Celebrating Arts Award Alumni
You’ll find Arts Award achievers in a huge variety of career paths, both in and beyond the arts. To celebrate 15 years of supporting the development of creativity and leadership skills for all young people, we’re highlighting some interesting roles in the creative industries that Arts Award achievers have ventured in to, from working in television to business managers.
Bhavesh Jadva: Junior Researcher
Bhavesh Jadva was one of the founder editors of Voice, when doing his Arts Award way back when. He's currently working as a Junior Researcher at Potato, ITV Studios, in factual television. He completed his Bronze Arts Award in 2011 and his Gold in 2016, both at Peshkar Productions in Oldham.
Becky Lawn: Social Scientist
Becky works as a social scientist in public health and lives in Vancouver, but she still remembers the benefits of doing an Arts Award in 2008, when she was 16 years old. She currently researches the impact of mental health on physical health in women, using large cohort data or national databases.
Ceri Davies: Disability rights campaigner
Ceri is a disability rights campaigner and runs her own community interest company More Mascots Please. She completed her Silver Arts Award in disability dance in 2012 and has a degree in early childhood studies joint with sociology and a mater’s in youth and community work.
Emrys Green: Business and Projects Manager
Emrys Green is Business and Projects Manager for Upstart Projects and completed his Silver Arts Award in 2006 with Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds. He talks us through what he did for his Gold, Silver and Bronze Arts Award projects and what he's been us to since.
Hattie Hignell: Senior Print Artist
Hattie Hignell did her Gold Arts Award around eight years ago and now works as a Senior Print Artist for a children's retailer in the US. She completed her Gold Arts Award in 2007 at Bodmin College and has since got inspired around still life painting in a modern context.
Jessica Johnson: Novelist
Jessica Johnson who achieved her Arts Award 10 years back and is now pursuing her dream to be an urban fantasy novelist for young adults. She recently created a short film for Skimstone Arts during the lockdown.
Phoebe Hill: Set designer for theatre
Phoebe Hill designs sets, costumes and puppets for the theatre industry and is the Operations and Events Manager for a charity-run community centre. She completed her Gold Arts Award remotely back in 2011
Sapphire Urwick: Theatre Company Director
Sapphire Urwick achieved her Bronze Arts Award 15 years ago, in Arts Award’s first year in operation! Since then she’s set up a theatre company and worked as an educator and trainer for the NHS.
Tarryne Wills: Production Coordinator
Tarryne Wills is a Production Coordinator for television based in Bristol, organising filming teams ready for a shoot. She completed Bronze Arts Award in 2009 at Poole Arts Centre and her Silver Arts Award in 2012 at Poole High School.
Tom Spence: Composer
Tom Spence is a Volunteer Support Staff member of Skimstone Arts and composer of music for film. He took his Silver in 2008 and his Gold in 2012 with Skimstone Arts and has since been composing music and acting for film.
Arts Award alumni news
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