Penny Lewis
Community Visual Artist


Current Occupation

October 2006 - present:  Visual Community Artist.                                                                                                                
For examples of recent and past work, please go to 'projects'

2013 - present: Arts Tutor, Swarthmore Education Centre Leeds

Education and Qualifications

January 2011: PTTLS - Preparation for Teaching in the LIfelong Learning Sector.
(Bradford College)

June 2006:  European Driving Licence 1& 2.
(Park Lane College - Leeds)
December 1999: NVQ Level 3 - Promoting Independence                                                                                                     
(working with adults with learning disabilities)
(Bolton College)
June 1989: BSc (Hons) Textile Design - Upper  Second                                                                                                                
(Huddersfield Polytechnic)
June 1985: Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.                                                                                            
(West Surrey College of Art and Design)
School Education:  3 A-Levels and 8 O-Levels                                                                                
Recent Courses / professional development

I have current certificates in Emergency First Aid at Work and Child Protection and Safeguarding.

I have undertaken various professional development courses throughout my career.
Previous Career History   

July - December 2017
Development worker - Pyramid of Arts
I spent 6 months working as a development worker for Pyramid of Arts involved in research and development of new strands of work, involving recruitment and establishing contact with many different organisations.

Nov. 2006-2009
Playgroup Assistant, Roundabout Playgroup
Horsforth, Leeds.
Part time work with children aged 2½ - 5 years in a pre-school setting, including
general supervision, art and craft work and 'learning through play'  

Between February 2002 and October 2006 I concentrated on being a full-time Mother.   
June 2000 - Feb. 2002
Project Worker, HFT Leeds Scheme                                                                                               
HFT  is a residential and daycare service for adults with learning disabilities.
The role was to prepare sevice users for a move to community housing and
included design and delivery of an 8 week course on Community Awareness skills.

Oct. 1998-June 2000 
Senior Support Worker, HFT, Leeds.                                                                                              
In addition to many senior duties and a standard keyworking role, I was also
responsible for an art and craft group within HFT's own day services.
Jan. 1998 - Oct 1998
Support Worker, HFT, Leeds                                                                                                                                              
Jan. -June 1998
Art Club Facilitator, Hollybank School, Mirfield                                                                              
I worked with teenaged children with complex learning and physical disabilities.
Oct. 1995 - Sept. 1997
Activity Support Worker, Oxfordshire Learning Disability NHS Trust, Oxford.
Between January 1995 and October 1995 I spent time travelling and working in Australasia
Nov. 1990 - Jan. 1995
Textile Worker - Self - employed, Huddersfield.                                                                             
I designed, printed and sold T- Shirts and fabrics and ran textile
based workshops and projects with various community groups.  
After leaving college in 1989 I spent some time doing temporary work and travelling in South America.