Engagement Artists


Katy Wilson

(Visual Art / Costume Design)

Ali Glanville Jones

(Visual Art)

Sarah Wakeford

(Visual Art)

Heather Lucchesi

(Visual Art)

Emily Learmont

(Visual Art)

Melanie Jordan

(Theatre - Clowning)

Lisa Thompson

(Theatre - Community focus)

Arron Howie

(Theatre - Multi-media)

Emma Reid

(Theatre - Puppets)

Cat Sheridan

(Theatre / Participatory Arts)

Anita Govan


Tawona Sithole

(Poet / Storyteller)

Marie Louise Cockburn


Ailie Findlay


Isabell Small


Janis Claxton



William Thorburn

(Dance / Parcore)

Alex McCabe

(Dance / Music)

Skye Reynolds


Gemma Williams


Gill White

(Graphic Design / Multi-media)

Jane MciNally

(Film / Animation)

Graham Kitchener


Oliver Ridgewell


Gary Cameron


Ariel Killick

(Street performance & Drama through Gaellic)

The State

Emma Hamilton & Lotte Waters

(Dance / Hip Hop)


Katy Wilson Katy likes to create new worlds and environments for people to feel good, relaxed and inspired in She has a background in fine art and design . Katy is inspired by young children - their lack of convention, their questioning of everything, doing things their own way, and living fully in the moment, amazing little sponges soaking up what life offers them. 
Ali Glanville Jones Trained as an Illustrator (ECA) and Theatre Designer (BOVTS), for the last 10 years I have been applying my creative skills within the areas of education, healthcare and community engagement. Within these areas I have designed and facilitated creative workshops and activities for a range of clients and participants. I enjoy working with a range of ages and abilities but have a particular interest in co designing projects for individuals with ASD and Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

Sarah Wakeford I am an artist whose practice is based around collaborative processes and community interactions.  As well as exhibiting my work I have been artist in residence and worked collaboratively in number of schools, community and healthcare facilities in the UK.  I enjoy engaging with people and making art exciting and accessible.  I specialize in developing and delivering high quality visual art workshops that are collaborative in nature.  This approach helps to encourage a feeling of pride and ownership to the project.


Heather Lucchesi In 2015, after working as the art specialist teacher in St. Crispin’s Special School for nine years, I set up Light Bulb Arts, a social enterprise company dedicated to exploring what is possible when artists and those with support needs and health issues, work, learn and create together.  I value visual art as an accessible, inclusive form of communication. Using innovative ideas and adaptability, my aim is to create an experience that is both enjoyable and purposeful for participants.


Emily Learmont My background is as a visual artist and art historian: I studied fine art at Glasgow School of Art and the Royal Academy Schools, and the history of art at the University of Edinburgh.  I have exhibited my paintings widely at venues such as the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, Cadogan Contemporary and Thompson’s, Marylebone, and undertaken a range of commissions.  I have also illustrated for the Royal Botanic Gardens, Scottish Storytelling Centre and NHS Health Scotland.  As well as Festival Cities Theatre Trust, I work as a gallery educator at the National Galleries of Scotland, The Queen’s Gallery and Art in Healthcare, Scotland, where I teach children, adult learners and community groups.


Melanie Jordan Melanie is an award winning performer and theatre maker based in Edinburgh, creating work which is visually driven, physically dynamic and exposes our shared humanity with curiosity and humour. Trained at Queen Margaret University and Ècole Philippe Gaulier in Paris, she is co-director of Clown Cabaret Scratch Night, collaborative theatre platform Scrapyard and is Physical Theatre Practitioner with Conflux. Melanie has co-created internationally touring productions with Faux Theatre, Organic Theatre, and is an associate artist with Plutôt La Vie Theatre Company.


Lisa Hannah Thompson is a Theatre Maker and Facilitator from Edinburgh who puts creative exploration at the heart of her work. From the start working for and with young people has always been a strong passion, including directing site specific youth theatre performances, running schools workshops and making children’s theatre. Now an established artist, developing work with adult communities over the past few years has become an exciting part of a varied skill base.


Arron Howie I am a freelance artist and co-company manager of visual theatre company Tortoise in a Nutshell. I have a strong passion for multi-sensory accessible work for a variety of audience, I have a background as a performer, creator and facilitator. I have run workshops and weekly sessions for youth theatres, schools and adults for the past 10 years across central Scotland. Through my company I have created and performed in award winning productions which have toured both nationally and internationally. I enjoy to learn new skills, meet new people and be involved in an artistic collaborative process.


Emma Reid Originally from the Highlands, Emma graduated in England and has performed internationally.  Emma Anderson is the Artistic Director of Gunshow Theatre which specialises in original narrative based physical theatre productions while collaborating with different artists across various mediums. 
  Cat Sheridan

Anita Govan formally trained as ballet dancer and community drama worker and has over twenty-five years experience as a creative practitioner, studying with Keith Johnstone in Canada and Chicago based Goats Island. A published poet, she uses spoken word, poetry, improvisation and performance as a tool for literacy and creative learning, working within schools, business, communities and councils across Scotland. She believes the arts can bring transformational change and is one of the pioneers of the now-flourishing spoken word scene. Co-founder and teacher with Confab’s Scottish Youth Poetry Slam*, She has been described as a 'driving force' for performance poetry in Scotland and was Stirling Makar from 2012-2015.


Tawona Sitole Better known as Ganyamatope (his ancestral family name) Tawona’s heritage of storytelling inspires him to make connections with other people through creativity, and the natural outlook to learn. Poet, playwright, mbira musician and educator – Tawona is co-founder of Seeds of Thought arts group in Glasgow. Based at the CCA (Centre for Contemporary Arts), the group is a free, fun and supportive space for creative writing and performance. As well as a working freelance artist and in collaboration with many organisations, Tawona is currently poet/playwright consultant on the AHRC-funded ‘Researching Multilingually at the Borders of Language, Body, Law and the State’ project at the University of Glasgow.


Marie Louise Cochrane

I am a storyteller and a singer from Edinburgh.

I love to use my skills to engage with people.

Sometimes I take them with me on journey, at other times we make some kind of connection in the present moment…

Ailie Finlay Founder of Flotsam and Jetsam Puppets and Stories, Ailie has worked as a storyteller and puppeteer for the past twenty years. In 2010 she was awarded an Artist’s Bursary by Creative Scotland to develop a set of multi-sensory stories aimed particularly at children with very complex additional needs. Since then she has specialised in multi-sensory storytelling and puppet work with people with additional support needs. She often works in partnership with other organisations, including long term projects with the Scottish Storytelling Centre (Story Kist sessions), Festival Theatre, Sense Scotland, Puppet Animation Scotland and PAMIS. In 2014 she received a second Artist’s Bursary to develop a set of tactile folktales designed for people with severe visual and hearing impairments.


Isabel Wright is a playwright, screenwriter and drama/creative writing workshop facilitator. Her stageplays have been performed by companies including the Tron, 7-84, Frantic Assembly, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and the Traverse. Her play 'Blooded' was part of the NT's Shell Connections and on the Scottish Higher list as well as being performed by numerous youth theatres and schools.
Janis Claxton(UK/AUS) is a Choreographer, Movement Director, Teacher and Producer and Artistic Director of the award winning company Janis Claxton Dance. 



William Thorburn dancer, choreographer, capoeira and dance teacher. trained at Laban, performed for Union dance, training in Parkour, sports remedial massage therapist


Alex McCabe is a maker of physical performance and music. His career both as an artist and producer has thus far broadly straddled Scotland and Italy, with recent collaborations including the creation of the Scotland Focus at Mirabilia Festival of Circus and Performing Arts (Piemonte), and numerous Italian operas with Wexford Festival Opera and Teatro Regio Torino, among others.

Skye Reynolds is a dance artist, performance–maker and educator, herpractice is experimental and focuses on movement, spoken word and theatre. She has 20+yrs experience working across professional and community arts in the UK and abroad. Inspired by the politics of ‘real life’, she is passionate and curious about multi-artform communication. Skye’s new solo ‘Pitch’ is made in creative collaboration with choreographer Jo Fong and premieres at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Dance Base 2016. 


Gemma Williams studied at the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance and concluded her studies at Edinburgh’s Telford College leaving with a (BA) Degree in Dance. She is a dance artist teaching all ages and abilities, and choreographer of Liminal Dance Company which was formed to create immersive dance theatre which impacted communities in providing access and opportunities for people to see and be involved in professional dance performance.


Gill White is a Digital Creative, Writer, Director and Producer of design and film led interactive experiences. Her work blends interactive design, visual art, film, animation, creative writing and storytelling.


Jane McInally I am a Visual Artist based in Glasgow working with a variety of media including moving image / video, animation, installation, sculpture, printmaking and painting and digital media.  I’ve exhibited nationally and internationally, created public artworks and outdoor play-spaces, and regularly collaborate in creating work for performance, theatre, festivals and events. Alongside developing my personal practice, I’m widely involved in socially-engaged projects within communities, schools and arts venues, working as lead artist / tutor and coordinator.
Graham Kitchener is an award winning writer/director in corporate and drama film. He is a specialist in teaching and leading young people in every area of film, both in the knowledge and intricacies of filmmaking and production of several short films for festival entry. 
Oliver Ridgewell Im a musician, teacher and film maker. I started Happy Ears in 2011, it developed from workshops I facilitated at Craigmillar Autism resource centre and experience I had running music groups for under fives while at university in Brighton. I specialise in work with children who have ASN at locations around Edinburgh including The Yard and Kaimes school, recording and writing original songs with learners in the classroom and making videos, sometimes working in collaboration with other artists.


Gary Cameron is a Musical Director, Composer and Facilitator. He has worked on numerous large scale projects including the National Theatre of Scotland’s Tin Forest and Dundee Rep’s Whitfield Giants. He has composed for and been MD on many professional productions such as Visible Ink (Royal Conservatoire), Pig (New Diorama Theatre), Don Jon (Hull Truck) and Cinderella (Bard In The Botanics).


Ariel Killick is an award-winning & nominated Scots Gaelic performance artist & workshop facilitator, working internationally between Scotland, the Republic of Ireland & Northern Ireland, pushing the boundaries in which the public & young people experience Celtic languages.  Ariel work provides a very innovative & enjoyable way to expose audiences to the languages through contemporary artforms such as Circus Skills, Graffiti Art, Storytelling & Drama, Rap and Street Entertainment, Theatre & Spectacle.


The State is an innovative Hip Hop Education organisation based in Leith, Edinburgh. We aim to inspire young people to have fun with Hip Hop and to provide positive role models through professional Hip Hop artists, demonstrating to young people that a career in the arts is possible.

The State is lead by Emma Ready Hamilton and Lotte Ninja Walters.