Art school - Tutor profiles

Frances Bowyer

Francis taught previously at The Royal Watercolour Society and Royal Academy Schools. He is a member of the New English Art Club and has been teachingat RACC for over 15 years.

Degree in Fine Art

2013/14 One man show, 'The Spirit of Places', RA
2012 RWS/Royal Horticultural Society Exhibition
2011 RWS Exhibition, 'A Year in the Life of the Royal Albert Hall'
2006 'Artist's in Kew' (Gardens) Exhibition
2005 'The Artist and Radio 4', Bankside Gallery

Awards and Prizes
2014 Turner Watercolour Prize, 'Marking Time' Exhibition, RWS
2013 Camp Bastion, Afghanistan as a War Artist. Commission for the Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers
2002 St Cuthberts Mill Award, New English Art Club Annual Exhibition
1995 W H Patterson Fine Arts Prize, New English Art Club A nnual Exhibition
1994 Dover Street Arts Club Prize, RA Summer Exhibition


Glynis Porter


I have been printmaking since studying at St Martins School of Art, and recently gained anMA at Brighton University.

I have worked in illustration and design, and teaching, and now work as a printmaker. At RACC I have taught printmaking, papermaking, illustration and painting, and on the BTEC and Access courses. I am currently teaching Masterclass print making courses on Thursdays at RACC, and screenprinting at Putney School of Art and Design.

MA Printmaking
BA Illustration and Graphic Design

Exhibitions include:
RA Summer Show
Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers
Printmakers Council
Discerning Eye
Work in V&A Prints and Drawings Room


Zig Mroz


Zig has taught photography at RACC for 14 years. He has also taught at many other colleges in London and Argentina.

HND in Photography, Masters in Photography from Kingston University.

Zig has had previous exhibitions in Kingston, Richmond and Buenos Aires. His next exhibition will be for his Masters degree in Kingston University. Published work: His photography has been published in Clarin, an Argentinian newspaper.


Carole Evans


In 2011, I co-founded Portrait Salon with James O Jenkins, a Salon des Refusés of images which have been rejected from the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize. The project is funded by the Arts Council and is toured nationally each year.

In October 2013, I founded and curated the inaugural Altrincham Arts Festival, a pop-up arts festival turning empty shops of the town into temporary art galleries. Over forty local artists exhibited across nine venues, attracting 4,000 visitor s in ten days.

After initially studying French at University, I first took photography seriously in Paris where she was teaching English. Frustrated at not meeting French people, I enrolled on a darkroom printing course and haven't looked back; a MA in Photographic Studies at University of Westminster ensued, followed by seven years working as Gallery Coordinator at Photofusion in Brixton, where I met many influential photographers and honed her skills in organising events and curating. I now work as an independent curator and photographer alongside my teaching.

I write a blog on my thoughts on photography and regularly contribute articles to online magazines and blogs.

MA Photographic Studies HNC Photography PGCE French Secondary BA French Studies

2013 A Town Called Altrincham, shown as part of Altrincham Arts Festival, Altrincham, Cheshire 2012 Retro Girls, solo show at Silverprint, London 2011 Retro Girls exhibited in Fifties, Fashion & Feminism, Collyer Bristow Gallery, London 2010 Brixton People: Project and solo show at 45 Granville Arcade, Brixton Village, London 2009 Le Bain selected for Women in Photography South of the River, Lewisham Arthouse, London 2008 Earthly Treasures selected for LIP Annual Exhibition, Cotton s Atrium, London. 2007 Le Bain, exhibited at Annual Open, group show at Café Gallery, London All the rest is silent, exhibited at SPAM, group show at Shoreditch Town Hall, London The Queen selected for CUBE Open Exhibition, CUBE, Manchester Le Bain, exhibited at Encounters, group show at Nolias Gallery, London 2006 Le Bain, selected for Open Salon, group show at Viewfinder Gallery, Greenwich The Queen exhibited at Ephemera, group show at Nolia s Gallery, London.


Veiko Kespersaks


Veiko Kespersaks, is a fellow of CLAS and SSI. He has recently published a book Calligraphy in 24 hours and runs a successful calligraphy studio in Central London. He is Programme Leader for the Calligraphy Degree course at Satakunta University of Applied Sciences, Finland.

Roehampton University London, UK, Art Studies, Master of Research with Distinction. University of Surrey Roehampton  London, UK, Calligraphy Art History BA First Class. Art Institute of Kankaanpää, Finland, Art Degree (BA), Printmaking

2010 Calligraphy Society of Finland, 10th Anniversary Exhibition Helsinki, Tampere, Finland 2004 CLAS Living Letters Two Exhibition, London, UK 2003 Ancien t Letterforms, Satakunnan Museum, Pori, Finland 2002 – 2005 University of Surrey Roehampton, Calligraphy Studio, London, UK 2002 Society of Scribes and Illuminators (SSI) Lay Members day Exhibition, London, UK 2002 International Grote Prijs Kalligrafie Westerlo, Holland 2002 Tempus Fugit Verba Scripta Manent "Luigi Sturzo" INCIPIT, Italy Published work: Calligraphy in 24 one-hour lessons, Search Press Ltd, published 22 April 2011.


Marie-Christine Livage

Oil Painting Restoration

Marie-Christine is a tutor in Restoration of Oil Paintings and Freelance Easel Paintings Conservator-Restorer.


City & Guilds Level 4 Diploma in Advanced Picture Restoration City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate in Conservation and Restoration of Picture and Frames.


Emma Johnstone

I first learned the ancient Japanese technique of raku – 楽, meaning enjoyable, comfort, ease – in Jerusalem. I fell in love with its technical demands and aesthetic intensity, and have been on a journey into its possibilities ever since.

My work explores the tension between this dramatic, intense, and fast firing technique and the aesthetic possibilities of elemental qualities and shapes . In raku, the pot is brought to 1000 °C in less than 1 hour and then, while it glows red-hot, it is removed from the kiln with tongs and placed into a bin of sawdust. The thermal shock as the temperature rapidly drops causes fine cracking in the glaze on the surface of the body. As the sawdust smoulders, the carbon produced is absorbed into the cracks in the glaze, staining the surface of the pot in a dramatic and distinctive pattern.

For over fifteen years, I have been creating a range of work including hollow wheel-thrown forms reflecting iconic and ancient shapes. I have completely dispensed with the use of glazes, and rely on the effect that the intense heat and rapid change in temperature has on the clay surface and body. I use the slip resist technique that stops the glaze sticking to the surface of the piece. Colour and contrast are sometimes introduced into each piece by way of gold, silver, and copper leaf. I use these to emphasise preciousness, vibrancy and timelessness, as well as in response to the distinct organic feel of the rims and flat surfaces.

1st Class honours Degree – workshop ceramics

Open Eye Gallery Edinburgh - Solo show 2012 Art in Action 2014 - Demonstration tent Jam Eton – 20th Exhibition June 2014


Meg Green

Book Arts and Bookbinding

Meg combines traditional binding methods with an innovative approach to materials and techniques. Commissions include artist collaborations, unique volumes, limited editions, commercial editions, repairs and reconstructions.

Meg holds Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Book Arts and Printmak ing. She s been teaching Book Arts and bookbinding since 1996 and her original works have exhibited and sold in Montreal, New York and London. She is the founder of Atelier
Soleil, Centre for Book Arts inher native Montreal and Some Odd Pages in London, UK.

Meg currently teaches Book Arts and bookbinding at the Richmond Art School, The National Trust, accepts private students at the studio and is often approached to teach specificprojects or skills.

Meg is a Professional Member of The Society of Bookbinders and an Associate Member with Designer Bookbinders in the UK.

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  • Master of Fine Arts in Book Arts and Printmaking, Concordia University, Montreal, 1999
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Printmaking, State University of New York, 1996


  • 2016 Surrey Life Magazine, feature article
  • 2015 Artists Book Yearbook, UWE Centre for Fine Print Research, feature
  • 2014 Guildhall Library, 2014 Artist-in-Residence, Culture & Heritage London
  • 2014 FLUX Archives Featured artist
  • 2014 LondEnfold, Artist In Residence, Guildhall Library, City of London
  • 2014 New Ashgate Gallery, Summer Exhibition, Farnham, Surrey, UK
  • 2014 BOUND Hosted online group exhibition for UNESCO World Book Day
  • 2014 Artist In Residence, Guildhall Library, City of London
  • 2014 New Ashgate Gallery, Summer Exhibition, Farnham, Surrey, UK
  • 2011 - 2016 University of the West of England Centre Fine Print Research
  • 2011, 2013, 2014 UWE Centre Fine Print Research, Infiltrating Libraries series
  • 2003 Shakespeare s Globe Theatre, Christmas exhibition and fair.
  • 2000 McGill University Rare Books Library, case display
  • 2000 H2O, Group exhibition, Atelier Soleil, Montreal
  • 1999 Bound, Bourget Gallery, Montreal1998 Flax en Vrac, Belgo Gallery, Montreal
  • 1997 Marginalia, Bourget Gallery, Montreal1996 Western New York Printmakers Exhibition, group exhibition
  • 1996 Concordia University Printmakers Exhibition, group exhibition

Kirsty Brooks


Kirsty studied glass and painting at Edinburgh College of Art and has worked for a range of London art consultants, galleries and glass studios.

Responding to the qualities of a site and exploring colour and texture, Kirsty has created works for  projects as diverse as a film school, a museum, anopera house and an exterior seafront space. Currently she is working on two Scottish retail developments and an internal screen for Oxford University.

She teaches on a range of courses at RACC and spends the rest of her time creating glass artworks for architecture.

The works are often layered or obscured with textured, sandblas ted and acid etched panels. These sheets of glass are either suspended using tensile cables or framed within the fabric of the building. Each piece is created specifically for the surrounding architecture and location and incorporates ideas relating to the function of the building and its aesthetic qualities

From Kirsty's experience she is able to pass on her knowledge and skills to her students in this fascinating art.

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BA(Hons) Architectural Glass & Painting - Edinburgh College of Art


Jacky Oliver


Her career has two mutually beneficial aspects to it – the fabrication of sculptural pieces and the facilitation of others artistic work. Working mainly in metal she utilizes a range of techniques and processes, including jewellery, silversmithing and blacksmithing skills to create small hand held objects through to large-scale architectural pieces. The one thing common to all her work regardless of scale is the attention to detail, gained from her training as a jeweller.

Jacky creates work for commissions or exhibitions. Recently creating a site-specific piece for a National Trust Tithe Barn in Somerset. Another rewarding project was her residency at the Botanic Gardens Leicester, where she worked with a number of groups with special needs. Collaborating with two schools, Jacky used elements created by the participants to create two of the three permanent pieces she fabricated for permanent display in the gardens.

Enthusiastic to ensure that others also appreciate the diversity and potential of working in metal and other craft materials, Jacky has taught at a number of institutions around the country, including Loughborough University, De Montfort University, Leicester teaching on undergraduate courses. She has taught on Foundation in Art and Design at The Arts InstituteBournemouth, Kent Institute of Art and Design, and Coventry University.

Originally trained in Jewellery at Middlesex University, Jacky went on to study for an MA at the Royal College of Art.


Kate Hopkins

Painting and Drawing
Kate is a painter, with still-life at the centre of her practice. Working from appearances, she has a particular interest and expertise in the nature of visual perception, which underpins her teaching.

Kate also teaches short courses at the Slade School of Fine Art, and shows her paintings at Browse & Darby, Cork Street, with a solo show forthcoming in February 2016.


Linda Griffiths

I have studied ceramics since 1989 and majored in ceramics for my degree. I also studied mosaics and photography during my degree. I started working for RACC in 1998, teaching Pottery for the Family for a number of years before moving on to teach adults only in evening classes in 2003.

I also work extensively in the community and run art workshops in community centres and care homes – sheltered, residential and extra care – teaching ceramics, mosaics, painting and other crafts. Together with the community in Butts Farm, Hanworth, we have made a number of public art works including a ceramic community tree, ceramic painted tiles, an interior ceramic wall and a dragonfly picnic table with ceramic tiles – and currently another hexagonal picnic table made with ceramic tiles.

In my own work, I used to make tall towers in ceramic, but now restrict myself to smaller objects, most of which have an amusing or a social comment. My work is usually in ceramics or a combination of ceramic and mosaic.

Recently I have set up a new business – Art Holidays Abroad – taking people on artistic holidays, currently either painting or mosaics, and combin ing my skills of teaching art with a previous career as a multilingual tour representative.

BA in Public Art - First class honours

Art Car Parades in Manchester, Blackpool and Newcastle
Various small exhibitions in London


Astrid Mahrer

After college I set up my studio on Eel Pie Island in Twickenham and launched my Jewellery collections at the Chelsea Craft Fair. I sold my work at Harvey Nichols, Barneys NY &Tokyo, through Galleries and shops in the UK, Europe, Japan, USA and Australia, various craft fairs and open studios.

I teach Jewellery Making and Design at RACC since 1996. I also taught at Hounslow Adult Education, Hammersmith & Fulham Adult Education and at the School of Jewellery Design.

I want my pieces of jewellery to be functional and timeless. I work to my own themes which then evolve into series of locket rings, organic rings carved from wax and cast in silver, metal bands forming bangles and rings. Later I add detail and colour
in form of riveted beads, resin with embedded messages or layers of 24 carat gold.

I studied Art Education and Design & Technology in Vienna. I moved to London in 1987 to study Jewellery at Sir John Cass School of Art.


Charlotte Stockley

Charlotte tutors all levels ceramics for adults at various local authorities in South West London and Surrey. From one-day taster classes and master classes through to term long sessions, she specialises in thrown porcelain tableware and surface print design.

From her own studio in Kingston-upon-Thames Charlotte also makes work to sell at galleries and craft fairs. As a keen yclist, she uses this and other motifs including text in her work. The found object is also a subject that is incorporated into many of her ideas. The resulting pieces are often quirky and original in design.

Charlotte Stockley Midsurrey Ceramics


  • BA Three Dimensional Design (Ceramics)

Craft in Focus, Wisley