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Art Staff

Nicola Will

Head of Art
BA (Hons) Contemporary Crafts (Manchester Met.)
PGCE (Arts Institute Bournemouth)
MA Fashion (Arts University Bournemouth)

Having graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with BA Hons Contemporary Crafts Nicola has exhibited illustration, print and textiles nationally and in the USA, and has also produced commercial work in collaboration. Her creative work is often driven by process, particularly textiles and mixed media, although drawing is central to her practice. Having studied MA Fashion the focus of her design utilises everyday objects and experiences and celebrates the imperfections of life.

Caroline Chourou

BA Hons (University of Wales)
PGCE (University of Greenwich)
PGC (Wimbledon College of Art)
MA (Arts University Bournemouth)

Caroline is a multi-disciplinary artist and an elected member of the Royal Society of Sculptors. Her recent work has focused on paper and metal sculpture. She draws inspiration from the natural world and from explorative questions about the nature of reality; transformation, impermanence and energy are recurring themes in her work.

In her own practice and her work with others, Caroline places importance on learning new skills and researching ideas; however, she believes that creative play is the key to unlocking the imagination, developing inquiring minds and for cultivating innovation.

‘The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled’ Plutarch

Dylan Lloyd

BA (Falmouth College of Arts)
PGCE (University of Cardiff)

In 2002 I produced a set of twenty paintings from the parkland at Canford School, Dorset. This was my first figurative project since leaving Falmouth School of Art in 1994. I returned to abstract painting before starting a new series of work in 2005 that focused on a small area of my garden in front of my shed, where my children play and help to plant and tend the flowers. The first set of these paintings was shown in Winchester in 2006 and has since continued to be a major focus for me. The work is a documentation of growth, change and development of the direct world around me. Members of my family appear in some of the paintings but their suggested presence is in all the work.

The link with photography is important in the painting. The exaggerated depth of field and pixilated elements of the work link closely with photography and give the work associations with time and history.

Kirstie Wilson

BA Hons, PGCE (University of Arts London)

Kirstie joined Canford in September 2021. She is a mixed media artist, working at a very small scale, often using jewellery design techniques and materials but with a sculptural intention.

Her work explores the interaction between the found object and the made object, with a celebration of nature, in particular the British landscape, central to this. Her ceramics work, mainly pots, are highly textured and include the use of bark, wood, seaweed, as well as wire, pearls and gemstones. The South Coast is a constant inspiration, with an ongoing drawing-walking project to document the beauty of the British coast in a series of pencil drawings.