Alex has over ten years experience working as a community artist, workshop leader, trainer and project manager working with arts and cultural organisations in education and community settings.
“Alex brings enthusiasm, optimism and patience to any project. She is an amazing listener who is able to identify what is said and not said. Her reflective, community centred approach allows teaching staff to develop their own answers, giving a real sense of ownership.
Working with Alex during the last 5 years I have developed more creative approaches to teaching. She has helped me recognise creativity in myself and others. This has developed the engagement of children in my class and opened up a wider range of opportunities for them. It has also allowed children who are not so academic to excel in other areas and be recognised for this. The result has been improved self-esteem and confidence in adults and children.”
Highlights of Recent work (2016-19):
Be Smart About Art
Alex is the Collaborative Partnerships Manager for Be Smart About Art (2017 to present day), a professional development organisation for art world professionals. Alex manages relationships with partners including programming events and talks. Find out more by visiting www.besmartaboutart.com/about – “Art is your life. Make it your living.”
Foundation Tutor, Bedfordshire School of Art and Design
Alex joined Bedfordshire School of Art and Design as a Tutor on the Foundation course – 2019 ongoing.
Tate Year 3 project – Steve McQueen Commission 2019
Explored through the vehicle of the traditional school class photograph, Steve McQueen, together with Tate, Artangel and A New Direction, will invite every Year 3 primary school class in London to be photographed. The class photos will be brought together into a single large-scale installation, capturing tens of thousands of Year 3 schoolchildren in a milestone year in their development. Alex is one of twelve creative practitioner working with 100 schools and year 3 classes. We are running creative workshops for the children thereby helping maximise the learning impact of their involvement in the Steve McQueen Commission.
My Creative School
Over two school years 2017-18, Alex has worked with the My Creative School programme managed by A New Direction – working directly with 5 schools from the cohort. She has collaborated with Abigail Hunt (visual artist and sculptor), Katharine James (writer, performer and volunteer clown for Clowns Without Borders) and Arji Maneuelpillai (performance poet). Each project has been different, as the artists responded to the unique needs within each setting.
The Funky Pie Company
Alex worked with The Funky Pie Company 2014-2017, facilitating creative learning sessions with young people with Special Educational Needs. During Spring 2017, she collaborated with musician Tim Emler in response to the theme of Africa. The young people will gain their Arts Award Bronze through the programme. www.thefunkypiecompany.co.uk
Peace Hospice Care
During 2016, Alex produced an oral histories heritage exhibition for Peace Hospice Care. This was exhibited in Watford Museum before being permanently installed in the Hospice building. Find out more by visiting www.peacehospicecare.org.uk
Alex McIntyre worked in partnership with Martin Heaney as a Co-Director and Co-Founder of HertsCreation C.I.C for 5 years.
HertsCreation C.I.C was a not for profit community interest company limited by guarantee (founded 2012 and closed January 2018). HertsCreation worked with the arts to create new spaces for social engagement, dialogue and transition to benefit the residents of Hertfordshire, in particular young people, families and senior citizens. HertsCreation C.I.C. was incorporated in England and Wales under registered number 08235601.
Since its formation in October 2012, HertsCreation was actively engaged in projects in Hertfordshire that benefit schools and the wider community and has gained project funding from local schools, teaching alliances and the Royal Opera House (ROH) Bridge.
Managing Hertfordshire’s Young Cultural Ambassadors Programme 2012 – 15, working with 12 schools and 144 young people. The programme allowed students to develop leadership skills and widen students’ understanding of the Arts.
Bespoke Creative Learning Projects with Woolenwick Infants and Nursery School, Studlands Rise First School and Bridge Road Children’s Centres 2012 – present. Projects often involved workshops led by a creative learning practitioner such as a storyteller, or visual artist, and staff training. They were designed through a consultation process to respond to school needs.
Training and Professional development for teachers including courses run with the Wroxham Transformative Learning Alliance.
Encounter, an Arts Council England funded project in partnership with Watford Museum and Watford Borough Council exploring sculpture and wellbeing (2015).
How to work with Alex
Arrange a consultation meeting to discuss your needs
Book a workshop or course
Commission a creative learning programme for your setting