online resource for people wishing to create and produce work for the outdoors. The guide can be found here
I run conferences on outdoor and community arts, training sessions on producing festivals and community events to community workers, civil servants and artists and, through my role as Associate Producer at Creative Scene, have supported and mentored 5 volunteer run festivals in North Kirklees.
I work as a consultant for arts organisations helping them to develop their vision, programming ideas, community engagement and business plans.
I enjoy using creativity to pass on skills and explore social issues that are relevant to people. I design bespoke creative workshops and consultations on issues such as citizenship, homelessness, drug misuse, teenage pregnancy, healthy lifestyles, bullying and life choices. I am comfortable working with disadvantaged communities, young people, people with physical and learning disabilities, prisoners, young offenders, refugees and asylum seekers and I continue to explore community arts work as freelance Co-Director of Edgelands Arts.
Here are some comments:
"Thank you for the amazing business plan and associated works. We now have clarity, true vision and ambition in bucket loads! You have been a pleasure to work with and I hope to work with you again in the future." Rachael Kennedy, Director Morley Arts Festival
"Bev was an enthusiastic module leader who taught me so much throughout this module. I felt supported throughout the whole process." 2nd year undergraduate student University of Leeds
"Fiercely fascinating and just plain awesome” Student, Sugla School for Street Theatre, Slovenia
"Thank you very much for accepting my invitation and coming to Antalya.
You were so generous in sharing your puppet teaching with us. I , my students and rest of the group learned so much from you. You are a great teacher. Now we need to see how we can bring you to Eskisehir to work more." Dr Ebru Gökdağ, Associate Professor, Performing Arts, Anadolu University, Turkey
Below is a snap shot of some of this work. Please click on an image to find out a little more.
2015 for Sugla School for Street Theatre and Ana Monro Theatre Ljubljana, Slovenia. Photo Dr Jessica Bradley
Research and modelling of levels of participation
2009 - Outdoor Arts Conference funded by Arts Council England at Bradford Mela, working with Tony Lidington and Leila Jancovich. Extract from sketch book by John Welding
2016 culmination of Arts Council England strategic touring project. Chaired by John Fox OBE.
2014 for Faceless Arts in with Roots and Wings Creative People and Places project, Hull.
2014 for Faceless Arts funded by Arts Council England
2012 - exploring health issues with young people for Faceless Arts and Barnados
2007 Street Performance and Community Arts as Tools for Social Change for Faceless Arts funded by Arts Council England. photo by Amanda Crowther
2012 for NOVA and Faceless Arts, Exploring life choices with young people in 6 high schools