Where are they now? with Fay Beesley

Gold Arts Award alum Fay Beesley talks about balancing her career as an Education and Outreach Officer and as an performance artist who has performed internationally 

Where are they now? with Fay Beesley

What are you up to in your creative work at the moment?  

I graduated in Theatre at York St John’s University in 2015. Since graduating, I worked as a freelance theatre facilitator in which I collaborated with a number of theatre companies, schools, and freelance artists to create and deliver a number of arts-based projects for children and young people aged 0-25 years old. 

Currently, I am working as the Education and Outreach Officer for Kala Sangam, an intercultural arts hub based in Bradford. Kala Sangam is an Arts Award centre and supporter; this means I deliver the Arts Award programme as well as manage and create arts projects, facilitate schools workshops and develop our amazing art classes. To find out more about Kala Sangam, you can visit our website

I am also a recognised performance artist and have performed both nationally and internationally. I have performed at the Camden’s People Theatre in London, the Imperial War Museum North and Teatro Ibréco in Lisbon. 

What are the highlights of your arts career to date?

I would have to say, one of the highlights of my career so far is when I was involved in an EU funded project called Under 25, in which I worked alongside 11 other international artists from the UK, Spain and Portugal creating a performance that toured across Europe in September 2017. Through this project I was able to learn and develop new skills in a number of different art forms and I had the unique opportunity to work and learn under international artists such as Cris Blanco, Miguel Moreira, Debbie Sharp and Nick Ahad. 

f1dbf7650df46f5c568c639f16b3fdf1455aa887.jpgWhat do you hope to be doing in five years time?

In 5 years’ time I hope to be doing something similar to what I am doing now, as I really love working in the arts. I think it’s so important to allow anyone the opportunity to participate in the arts, and, if I can enable as many people to do this through my work, that would be amazing. 

Which Arts Award level did you do, and how did you use it to develop your creativity or skills?

I achieved my Gold Arts Award. It helped me to develop my leadership skills as well as developing my creative writing skills. Most of the skills I gained through doing my Gold Arts Award have helped me to develop in my career.  

What advice would you give to young people doing Arts Award who want to follow in your footsteps?

 Do not be afraid to get stuck in. Through Arts Award you are able to try different art forms and meet people working in the arts, so enjoy it and make the most it whilst you can, because you never know where those connections or skills might lead you. 

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