Caitlin Howells – Community Arts


I am a community artist, I believe in joyful and empowering creative opportunities for all

  I facilitate events and workshops for children, young  people, families and adults of all abilities, from early years to elders.

I am extremely experienced at working in schools, children’s centres, crèches, residential settings, community settings, outdoor performances, festivals, carnivals and fetes.

I specialise in cross curricular projects.  Skills include carnival costumes and processional pieces, giant puppets, willow sculpture and lanterns, masks and puppet making, Indian folk art forms like rangoli, wedding arches, garlands, recycled art projects, environmental arts and nature awareness and co-operative playful games.

I am experienced and well trained in working with people with a range of needs, including Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, challenging behaviours, substance abuse, domestic violence, the autistic spectrum, dementia, learning difficulties  and PMLD and multiple physical disabilities. I also have ten years of experience as a qualified play worker.

I have an enhanced CRB check, current first aid certificate and comprehensive public liability insurance


Some recent projects:


“Where We Meet” inter generational project in Stowmarket, with poet Dean Parkin and Suffolk Artlink

Weekly arts workshops for Northrepps primary school,  working on Viking and Anglo Saxon shields, swords and characters, as well as Indian arts and crafts, transport themed and pirate themed workshops,and family learning days

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, mini studio under 5s sensory/experiential creative sessions on various themes and artistss, as well as Sunday family workshops and schools workshops in willow work, ceramics and lots more

Bubble Club/Map Squad workshops making props and decor with adults with learning disabilities


Tin House Arts, various workshop based and community projects, working on large scale carnival decor for the Lord Mas Procession and various other community objects, and





  • Sainsbury Centre of Visual Arts, running a variety of educational workshops for visiting school groups, based around the collections on display in the gallery
  • The Map Squad, London,  running 2 day workshops with adults with learning difficulties making large scale decor for theit upcoming club night
  • Breckland Council, miniature superheroes workshops in libraries all over Breckland
  • Children’s Society Intergenerational Project, workshops with elders and young people at Horniman Museum creating a giant food Rangoli with food from round the world, and creating a stop motion film of the process, giant belonging lantern workshop at Marlybone intergenerational celebration
  • Fairyland Trust Workshop leading at Latitude Festival, London Zoo , Festival on the Farm, Fairy Fair and many other events locally and nationally. Also behind the scenes work preparing and planning their workshops and events
  • Wildlife hospital: designing,building and /performing at/running an interactive magical wildlife hospital for the Fairy Fair
  • Tin House Arts: facilitating carnival experience days in a variety of primary schools with artist Ali Macenzie
  • Arts Award: planning and facilitating an arts week for children aged 7-11 at Erpingham Primary School, and helping them to achieve their Arts Award Discover.
  • Solar summer school,  an intensive week long transition projects for students about to start at Corelli College, Kidbrooke, London. A cross art form project encompassing giant puppet making, carnival costume making ( my areas of responsibility) , drama, dance, animation and storytelling.  As well as creating an awesome fifty strong carnival entry for the Thames festival procession we work hard to build confidence, team building skills, empathy and critical thinking. We also worked with the students to enable them to vehicle their Arts Award Discover.
  • February to July. The Puppet Boat Project, working as part of a team in the design and construction of a giant metal processional fantastical boat/performance space and its props. A collaboration between Tin House Arts Norwich Puppet Theatre.

  • Fairy Fair/Fairyland Trust workshop facilitator: 10x lantern making wildlife awareness workshops for 3-14 year olds
  • Natural History Museum Big Nature Day, insect headdresses workshops and insect parade, for Emergency Exit Arts

  • North Walsham Junior School one day workshop with year 3 class, designing and making giant African inspired masks, for Tin House Arts

  • creative assistant for Thalia Theatre company, working with adults and teenagers with  and without learning difficulties

  • Brazilian Carnival day workshops at Flitcham school with Ali Mackenzie, Tin House Arts

  • “Signs of Change” Greenwich, LOCOG/Emergency Exit Arts eco art project, Febuary to May. Including facilitating young mentor training day at Corelli College

  • Giant willow sculpture workshop on Jubilee theme with students at Northgate High School, Dereham with artist Ali McKenzie/Tin House Arts

  • Chinese New Year multidisciplinary arts day at Erpingham Primary School, Norfolk


  • Mixed media scenic backdrop for “Mrs Santa’s Kitchen” interactive theatre show for The Greenword Tree, Norfolk

  • Family Learning lantern making day and Lantern procession at Erpingham Primary School, Norfolk. Facilitating creative sessions with families, KS1 AND 2 pupils and early years group.

  • Tree dressing workshop, facilitating cross curriculum learning about trees and birds, using books, images, talking and making with KS1 students at Erpingham Primary School. Leading workshops in birdcake and ornamental tree decorations

  • The WAVE Project: a collaboration with “Tin House Arts” of Norwich and “Les Articulteurs” of Redon, Brittany. We are currently working with artists from Brittany who are visiting Norwich and collaborating with Tin House on a large illuminated Winter event, for Norwich Councils “Sparks in the Park” 2011. Visited Brittany in April and June working with artist Ali Mackenzie, French artists and young people with learning difficulties on design and building of a giant hybrid animal puppet for the Taknaw Parade, Redon, France.

  • Greenwich Family Learning Festival, facilitating  making of miniature gardens, peg characters and a large appliqued banner with families in five early years and primary school settings across Greenwich, inspired by food and stories about migrations to and from the area, forming an installation at the Queens House at the Maritime Museum

  • Corelli College Arts Summer Summer School, a week long cross-artform transition project for new students, creating  carnival costumes and giant illuminated turtle for the Thames Festival Procession. For images and quotes please see our blog

  • Coram’s Fields Playday, London, creating 3d mixed media miniature worlds and tiny characters, an interactive fusion of creative and dramatic play

  • “Signs of Change”- “Biggest learning opportunity on earth” Emergency Exit Arts/Biglop Olympics multi school eco art project, London February to May. See blog for images and further details

  • Intergenerational workshop day for the Children’s Society, creating a dreams and wishes tree with young people and elders

  • Chinese New Year workshop facilitator making door banners, ceiling decorations, lanterns and Lai See envelopes with Briston Rainbow Guides and Tostock Home Education Group


  • Machynlleth lantern procession workshop leader, large and small scale processional artworks

  • Withy fire decorations workshop at Burnham Market Youth Club

  • Artist on Jewish inspired art day at Harford Manor Special School

  • Refurbishment work on giant Lord Nelson puppet for Tin House Arts

  • “Setting Bridgwater Alight” artist facilitating college students on week long project making illuminated large scale puppets and mobile sculptures for outdoor night time performance

  • Artist creating  ‘Lilliputland’ minature world with 0-12 year olds for National Playday at Coram’s Fields, London

  • Lewisham People’s Day, artist in Space themed children’s creative area

  • Tooting Trashcatchers Carnival, designing and building giant mythological Sankofa bird to lead procession

  • Creative agent for “A New Direction” Creative Partnerships Superheroes cross curricular project, at Beormund Primary School, a school for students with behavioral difficulties (EBD and autistic spectrum), working with year 6 and years 2 and 3.

  • Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery, outreach artist in an isolated rural community, ten sessions of memory box making and  withy sculpture workshops on theme of “Belonging”

  • Chinese New Year giant lantern and banner making day at Harford Manor School, Norwich, a school for students with special educational needs, on the autistic spectrum


  • “Setting Bridgwater Alight” week long workshops for 16-18 year olds building large scale articulated puppets and props culminating in outdoor performance of mummers play and procession

  • Sparks in the Park – the Bang show, Norwich City Council,  building articulated Guy backpack puppet, November 2009

  • Machynlleth lantern procession – workshop leader for community groups, children and adults, theme “Belonging”, large and small sculptural lanterns October 2009

  • Under the Stars Festival, Newham Council, Pirate Party art and costume workshop for 5-12 year olds, “Garden of Delights” under 5’s play and art area

  • Creative agent for Creative Partnerships “Toys” project, working with year 1 and 2 teachers and pupils, creating child led creative art and drama project, investigating history and design through theme of toys. Making variety of toys and interactive sculptures and performance inspired by historical periods

  • Children’s Society “Positive Relationships” mural project in Whitechapel, with primary age children with experiences of domestic violence

  • Children’s Society “Children’s Voices Project” creating two large 3D sculptures on play spaces in Tower Hamlets with year 6-8 students

  • Tin House Norwich, making giant illuminated dancing skeleton puppet for “Sparks in the Park” Norwich firework and community performance, and school lantern workshops for the performance

  • Bridgewater Lights Up large scale lantern project and performance, theme world religions, with students aged 16-18

  • Discover Centre, Stratford, Artist/designer for “Festivals of Light” interactive 6 month exhibition exploring festivals of light and science of light for 0-12 year olds,

  • Elemental Japanese lily pond large carnival costume commissioned by Emergency Exit Arts

  • Aberdovey lantern procession artist and facilitator for large scale puppets, on marine biodiversity theme

  • Artist for “Hill End 2008” week long arts project for looked after children (11-18) with Tin House and Oxfordshire Social Services, giant flag making and bunting making

  • Lewisham Peoples Day and Winchester Hat Fair “Underwater World” children’s area with Wicked Faerie Productions, art and costume making activities and interactive playspace

  • Central School of Speech and Drama giant puppet artist facilitator on summer school, with school students aged 14-18

  • Chinese New Year school and Community workshops in Thamesmead, Emergency Exit arts,

  • Other assorted workshops at Sure Start Centres, schools and for London Green Chain project

2007 and earlier

  • Pirate and ocean themed children’s activities, on “ The Beach” at the O2, London

  • Workshop leader for Aberdovey Lantern Procession

  • Puppet making in Lewisham primary schools and library for Lewisham Winter Festival

  • Joint artistic director and workshop leader, working with 16-18 year olds, making giant puppets and props for ‘The Snow Maiden’ outdoor community performance for ‘Setting Bridgewater Alight 2006’ with Bridgewater Arts Centre

  • Procession consultant and coordinating lantern procession with technical theatre students at Central School of Speech and Drama, London

  • Artist for “Emergency Exit Arts”, Lantern making workshops with primary school children for Woolwich Winter Wonderland and Newham winter festival,

  • “Enchanted Forest” making with parents and children for Family Learning Week, at Quaggy Children’s Centre (Sure Start)

  • Peepal leaf headdress and elephant puppet workshop as part of South Asian themed family fun day at Coram’s Fields children’s playground

  • Giant Rangoli at the London Mela, working with children and their families

  • Two week lantern and costume making residency at Morden Mount School for the Quaggy Carnival, theme ‘Staying Safe’, inspired by international children’s stories

  • T-shirt printing workshop Quaggy Carnival

  • Artist on rainforest mural project at Alexander Mcleod School

  • Facepainter,  Jamaica Independence Day celebrations 2006, Battersea Park

  • Event organiser for “Downham Celebrates” 2006, community event to promote art and community cohesion

  • Carnival artist, “Our Downham” procession 2006

  • Artist and workshop leader on Aberdovey Funfest Lantern procession, theme “constellations”

  • Planning and running “Wild West Arena” children’s area with Wicked Faerie Productions at Lewisham People’s Day 2006, incorporating art and costume making, props and themed games area

  • Artist for “Wicked Faerie Productions” at Winchester Hat Fair 2006 public recycled art workshops

  • Artist on children’s “Medieval” weekend at Seta Art Cafe, Torre del Mar, Andalucia, Spain

  • “Safe world, unsafe world” giant world making workshop at “Scorpions Children’s Conference 2006” for the Children’s Society

  • Production on ‘3B’ 3 Boroughs’ street arts festival 2006, Thames Festival 2006, Lewisham council “Theatre in the Parks” events

  • 2005 and earlier

  • Artist for school and community lantern workshops for “Downham Lights Up” lantern procession and winter festival 2005,

  • Community carnival procession co-ordinator for Lewisham People’s Days 2005,

  • Carnival Artist in Lewisham schools for Lewisham People’s Days carnival procession 2005, including creation of giant “Very Hungry Caterpillar” and all the items of food it ate

  • Production and community groups organiser at Lewisham People’s Days 2005,

  • Community artist for “Wicked Faerie Productions” at various events including Winchester Hat Fair, Lewisham Town Centre Art Workshops,

  • Art workshop leader for Aberdovey Funfest free children’s art on the beach,

  • Procession artist and organiser for Aberdovey Lantern Procession 2005

  • lantern making workshop and masterclass facilitator for “Light Up the Night” Machynlleth lantern procession celebrating Sawain, Celtic New Year.

  • Leading, planning two half day workshops in Rangoli Indian floor art and South Indian wedding banner making with 280 schoolchildren (6 to 12 years) for “Indian Culture Day” at The Manor Preparatory School,  Oxfordshire.

  • Artist in “ Wicked Faerie’s Recycling Grotto” at Market Harborough Street Arts Festival

  • leading lantern making workshops, Aberdovey Bollywood Lantern Procession, including design and making of community Rangoli.

  • workshops in Celtic animal mask making and henna Celtic tattoos based on traditional designs at “Haf o Hudd” summer festival of Celtic culture, Celtica Centre, Machynlleth, Powys.

  • Workshop leader, Aberdovey Funfest 2004, planning and running three weeks of children’s workshops on the beach, the theme “An Indian Summer”. Included Rangoli (Indian floor art), South Indian Wedding Banners, Mehindi (traditional Henna designs), processional willow horses from Tamil Nadu, South Indian Headdresses, animal masks, puppet making and show, environmental sculpture, stories from around the world, co-operative and parachute games and lots more.

  • Artist in ‘Faerieland’ an interactive children’s art space with recycled art workshops, fairy garden and willow sculpture by the “Wicked Faerie Company” at Lewisham People’s Day 2004. .

  • Fairy recycled art workshop, Lewisham High Street

Workshops held at “Odanadi Seva Sansthe” a centre for children and women affected by human trafficking in Karnataka, South India:

  • week long workshop making puppets from paper mache, recycled and natural materials

  • International Women’s Day Celebration, cooperative games and silliness and creating a group banner using a variety of media including collage, embroidery, zari work, fabric paint.

  • environmental art workshop for “International Tree Dressing Day”, a day of joyful and artistic contemplation and appreciation of trees.

  • creative play workshop for “National Children’s Day” , trust and confidence games, songs and playdough making and sculpting.

  • Workshop leader for ‘Elemental Earth’ (environmental community arts organisation) community lantern making and Venetian themed  procession.

For all other playwork and  experience please request a full CV

Qualifications and training

  • Breaking the Ice- artists working in education training programme 2008 10 modules 2008

  • Community Arts training course- Lewisham Education Arts Network 10 modules including working with elders, refugees and asylum seekers, young people and people with disabilities 2008

  • Keralan Arts training course, 2 week intensive residential in South India, including designing and making traditional shadow puppets, temple mural painting, kathakali make up, March 2008

  • Emergency First Aid Certificate with ‘baby and child’ modules (2 days) January 2008

  • Disability Equality Training and the Arts at Theatre Resource,       Chipping Ongar, Essex, 21st April 2007

  • Intensive course in spoken and written Hindi, in Pune, India December 2002 to June 2003

  • Watercolour painting course December 2002 to June 2003, Indiaart gallery and arts centre, Pune, India

  • Cache level 2 certificate in Playwork January 2002

  • Celebratory Arts Training Course with ‘Same Sky’ (Community arts NGO) June- July 2001

  • Special Needs and Integration Foundation Course December 2000 (Special Needs Integration Project, Hove)

  • Two day training course on ‘the development of speech and language in the early years’ with ‘Sure Start’ speech and language therapist

  • ‘See and Say’ signing course (Special Needs Integration Project, Hove) November 2000

  • CELTA (teaching English as a second language)certificate, grade B May 2000

  • Child Protection training course (Pre School Alliance) July 2000

  • Basic Food Hygiene Certificate 1998

  • Day long training workshops on managing children’s behaviour, child restraint, accident prevention and child centred art and craft (1999-2001)

  • GCSEs 8 grade A, 1 grade C

  • A-Levels in: Art (grade A), English Literature (grade A), General Studies (grade B), Modern European History (grade C) (1994)

  • BA Hons (First class) 1999 in Social Anthropology with African and Asian Studies, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK.

My interests include the community building and therapeutic nature of dramatic and creative free play, and joyful community art for all, encompassing environmental and social education through art and play. I enjoy planning and running themed children’s events such as ‘Roman Banquet’, ‘Creepy Crawly Cafe’ and of Halloween and other seasonal and cultural celebration events and workshops. I also enjoy creative writing and writing academic essays and articles, my academic interests include- relationships between people and their environments and art relating to this (songs, stories, writing dance, visual art), empowerment of disadvantaged/alienated groups, women’s studies, protest movements and power struggles, children’s rights and gender and equality issues in play, art and education.

For references or further information please contact me by email: or look me up on “Linked In”

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