All our children's workshops and activities take place in the beautiful grounds of Shute Primary School, unless stated otherwise. Children aged 11 or older may attend events or workshops on their own. Children aged 10 or younger must be accompanied by someone aged 16 and over at all times.
Saturday 14th September 10.00-12.00 Land Art with Charlie Sinclair 12.00-2.00 Ceramics with Banny Pootschi 2.00-4.00 Wild Activities with Ceri Richards
Sunday 15th September
10.00-12.00 Film Workshop with Lisa Clifford & Cheryl White 10.00-1.00 Bush Craft with Penny Evans 1.00-2.00 Ceramics with Fiamma Montagu and Sam Bazeley 2.00-4.00 Bush Craft with Penny Evans
Charlie Sinclair is an artist and educator with specific interests in creativity, child development and the natural world. He taught at The Axe Valley Community College, Axminster, Devon for 24 years as Head of Art. Regularly engaging artists to work alongside the students in imaginative projects and his belief in forming reciprocal links with the community were paramount to the students' creative development. He has exhibited in London and locally, working from his studio in Sidmouth.
Fiamma Colonna Montagu is a ceramic artist and sculptor specialising in monumental ceramic sculpture and large scale installations. She was the producer of the poppy installation of 888,246 ceramic poppies at the Tower of London (2014), and the Concept Designer for the Tour of Poppies 2014-8 which drew 3.5 million visitors across the UK.
Sam Bazeley is a theatre and stage designer with expertise and a PHD in co-created sculptural works and multi disciplinary spaces.
Their production studio, Montagu Bazeley, was created in 2018 to specialise in mass-engagement and mass installation international projects and large scale co-created sculptural works. The studio makes site-specific works for clients with specific focus on making work sensitive to the environment.
Ceri Richards has an Environmental Biology degree and a background in ecology and conservation. She runs outdoor play sessions for children, including parent-and-toddler groups and after-school clubs, as part of East Devon Forest School and Outdoor Learning.
She is currently running a Wild Club after school at Shute Primary which is part of the outreach programme of the festival funded by the East Devon AONB. She is looking forward to providing Wild Activities at Shute Festival for the first time this year.
Lisa Clifford is a journalist and documentary filmmaker who specialises in reporting on human rights and the rule of law in East and Central Africa. Her latest documentary, Militia Man, tells the story of a Congolese warlord and his trial at the International Criminal Court.
Cheryl White is a multi-award winning writer/director whose films have screened around the world. Her most recent film, A Lighthouse in Breaking Waves is a short part-animated film which won the Fan Award 2018 at the White Whale festival (USA), and Best Sussex Short 2017 at the Crossing the Screen festival (UK).
Education ranger Penny Evans engages local schools, community groups and families in environmental education activities and events throughout East Devon’s countryside and amazing wild places. She helps to make learning outside of the classroom interesting and fun, inspiring young and old to value the natural world and spend more time in our great outdoors.
Formerly the band manager of The Libertines and now a libel reader for the Daily Mail, Banny Pootschi has also directed and produced numerous theatrical and artistic performances. She ran a very successful Punch & Judy show at Shute Festival in 2018 and is back by popular demand this year to run a ceramics workshop. She has a huge amount of experience of running children's workshops all over the UK and engaging children actively in performing.