Mai is a Welsh artist who lives in the Ceiriog Valley near the Welsh borders. She studied painting at the Royal College of Art, London and gained her PhD from The University of Wales, entitled ‘Object Based Learning, a study of audience engagement through the creation of artworks’.
Community engagement and inclusion are at the core of her practice. She creates artworks out of both natural and manmade materials, combining craft and fine art to make sculptural objects and fully immersive environments. Her portfolio demonstrates diversity and a broad repertoire of experience working with all ages and contexts inside and out. Her approach encourages and supports hands on participation and learning together. Each project is tailored specifically to meet the needs of the participants and the aims and objectives of each context.
Education and Accreditation
Mai is an experienced teacher who has taught Art and Design at all key stages. She has a clear understanding of accreditation and has delivered BTEC, A Level and International Baccalaureate Visual Arts courses and in higher and further education as a lecturer.
She has supported and enabled schools to achieve Arts Mark Platinum and is qualified to deliver Arts Award programmes. She has also worked on the Lead Creative Schools programme in Wales.
Mai runs multi-media workshops for Criw Celf and Portfolio as part of extended learning programmes in galleries and museums.
Mai’s develops learning programmes which are designed to support teachers to embed creative practice through the arts into their everyday curriculum and cross curriculum subjects. These extended learning programmes can be delivered in school and combined with galleries and museums and outdoor venues.
Mai develops courses and workshop programmes for all ages and families which encourage and support learning outdoors. She has built learning outdoor learning environments and developed outdoor engagement programmes for Local Authorities in and beyond the school gates. She is an experienced Forest School Leader and can offer programmes to achieve the John Muir family and individual awards.