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Anna van der Poorten

Anna van der Poorten

Anna trained at Wimbledon School of Art in Technical Arts as well as completing a Btec in Historical Costume. Whilst studying Anna often worked on large scale head dresses and fantasy costumes, this started her on a trajectory to creating a multitude of fun and fantastical pieces for community arts projects with carnival groups.

Since her studies Anna has built up many years of experience in facilitation, devising, planning and coordinating a wide variety of art projects with children, young people and adults. As well as having an extensive range of technical skills, her focus on inventiveness, discovery, learning and problem solving in creative practice enhances all her work.

A key part of Anna’s work has been the participatory and community aspects of projects, working with other artists, children, adults and with families, enabling them to discover their creative and inventive streak together.  

Anna’s work has also included being an artist’s assistant, a play worker, an access worker and she has had various arts/CYPS roles in mainstream and inclusive environments. Through this experience she has gained valuable additional skills around inclusive community arts and children’s services that go beyond the job description of artist/art facilitator.

Anna has a lifelong love of community arts sparked by a workshop she attended as a child. She recognises the value and power in enabling all people to discover and enjoy their creativity alongside their community and the important meditative, social, educational and playful aspects of participatory arts.

Her recent work consists of creating large site specific pieces for events and shows, often based around the natural environment in urban spaces.     

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