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£20/h
1st lesson free!
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Response Time 24h
Lessons offered by John
  • Individual
The lessons will be held
  • at your home
Taught subjects
  • Art and Design
  • Plastic arts
  • Sculpture
  • Expressive Art
Levels
  • All Levels

Professional theatre designer offering workshops in: Stage and Costume design, Prop Making, Scene Painting and Mask Making, Photoshop, Production Management.

Methodology

My workshops are highly practical, you to learn by doing. My aim always is for you to come away with a coherent set of knowledge and skills to use in your work and which will enable you to develop your skills.

Experience

I am an experienced Theatre Designer and a qualified trainer. I have organised and run many succesful workshops in Theatre Design Skills and Design Production in many situations from schools to colleges and universities and have devised a number of successful programmes

Rates

Rate for a 1-hour lesson. : £20/h
Lessons offered by John
Individual
The lessons will be held
at your home
Taught subjects
  • Art and Design
  • Plastic arts
  • Sculpture
  • Expressive Art
Levels
  • All Levels

John's CV

JOHN BELL - CURRICULUM VITAE

Profile
Experienced Theatre designer and arts practitioner reached Head of Design at a number of regional theatres. Working also as Designer/Producer for many corporate events in the UK, Europe and SE Asia. Strong track record of training in the Theatre Arts supported by a Post Graduate Diploma in Training gained at Leicester University. Extensive collaborative work on exhibitions in the UK and Germany. Workshop leader for a number of Arts Projects in West Midland Schools and Colleges.

Current Activities
Corporate Events Consultant: Quite Good Design. Birmingham
Visiting Lecturer & Designer
Director: Word for Word Live Ltd, Theatre Captioning Development. Derby
Freelance Theatre & Events Designer
Workshop Leader, Schools Art Projects

Key strengths:
Ability to build and lead effective teams
Excellent communication skills at all levels
Clear thinking, can-do attitudes
High level of technical literacy
Skilled and Experienced Theatre and Events Designer
Good Prop Making and Scene Painting skills
Professional level IT skills with specialist knowledge of CAD, Graphics and Multimedia.
Training and Workshop Leadership across a wide age range.
CAREER HISTORY
• "Our Woods" Community Project, Corby - Year 7 Creative Workshops. Brooke Weston Academy
• "Night Draw" Big Draw Project - Croft Community School, Walsall
• Arts Festival at The Lighthouse, Wolverhampton - Heath Park School
Visiting Lecturer East 15 Acting School
• Workshops - Paper Prop making using Adobe Photoshop
• Audio Visual Design for Productions
• Theatre Design for Stage Management & Production
• Regular Designs for a range of School's Productions over the past five years
Visiting Lecturer ALRA
• Auto Cad workshops
Visiting Lecturer Middlesex University
• Design, Model Making & Scenic Painting Workshops
Freelance Designer/Maker Midland Actors Theatre
• New Street Station History Project
• Birmingham's Lost Communities
• Caucasian Chalk Circle
Very Creative Events
• Willerby Homes, Irwin Mitchel, Arla Foods UK, ARM Holdings, TATA Steel UK
Head of Production. Court Theatre Training Company.
Senior lecturer, designer and module leader on the Ba.Hons. Acting programme.
Tasks and Responsibilities
• Subject Tutor
• Module Leader
• Module assessor
• Design of marketing graphics
• College productions management and design
• Student IT resources
• Personal academic tutor






Director – Word for Word Live.
Developing performance captioning software and hardware systems for Deaf and Hard of hearing audiences
Tasks and Responsibilities
• Joint Company Management
• Product Development
• Logistics
• Marketing Policy
• Marketing Material

Designer and Design Consultant. Managing Director: John Bell Design Ltd.
Senior Consultant and Arts Practitioner, developing and producing a UK and Europe wide portfolio of Corporate events, exhibitions and installations.
Tasks and Responsibilities
• Engaging with Clients to Produce, Design and Manage Events
• Creative Engagement with Other Practitioners to Develop and Realise Arts Projects)
• Creation of Design Schemes and Visualizations (AutoCad, Photoshop)
• Production of Graphic material for Print and Web (Illustrator, Dream Weaver, InDesign,)
• Managing Corporate and Arts Events and Exhibitions

Public Exhibitions:
Lambeth Palace, Millennium exhibition
The Institution of Civil Engineers, “Our River” Interactive exhibition.
“Fixing Light – Fixing Fire” Arts Council funded exhibition and gallery tour
“Durch Das Feur Gehen” Gallery exhibition/installation Keramik Museum Westerwald, Germany.
Corporate Events:
Xchanging Insure Services, London Processing Centre, The Mortgage Works
National Federation of Retail Newsagents, Glaxo Smith Kline Pharmaceutical,
Wyeth Pharmaceutical, Arthur C. Cark Science Fiction Literary Awards, Astellas Pharmaceutical, Local Government Association, Welsh Development Agency, DTi, Forever Living Products, NUT, Portman Building Society,National Housing Association, Public and Commercial Services Union,
Communication Workers Union, Unite,
Corporate Exhibitions:
TPUK Shenzen HI-TEC Fair (best design award), Amicus, Tobacco Workers Association,
St.Gobain Pipes division, TNS, Netsurity, Yamanouchi, Independant Forgings and Alloys,

Corporate Designer/Producer. Stage Techniques Ltd.
Tasks and Responsibilities
• Engaging with Clients to Produce, Design and Manage Events
• Creation of Design Schemes and Visualizations (AutoCad, Photoshop)
• Production of Graphic material for Print and Web (Illustrator, Dream Weaver, InDesign,)
• Managing Corporate Events and Exhibitions
Art Director. Mersey TV Liverpool. “And The Beat Goes On”.
Tasks and Responsibilities
• Designing shooting sets
• Art Team Co-ordination
• Organisation of Sets and Locations for Shoots
• Production and Acquisition of Properties
• Design and Production of Graphic material for Shoots

Design Director, “A River in Time” National Indoor Stadium Singapore.
Large scale Multi-media Musical Production.
Tasks and Responsibilities
• Member of Senior Creative Team
• Design of all Scenic elements including Projection
• Construction Supervision





Performance Spaces Consultant
Tasks and Responsibilities
• Building Surveys
• Working with Clients to Design and Create Practical Arts Venue Schemes
• Equipment and Technical Specifications
• Detailed Plans and Drawings
• Contractor Supervision
Clients:
“The Courtyard” New performance venue, London N1.
Tile Hill Wood School, Coventry: Performing Arts facility.
Swanshurst School, Birmingham: Performing Arts facility.
Whitley Abbey Secondary School, Coventry : Studio Theatre.
Three Spires Special School : Performance Workshop Space.

Freelance Lecturer/workshop leader.
Large scale puppet making workshops for Stratford College.
Fire sculpture open air performance leader, Glastonbury Festival.
North Warwickshire Arts Workshop Commission: Mask Making.
Warwickshire “Live and Local”, Mask making workshops

Lecturer/Course Leader. Coventry Centre for the Performing Arts:
Tasks and Responsibilities
• Course team member BTEC ND/HND
• Technical & Design module/course design and delivery
• resource management Construction Supervision
• Programme development for Part Time Adult Property Making and Scene Painting course

Designer and Design Tutor. The Courtyard Theatre, Kings Cross, London.
Tasks and Responsibilities
• Subject Tutor
• Assessor
• Design of marketing graphics
• College productions management and design
• Personal academic tutor
Designer/Production Manager. Educational Theatre Projects.
Tasks and Responsibilities
• Production Design
• Logistics, Construction
• Tour management
Head of Design. Belgrade Theatre, Coventry.
Tasks and Responsibilities
• Senior Management Team Member
• Production Design
• Management of Stage Design Team
• Management of all Stage Design Provision
Head of Design. Horseshoe Theatre Company, Basingstoke
Tasks and Responsibilities
• Senior Management Team Member
• Production Design
• Management of Stage Design Team
• Management of all Stage Design Provision






Head of Design. Plymouth Theatre Company
Tasks and Responsibilities
• Senior Management Team Member
• Production Design
• Management of Stage Design Team
• Management of all Stage Design Provision
Resident Designer. Ipswich Arts Theatre.
Tasks and Responsibilities
• Senior Management Team Member
• Production Design
• Marketing Material Design.
Resident Designer. Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich: 1975 – 1976
Tasks and Responsibilities
• Production Design
• Scenic Artist
• Scenic Construction
• Prop Making
• Scene painting
Scenic Artist/Prop Maker. Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford: 1973 – 1974
Tasks and Responsibilities
• Scene Painting for large Scale In House and Touring Productions
• Prop Making
• Designer for Yvonne Arnaud Young People's Theatre Company tours.

Education and Training
East Ham Grammar School for Boys.
East Ham School of Art - Fine Art foundation.
Croydon School of Art - Theatre Design
City&Guilds 7307 Teaching for Further and Adult Education.
University of Leicester - Post Graduate Diploma in Training.

Associations
Society of British Theatre Designers.
Competence Network, Leicester University.

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