linda cairnes: lushlife art productions
illustrator; portrait painter
works from research and development to realisation;
project directing, training for trainers, and mentoring
specialises in large carnival and processional puppets, costume, banners, flags
creative community consultation, workshop leader.
OZ mobile: 0434812140
Background: Australian born and educated, Linda lived in UK from 1972, to 2007 working as a designer, painter and illustrator. She exhibited her paintings in London for several years and co-managed an art gallery in Chelsea, for 4 years. She designed a large range of greetings cards, which sold internationally. Linda also designed imagery for the pottery industry in Stoke on Trent for several years.
Since the early 90’s she worked as an artist/maker/project director working in the community, on a broad range of celebratory arts projects, creative consultation and educative issue based work, whilst continuing to paint. She also sings in acappella groups in both Sydney and UK
Linda believes the Participatory Arts should be accessible to all. She hopes to participate in the process of change.
Linda feels there is an artist in all of us, whatever our percieved abilities or disabilities. Community Arts, and Consultation in the Community (using the creative arts), is a positive way of working towards that change. Linda has worked with large local authorities, departments of education, arts and other voluntary sector organisations all over the UK and Australia. She has broad experience of project directing large community arts events. Linda’s interests are social inclusion/exclusion of all sections of the community, urban regeneration, health issues and the way that participatory arts can express these issues within the framework of community building.
2006/ to 2015 backwards and forwards from uk to australia; writing and research
2005/ 2nd visit to Japan and also Australia.Oct04 Visit to Japan to study calligraphy and look at Japanese Arts and Crafts.2003. Training in felting, and weaving. Digital Photography and digital manipulation.Oct/Nov 02. training in Child protection and Domestic Abuse.Cheshire C Council Sept/Jan02/03 and ongoing. S.Chesh.Coll.Training in counselling skills @ Level 2.May/June/July02 training for artists and professionals, working with young people.Jan96/Nov97: HND’Arts Work In Community’ City College Manchester.Distinctions. Feb97: Nice,France: Course and conference on Carnival Arts March97: Vallencia,Spain. Study the Large Street Sculptures (Fallas) and Pyrotechnics.Feb95: Stoke Museum. Artists working with the Media’March 95: Conference. Community Arts in the 90’s. Bristol Uni.June 95: Manchester Uni. Course in Basket making with Sculptural and Environmental Art ApplicationsOct95: Welfare State International. Course in ’Arts in the Environment’Jan94: Manchester City of Drama. Gigante making course with Spanish Catalonian artists.Feb94: Beavers Arts. Rural Arts Course. Jan93: Stoke Museum. 6 week Disability Awareness Arts Course and placement.Dec93: Venice Italy.With Keele Uni studying Art and Architecture.April90: Tuscany,Italy. 2 week course with Art Education in Cheshire.Sydney 70:equiv Alevels in English,Art, Science, History. Awarded Commonwealth Scholarship…
Extensive experience in creative arts consultation, production and direction of community projects and event management, performance / installation.
Painting, illustration, sculpture, photography in both film and digital,video, large processional imagery, gigante puppet making, mask work, banner making, costume, lantern making., computer graphics, and many other workshop techniques.
Experienced with working with all age groups.
Trained in Disability Awareness, Risk assessment, Child Protection, Counselling, Domestic Abuse .
Worked extensively with disenfranchised communities within urban regeneration schemes in stressed communities throughout the UK. – Manchester, Liverpool,Telford, Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle under Lyme, Oxford, Milton Keynes, Hereford, and Western Sydney.
Played with samba/percussion bands in Manchester.
Has belonged to a cappella singing groups The Loudmouth Women in the UK, and The Spots, Glory Bound Groove Train Gospel, and The OverCommitments all in Sydney
Clean driving licence, drives small vans, travel almost anywhere. UK CRB Police checked for working with the vulnerable