Community Arts CV

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Steve Elliott - Community Arts CV
In addition to the community arts experience listed here, I have also a total of seven years experience in teaching in Art and Design/Technology departments at KS3, on GCSE courses and eight years experience working as a pictorial sign painter.

Education & Formal Qualifications

1969 - 72 Newport College of Art & Design, Gwent
BA (Hons) Art & Design

1992 - 93 Leeds Metropolitan University.
PGCE Design Technology

Artist statement

I am interested in the folk culture traditions active in carnival and contemporary street arts. My personal artwork involves an investigation of the processes of making masks, processional sculpture and carnival arts media. 

I use recycled and natural, biodegradable materials as much as possible; willow, cardboard paper etc. I make large sculptured figures, bighead and helmet masks which are meant to be worn and performed in carnival parades. These are inspired by popular and traditional culture, music hall, seaside postcard, animated film, outsider art and folk art images. 

For the most part my figures are comic and lighthearted, some are satirical comments on present day circumstances.

Some bighead masks are paper casts from a clay model, some are made directly with cardboard and paper. All are finished with acrylic paints and varnish.

I also make banners using a wax resist batik painting process on fabric.

I recently returned to printmaking and exhibited drypoint prints based on sketchbook research from the last four years, alongside a selection of masks.

In 2001 I began offering visual arts workshops to all age and ability groups. Since 2008 I have been based in Hull working through Creative Partnerships, Artlink Community Arts and independently.

Training Courses

2001 May Street Arts Confer, Brighton CASA Delegate
May N.W. Gegants, Manchester - Moko Jumbie Masks
May Riddlesden Hall, Keighley - Willow Weaving
Jun Re:work Enterprises, Bury - Community Arts
2001 Jul Chrysalis Arts, Gargrave - Mosaic Paving
Jul Mancat, Hume Manchester - Parade Float Building
Sep Re:work Enterprises, Bury - Intro to Public Art
2002 Feb Horse & Bamboo Theatre - Performing & Making Masks &
Mar N.W Gegants, Manchester - Processional Figures
2003 Feb Action Factory / Barnados   Child Protection Train
June School of African Studies   Carnival Conference
July Buxton Puppet Festival Bunraku Puppets
2004 Apr HOTB Theatre, Minnieapolis Carnival Parade skills

June Action Factory, Blackburn - Disability Awareness 

July Buxton Puppet Festival - Bunraku Puppets
2007 Mar Arts Award - Bronze & Silver Adviser training
2008 May Arts Award - Gold Adviser training

Community Arts workshops record

Jul Manor House Gallery, Ilkley - Wax resist with Chernobyl kids
Apr Craven Museum, Skipton Mixed media workshops
Aug Yorkshire Artists Exhibition  Painting demonstrator
1999 Colne Art Studio Assoc.  Artist’s Life Class
Aug Open Door Centre, Burnley   Mural Collage workshops
One Stop Shop, Burnley   Adults Art group - Mural Commission
Jan New Era, Accrington   Wax resist fish mobiles
Jun Wadsworth Old Town Junior Mask workshop
Jul Action Factory, Blackburn   Processional Arts works
Aug ARTWORKS, Bradford   Summer Community Arts Schemes
Sep Great Harwood Youth Painting with youth club
Sep Norden High, Blackburn- Mural after-school club
Feb Talia Theatre - Stage & scenery painting commissions
Mar Talia Theatre   Masks commissions
May Manchester Jubilee Helmet masks commissions, streetband
Jun Action Factory Puppet making workshops
Jun Holy Family School,   Monkey masks workshops
Jul Clarendon Road School Mosside Carnival float
Aug Dark Horse Puppets   Processional figures
Aug New Era, Accrington   Mask / Puppet workshop
Aug Art House Summer Scheme   Rocket trolley making workshop
Sep Dark Horse Puppets   Shadow puppet making & performance
Oct Art House, Blackburn Residency- visual art
Nov Lancs Youth & Community Mural workshops
Jan Art House, Blackburn   Community Estate arts workshops/club
Jan M6 Theatre, Rochdale   Carnival costumes
Jan Accrington Art Satellites   Carnival Float building with LD adults
Feb M6 Theatre outreach  Carnival costumes primary school
Mar Mid Pennine Arts, Burnley   Mask making secondary
Mar Mansfield High School, Mask/Headress making
Apr Lomeshaye Primary, Nelson   Painting workshops
Apr Puppet Up! Grand Parade  Blackpool- parade puppet workshops
May P.H.A.S.E. Project, Colne Mask making workshops
May Eastgates Art shop, Colne  Watercolour workshops
May Homezone project, Bolton  Street design Illustration commissions
Jun Trawden Primary School  Mask making workshops
Jun Tum Hill Residents Assoc.   Kite making activities
Jul Kelsall Primary School   Big Arts Week- Caterpillar
Jul Blackburn Mela Art workshops - banners
Jul Barnoldswick Bugs Festival   Flag making - youth  groups
Jul Arts in the Park, Blackburn   One day drop in - masks
Jul Carnival in the Park, Nelson Processional caterpillar
Aug River Festival, Conwy  Large lantern making
Aug Barnoldswick Bugs Festival Bugs sculpture making
Aug Queen’s Park Fest, Burnley   Kite making workshops
Sep Brighter Futures Art Club   Banner painting
Sep Padiham Youth   Lantern making
Oct Brighter Futures Art Club  Lanterns / mask making
Oct Pendle Leisure Trust Big Draw pavement draw
Oct Black Horse Puppets  Shadows & Stories collaboration event,
Oct Pendle Leisure Trust   Halloween Procession
Nov Brighter Futures Art Club  Art making workshops
Nov PHASE Project, Primet Mask commissions, costumes workshops
Nov Chipping school, Ribble   Bird Lantern making
Dec Brighter Futures Art Club   Mixed media workshops
Jan Eastgates Art shop   Watercolour for adults
Brighter Futures Art Club   Clay modelling & deco
Jun Big Art Factory, Conwy   Mural design workshops
Jul Action Factory @ Bolton   Kite mask summerscheme
Bolton Mela   Art in the park making
Aug Action Factory @ Darwen   Carnival float & costume
Aug Big Art Factory, Conwy  Mural painting
Sep Barnoldswick Bugs Festival Artist in Schools primary
Sep The Stables Project, York   Garden structures
Oct Pendle Leisure Trust   Big Draw pavement draw
Pendle Leisure Trust Wax resist adult-children
Brighter Futures After School Arts 5 – 11
Nov Barnoldswick Comm Arts   Giant Lantern ships
Stables Project, York Shadow puppet scenery
Healthy Schools project  2 Murals & pom poms workshops
Mr Rafiq, Blackburn   Illustration commission
Feb Talia Theatre   Scenery painting commissions
Pendle Small Schools Chinese Art Week - dragon
St David’s Day Colwyn Bay Giant puppet & dragon
Mar Colne Credit Union display  Piggybank sculpture primary
Anchorsholme Primary Chinese Art Week – roosters
Oakwood School, Man. Lowry scenery & masks
Pendle Borough Council   Recycled materials primary
Pendle Youth Festival   Processional sculpture
Trawden Guides, Cubs  Walking bus
Salterforth & Kelbrook Chinese Dragon
Apr Pendle Youth Festival Wheels Street Dance procession
Waterside Youth Club   Mask making workshops
May Wheels Street Dance Sculpture shopping trolleys
Jun Primet Primary School  Flying pig sculpture
Ashleigh Primary School Carnival sculptures, masks
St Peter’s Primary School   Chinese Dragon, Thai packs
Jul Talia Theatre/Avanti Display Dracula- 2 giant puppets
Oct Dream Community, Taiwan   Processional puppets / lantern animals
Oct Pokhara Children’s Home, Nepal - lantern making
Dec Abhivyakti Media Dev. Nashik, India - mask making

Jan The Stables Project, York   Visual Arts tutor
May York Railway Museum Art Bikes workshops, spaceship ride
 Sep The Stables Project, York   Carnival Arts course leader
Arts Award course mentor
Community arts development
May York City Council   Carnival Arts course
masks & processional puppets
Jul Ryde Arts Parade Performed Big Hugehead mask
Lafrowda, St Just festival   Large scale lantern making
Performed Hugehead mask
Aug Doncaster Community Arts  Mask making for summer scheme
Sep Doncaster Community Arts  Mask making for performance
Oct Space 109, York Children’s Art Club (volunteer)
Nov Acomb Garth, York   Visual arts workshops mental health group
Arts Action, York   Mask making workshops York Carnival 09
Dec Doncaster Community Arts Mask making with youths at risk

2009 Creative Partnerships
              school workshops in Hull and Scunthorpe
Thorpe Park Primary   Fire Festival processional lanterns
Foredyke Primary Carnival masks, processional caterpillar
Gillshill Primary - Outdoor Play musical pipes, mural
Feb Grange Lane Junior       African/Jamaican big head masks
April Clifton House Hospital York   Hugehead characters / mask workshops

May York Carnival         Performing hugehead character

July  Lafrowda festival, St Just   Processional lantern making workshops,
Performing Hugehead character
Aug Withernsea Carnival   Clown masks drop-in workshops, 

Warren Youth Centre, Hull   Giant processional figure workshops.

Sept  Cannon Lee school, York   Carnival drums & shakers workshop

Oct Artlink Community Arts  Lanterns and mask making workshops

Nov  Climate Huddersfield group   Giant processional figure workshop

Dec Kingston Youth Centre,   Mask making workshops s. n. group


Jan  Knayton Primary, Thirsk         Creative Partnerships contract

Feb Artlink Community Arts Carnival drums and mask workshops

The Junction, Goole   Adult visual art workshops

March Together Trust, Cheadle - Art Residency for Autism, Totem poles

April   Transition Hull Climate Change dragon, masks / banner 

Hull Carnival   Globalisation ship and big head mask

May   Wybers Wood, Grimsby   Tudor character helmet mask workshops 

May Little Weighton Primary Willow giant scarecrow workshops

June Dinnington Comprehensive Bighead mask monsters

June  Wolfreton School, Hull   Family world cup mascots / T shirts

June   Cottingham High School   Display sculpture workshop - year 9's

June New Options School, Barton  Indian drums & shakers workshops

June   Larkin 25 commission Steve Hubbard/10-5 toad painting 

Jul Hessle High School, Hull Junk sculpture family workshop

Artlink Community Arts Bird masks workshops

Sept   Cottingham High School Mexican day of the dead masks residency

Maritime Museum, Hull   Lanterns based on collection

Oct   Ropewalk Gallery, Barton  Large Lantern family workshop - insects
Cottingham High Halloween witches - family workshop

Streetlife Museum, Hull   Pop Art sculpture based on collection

Wolfreton School, Hull Star and pumpkin lanterns workshop

Streetlife Museum, Hull Chrustmas crafts adults workshop

2011 Hull & East Riding Museum Carnival masks adult workshop

Humber Centre, Hull   Garden design workshop, adult workshop

Dunswell Primary, Hull   Sculpture/role play - cooperation

Little Weighton Primary Mask making, emotions/facial expressions

Bacon Garth Primary   Mask making facial expressions

Streetlife Museum   Fabric printing T shirts adults workshop

Cottingham Croxby Primary   Mask making facial expressions

Humber Centre   Willow rocket - adult workshop

Bacon Garth Primary    Large portrait masks workshops

Little Weighton Primary           Easter pinata family workshop

Hessle High School Easter pinata / robot family workshops

Brough Primary   Easter pinata / robot family workshops

Route One Youth project   Coolture drawing & sculpture workshops

May Hull Carnival Brownies, Rainbows, Guides -  workshops

Westfield Primary Carnival arts workshops - drums, masks

June Croxby Primary   Rockpool sculpture workshops

Jul Cottingham Parish Council Fun Day Parade - Mr Pickles, Mr Smiley,                                                                 masks

Ella Street festival, Hull Fun Day - Mr Smiley

Avenues Open Gardens Exhibit - Mr Smiley and masks

Lisle Marsden Primary Carnival Dove & Ark,drums

Hessle High School Family workshops - Lunar Module                                                                 sculpture

Artlink, Boulevard Youth   Youth group workshops - boardgames

Aug Friends of the Field group Family workshops - drums, shakers

Wolfreton School Family workshops - fantasy teapots

Shooting Fish Theatre Family workshops - mud monsters                                                                 sculpture

Sep Humber Centre  Vinyl window designs for courtyard shelter

Oct Shooting Fish Theatre CPD workshop - willow lanterns

Shooting Fish Theatre Family workshops - giant lanterns Pig and Wolf

Nov Shooting Fish Theatre Goole bonfire event

Newcastle City Council   Community masks workshop

Mountbatten Primary Rainforest masks workshops 

Jackie Ward Lomax Mayday Hobby horse collaboration


Jan Neasden Primary African Arts Day masks for storytelling

Feb  ARKH refugee centre 3 processional figures commission

May Education Otherwise         Love Zebra playground sculpture painting 

Hessle High School Fish mobiles workshop

Herringthorpe Junior Ugly bug masks workshop

Greatfield residents Mr & Mrs Grin figures, Olympic workshops

Youth Dynamix  Alan Torch bearer figure workshops

Child Dynamix Olympic torch figures workshops

Youthopia Jubilee hugehead masks workshops

Longhill Linkup Centre Olympic torch figure workshop

Bishop Sentamu High Refugee figure workshops

June Vamos Tyne carnival Hugehead masks workshop

The Hut youth centre Rock challenge masks workshop

Washacre Primary Jamaica masks workshop

July Swallownest Primary  Viking masks workshop

Hessle High School Clay monsters workshop

Eureka Children's Museum Giant flowers and masks workshops

Aug  Hull Samba youth group Bear mask workshops 

Beverley Puppet festival Processional figures performance

Hessle High school Mud monsters family workshop

Sep Freedom Festival Processional figures performance

Oct The Junction, Goole Residency - Giant willow lantern figures, family workshops and performance

Nov Eureka Child Museum Funny Faces- wax resist and foam block 

printing workshops

Dec Scrapstore Santa’s grotto

Rodillian Academy Funny Face masks workshop


Feb Little Weighton Primary Beginners weaving workshop

Hall Road Primary Living willow tunnel building

Mar Hessle High School Clay modelling and wax resist birds

May Mountbatten Primary Water & Extreme Environment masks

The Hut Youth Centre Flags workshop fabric painting

Darleys Youth Centre Funny Faces mask workshop

Rainbow Garden Centre Flower making/ Vase painting workshop

        Youth Dynamix Centre Rock challenge workshop

Kingston Youth Centre Giant Dreamcatchers workshop

June Westfield Primary Pop Art sculpture workshops

Archbishop Sentamu Fabric hangings print workshop

Barton Tile Works Public workshop masks/dreamcatcher 

July Hessle High Families Science Fiction masks/bubble wrap bugs

Cottingham High Year 6’s Circus Bighead  clown masks

Eureka Childrens Museum Under the sea masks/mobiles

Humber St Sesh Public workshop Pirate masks/flags/hats

Aug Rainbow Garden Centre Kite making/ Junk Sculpture workshops

Patrington Haven Leisure Public workshop pirate hats/flags

Sep          Kingston Art Group             Group exhibition – masks

Spinoff Productions             Little giant beefeater commission

        Freedom Festival                Little giant street performances

2014 Jan  Kingston Art Gallery            Window painting for exhibition

Feb          Collaborative Art                 Window painting for exhibition

POP Gallery – C&C           Window painting for exhibition

C. Pickering Primary            Live willow dome workshop

Mar         POP Gallery                         “Party Animals” Little Giants exhibit

Kingston Art Group             Studio mural

May         ReCOGnition festival                Little Giant commission- Geo.Peck

June         POP Gallery                         “Mr Smiley” Little Giants exhibition

Vamos Newcastle               “Party Animals” in parade

Hebden Bridge                   “Party Animals” Handmade Parade

Bolton Home group            Manchester Day Parade – elephant

Lord Mayor Parade Hull      Little Giants/masks com. Parade

July          Goodwin College                Mask making youth workshops

Eureka Halifax                       Summer children’s workshops

Aug       Sesh Festival, Hull               Little Giants try-on sessions

20/21 Gallery Scunthorpe       Comic masks workshops

ReCOGnition festival          Family Creativity workshops

Sept         Goodwin College                Youth workshops – masks

Oct          Goodwin College                Myton Little Giants workshops

Creative & Cultural Co.           “Jack Frost” parade float figure

        20/21 Gallery, Scunthorpe Tree sculpture installation, primary school


Feb           iota visual arts event                Pancake Day Parade

iota visual arts Family Creativity workshops

Mar          Hull University                      Staff development mask workshops

Goodwin Centre              Giant Egg painting workshops

Apr          iota visual arts                       Giant Egg Rolling Day

iota visual arts                       Pearson Park play horse painting

May         Vamos Newcastle               Hugemask commission Ancient Mexican Barrow Fun Day                   Masks, dreamcatcher workshops

June        Vamos Newcastle               “Ancient Mexican” in Parade

Vamos Newcastle               mask making workshops

Bessemer Grange                      Birds on Trollies workshops

July          Hedon Festival                    Primary school workshops

Hedon Festival                    “Jolly King” commission

Rainbow Garden Centre          Bubblewrap bugs workshop

Aug         Hedon Festival                    Hedfest parade, Little Giants

Sep          Intack Primary, Blackburn      Mural workshops

Juice Festival, Gateshead   “Mexican Serpent” on trolley

iota visual arts                       Family Creativity sessions

Oct          Vamos Festival, Newcastle     Sugar Skull masks workshop

        iota visual arts                       Family Creativity sessions


Feb  St Nicholas Primary             Alien mask workshops

Barton Carnival                    Willow Hugehead masks workshops

St Augustine Webster Sch Giant Greek masks workshops           Hull Amnesty group "Mary Murdoch" little giant commission

May          Barton Carnival                       "Desperate Dan" little giant commission

Aug          Rainbow Garden                     Mini Scarecrows workshop

                HedFest-Hedon Council          Parade characters hire/performance

2017        Hull2017                                  Pipe Dreams construction commission

                Rainbow Garden                      Mural commission

                Rainbow Garden                      OppyWood memorial commission

Mar          Rainbow Garden                      St Anthony's OppyWood workshops

May         Rainbow Garden                      Mural 2 commission

                Eureka Museum                       Cake little giant commission

Jul            Eureka Museum                      25th Anniversary workshops

Aug            Hull Youth Training                  Summer School workshops

                   Hull International Carnival        LittleGiant character performance

Oct           Artlink/Hull2017                        DinnerLadies commission & workshops

Dec          Hull2017                                   Limitless exhibition & workshops