MA Art & Design
Graduate Diploma in Art & Design
Art & Design Pre-Master's
BA (Hons) Fashion
BA (Hons) Graphics and Illustration
Foundation Diploma in Art & Design
Foundation Diploma in Fashion Design
Foundation Diploma in Graphics & Illustration
Foundation Diploma in 3D Design
Drama Foundation - Acting
Drama Foundation – Musical Theatre
Art & Design
Fashion Summer School
Open Days & Auditions
Open Days and Auditions
Head of College
I have been exhibiting as a visual artist since I was 14 years old gaining my first commission at the age of 15. Over the years I have worked for top advertising agencies such as Saatchi and Saatchi, UK publishing houses and magazines including Bloomsbury, Macmillan and The New Statesman.
I have also worked extensively in television as a special effects model maker/ makeup artist creating iconic characters for British television such as "Nobby the Sheep" a stalwart of children's TV for seven years and recently revived for a TV quiz show.
Course Director MA Art & Design
With a background in Fine Art practice, Harriet went on to study the history and theory of modern art and architecture at the University of Manchester before under taking post-graduate study at UCL (University of London), where she went on to achieve her PhD. Harriet star ted her academic career teaching at UCL , before securing a post at the University of Warwick where she contributed to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, and then moving into the art school environment at Middlesex University in London.
Here she taught across fine art, photography, fashion and design before moving to Kingston University where she was responsible for the critical and historical studies programme for students across the School of Fine Art, lecturing on MA History of Art and Design, supervising research and doctoral candidates, and leading the BA Fine Art and Art History course. As well as guest lecturing at a number of institutions including London College of Communication (UAL) and Imperial College London, she is long-standing contributor to the MA Photography programme at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, where she has led courses on contemporary photography and critical theory.
Her current research is focused on femininity and the history of photography, which she has published in journals including the Oxford Art Journal and Photographies. She also writes regularly on contemporary art and photography, and is a frequent contributor the New York based magazine Afterimage. In addition to her research and writing, Harriet was recognised as Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in December 2015.
Course Director Pre-Master’s
Gina Tornatore is an Independent Visual Arts and Film Professional; Senior Lecturer and PhD Research Candidate at Central Saint Mar tins University of the Arts London based within the British Artists’ Film & Video Study Collection department; having completed her Masters of Art in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, graduating with a BA Hons in Fine Art Film at Central Saint Martins UAL.
Tornatore has over twenty-five years’ extensive arts and film professional employment history including employment as a Feature Film Editor Assistant; Art Director ; Costume Assistant and Supervisor ; teaching at HE level both graduate and post-graduate studies in London and Cambridge. Gina lectures in Film & Video Production and Theory; Contextual Studies in Visual Culture (specialising in Visual Arts & Design; Fashion Theory); and Photography.
Simultaneously, Tornatore has a commercial art practice working with film, video, photography, collage and installation for exhibition; and has exhibited extensively as an artist since 1998 working with commercial galleries, museums, art foundations, public institutions, and freelance curators; represented in art fairs predominately in Italy and Europe; and recently in Asia, New Zealand and Australia. Awards include nominations, grants and film commissions including several awards from the British Council with previous nominations for the Derek Jarman Award UK 2008, the Young Italian Artists’ Award - Premio Querini Stampalia FURLA per L’Arte, Venice and FAIR- PLAY, International Video Contest, Berlin; amongst others.
Deputy Head of College & Course Director BA Fashion
Jane trained in fashion design at UCA Epsom, graduating in 1981 and went on to complete an MA in Fashion. She is currently studying at the Royal College of Art for her PhD
She has more than 15 years’ experience as a fashion designer for mostly high street fashion retailers including Top Shop, Miss Selfridge, H&M and Marks & Spencer.
She worked as a fashion designer from 1981 until 1997 and has been lecturing since 1997
Course Director BA Graphics & Illustration
John has worked in the UK and internationally as a commercial freelance Illustrator/Designer for over 20 years. John also has an MA in Illustration. Clients served include; Penguin Books, Harper Collins, BBC, Random House, Oxford University Press, Dutton, Ladybird, Scholastics, Usborne, Procter & Gamble, Cadbury Schweppes, Virgin Airways, Macmillan, The Observer, Speedo, Co-op and Cambridge University Press.
He joined CSVPA in 2001 and has seen many students grow into successful graphic designers and illustrators within the suppor tive environment of CSVPA.
Kevin is a Fine Artist with twenty years’ experience of teaching in Higher Education. Previous roles include senior lecturer for MA Communication Design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.
He has exhibited work widely in both group and solo exhibitions at venues such as the National Army Museum in Chelsea, Lethaby Gallery in Holborn and Mall Galleries in Pall Mall.
Head of Drama
Rachel is an actor, director and theatre tutor. As well as working in the mainstream as an actor Rachel developed her interest in more experimental work as an actor with physical theatre company Spit and Polish and Apocryphal Theatre, a theatre company set up to explore further techniques in the creation of experimental theatre, using both contemporary and classical texts as a starting point.
Before beginning at CSVPA as the Head of Drama Rachel worked as a freelance tutor and taught and directed for a number of companies on their performance courses including the Cambridge Junction, Clean Break Theatre and Definitely Theatre. Rachel has been an associate of the National Youth Theatre since 2005, auditioning young performers each year and directing on the NYT summer courses as well as other projects. She is also an associate of the Shakespeare Schools Festival where she delivered the director training for teachers participating in the festival each year.
Rachel has her own theatre company called Faculty of Wonder, the most recent performance was called ‘Middle of the Bed’, performed at the Cambridge Junction as part of Troopfest in July 2016.
Course Leader Musical Theatre & Head of Music
A native of Canada, Liz has spent many years as Associate Conductor and Vocal Coach with major musical productions including US National and World Tours of Fosse, European Tour of Hair – the Love and Rock Musical, US National Tour of Sweet Charity, and Hairspray at the Charlottetown Festival of Canada. She also has also been a musical director and/or vocal coach on over 40 regional productions in three different countries.
Liz holds a Bachelor of Music Degree (Honours) from the University of Windsor (Canada) as well as two Masters of Music degrees, one from Arizona State University (Music Direction/Conducting, 2002) and the other from New York University (Piano Performance – Collaborative, 2009). Currently the Head of Music at the Cambridge School of Visual and Performing Arts, Liz has taught at universities, colleges, and led workshops in Canada, the US, and the UK.
Course Leader Art Foundation
A practising photographer for over 15 years, Renata has worked both commercially as a commissioned photographer and extensively with young people of all backgrounds in finding outlets for their expressive/creative urge.
Renata has an MA in Photographic Studies, she is also a founder member of the MAPS collective which regularly exhibits in the East of England. Her mixed media work upon environmental themes was nominated for the Citibank Photography Prize.
Course Leader Extended Diploma & Textiles Lecturer
Lara is the Course Leader for the Extended Diploma year one at CSVPA. She holds a first-class BA(Hons) in Surface Pattern and Textile Design from Leeds University and a PGCE in Art and Design. This is combined with work as a freelance Textile Artist and teacher for the past 10 years.
Graphics & Illustration Lecturer
Rupert grew up in Cambridge where he was exposed to creativeness from a young age and through his father, a furniture designer and maker. He completed his Art Foundation at the London College of Communication (UAL), before under taking a BA (Hons) in Product and Furniture Design at Kingston University.
After graduating Rupert worked as freelance designer in both 3D and graphic design. His freelance work is often based around youth subculture and is heavily process lead, which is reflected in his personal work.
Rupert has worked at CSVPA since 2007 where he started as Technician, before progressing to a part time lecturer in 3D Design and then in Graphic Design. In 2011 Rupert moved to head up the Graphics and Illustration specialist area on the Art Foundation and more recently took on the responsibility of being Course Leader for 2nd year Extended Diploma.
Zoe Gilbertson has a BA (Hons) in Fashion from UCA Epsom. She’s had a varied career as a fashion designer, entrepreneur and artist. In the past she’s worked for sportswear brands such as Adidas, Odlo and Canterbury, managed a design team for an outdoor brand in Canada and set up a sneaker customisation and graphics business. Zoe also exhibits embroidered abstract artwork.
Lecturer - Fashion
‘koki kang‘ was founded and based in London at Dalston in November 2011. In January 2014 ‘koki kang’ was launched as a designer brand of British clothing. Kang had originally studied Fashion at the Royal College of Art. His MA was in Fashion Womenswear 2005. Womenswear was his first love, but he subsequently had extensive experience in Menswear.
Kang’s passion has always been bespoke tailoring. He has sought to establish his identity as a forward thinking follower of classic tradition: his designs embody perfection in tailoring and detail. ‘koki kang’ employs high quality British and Italian fabrics, and all productions are carried out in England, as he values its traditional craftsmanship.
Kang believes that clothes can have a natural magic for both the wearer and the viewer, the use of androgyny can stimulate the emotions of the wearer, so that she or he feels that the clothing reflects their own identities, and that it expresses their own nature and character through the body language which the clothing communicates: they can thereby become better at ease with themselves. This magic must also be transmitted to the viewer, so that he or she can feel an emotional warmth towards the clothing and its wearer. This can be achieved only through truly sensitive design and style.
Fine Art Lecturer
Issam comes from a fine art, architecture and theatre design background. Born in Syria, he trained at the Institute of Fine Arts in Damascus, the Repin Institute of Fine Arts in Leningrad (St Petersburg) and at Wimbledon School of Art (London). Since 1990, he has lived and worked in Cambridge, eventually becoming a Christ’s College, Artist in Residence and a Bye-Fellow (2007-2011), and where he is now a Lector in Art.
In 2009, as par t of Cambridge University’s celebration of its 800th anniversary, Issam was invited to design the sets for the play Let Newton Be! and for a contemporary dance piece Light Matters, which was presented in the University Senate House. His Cambridge Palimpsest, a puzzle box linking time and archaeology, was also published by Cambridge University Press as part of the celebrations and was presented to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
His work has been widely exhibited and, in 2008, a collection of his sketches Sound Palimpsest (some inspired by the Epic of Gilgamesh and others by language, war and memory) was acquired by the British Museum and exhibited in their Iraq’s Past Speaks to the Present exhibition, run in parallel with their major 2008- 2009 exhibition Babylon: Myth and Reality.
The Museum also featured Issam’s work in their 2011 exhibition: Modern Syrian ar t at the British Museum. His Excavating the Present - Cambridge, March 2013 exhibition raised funds for Oxfam's and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Syria Crisis Appeals, and proceeds from his recent exhibition Scattered, Gathered in Kuwait 2014, went to Al Madad Foundation’s education and literacy programs, on the ground in Aleppo Syria.
Mike Alsford earned his PhD in Durham conducting researching into the philosophy of human identity. Since then he has continued his interest in human nature, philosophy and contemporary culture.
As a long time comic and fantasy geek Mike has published books on comic heroes and villains and the various philosophies found in the science fiction genre. These research interests are found reflected in the BA Graphics & Illustration programme. Mike has two cats and likes a good tune.
Nina Dobson has more than fourteen years experience designing for menswear brands with a variety of experiences such as designing for catwalk for Paul & Joe, one-off bespoke designs at Timothy Everest tailors, mass production design consulting for Marks and Spencer, leading design teams as Head of Design, and Founder of own independent label DOBSON.
Experience and subject specialisms include: trend forecasting, creative direction, range planning, inspiring designers, briefing suppliers, sourcing, production management, visual and verbal presentation skills, design of a wide range of product categories including formal and casual apparel, hard and soft accessories, graphic design for brand image, look-books and packaging.
Nina advocates the importance of intelligent concept development based on unique and thorough research to deliver highly marketable and fresh collections that interpret the brand values again and again.
Connie Lim is a professional illustrator and designer from Los Angeles, California. She has trained at prestigious universities such as the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and Central St. Martins in London. As an artist specializing in Fashion, she merges the two loves (fashion and art) to create unique and striking images.
In couture, Connie loves traditional drawing and painting, using a mixture of pencil and pen as well as watercolour and gouache. Connie is currently living in London and is a lecturer at London College of Fashion and a short course lecturer at Central Saint Martins, Lecturer at University for the Creative Arts Rochester and Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts. Her clients have included Guerlain, Bulgari, and Revlon New York.
Her work has been featured in books including Mar tin Dawber’s Great Big Book of Fashion Illustration, and The Beautiful, published by Gestalten. Her recent works include illustrating Paris Haute Couture 2016 for Show Studio.
Pattern Cutting Lecturer
Belgin was born and bought up in the east end of London where the ‘rag trade’ had its roots back in the 70’s. My dream and passion as a young girl to become a Fashion Designer has fuelled my career to this day. She graduated from the London College of Fashion with a distinction in BA Fashion Womenswear, specialising in leather wear.
She has had the opportunity to work for some truly amazing companies doing what she loves. Belgin had an amazing opportunity to work out in India as a leather consultant. Teaching Fashion Design arose in 1991 as part of a United Nations Development Programme, which first got her into teaching her area of specialism, Womenswear. The programme ran for ten years and from that point she knew this would be her place going forward.
As an associate lecturer she’s had the opportunity to do what she loves at different universities both in England and abroad. Belgin teaches at University of the Arts London, University of the Creative Arts, University of East London, Central Saint Martins, Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts, Istanbul Moss Academy, Kingston University and Marangoni London.
Belgin teaches on the BA and MA Womenswear courses, pattern cutting and draping. She also teaches on short courses and summer school, for CSM & LCF and abroad in Korea, China and Turkey.
I teach a wide range of research, design, development, portfolio building and technical skills for fashion including Gerber pattern cutting and Adobe creative suite software.
Whilst studying for my first class honours degree in Fashion Studies at London College of Fashion (UAL) I also started my own business selling my clothing designs and fine art photography, focusing on sustainable design and analogue techniques.
My work has since been collected and exhibited internationally, including in London and New York, and I have published two books of photography.
Alina started her career 20 years ago making garments professionally in a factory. She quickly progressed to the sample room and then to the role of garment technologist – making sure garments are constructed in the best possible way within budget.
She has a wide range of industry manufacturing experience including women’s and children’s ready to wear, men’s soft tailoring, and she has worked with London based designers including Haizhen Wang.
At CSVPA Alina makes sure all Fashion BA students know how to produce well made and cleanly finished garments, and she has the vital role of making the final collections with the 3rd year students.
Teerabul trained at Central St Martins (BA Hons) and at Royal College of Art (MA). A freelance designer and pattern cutter in design and fashion - has worked with leading names in diverse positions such as design consultant for Adidas Originals(AG), Maharishi; pattern cutter for Vivienne Westwood “gold label”, Holly Fulton, Marjan Perjoski.; also as a visiting tutor at universities both in the UK and abroad.
His own work has been commissioned by Absolut Vodka, Central Saint Mar tins archive and worn by fashion icons such as Bjork and the late Isabella Blow as well as being published in Vogue, i-D, Collezioni, Madame Figaro and elsewhere.
Contextual Studies Lecturer
Professional illustrator/designer. Particular interest in children’s books. 25 years’ commercial experience with leading publishers and advertising agencies UK and America.
I am a multi -awarding winning Illustrator (V&A Illustration), Educator of the Year (USA publisher 3x3) and most recently receiving an Honorary Fellowship for my contribution to illustration from Hereford College of Arts. I have been a practicing illustrator since 1994. Clients include Liberty’s London, London Fashion Week, Keil’s New York, South Bank Centre London, as well as editorial clients such as The Guardian, Observer, New Scientist and The Lancet.
My practise includes illustration, painting and teaching. Each one is important and inspires the others. My non-commissioned work is often autobiographical and is content driven. This has led to me exhibiting extensively. Recent solo exhibitions include, Camden Image Gallery London and MCC in New York.
Ann Sun graduated with BA (Hons) degree in Illustration and Animation from Kingston University, and a Master’s Degree in Children’s Book
Illustration from Anglia Ruskin University.
Her work had been exhibited at Illustration Cupboard London, Ruskin Gallery at Anglia Ruskin University and Cheltenham Illustration Award. She was awarded runner up at Cheltenham Illustration Award and at Ronald Searle Award.
Ann Sun’s illustrated children’s book was published by Oxford University Press as a part of the Reading Tree series of Traditional tales , and her Children’s alphabet app Animalphabet is available in the AppStore. She’s currently in the development of her second app whilst lecturing.
Simon Emery is a Senior Lecturer in Graphic Design & Illustration at CSVPA and has been Level 4 Year Coordinator at the University of Brighton since 1999. After graduating from The Kent Institute of Art and Design, Simon Emery worked at the studio of Neville Brody and was a member of the illustration group called ‘Heart’.
His creative practice spans many different genres, including graphic design, illustration, book design, corporate branding, typography, font design and printmaking (a fusion of screen printing, collographs, mono prints and digital processes). Clients include: The Edinburgh Festival, The Royal Festival Hall, The United Nations, Agfa International, Germany’s Haus Der Kulturen, Japan’s Korakuen theme park, Font Shop International and The Font Bureau in the USA. Newsweek, BBC, Thames & Hudson, Cinven, Range Rover, Condé Nast, The University of Brighton, The Economist, The Guardian, The Independent, Radio Times and New Scientist.
Simon Emery’s research focuses on Creativity Theory and Meditation, he has recently completed a research project which was funded by a Creativity Fellowship Award.
Photography, Sculpture & Contextual Studies Lecturer
After graduating from a degree in Photography, Richard worked as a researcher in the film industry compiling a vast picture reference library in London before working in East Africa as a VSO volunteer in the mid-1980s.
It was there that he began wood sculpture, in the high ‘mountain’ forests of the Rift Valley, Tanzania. On returning to England he began showing and being commissioned, particularly in Cambridge, by individuals and colleges. After finishing a Master’s in Fine Art Richard was elected as a Member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors. Major commissions include the Wellcome Trust for their Genome Campus, as well as collaborations with other artists, notably Issam Kourbaj. Richard has exhibited at Jesus College, Cambridge in their ‘Sculpture in the Close’ shows, as well as in the Kettle’s Yard Open, The Fine Art Society in London and the Ingleby Gallery in Edinburgh. More recently he has exhibited in Taiwan.
Moving Image Lecturer
Ben Maughan is Moving Image lecturer on Foundation & Extended Diploma. He graduated from the University of Creative Arts studying Animation. He works in 2D and 3D animation specialising in Stop-motion.
He has collaborated in live-action and animated independent films and is currently working on his own projects creating puppets and short films.
Life Drawing, Visual Studies Lecturer
Andrew Luetchford is an Illustrator educated to Postgraduate level at the Royal Drawing School in London where he also completed his tutor training.
He has worked as a freelance Illustrator producing work for various publishers ranging from novel book jackets to cookery books. Examples include ‘Prime Cuts’ published by New Burlington books, Caribbean Writer series published by Heinemann and the ‘Cambridge Insider’ a monthly magazine.
He exhibits regularly in Cambridge, Cardiff and London, including the Jerwood Drawing Open. His current practice is in drawing, painting and printmaking. He has work in the private collections of the Prince of Wales Foundation and Lady Rothermere.
Interior Design Lecturer
Paul Morgan has taught at the college for over 20 years and currently teaches on the Spatial Design Course. Paul’s background is in furniture making, after studying design he worked for many years designing and making bespoke pieces of furniture, both private and corporate clients.
Paul also has a second role at the college where he is the technician in the 3D design department, assisting staff and students with technical and practical support.
Product Design Lecturer
Stephen graduated from Ravensbourne in 2005, with a degree in Product and Furniture Design. Nominated for the Young Designer of the year in 2006 by the Furniture Show for his graduate project: the Soft Table, Stephen’s designs and installations have garnered him many commendations.
After graduation, Reed worked for Thomas Heatherwick studio, on restaurant interior design projects as well as Landor & Associates designing retail spaces. Wanting to venture out on his own, Stephen set up a studio in East London, working on projects for the Emerald Fund, Charles & Marie, Back4, Mathmos, Industreal and Fred Inc. The studio’s work has been described as innovative, functional and playful.
Reed’s designs have appeared in magazines like Wallpaper*, Icon, Blueprint, Design Week, Living Etc and numerous websites. Products are available through SCP and Magma shops in London. A major commission to design and build the installation for the Young Design Centre in London was completed in May 2007.
Interior & Architecture Lecturer
Nancy worked for 10 years as an Interior Architectural Designer and Creative Director in an architectural and construction firm, before moving into teaching, at Edinburgh’s Napier University, the National Design Academy and currently at the CSVPA teaching interior design and architecture. She has a BA (Hons) Degree in Industrial Design, a Masters Degree in Interior Architectural Design, a Post Graduate Certificate in Higher & Professional Education (PGCHPE) and she is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).
Nancy is the Director of 4 Design Studio, working with international architects and lighting designers and has designed and produced a variety of projects from warehouses, hotels, educational buildings, offices, showrooms, shopping centres, residences and house complexes. Nancy’s research interests are directed towards the interaction between users and space, determining how we perceive space by means of using our senses.
Fashion Promotion Lecturer
Jon Corden is a contemporary fine art photographer, working on both commissions and personal projects. His commercial imagemaking explores the contextual relationships between fashion and ar t. Jon’s well-rounded experience spans commercial fashion and product photography and publication design for both print and online platforms. Jon graduated from Kingston University with BA (Hons) Photography in 2012, and has been a tutor at CSVPA since 2014.
Alice Maughan graduated from Kingston University where she studied a BA (Hons) in Fashion Design.
Her final collection was chosen as the finale of her graduating years fashion show which was par t of Graduate Fashion Week.
Her graduate collection was also featured in i-D magazine in an ar ticle by Caryn Franklin and the book ‘Create GB, Celebrating British Creativity’.
Alice works as a freelance fashion designer on her personal work as well as bespoke commissions such as wedding dresses.
Chloe Ward graduated with BA (Hons) in Fashion Design, specialising in fashion illustration and promotion. She has sold prints and originals of her work for private collections and collaborated with online brands.
She have worked for 8 years in retail management and visual merchandising in the luxury goods field. Chloe has many links within the fashion industry including stylists, designers, graphic designers, head buyers, visual merchandisers and makeup artists.
Louise is an experienced designer/pattern cutter/maker with a diverse international background that includes industrial experience designing for high street brands including John Lewis, House of Fraser, Topshop and New Look .
She has also designed and created individually crafted garments for specialised outlets, whilst living in the Netherlands and Belgium along with bespoke sporting tweeds and bridal-wear.
Visual Studies, Contextual Studies and Life Drawing Lecturer
Tom has worked in many creative fields exhibiting internationally as an artist and has been involved in many high profile design art furniture and sculpture construction projects. Working on interiors for Zaha Hadid, Chandeliers for Giles Deacon, tables for Blains fine art to name a few.
He is also founder and runs TDKENT LTD, a Fashion accessories and eyewear brand.
Theatre Studies Lecturer
Sue started working life within Theatre Arts after graduating from Wimbledon School of Art, London in 1987. During a subsequent 18 year period Sue worked in the field as a Freelance Costumier with clients including the BBC, The Royal Opera House, Swedish Ballet, Houston Opera, Birmingham Royal Ballet and The Globe.
Sue’s other achievements have involved the setting up and running of wardrobe departments, working closely with designers super vising shows for a variety of dance and entertainment productions on Television and in Theatre and travelling and touring abroad with dance companies both in Europe and Asia. After a few years working at The Royal Opera House in London Sue decided to move to Cambridge and was invited to join Cambridge School of Visual and Performing Arts as par t of the Art Foundation teaching team in 2011.
Applied Craft & Theatre Studies Lecturer
Kat has a varied Art and Design background having trained in both Jewellery Design and Make-up and Special Effects. It was this combination of creative interests that brought her to teaching where she has continued to develop specialist knowledge in both areas.
Kat has exhibited work at the ‘New Designers’ exhibition and completed various commissions including a series of rings for The Devonshire Guild of Crafts Men.
Peter Buncombe is a photography lecturer at CSVPA as well as a freelance photographer. He mainly shoots commercial and events work for companies clients including the NHS and Arthur Rank Hospice Charity. Peter is a qualified teacher, with a level 5 Diploma in Education and Training.
Jo Fernihough studied Graphics & Illustration at Central St Martin’s gaining her degree and Post Graduate Diploma and also at The Cambridge School of Art, where she gained an M.A in Children’s Book Illustration.
Jo has worked as a freelance illustrator for over twenty years, she is represented by The Bright Group Illustration agency in London and her client list includes Harper Collins, Faber & Faber, Orion, The Radio Times, BBC, The Sunday Times, IKEA and the first of her most recent books, “A Line is a Dot that went for a Walk” has just been published by Michael O’Mara Books.
Visual Studies & Life Drawing Lecturer
For the past 20 years Mandy has worked as an internationally exhibited painter specializing in large abstract oil and resin paintings and drawings, focusing on colour relationships and pigment experimentation techniques a passion which developed whilst working at Cambridge Conservation and Restoration. In conjunction she has been teaching for over 10 years, both in the UK and Italy.
Cassie Sharman teaches Applied Craft Foundation Studies and 3D Design on the Diploma Course at CSVPA. She specialises in Ceramic Design and makes sculptures and vessels out of porcelain. She gained a BA in Design Crafts at De Montfort University and an MA in Arts Management at Anglia Ruskin University.
She also has a Diploma in Teaching. Her arts experience is varied and she has recently completed an evening course in Jewellery Design. She is part of a creative initiative for staff called Craft Club at CSVPA.
Samuel Race is an artist and Personal Tutor lecturing in Fine Art and Contextual Studies. Sam has many years of experience as an artist and educator including lecturing in drawing methodology at the University of Cambridge and as a Course Leader for Level 2 and Level 3 Extended Diploma’s at CSVPA and Oxford & Cherwell Valley College.
Sam’s paintings and prints fluctuate between abstraction and realism. They explore notions of interior and object; the relationships we share with objects and their historical connotations. Sam is currently working on a series of paintings that examine society’s reliance on technological artefacts and their subsequent demise.
Anya has a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design from Central St Martins at UAL where she specialised in Illustration. She went on to focus her expertise and expand her knowledge of the field through an MA in Branding and Promotional Media at Goldsmiths, University of London where she developed a strong critical and theoretical understanding of media and communication.
As well as lecturing at CSVPA, Anya has worked in industry, developing her commercial awareness through in-house roles as a graphic designer for a variety of contemporary fashion and lifestyle brands, before setting up as her own business as a freelance in design and illustration. Her illustration commissions include Thrill City magazine and an independent children’s lifestyle store Olive Loves Alfie.
Anya also cofounded a creative collective TopStroke specialising in murals and window displays, where she created work for a number of London restaurants (Russian Standard VIP rooms at Samarquand Restaurant, Allan’s Patisserie in London Mayfair etc). Anya has also been involved in a charity project for the Federal Centre of Cardiovascular Surgery in Russia, where she designed the murals for the hospitals’ children's department.
She has exhibited her work in a number of exhibitions in the UK, e.g. Islington Contemporar y Art&Design Fair (Candid Arts Trust), New Era XC exhibition (Dray Walk Galler y), Dialects 4: Homemade (Pushkin House) and is currently illustrating a book Make a Face that is due to be published by New York publisher POW! in 2017.
Eian trained in Musical Theatre at 'Performers College' in Essex. After graduating he has worked professionally in TV, Film and Theatre across UK & Europe. He now uses all his skills learned working in the industry to coach, train and mentor students to master their audition technique.
Emma holds a ballet teaching qualification from the Royal Academy of Dance
(DDTS) and tap and modern theatre teaching qualifications from the International School of Teachers of Dancing (DDE). Her dancing career began as a child and she achieved advanced 1 in ballet, and advanced 2 in tap and modern theatre. She first began teaching while at Durham university, where she gained a Natural Sciences degree, and later went on to complete her dance teaching qualifications in Cambridge.
She also holds a Trinity Guildhall performance diploma on the flute. Emma currently teaches a variety of ages and levels at different locations in and around Cambridge, and also choreographs musicals when she has the time. Recent musicals include Sister Act at the Cambridge Arts Theatre (2015), and Spamalot at the ADC (2016).
Sequencing, Pop History, Recording, Pop Singing Tutor
Vicky Harrison is a music professional with expertise in singing, recording, producing, composition and live performance. Vicky is a teacher of Vocal Technique, Pop Music History, Recording and Sequencing, here at CSVPA.
Working in the music industry, Vicky writes songs and vocals for advertising, television and film, and has released a number of records on labels (Hospital Records, Boka) and publishing companies (Sony, EMI). Vicky has worked with clients such as Mercedes, Vogue and Ellesse, and she has had her music featured on TV shows such as The X Factor, Big Brother and Top Gear, to name a few.
Vicky has a passion for performance technologies and has toured the UK, supporting artists such as Katy B and The Mystery Jets. She has extensive experience motivating and inspiring young people through music and performing arts.
Composition, Music Theory, Aural Skills, History Tutor
Ian Dickson studied music as an undergraduate at King’s College, London, holds a PhD in composition from the University of York, and is a graduate student in musicology at the University of Cambridge.
His compositions have been performed by, among others, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra (also broadcast on Radio 3), the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne of Montreal, the Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble, and pianists including Rika Zayasu and Satoko Inoue. He is currently working on a piece for the Italian guitarist Giacomo Susani.
He has taught composition, theory, analysis, music history, and piano to both sixth-form and university students, and has published historical and analytical articles in leading academic journals.
Music Theory, Piano Tutor
Vivian grew up in Hong Kong and was awarded an Associated Board Scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music where she was a gold medallist.
She subsequently obtained an MMus from Kings College, London and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from State University of New York at Stony Brook. As a pianist she has won international awards such as the Washington International Competition and has performed as a soloist at City Hall, Hong Kong, The Kennedy Centre, Washington DC, and St Martin in the Fields, London.
She has coached musicians to University level and at CSVPA she taught many students who successfully gained places at top Music Colleges and Universities.
Guitar, Saxophone & Pop Ensemble Tutor
Classical Singing Tutor; World Music Tutor
Pop Singing Tutor
Music Production Tutor
A Kingston University Graduate, she has received UK and international radio play and produced a remix for Damian Marley and Nas. Sarah has also scored for independent films and TV shows, composed catwalk music for UK fashion weeks, and theme music for radio stations. Sarah’s recent work covers such diverse areas as composing for the highly respected documentary maker TEDx and producing for YouTube stars. She mentored young artists at a Big Music Hub for Capital FM’s Big Music Project, working alongside such artists as Chase and Status, Plan B, Eliza Doolittle and Becky Hill.
You can catch Sarah presenting on her radio show “Sazrah's Soul Food” which airs on Green Futures Festival Radio and in the summer she presents live from Glastonbury Festival.
Sarah also mentors upcoming artists in various artist development schemes and is strongly passionate about encouraging young people in the music industry.
Metal/Neo-Classical Guitar Specialist Tutor
Musical Theatre and Classical Singing Tutor
Christopher McKay is an Actor and a workshop facilitator. Before training in Professional Acting at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School he was a Distinction level student on the CSVPA RADA foundation course.
Chris is an accomplished singer and dancer, and has certification in advanced Stage Combat. He runs a Youth Theatre Company for which he writes and directs plays. He has over eight years of teaching experience.
Study Skills Lecturer
Fashion / Pattern Cutting Lecturer
Christa started her training at Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts on the Art Foundation before graduating with a first class honours degree in Fashion from the University of Hertfordshire.
In 2007, she started her career at CSVPA where she became a part time Technician before progressing to lecturer the specialist area, Fashion Design, on the Art Foundation as well as the Access to Fashion Design programme.
Over the years Christa has worked as a backstage assistant at Vauxhall Fashion Scout as well as a studio intern/dresser for Jenny Packham, both at London Fashion Week.
Other roles include assistant designer, fashion designer or creative pattern cutter assistant working with Emilio De La Morena, Gino Cerruti, Haizhen Wang and Felicity Brown.
To further her experience Christa trained in tailoring at Savile Row to increase her knowledge and skillset of tailored garment construction and is now working as an assistant pattern cutter for a manufacturing company in London that supplies to high street brands.
Amy is an independent theatre director and Artistic Director of Spinning Wheel Theatre, an East Anglian based company specialising in rural touring across the region. Her main area of focus is text-based work, utilising modern and classic texts in contemporary and accessible productions. She is also a playwright with a particular emphasis on theatrical adaptations of classic novels. As well as directing Spinning Wheel Theatre's productions, she has also directed numerous productions for Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, Bury Festival and Sheringham Little Theatre.
Amy has worked as an acting tutor at West Suffolk College, Cambridge Junction and as private tuition before joining CSVPA. She has also worked as a venue director for the Shakespeare Schools Festival. Alongside this she has worked extensively with young people in an informal education setting running a wide variety of workshops and youth theatres.
Lluis Mather is an award-winning UK instrumentalist and composer, and a Henri SELMER Paris performing artist. He has won the Dave Holland Award, was recipient of a Yamaha Scholarship, is one of three 2013/14 Jerwood Fellows “expected to make a significant contribution to British Jazz”, a first class graduate of the Birmingham Conservatoire (course prize for outstanding achievement 2010) and most recently completed an MPhil at University of Cambridge.
He has performed at Cheltenham, Harmonic, Manchester, London, amongst other jazz festivals with his quintet featuring Julian Siegel, and also with his nonet, commissioned by THSH Birmingham. Lluis has toured and recorded with the Hans Koller Ensemble led by composer Mike Gibbs, performing a residency at London’s Vortex and recording ‘Mike Gibbs 12 play Gil Evans’.
Lluis teaches for the Junior Department of the Birmingham Conservatoire, and is currently a sideman with the Mike Fletcher Big Band, Dave Grey’s Hansu Tori, and the Birmingham Jazz Orchestra. In 2008 he toured with the C.UK big band to Toronto's IAJE conference alongside Kenny Wheeler and Norma Winstone. Lluis plays a Selmer Paris B-flat Privilege Bass Clarinet and Mk VII Alto Saxophone, and uses a Fusion Premium Alto Saxophone case.
Jeremy is a musician, composer, arranger, performer and teacher of music and music theory. He has extensive experience in delivering whole class and individual instrumental tuition with schools, colleges, FE establishments and borough councils in London and the Cambridgeshire area.
Jeremy has spent many years working as a performer in various groups and ensembles, playing an eclectic mix of punk, folk, jazz, pop, rock and world music, as well as working as a session player.
After completing his formal academic musical training (BA Hons, Jazz/Popular Music/Contemporary Composition) at Middlesex and Kingston universities, Jeremy set up his own teaching company and worked extensively with London schools and borough councils in order to develop, promote and enhance the playing of music with children and young musicians in education.
He has taught a variety of musicians and performers of all ages and abilities, from year 1 ukulele/ guitarists to Ivor Novello and five times Grammy award winning singer songwriter Amy Winehouse.
Jeremy is an active musician and composer, creating, recording and producing from his home studio in Cambridge. He is a multi-instrumentalist who also plays with musicians and groups in the local area.
As well as being a music teacher and facilitator, Jeremy is a DTLLS and CELTA trained English/ESOL teacher working in Cambridgeshire language schools.
Classical Singing Tutor
aitena Fernandez studied Contour Fashion Design at De Montfort University. She has worked for Ion Fiz Design House in Bilbao, showing collections at both Valencia and Madrid fashion week and in collaboration with the Bilbao Guggenheim Museum.
She has also designed swimwear, sportswear, underwear and accessories commercially for Sports Direct. Currently, Maitena, as well as working as fashion technician at CSVPA. works as freelance designer
Lecturer – Photography
Debby Besford is an established Documentary and Editorial Photographer who lives in Norfolk. She studied at Norwich School of Art before completing her MA in Photography at London College of Communication.
Since then she has taught photography at BA and MA level in universities throughout the UK, and has worked in the industry for over twenty years. During that time she has gained recognition for her work by receiving several prestigious photography awards, including The AOP, LensCulture and Magnum Portrait Awards and recently been selected for the London Photomonth International Photography Festival. She has also exhibited her work internationally, including London, Barcelona, USA and Ukraine.
Debby is passionate about the medium and on researching her ideas before embarking on her next assignment. Her work showcases a rich and diverse portfolio of images specialising in contemporary portraiture and editorial. Commissions include: The Guardian, The Independent, The Wellcome Trust, BBC, Getty images, and an on-going project with Professor Stephen Hawking, University of Cambridge.