Who are you?
My name is Ellie Chaney and I am an artist who specialises in facilitating creative workshops for children aged 3 – 11. I live in Ulverston in South Lakes, Cumbria with my husband and little girl.

What do you do?
I create art in a variety of mediums including illustration, paper cutting, puppet making and animation. I am also very experienced in working on community arts events such as parades, lantern festivals and carnivals making giant puppets, masks and costumes, and supporting people in their own creativity through workshops. I love too many different ways of creating art to only do one thing! I also really enjoy helping people to develop their own creative confidence, which has lead me to facilitating workshops with people of all ages since 2008. I am particularly passionate about arts and crafts activities that tell stories, such as puppetry, animation and book making. I call these ‘storytelling art forms’.

What are ‘storytelling art forms’?
I love stories, and have always read and written stories. However as a visual person I prefer to tell stories through images. I use the term ‘storytelling art forms’ as a way of describing workshops in puppetry, animation and book making – all are visual art forms that can be used to tell a tale. However writing and literacy are always included in my workshops, and often children will also write stories down as part of the process of creating a puppet show or an animation.

How can I see examples?
Images of my own work, and children’s artwork created in workshops, including animations and films can be found at this gallery.
Do your workshops relate to the curriculum?
All of my workshops are designed with the curriculum in mind, please contact me for example workshop plans.

How long are sessions?
Projects can be for as short or as long a time period as you would like! Some puppet and book making workshops can be completed with a class in an afternoon, however some projects such as making giant puppets or a puppet show would require several sessions to achieve. Please feel free to contact me to discuss your ideas and ideal time scale, and I will always do my best to provide the most interesting, fun and creative activity possible within that time period.

What do they cost?

Please contact me if you would like to know more about my fee for a half day or full day workshop.

If you would like me to give a talk at your school, loan resources or commission me to make artwork or puppets please contact me to discuss how much this would cost.

What qualifications do you have?
I am a practicing artist with a BA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College, London and an MA in Art as Environment from Manchester Metropolitan University. For my MA I specialised in community arts practice, visual storytelling and facilitating creative workshops in the community.

How experienced are you?
I have been working as a creative practitioner since 2008, and have a great deal of experience facilitating arts and crafts activities with both children and adults, including adults and children with learning disabilities. I have worked with children ages three and above, but I am most experienced in running activities for 3 – 11 year olds and families in both informal community and formal education settings.

Are you DBS checked?
I have an Enhanced DBS check. I have also attended various safeguarding training  sessions including:

Jan 2011 – Safeguarding Training Day covering working with young people in a community context, e-safety and awareness training on the young people and the law.

April 2013 –  ‘Protecting young people in the arts, youth and cultural sectors’ run by Artswork – Addressing safeguarding and child protection when working with young people including the Duty to Refer, Safe Social Networking and a workshop on Child Protection Policy Writing.

May 2013 – Level 1 in Safeguarding Children. Training undertaken at South Walney Infant and Nursery School in Cumbria with Safe Haven Consulting.

I have a Child Protection Policy which I follow with all work I do with children, young people and vulnerable adults which I am happy to send via email.

It is very important to me that the work I do protects all involved, and I ensure I am informed and up to date with child protection and safeguarding legislation.

Do you have Public Liability Insurance?
I have up to date Public Liability Insurance and would be happy to provide evidence of this at a planning meeting.

How do I contact you to book a workshop or project?

Please feel free to email me at ellieartsinfo(at)gmail(dot)com with your contact details and inquiry, and I will be happy to phone you if you would prefer. I look forward to hearing from you!