linda cairnes: lushlife art productions

illustrator; painter; designer; photographer; writer;
works from research and development to realisation;
project directing, training for trainers, and mentoring.
specialises in large carnival and processional puppets, costume, banners, flags,
creative community consultation, workshop leader.

Linda now lives in the Inner West, Sydney.

Linda is a NSW Justice of the Peace .

Linda was also a citizen representative on advisory forums introducing Domestic Violence Screening to support mums in 2 large medical institutions in Sydney.

OZ mobile: 0434 812140


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Background: Australian born and educated.

lived in UK from 1972, to 2009 working as a designer, painter and illustrator.

She exhibited her paintings in London for several years and co-managed an art gallery in Chelsea, for 4 years.

designed a large range of  greetings cards, which sold internationally.

Linda also designed  illustrations for the pottery industry in Stoke on Trent for several years.
Since the early 90’s she worked as an artist / maker / project director working in the community development sector, on a broad range of celebratory arts projects, creative consultation and educative issue-based work, whilst continuing to paint.

Linda also sings in acappella groups .
Linda believes the Participatory Arts should be accessible to all and part of the process for change.

Linda feels there is an creative in us all, whatever our percieved abilities or disabilities.

Community Arts, and Consultation in the Community ,using the creative arts, is a positive way of working towards that change.

Linda has worked with large local authorities / councils, departments of education, arts and other voluntary sector organisations all over the UK and Australia. She has broad experience of project directing large community arts events. Linda’s interests are in social inclusion of all sections of the community, urban regeneration, health issues and the way that participatory arts can express these issues within the framework of community building.

Training Timeline
2006- backwards and forwards from uk to australia; writing and research
2005/ 2nd visit to Japan and also Australia. Oct04 Visit to Japan to study calligraphy and look at Japanese Arts and Crafts.

2003. Training in felting, and weaving. Digital Photography and digital manipulation.

Oct/Nov 2002. training in Child protection and Domestic Abuse Awareness. Cheshire C Council ;

Sept/Jan2002/03  S.Chesh.Coll.Training in counselling skills @ Level 2.

May/June/July2002  mentoring artists in professional practice, working with young people. Jan96/Nov97: HND Arts Work In Community’ City College plus further modules. Manchester. Distinctions.

Feb97: Nice,France: Course and conference on Carnival Arts

March97: Valencia,Spain. R&D the Large Street Sculptures (Fallas) and Pyrotechnics.

Feb95: Stoke Museum. Artists working with the Media’

March 95: Conference. Community Arts in the 90’s. Bristol Uni.

June 95: Manchester Uni. Course in Basket making with Sculptural and Environmental Art Applications

Oct95: WSI- Welfare State International. Course in ’Arts in the Environment’Jan94: Manchester City of Drama. Gigante making course with Spanish Catalonian artists.

Feb94: Beavers Arts. Rural Arts Course. Jan93: Stoke Museum. 6 week Disability Awareness Arts Course and placement.

Dec93: Venice Italy.With Keele Uni studying Art and Architecture.

April90: Tuscany, Italy. 2 week course with Art Education in Cheshire.

Sydney : equiv Levels in English, Art, Science, History. Awarded Commonwealth Scholarship…

Extensive experience in creative arts consultation, production and direction of community projects and event management, performance / installation.
Painting, illustration, sculpture, photography in both film and digital,video, large processional imagery, gigante puppet making, mask work, banner making, costume, lantern making., computer graphics, and many other workshop techniques.
Experienced with working with all age groups.
Trained in Disability Awareness, Risk Assessment, Child Protection, 
Domestic Violence Awareness and Counselling.

Worked extensively with disenfranchised communities within urban regeneration schemes in stressed communities throughout the UK. – Manchester, Liverpool, Telford, Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle under Lyme, Oxford, Milton Keynes, Hereford – and Western Sydney.
Played with samba/percussion bands in Manchester.
Has belonged to a cappella singing groups The Loudmouth Women in the UK, and The Spots, Glory Bound Groove Train Gospel, and The OverCommitments , Mornington, and the Corellas,and Mooncatchers;  all in Sydney
Clean driving licence, travel almost anywhere. UK/ NSW CRB Police checked for working with the vulnerable. 

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