A photographic practitioner by origin, Karin’s practice as a photographer has resulted in her work being exhibited nationally and internationally at some of the world leading art institutions. She continues to write on photography, commission work and curate public programmes. Karin’s photographic work has been featured on album covers and numerous publications including Attitude, iD, The Face, NME and Tank magazine.
Karin has worked for nearly 30 years in a number of academic and senior management roles in highly regarded Universities. She has spent over five years in the role as Dean of the School of Media at London College of Communication, UAL. Askham’s portfolio has included undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Photography, Sound Arts, Film and Television, Media Theory, Journalism, PR and Publishing. She was instrumental in the successful growth and development of the School, with two of the University research centres, Sound Arts and Photography staffed by mainly academics from within the School deemed to be world leading or internationally significant by the recent UK research excellence measurement.
Her previous post was Associate Dean of the Graduate School at London College of Fashion, UAL, supporting the transformation of the postgraduate teaching portfolio of the College. Karin’s extensive teaching career has built on experimental approaches to the notions of the ‘staged moment’ and culminated in the founding of the world’s first BA and MA in Fashion Photography courses at UAL that has been imitated worldwide.
Karin has been on the judging panel on a number of high profile international art and photographic awards and worked on projects for young people and social justice with NGOs and charitable organisations such Jay Z’s Shaun Carter Foundation.
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 Fashion
This year, we are very excited to announce the recent appointment of Holly Fulton as Head of Fashion at CSVPA. As a practicing designer with an internationally acclaimed fashion brand, Holly brings both an extensive understanding of the fashion industry and a wealth of education experience to the College.
Holly studied at Edinburgh College of Art before going on to the prestigious Master’s at the Royal College of Art. She established her eponymous label in 2009, after gaining industry experience in London and Paris.
Elle New Designer 2009
Scottish Young Designer 2009 and 2010
Elle Talent Launch Pad 2010
Emerging Talent Accessories at British Fashion Awards 2010
Innovator of the Year 2016 at the Scottish Fashion Awards
The Holly Fulton label epitomises modern relaxed luxury. Attention to detail, complex graphic embellishment and witty twists are what makes Holly’s work instantly recognisable. Hand rendered, digitally manipulated print coupled with unusual fabrications and embellishment create strong unified looks, from top to toe. Designed for a confident woman, with a focus on contemporary silhouette and distinctive use of colour, the label has built a strong global following which continues to grow, having sold widely across Europe, Asia and the US with key retailers such as Net a Porter, Moda Operandi, Matches and Shopbop.
Since her debut collection in February 2009 Holly has developed her own unique visual language, drawing upon a dizzying array of sources, from art deco lines and Bauhaus shapes, to pop art painting and psychedelic illustration. Rich multi-layered surfaces reflect a genuine love of both art history and popular culture. The research of a collection is of paramount importance to Holly, with her own extensive private collections forming a rich source of inspiration. The foundation in hand drawn graphics gives the brand its unique signature and distinguishes it from its peers whilst jewellery and accessories complete Holly’s ‘total look’.
As a designer, Holly has a strong history of collaboration, undertaking numerous projects spanning multiple categories including, within the:
Christian Louboutin, Cutler and Gross and John Smedley
Smythson, Swarovski and Fortnum and Mason
Elizabeth Arden and This Works.
Working with industry partners and experts both informs and expands the design process and is a key part of Holly’s design ethos.
Consultancies include Swarovski and the Atelier Swarovski line, Radley, Levis and Hawick Knitwear and Holly has recently been assisting with the relaunch of the iconic Italian brand Fiorucci. Her reputation has allowed a broad involvement across the industry, including prestige roles such as Global Ambassador for Graduate Fashion Week and patronage of several charitable organisations including Intoart and Teenage Cancer Trust. Her solid design reputation within the industry and experience consulting and collaborating with over 30 brands across various sectors within the international arena have consolidated her place as one of London’s foremost designers.
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.
Dean 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 in Art & Design
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Interior & Architecture Course Lead
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
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.
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.
Graphics & Illustration Lecturer
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.
Fine Art Lecturer
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.
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
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
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.
Kimmo Moykky is a London-based Finnish filmmaker and editor. He moved to the UK in 1994, after studying Theatre in Literature at the University of Helsinki. He continued his studies by completing his BA in Film and Video at the London College of Printing followed by a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning. He works as an Audio Visual Technician at Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design and teaches 4D Media on the Graduate Diploma programme. Kimmo's first feature film The Viva Voce Virus (2008) was co-directed and co-produced with Kathleen Bryson. Currently in post-production is a short film, Elisavita: this is a partly animated live-action supernatural drama in collaboration with animator Kevin Rowe. Kimmo directed the project and is now working on the editing and compositing the 3D backgrounds with Kevin. Kimmo is continuing to produce, direct and edit independent films, including a 30-minute music video story for the band Arthur Sleep that is based on the Orpheus myth.
Martin Andersen is founder and creative director of multi award-winning Andersen M Studio and lectures on the Graduate Diploma programme. His innovative practice develops scholarly understanding of graphic practices in visual communication. Martin's innovative two-minute paper animation 'Going West' resulted in accolades throughout the film world including winner of Gold for Animation in Film Craft, Cannes Lions 2010. His work has been exhibited internationally and published in books and magazines worldwide, while his client list includes Cartier, Channel 4, Magnum, Reuters, Martini and Unilever.
English & Contextual Studies Tutor
Hal graduated with a degree in Fine Art from Falmouth School of Art before moving to Spain, where he fell in love with teaching English, and ended up living for a few years. He’s been back in Cambridge working as a teacher since 2005, and has a real passion for incorporating as much of the creative arts into his teaching as possible. When he isn’t creating new material to keep his classes fresh and interesting, you can find him playing guitar, cooking, taking photographs and running, though not necessarily all at the same time.
Jon originates from Cambridge and has been working full time at CSVPA for the past two years. He has previously taught in Beijing, China for over 5 years at the British International School as well as 2 years spent living and studying in France. He has formerly been a professional dancer and has toured and competed all over the world. He also has a background in photography and loves being in the mountains, especially skiing in Japan. Jon is passionate about teaching young people and sharing learning experiences between teachers and students.
Yasha is a Russian-American from California. At university in Scotland he studied International Relations, Arabic and Japanese, and spent a year studying at a university in Japan. He has an MA in Applied Linguistics and has taught English in Turkey, France, Chile, Colombia, Cambodia, the USA, and, of course, here in the UK. He is an avid traveller (over 50 countries!) and loves learning languages. He also loves playing musical instruments, including drums, guitar and saxophone. He especially enjoys discussions on Culture, History, and Current Affairs, as he believes a good conversation on an interesting topic is the best way to improve your language skills.
Eszter has been working as a language teacher in Hungary, Ireland and in the UK for more than 20 years. Not only has she taught all age groups and levels but she has also worked in both formal and informal educational settings. She thoroughly enjoys teaching and interacting with people from different cultures, which is the part of her job she finds most rewarding. As a teacher, she tries to create a relaxed and motivating classroom environment and spends a lot of time helping her students to become more autonomous. Outside the classroom, she enjoys running and gardening, and is also a very creative cook.
Additional Learning Support Coordinator
Coulla has a Greek Cypriot background, but has lived all her life in the UK. She has been teaching for 16 years, firstly English language then moving on to specialise in specific learning differences. Coulla believes that understanding we all learn differently, and helping students explore the best way for their style, is the key to successful learning. Her interests are art & design, books, theatre and music, particularly opera. She runs a reading book group, and at home Coulla’s latest project is designing and creating a beautiful garden.
Julia originally studied Illustration at Cambridge School of Art and then went on to complete a Fine Art Printmaking post graduate diploma at Brighton University. She has recently completed a Master’s Degree in Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art.
Her first children's books Animal Babies were published in March 2016, they were shortlisted for the Progressive Pre-school Awards in the UK and received a Kirkus starred review on their US publication. Julia’s new picture book Rainforest has just been published in the UK.
An experienced art & design lecturer, Julia has recently joined CSVPA to teach on the UAL Level 4 Foundation Diploma in Art & Design - Graphics & Illustration.
Dance & Acting Tutor
Rachel trained in theatre in Liverpool before moving to London where she gained her degree in Performing Arts. She went on to become Head of Dance Programming at the Islington Arts Factory, Head of Dance at Barnet College and then a lecturer at Middlesex University teaching contemporary dance technique. Rachel joined Chickenshed, the world renowned pioneering theatre company, in 1998, as Associate Director, where she currently teaches, choreographs, performs and directs main house performances. Amongst the many productions Rachel has devised and directed there, Mother of a Brown Boy was shortlisted for Total Theatre's Award for best original work by an ensemble, and Amnesty International's Freedom of Expressions Award of 2007.
In 2016, Rachel was invited to be Assistant Director and Choreographer for Chris Bond's (Sweeney Todd, Blood Brothers) new musical Romford Rose at The Queen's Theatre in Hornchurch. Outside of theatre work, she has choreographed music videos for the likes for Temper Trap (Love Lost) and Massive Attack (Psyche), as well as adverts including Ikea's 'Playin' With My Friends' and John Lewis 'Tiny Dancer'.
Dan has worked extensively for over 10 years within the performing arts industry from stage to screen in London's West End, the UK and Europe. He joined CSVPA in 2012, just after performing in the Olympics Closing Ceremony, and teaches Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Musical Theatre. He brings skills learned training at Performers College in Essex and from his many years' experience performing in the business, accomplishing a diverse range of dance and musical styles.
Dan has worked with some of the UK and America's top directors and choreographers, such as Sam Mendez and Peter Darling (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, West End), Kim Gavin, Gareth Walker and Nathan Clarke (London Olympic Closing Ceremony) and Jeff Calhoun and Lisa Stevens (High School Musical 1 and 2 UK tours).
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