creative ecology was initiated by James in response to years of experience of working as a creative practitioner within education and the community. Drawing on this extensive experience, James offers a professional development and consultancy service, for individuals and organisations working in each of the sectors featured.

Included below are a few examples of what creative ecology has provided for other organisations. Please get in touch to discuss your own needs and ideas.

Inset for Teachers and Early Years Practitioners

Making Sense of the Outdoors - Crane Park Primary School, Hounslow, London

Creative Learning in the Early Years First Steps Nursery, Salisbury, Wilts

Creative, Child-led Learning: An Introduction - Churchfields Infant School, Woodford, London

Professional Development for Museum & Gallery Educators

Explore, Connect, Create: Creative Family Learning - Two day professional development programme for Learning and Outreach Officer and volunteer team at Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum

Presentations and Workshops for Conferences and Seminars

Creativity, Body and Environment: The Role of Creative, Embodied Learning in Education for Sustainability - ICIS, Denmark 

Creativity and Emotional Wellbeing5x5x5=creativity at The American Museum, Bath

Creativity and Inclusion - Primary Art and Design Conference, Wiltshire County Council

Creative Investigation and Ecological Learning  - Creative Thinkers=Powerful Minds Conference, Bath Spa University

Creative Learning Outside the Classroom - Poole and Bournemouth Borough Council

Biodiversity Through Art - Wiltshire Sustainable Schools Conference for Wiltshire Wildlife Trust

A Creative Learning Environment Through Responsive Practice - 5x5x5=creativity National Conference - Bath Spa University

Professional Development Sessions for Artists Working in the Participatory Arts

Visual Art and Community Engagement - Community Arts Training Scheme, Wiltshire County Council

Good Practice in the Management of Arts Projects in Educational Settings – Community Arts Training Scheme, Wiltshire County Council

Making Spaces & Places Inclusive  – West Sussex Arts Service & Early Arts at Chichester Festival Theatre

Image, Object, Environment: Photography as a Starting Point for Learning Early Arts and Sutton Borough Council, London

Community Consultation/Engagement

Stonehenge Explorers Project - the development of backpack based interpretation for young families in the Stonehenge Landscape - English Heritage and National Trust

The Stonehenge Young People’s Project - creative consultation developing interpretation and design ideas  for the new Stonehenge visitor centre – English Heritage with Local Schools and Youth Groups

Our Enford Community Consultation Project - consultation and community engagement project leading to the development of activity plans for a new village hall - Open to Arts, Wiltshire

Creative Approaches to Exploring Biodiversity - development of museum workshop & teachers toolkit with teachers, primary school children and museum staff - SEARCH, Gosport/Renaissance S.E

Mentoring for Artists and Educators within Participatory Projects

5x5x5=creativity in Kingston - mentoring for five new research 'triangles' of artists, schools and cultural organisations - Borough of Kingston, London

Explore, Connect, Create - mentoring for Learning and Outreach Officer at Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum on creative family learning project

Project Evaluation (for Educational/Community Arts Projects)

Get in the Gallery (Schools Postcard Arts Exhibition) - Morgan Boyce Art Gallery, Kennet Valley Arts Trust and We Love Marlborough

Mr Wippy and the Conettes (Community Performance) - Curious Company, Kennet Valley Arts Trust and We Love Marlborough

"I have learned more about how to resource the environment and provide for child-initiated learning. It has also provided the opportunity to refresh about not always questioning the child, and observing their processes and not products."                       

Early Years Practitioner

"Thank you for an amazing training course..."                  
Museum Learning & Outreach Officer

"I think the session worked really well, it was balanced and we got to use some great resources to explore. Can't wait for James to come in for a session with the children."

Early Years Practitioner