HertsCreation work with, and are able to source, creative practitioners to meet specific project needs.
Through the legacy of work with Royal Opera House Creative Partnerships, HertsCreation have developed strong working relationships, a shared understanding of the creative learning process and values with artists Andy D’Cruz, Vicky Wilson and Danyah Miller. We refer to these artists as HertsCreation Associates.
Andy D’Cruz – Artist
Andy has been a practising artist for 20 years and has produced and exhibited work in the UK and abroad. This has included large-scale sculpture, as well as paintings and drawings, for permanent and temporary exhibitions, public outside spaces and more intimate gallery venues. His work invites silence, stillness and contemplation. This work uses pared down sculptural form, subtly glowing colour and illusive, yet imposing, graphite drawings.
Andy has worked extensively in education, working in nursing homes, nurseries and children centers, primary secondary and special educational needs BTECH and HND levels. As well as this he has worked in the corporate sector providing arts based consultation for management teams and CDP opportunities for staff (including C4, KPMG, T mobile and architects Hawkins/Brown.)
Andy is now seeking opportunities to work in partnership with school communities and management teams, to apply an approach that is inclusive, creative and imaginative, to address current issues facing schools and education, developing shared and sustainable solutions.
Vicky Wilson – writer, editor, publisher and educator
Vicky’s poems have been published in the solo collection Line Dancing as well as in several magazines and anthologies. She was Poet in Residence at Brent Museum and Archives in 2011–2012, Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year 2007–2008 and the winner of the 2010 competition for a poem to represent Margate. Metro Publications published her guidebook London’s Houses in 2011 and Vicky regularly writes reviews for the British Film Institute’s Sight and Sound magazine. She enjoys delivering poems live and is a frequent guest reader and performer in venues and festivals in Kent and London.
Vicky also works to inspire other writers. She has organised workshops in community settings and public events as part of Canterbury’s award-winning Laureate Squad and has worked in schools as a practitioner and project manager for Royal Opera House and Future Creative on the Creative Partnerships programme. She is currently delivering creative writing projects in Hertfordshire and Kent.
Vicky has for many years as both an editor and writer in book and magazine publishing. She is a founding member and editor with WordAid, a Kent collective that publishes poetry to raise money for charity – so far they have raised around £8,000 for Children in Need, ShelterBox, Dementia UK and other charities. As co-director of Categorical Books, Vicky edits and publishes books of poetry, fiction, art and architecture. she also undertakes freelance editing and copywriting projects for clients including the Royal Academy, the Royal Opera House, the British Film Institute and many others.
Danyah Miller – Storyteller and Theatre Producer (Wizard Presents)
Danyah is a storyteller, performer, workshop leader and theatre producer. She read drama, dance and English at Leeds University and subsequently studied mime, physical theatre and improvisation at L’Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris. Danyah is a visiting teacher at The International School of Storytelling in East Sussex.
Danyah is a Director of Wizard Presents and is currently touring a one-woman show I Believe in Unicorns by Michael Morpurgo (War Horse), which premiered at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013. www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmdHdwwctT0
Danyah produced the Lennon and McCartney stage musical, All you need is Love! at the Queens Theatre in the West End and on tour and cop-produced Soul Sister, a new musical based on the life and times of Ike and Tina Turner which was nominated for an Olivier Award in 2013. Wizard Presents produced The Tell Tale Festival, in celebration of stories, in Kings Langley in 2013.