charlotte chapman

I originally trained as a Design & Technology teacher at Goldsmiths College, London and went on to teach design at Kidbrooke School, South London and Auckland Girls Grammar School in New Zealand, where I ran the design department. Having returned to London, I felt I wanted a change and left full time teaching to deliver community arts projects. 

In 2007 I moved to Bristol and set up Kumiko Community Arts. In 2013 I started Kumiko Community Arts School funded by Arts Council England; a twice weekly art class at St Werburghs Community Centre for adults with a mental health need. It was at this point that I gained my interest in Arts, Health & Wellbeing.

In 2012 I was invited by the London 2012 Olympic Committee to give a talk on community cohesion through the arts and how this could be applied during the London Games.

In 2014 I had the opportunity to work with Dr Hannah Rumble from the Centre for Death & Society on a project called Dead & Buried. A participatory research project engaging young people (NEET) in creating an artistic response to natural burial methods. The interest in "Death" continued and in late 2014 I was awarded an Artist International Development Fund (Arts Council England) to deliver a participatory project in Accra, Ghana with a group of young people for Chale Wote Festival.

In 2014 I became the Creative Learning Manager of Creative Youth Network,  a large youth arts charity in Bristol, managing and developing 'Creative Careers' a creative employment programme for 16-25 year olds. This was funded by the National Lottery and was a finalist in the CYPNOW awards.

In 2016 I was fortunate to be offered a permanent lectureship at the University of South Wales where I taught professional practice on the BA Hons Creative and Therapeutic Arts. In 2017 I acheived my Fellowship from the Higher Education Authority.

In 2018 I took the big decision to return to Kent and be nearer to family. I was still commuting to Wales but after six months, decided to find work nearer to my new home. I now work part time as the Participation Manager for Canterbury Festival and continue to work in a freelance capacity. My most recent projects include a mapping project for English Heritage and Kent Refugee Action Network culminating in a digital map of Walmer Castle and New Tricks, an arts project for the over 65's in four communties around Canterbury for Canterbury Festival.

I am, and always will be, passionate about working with communities and making the arts a vehicle for inclusive practice and community cohesion.



PGCE, Goldsmiths College, University of London

BA (Hons) 3D Design, Ravensbourne College of Design

Level 5 Youth Arts Project Management, University of Buckinghamshire

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