Kerith is an all-round maker, illustrator and project manager, who has been involved as a lead artist for Handmade Parade since our first parade, and Artistic Director since the start of 2018. She has a background in participatory art and theatre, and has 25 years experience working with various national and international arts organisations. She loves making giant things that won’t fit out of the door. She also makes sculptures and draws pictures for anybody who wants them. website here
project manager, lead artist
Sue is a freelance artist who works with a range of art forms for various organizations (since 2003) including Artworks Creative Communities, Calderdale Council, Bolton at Home, Action Factory, ATC Hebden Bridge, Walk the Plank and Proper Job Theatre company. Sue is also an Arts in Health Practitioner currently working as a Project Manager and Lead Artist for Kawa Creative Ltd in partnership with Creative Minds SWYP NHS.
project manager, lead artist
Fran has 10 years experience of working with schools and community groups, making artwork and structures for venues, parades and community events. She also designs and creates artwork for outside areas which encourages the imagination and aids natural play in children and their families. She has worked with companies such as Action Factory, Handmade Parade, Heads, BCEP, Garforth Festival, and many individual schools and family centres.
Involved in outdoor events since the late 1990s and a founding partner of Leeway Creative Production, Daisy is a freelance Producer, Event Manager and Pyrotechnician; with work ranging from parades to firework shows to music festivals. Daisy teaches Event Management at BIMM as well as working with Handmade Parade, Emergency Exit Arts, Light Fires and Manchester Pride.
Jude is a freelance community artist and project and event manager, with a background in art, dance and photography. She helped produce the first two parades and now has responsibility for the parades outreach work, finding and working with a variety of local schools and community groups to create parade art.
We work closely with some great people. Here’s a few of our regulars.
Samba Dance Leader
Gil has been working as a community arts practitioner for over ten years now. Her main art form is dance, and she specialises in work with early years, special needs groups, hard to reach groups, youth and groups of older adults.
Andrew has created parades and pageants for over 25 years with In the Heart of the Beast Theatre (Minneapolis), Bread & Puppet Theater (Vermont), Fremont Summer Solstice (Seattle), Dream Parade (Taiwan), the Liverpool Halloween Lantern Carnival and several site-specific spectacles for LUXe (Ireland). Andrew is the co-director of Thingumajig Theatre which creates and tours puppet plays and giant puppets through the UK, Europe, US and Asia, and the founder and former Artistic Director of Handmade Parade
Handmade Samba Band leader
Mitch has been a professional drummer, percussionist and world music educator for nearly 20 years. Mitch plays drum kit and a wide variety of percussion instruments from Brazil, Cuba, Japan and the Middle East. He has performed, toured and recorded with artists such as Gerry and the Pacemakers, PJ Proby, Wayne Fontana, The Platters, Tony Crane (Merseybeats), Dave Dee, Brian Poole (Tremeloes) and US country and western music legends Billie Jo Spears and Stella Parton.