WebinArt Graduate Programme

Welcome to WebinArt, our creative graduate programme
Supported by Derbyshire County Council, Nottingham County Council and Arts Derbyshire.



John Newling – Facebook Live interview – 16th January time – TBC
Join our WebinArt Facebook group to watch his interview live – www.facebook.com/groups/webinart

Watch John talk about his creative practice here…

John Newling – Art is beyond us

John Newling – Go to the other classes

John Newling – Never a bad time to be an artist

John Newling – Take a step back

John Newling – We never thought you’d do well

John Newling – What I think artists are

Our WebinArt ‘Through the Artist Studio Keyhole’ Artists

Rachel Carter – www.rachelcarter.co.uk

Rachel was the first artist to weave in wax to create bronze sculptures.

Originally exhibited at the RHS Chelsea flower show the first bronze piece can now be seen in the Derwent Valley in Derbyshire. Recent exhibitions include Made in the Midlands at the National Centre for Craft and Design.


Ingrid Pears – www.ingridpears.com

Ingrid Pears MBE was one of the artists on the original Route2A project run by Creative Greenhouse (the precursor to the WebinArt programme). Ingrid is an international glass designer and maker. She works with the Department for International Trade to promote UK excellence internationally and is a member of CATALYST UK. She set up the One Sky Project the first ever trade mission to India and was commissioned to make a piece for the Dalai Lama.


Kajal Nisha Patel – www.kajalpatel.com

Kajal Nisha Patel is a visual artist whose work spans across disciplines, social groups and contexts. Having previously specialised in storytelling through documentary photography and filmmaking, she works as a multidisciplinary artist, primarily using found Indian textiles and other vernacular objects. Spanning communities between the UK and India, her practice now focuses on the intersectional lives of South Asian and British South Asian women. She aims to bring people from underrepresented communities together through art and social practice.

Kajal is recipient of a number of internationally recognised awards and residencies. She was Leverhulme Artist in Residence at the University of Leicester in 2016 and is founder of Lightseekers, which uses art, photography and storytelling as a participatory platform to learn about and engage with social issues.


John Newling – www.john-newling.com

John has  an acclaimed international reputation creating projects and installing works in the UK and many other countries. He is a pioneer of public art with a social purpose. He was the first recipient of a Fulbright fellowship in visual arts. Reviews and critiques of this work have been included in Sculpture in the 20th Century and Installation Art in the new Millennium and more recently a comprehensive monograph coincided with his first survey exhibition Ecologies of Value at Nottingham Contemporary.

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Anand Bhatt –  www.aakashodedra.co.uk

Anand will be one of the six lead artists interviewed about his work as a producer with Aakash Odedra company in front of a live audience. Anand has commissioned work for the company including work by Akram Khan, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Russell Maliphant.

Running a successful Studio in Leicester with resident dance school Desi Masti he was also artistic director of MJ Timeless at Blackpool’s Globe Theatre featuring an international award winning cast and rave reviews.


Helen Mort – www.helenmort.com

Helen Mort is a rising star of British poetry. She was awarded Foyle Young Poet of the Year so many times they made her a judge and at 28 she was shortlisted for the T.S.Eliot prize and the Costa Poetry Prize.  She was the youngest poet in residence at the Wordsworth Trust and in 2013 became Derbyshire Poet Laureate. Helen was born in Sheffield and her first collection Division Street about where she grew up and the legacy of Margaret Thatcher’s decimation of the mining communities won the Fenton Aldeburgh Prize. Helen’s poems have appeared in many magazines including Granta and Poetry Review ands she is currently working on her first novel. Helen’s second collection ‘No Map Could Show Them’ is partly inspired by the history of women’s mountaineering and was published by Chatto & Windus in 2016.


Our WebinArt Workshop Leader Biographies

Martha Moger

When she’s not playing Lego Star Wars with her two little boys, you’ll find Martha writing modern embroidery projects online and designing embroidery kits for her brand ‘Gidsy and Jo’.
Having formerly sourced shoes for the high street, Martha’s experience of fashion supply chains stretches from huge factories in Asia to rural artisan workshops across India and Europe. She has visited and exhibited at creative trade shows as well as selling in online marketplaces, and now writes monthly craft projects for the wildly popular craft blog ‘Handmade Charlotte’ in the States.
More recently Martha has expanded her business to help other creative indie brands write the best words they can about their work and business and still get found online.
Her true passion is to get more people making more things, so if she can show you how to make it she will. You can find her here on Instagram and Pinterest.”

Dee Barnes

I have worked within the contemporary applied arts sector for over 30 years with a background in performance, ceramics and mixed media jewellery.  I have been closely involved with the retail sector having had my own contemporary craft gallery for 16 years, set up and run a number of contemporary craft galleries and shops for other organisations such as the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and run my own successful business as a designer maker. I regularly attend retail and trade fairs and sell my own work in galleries throughout the UK.

Ahokkumar Mistry

Since completing a degree in Fine art at De Montfort University in 1996 Ashokkumar has been working as both an artist and curator contributing to exhibitions and creative interventions around the UK and internationally. Working across a broad range of digital and physical media encompassing, generative coding, moving image, performance and installation Ashokkumar has contributed to exhibitions both as an artist and curator. Working across Britain he has developed new ways of engaging audiences and developing immersive experience. In 2016 he created a digital performance titled ‘Methods for misunderstanding the nature of things’ that was a live data driven performance. Ashokkumar has led the curatorial vision of exhibitions and shown at National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan and was commissioned by Southbank centre, London to deliver a live mass participatory artwork. The BBC commissioned Ashokkumar in 2005 to develop two new pieces of public art.

Priya Mistry

whatsthebigmistry is the work of Leicester based performer, artist, educator and project manager Priya Mistry, working cross-discipline straddling performance, live art, visual arts and dance. Priya is also a creative practitioner, working with arts institutions to facilitate workshops with focused groups, most notably in the field of mental health, inclusion and invisible dis/ability.

Priya is an Associate Artist with Derby Theatre and Attenborough Arts Centre through In Good Company Artist Network. She is also Associate Artist at MK Gallery-Milton Keynes, Creative Health Westmidlands, an Artist Member at Chisenhale Dance Space and regular collaborator with Daily Life Limited.
Recently Priya teamed Bryony Kimmings to create her show The Musical Mental Health Cabaret.Her work as performer/ collaborator include: Carnesky Production’s ‘The Incredible Bleeding Woman, New Art Club, Emma Kirkland and Keir Cooper’s Don Quiojte, Micheal Pinchbeck, Puppets with Guts,Florence Peak Make Remake project, and 2Magpies Theatre and many others.

Rob England

Having built and sold two successful businesses over the last 25 years, Rob currently acts as a Mentor and advisor to a number of local small businesses, helping them to grow and succeed. He has also published A Pocket Guide to Small Business Success, which is available through Amazon.
Originally a software developer, he has been through the entire business journey, from starting up from a blank sheet of paper all the way to selling the business to a stock market listed plc.
He is keen to help other people succeed in their businesses, and hosts a series of video based on-line courses on his website, www.robengland.co.uk. He has also been an ‘Entrepreneurs to Business’ for the University of Derby, helping and mentoring new and growing local businesses through the University’s Let’s Do Business / Evolve programme.

Platform Thirty1

We are Directors of Platform Thirty1, an organisation established in 2016 to encourage and enable partners to provide better activity and services in the way that best suits their needs. Platform Thirty1 is a not for profit organisation that exists to ‘cultivate social change through creativity’. By cultivating opportunities for effective engagement and partnership working we devise ‘platforms’ to activate, challenge and unpick issues, in order to create positive outcomes for individuals, groups and communities. We use creative facilitation and arts activity to do that, with young people, adults, and whole organisations. There is more info on www.platformthirty1.com
Samantha: business development, fundraising, using the arts in school leadership, programme design, project management creative facilitator and training
Jodie: visual artist, teaching in schools, creative practitioner, alternative education, project manager, youth voice practitioner, creative facilitator

Kerry Francksen

Kerry Francksen is an independent artist, researcher, and educator based in Leicester. Her work spans the intersections of live and digital performance practices and her specialist interest areas include media applications in performance, interdisciplinary/collaborative creativity and co-operative learning. She has a PhD in Performance and digital art, and has successfully secured funding from the Arts & Humanities Research Council as well as attaining individual commissions. Her work has been performed and screened nationally and internationally and she is published in esteemed journals, such as Leonardo Transactions. She regularly collaborates with artists from other disciplines, including long standing partnerships with composer Dr. Simon Atkinson, filmmaker Laura McGregor, and composer/media artist and creator of the award-winning software Isadora, Mark Coniglio. Kerry is also co-director of DAPPER, which is a cross sector arts network supported by De Montfort University and initiator for a fledgling initiative called The LAB (The Leicester Artist’s Base).

Seymour Lavine

Seymour Lavine is an animator, video marketer and founder of Just Anim8, a business that is developing a range of cross-media properties for children and young people aged 2-15, with a focus on diversity and representation. Seymour set up Just Anim8 to cater for the current lack of positive characters from a diverse range of backgrounds in children’s animation and other media. In late 2017, Seymour launched Qontenti8, a business that helps other businesses and organisations acquire more customers and clients using the power of animated video.
Seymour has educational and professional backgrounds in animation, marketing, government, and international relations. He is currently writing up his PhD in animation, advocacy and social entrepreneurship. Seymour is also the proud father of three young daughters.