The course benefits from the unique knowledge and experience of art school tutors who are able to provide for participant’s individual needs through technical, theoretical and contextual learning:
Joint Course Leader
Specialist Area: Printmaking and Painting
Didi Baldwin is an artist working in a variety of media currently including printmaking, painting, drawing, collage and photography. Her work is characterised by a sensibility that is borne out of a reaction to place and the moment, using qualities of abstraction to convey an underlying concept.
Didi studied at both the University of the Creative Arts and at Glasgow School of Art, before completing her MA in Fine Art Printmaking at the Royal College of Art in 2002. Her work has been exhibited in Portugal, UK & Japan, and she has undertaken residencies in the UK, Spain and Iceland.
Working in Education has always acted as an important counterpoint to her art practice, and she has taught for over twenty-five years, tutoring at Foundation, Undergraduate and Post Graduate levels.
Joint Course Leader
Specialist Area: Sculpture and Installation
Roger has been a professional sculptor for over forty years and has exhibited in the UK, Europe and the US. His work is also in a number of public museums and private collections and he has received a number of awards and grants towards projects in the UK and abroad.
His work is frequently time-based installation and transient in its nature – in terms of both material and subject matter. Current work, however, marks a departure from previous transient work- whilst continuing to investigate the fragility and mutability of Home.
He continues his practice in the hope that, at some point, the world will make some sense to him.
“The strongest sense of home commonly coincides geographically with a dwelling. Usually, the sense of home attenuates as one moves away from that point, but it does not do so in a fixed or regular way…..places like home can trigger self-reflection, thoughts about who someone is or used to be or who they might become”.
Specialist Area: Printmaking
Juliet Bankes is an artist printmaker, working across the print media. Her work explores the possibilities of print in all its forms. Juliet completed a part time degree in Illustration and Graphic Design at De Montfort University (Banbury) before going on to Camberwell College of Arts (UAL) for a Masters in Fine Art Printmaking graduating in 2015. She was a student on the WAS Course for three years before leading some print projects for the WAS Team. She is a Fellow at University of Northampton in their Fine Art Department.
New Media and Collaboration
Most of Roger’s working life has been in teaching photography, media studies and film studies to A level students. On retirement he took a part-time five year degree course in Fine Art at Bucks New University in High Wycombe.
From there Roger joined the first WAS cohort and continued as a student at OVADA for four years. In 2017 he was invited to join the art school tutors team and has continued to teach on the course since then.
Continued interests from his degree course days to the present have been the role of chance in devising artworks and perhaps his main contribution to the current WAS course has been the devising and coordinating of whole-group collaborative projects.
With an interest in a range of media, Roger’s own current practice mainly involves experimental video, printmaking and computer coding.