Barbara is an enthusiastic and experienced arts practitioner with 25 years’ experience in the devising and delivery of successful arts projects. Her work encompasses outdoor performance and installation, site decoration, carnival design and direction, and innovative and engaging school and community projects. After teaching for several years, she established Bravura, an arts and production company with her husband in 1994.
Barbara has been involved creatively in the design and direction of many prestigious Carnivals and participatory events regionally, nationally and internationally –including the Stockton International Riverside Festival Carnival overseeing the growth of the event from 200 participants to in excess of 1000 over a 15 year period and internationally saw Barbara directing the first community element in the Chaoyang International Spring Carnival in Bejing in 2006, as well as undertaking a residency in Berlin at the “Karneval de Kulturen” training carnival artists and community group leaders – an opportunity afforded by the ACE Carnival Fellowship.
Barbara originally trained and worked as a secondary school teacher before a training course with Welfare State International changed her professional direction, however she is passionately committed to providing high quality creative arts education projects that support and enhance the National Curriculum. Drawing on her experience and with her hands on approach consulting closely with school staff Barbara strives to devise projects that both stimulate and promote an understanding and appreciation of the creative arts across all age groups, enabling them to feel connected to our rich cultural heritage.
Barbara works within Early Years, Primary, Secondary and post 16 education environments, in addition Barbara devises and runs specialist training courses for teachers and support staff as she feels that through the development of long term relationships with education communities enables the work to become embedded within the whole school.