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Community Projects

Workshops are designed to suit groups of all ages and abilities. Choose from a range of different artforms and approaches to create the best project for your group. Workshops can cover just a single session or be run as a longer term project. Rachel is happy to discuss your project needs.

Fun 4 Kids
Rachel was the lead artist at the Fun 4 Kids project that ran regular events in Poole, especially in the less fortunate areas for 5 years. From mosaics, to carving to printmaking, anyone was able to participate and take home something that they had made.



Fun 4 Kids mosaics



Easter Arts Week
Rachel won a commission to present a week-long activity of arts workshops in Poole Town Centre at Easter. Over 6 days, the 12 workshops provided the public with a lots of fun for the whole family making Willow Flags and Butterflies, Wool Hangings, Mini Me Paintings, "Green" Notebooks and many more.


Willow Butterfly

Wildlife Carving Totem Pole
A drop-by totem pole carving workshop at Poor Common for local residents. This was part of a Wildlife Event put on by the Play Rangers.



Fun Day at Poor Common



RELAYS in conjunction with The Citizens Advice Bureau provided a day of entertainment at Boscombe Pier. This event took place on the beach providing passersby the chance to participate in making a mural with a sea scene.


Mural Painting

Hazel Sailboat Workshop
A community Fun Day event at Baiter Park, Poole for local residents. Particpants of all ages made boats from cut hazel rods that they could test out in the paddling pool.



Hazel Sailboat Workshop

Giant Recycled Caterpiller


Bugs and Birds Workshop
This recycling workshop was put on by Sky and Global Action Plan and it was run at Chiswick Community School. Participants from Sky and Global Action Plan joined forces with a group of students to make some wonderful giant bugs and birds. 6 teams made all the sculpture out of recycled materials from Sky.


Recycling Workshop. Bugs and Birds

Portuguese Paving Project
Vauxhall City Farm, Vauxhall, London. Mosaic workshops with the Portugese community, themed on Portuguese mosaic designs, to make a 20 metre pathway leading to conservation garden at Vauxhall City Farm. These mosaic workshops included schools, community groups and local residents.



Portuguese mosaic pathway

Plasterboard relief carving


Artist in Residence, Wendell Park School
Sculpture project with year 4, exploring a variety of sculpture techniques to the theme of wetland birds. Further commissioned to carve a bird bench for the school playground.


Plasterboard relief carving

Bird Bench for Wendell Park School
Oak carved wooden bench commissioned by school to the designs and models produced by the children in the above artist in residence program.

  "Duck" playground bench


Two ducks carved oak bench
Send wood carving workshop  

HMP Send
A series of Wood Carving Workshops for prisoners at HMP Send in Guilford (Koestler Trust). Eight large oak posts as well as smaller pieces were carved as nature markers for the new prison garden in conjunction with other workshops designed to provide prisonersa quiet space.

HMP Wood carving workshop

Sure Start Community Mosaic Project
A series of workshops aimed at Sure Start mothers in the Bournmouth centre. Participants helped design, make and install new mosaic to brighten up the surrounds of water fountain in playground.

  Installation of Sure Start mosaic
Installation of Sure Start mosaic by workshop participants
NHS soapstone carving  

Workshops in soapstone carving workshop for NHS Substance Misuse group at Patterson Centre, London.

Soapstone carving by workshop participant




Past Projects back

2006 Maori bone carving workshop, Poole Adult Learning, Poole
2006 Painting commission (11 large canvases) in situ for property developer's villa, Spain
2005/4 Tutor: stone carving workshops (Family Learning ), teens and adults at RACC, London
2005 Wood carving workshop for children, St Peters Church, South London
2005/4 Weekly Stone Carving workshops for Community Arts Org. (Arts Express) at London studio
2004 Soapstone carving workshops at Crossways Refugee Centre, London
2004 Community Stone Carving workshops, Peckham Pulse summer & weekends throughout year
2004 Wood Carving workshop at National Archeology Day, Tower of London
2004 Soapstone carving workshop at Family Learning Weekend, Croyden Clocktower
2004 Life Drawing Workshop for The Big Draw at St. Giles Church
2004 Stone Carving Workshop for St James Primary School, London
2004 Life Drawing Workshops for St Botolphs Homeless Centre, London
2004 Mosaics workshop at Arts Express studio, London
2003 Painting workshop for the Family Learning Weekend workshop, Croydon Clocktower
2003 Stone Carving workshop for The Big Draw, Peckham
2003 Stone Carving workshop at Damilola Taylor Centre
2003 Stone Carving workshop at Aylesbury Estate
2003 T-shirt Printing workshop at Kennington Park
2003 Mosaics workshop at Arts Express studio, London
2002 Painting workshop and Exhibition at House Gallery: Project manager/lead artist/curator for "Peckham and Me". Painting reflecting life in the community with three groups (adults, primary school, senior citizens)
2002 Wood Carving workshops at Summer of Living Art, Bromley
2002 Carving workshops, Pump House, Battersea Park
2002 Co-ordinator for five different workshops. Art Gym event for Southwark Council.
2002 Special needs Stone Carving Project: workshops for Met Police, Karrot Project
2002 Mosaic workshops artist/site manager, Balham Festival
2002 Stone Carving workshops at Dulwich Country Fayre, Art Gym
2002 Stone Carving workshop at Roehampton Community BBQ, Carve in the Community
2002 Sculpture workshop for Downham Walk Consultation Day
2001 Life Drawing workshops at Southwark Festival
2001 Stone Carving workshops for Downham Festival