Biographies of Phoenix Brighton Arts Courses Tutors
Carolyn Bew has a BA Hons in Fine Art and MA in painting from Central Saint Martins School of Art. Carolyn has a broad experience in the teaching of art and design across both HE and FE sectors including ten years at Chelsea College of Art. Carolyn has exhibited in a number of galleries in both group and solo shows.
Rachel Cohen studied Art History (BA) at Sussex University and Fine Art (PG Dip) at Brighton. She has an MA in museum and gallery education from the Institute of Education, London. She learned printmaking at a private college in Treviso, Italy and at Kensington and Chelsea Institute in London. Rachel works with wide range of techniques and materials. She creates objects, site-specific installations and participatory events. She makes paintings and sculptures, site-specific installations and performances. Recent projects include residencies in Brazil, Portugal and Denmark as well as exhibitions at Phoenix Brighton, Newhaven Fort and Towner Eastbourne. http://www.rachelcohen.co.uk
Jane Fox has developed an itinerant arts practice that embraces drawing, print, found matter, moving image, installation, walking and sound. Interconnected activities include artist led projects, collaborations and solo work for exhibition. Currently a member of InkSpot Press, Rocket Artists and Phoenix, Brighton, Jane is also a Senior Lecturer on Fine Art Printmaking at the University of Brighton.
Ottilie Hainsworth graduated from Glasgow School of Art and gained an MA RCA in illustration in 1994. She has taught drawing in various forms to adults and children for several years in different places including Evolution Arts, Glasgow School of Art and Kensington and Chelsea College. Her own practice includes etching and creating comics about her every day life, as well as making tiny editions of book-works. She exhibits regularly and is currently working on a graphic novel. http://ott216.wix.com/ottilie
Denise Harrison is a trained painter, having gained her degree at the University of Brighton. She has been running creative arts classes and workshops for many years in Birmingham , London and Brighton. She is currently the painting tutor at Cass art in Brighton. Her practice is now based at Phoenix Brighton.
Rosie James is an established textile artist who exhibits internationally. She has a BA in Textiles from UCA Farnham and an MA from Goldsmiths College London, and has taught in colleges and universities as well as running workshops all over the country. She is also the author of the book “Stitch Draw” published by Batsford in 2014. http://www.rosiejames.com
Dinah Kelly received her BA in Fine Art from the Ruskin School of Drawing. She works as an artist-educator for several major museums, including The Royal Academy of Art, Pallant House, and the Courtauld Institute where she gives expert gallery talks and leads workshops in response to their collections. She also teaches GCSE and A level art in Brighton. Her own artwork is influenced by her travels abroad and her sketchbook of drawings and collages acts as a catalyst for developing her ideas further in her studio at Phoenix Brighton. https://www.phoenixbrighton.org/artists-at-phoenix-brighton/dinah-kelly/
Deborah Manson studied Illustration at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design and went on to work as a designer and teacher. Recently she gained an MA in Textile Design from Chelsea College of Art where she further developed her interest in sustainable approaches to making exploring dye, print and quilt making processes. Her approach to design is often playful and collaborative, using slow, craft based processes to make her work. She enjoys passing on her skills and sharing ideas with others and continues to teach and exhibit her work.
Tania Rutland is a practicing artist with over 25 years experience. She has shown in a range of galleries as both a solo artist and as part of group shows. Her paintings, prints and drawings have been exhibited in the UK, Europe as well as the Far East. She has taught drawing and printmaking at both degree and art foundation level in several colleges. Tania graduated with an MA in Fine Art printmaking from the Royal College of Art in 1991, following which she completed a Fine Art Fellowship at Cheltenham Art College. She has had a studio at Phoenix Brighton for over 20 years.
Allan Ramsay has exhibited regularly at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. He is a 1st prizewinner of the John Player Portrait Awards at the National Portrait Gallery, London (now the BP Portrait Awards). He has held portrait drawing and painting classes at The National Portrait Gallery, London, Glasgow Museums and Galleries, Glasgow School of Art and Wimbledon School of Art. He has completed portrait commissions for numerous institutions including the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge and The National Portrait Gallery, London. Allan holds a studio at Phoenix Brighton. http://www.allanramsayartist.com
Isobel Smith is an artist and puppeteer, she has received Puppet Centre bursaries and Arts Council funding to develop her groundbreaking work, which crosses fine art installation, puppetry and performance. An experienced course leader, Isobel has devised and delivered puppetry workshops for Barbican Centre, London; John Hansard Gallery, Southampton; Arts University Bournemouth; Central School of Speech and Drama, London and University of Brighton, and regular courses at Phoenix Arts Brighton and West dean College, Chichester. Isobel is currently studying Performance Art MA at Royal College of Art, London. http://www.isobelsmith.org
Jenny Staff is a process-based artist who has always been inspired by walking in the landscape. From her native Lancashire she has moved to Brighton and regularly walks the South Downs using the method of walking and collecting as way to create playful works that explore being in the moment.
Kate Strachan joined Phoenix Brighton in 2008 and was previously a member of Red Herring studios. During this time she has worked freelance in a variety of media as a designer and maker, including costume and set design, textiles, youth/community projects, residencies, teaching, and corporate events. Kate currently teaches fashion, textiles and printmaking part time and produces her own pieces using mainly vintage fabrics or linen and makes limited edition silkscreen prints on textiles and paper. www.katestrachandesign.com
Anna Watson has been an artist, designer and maker for the past eighteen years, she achieved a First Class degree in 3D Design Materials Practice at the University of Brighton where she specialised in woodwork and metalwork. For the past six years she has worked in the jewellery industry for commercial designers as well as local artisan jewellers. Anna has her own jewellery business where she creates jewellery ranges and works to commission making light metal objects and jewellery. Her work has been exhibited at New Designers in London, Portal in South Wales and she has supplied her work wholesale to London Design Museum and at a selection of high end galleries in Scotland and the UK. Anna is continually developing designs and enjoys pushing the boundaries of jewellery and making. In addition to her own practice Anna loves teaching and is keen to inspire students not only make beautiful work but to enjoy the process of making. http://annawatsonjewellery.com