Joining the team in 2017, just prior to BCB2017 Festival, Natalie manages the Education strand of the BCB engagement programme. Her main responsibilities include:
- The CLAY School programme;
- Foundations, a project funded by Children in Need and Wellcome Trust to give children exciting science learning experiences through experimentation and play with clay;
- Generation, a youth-based project for young people between 16-25 to explore the ceramics heritage of Stoke-on-Trent funded through National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Natalie has a background in art history, film, and material culture and 2016 completed her PhD in English and American Studies at University of Manchester. She has experience in a range of different education settings, having taught at college and university level and within informal settings through arts engagement work. Outside of BCB, Natalie maintains her own creative practice through writing and work in a range of media.
As we look forward to BCB2021 Festival, Natalie is focusing on building upon previous successful work. Seeking to explore more ways of creating meaningful learning experiences through open-ended, person-centred working; incorporating play and experimentation to facilitate exciting learning and creative environments.
“We have had such positive feedback from children and teachers about the way we work, giving participants the permission to enjoy the process and not just focus on making an object. I am looking forward to exploring these ideas further over the next few years as we prepare for BCB2021.”