About the artist

CAROL PARKER – carolparker1@live.co.uk

Carol is a practising 3D mixed media freelance artist with over 12 years experience of working in schools and community groups with all ages and abilities.    She holds a City & Guilds Teaching Certificate, NVQ3 Arts Development & Teaching Award, D32/33 Assessor Award and is a Bronze/Silver Arts Award Advisor.    Her broad art form skills include: hand rolled felt, knitting & crochet, sculpture and carnival arts.

In 1995-2001 Carol set up her own arts partnership ‘Mish Mash’ exhibiting and selling nationwide, working to private and public commission and delivering workshops.   ‘Mish Mash’ were commissioned to write a book for Crowood Press which was published in 2000 (ISBN 1861263120).

Carol has worked as Visual Arts Officer at Blackfriars Arts Centre in Boston and part time Community Arts Officer at the Giles School Specialist in Visual Arts and Leading Edge.   She has set up a new artists collaboration called ‘Culture Core’ – connecting communities through the Arts with choreographer Eusebia Suffren.

Carol has completed many Creative Partnership residencies both locally and regionally, delivered ‘out of school hours’ art projects for Lincs County Council School Improvement Service  and run primary/secondary and playworker INSET.

Carol has been associated with Spalding Flower Parade for the last 5 years, either as a participant, lead artist, workshop facilitator or designer.   She is currently collaborating with Unique Cottage Farm Studios on a knitting project for Lincolnshire funded by Legacy Trust UK, ERDF and Arts Council England.

Knit2getherlincs ran from April-August 2011 and was so successful that we hope to collaborate on a touring knit project for 2012.   Arts Council application has gone in!

The Lincs Artist Forum was set up by Carol in September 2011 and already has over 70 members from across the county.   Due to the geographical spread of Lincolnshire, the group is driven by web 2.0 enabling all members to stay informed and to comment even if they can’t make the meetings.  The forum is soon to be formalised as a social enterprise to enable us to go forward with funding applications and collaborate with lots of creative partners.   There’s a palpable buzz of excitement in the air!

Carol’s blog: artrovings.wordpress.com

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