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Creative Arts Galleries

Welcome to our online Creative Arts galleries.

The works you’ll see were created during the academic year 2020 – 2021, a time that can only be described as unprecedented in terms of class delivery which was mainly online and one in which CALAT’s inspirational learners went above and beyond to create amazing work in extraordinary circumstances.

Our brilliant tutors rose to and exceeded the challenge of online delivery in subjects ranging from Dressmaking to Accredited Photography, Painting and Drawing and the study of Art, they were been incredibly supportive and encouraging with their learners and have helped them to achieve their potential at each step of their journey.

Mark Huggett – Creative Arts Manager

For the best experience we recommend viewing each gallery on a PC or laptop and through Google Chrome. If you are viewing this on a mobile phone, the gallery links may be at the bottom of the page and each gallery will open in a new window.

The Creative Arts team

Picture of Mark Huggett - Creative Arts Manager, Painting and Drawing and Art History Tutor

Mark Huggett - Creative Arts Manager, Painting and Drawing and Art History Tutor

Picture of Philip Bedford - Photography and Digital Tutor

Philip Bedford - Photography and Digital Tutor

Picture of Mania Row - Painting and drawing, Art Appreciation Tutor

Mania Row - Painting and drawing, Art Appreciation Tutor

Picture of Catherine Pestano - Singing Tutor

Catherine Pestano - Singing Tutor

I have been working with singing in the community in Croydon since 1997. I am passionate about everybody's right and ability to sing and sound and connect with others through our voices. Through simple harmony songs we can create an easy and accepting sense of community, and a relaxing yet energising joyful experience of blending voices together. I am a member of the Natural Voice Network and Sound Sense.

Picture of Beverly Quintal - Contemporary jewellery Tutor

Beverly Quintal - Contemporary jewellery Tutor

I started my jewellery business, Nzingha Jewellery, in 2009 and mainly served the community of Brixton and south London although now it is known globally .

I have been featured in magazines like Afro Hair and Beauty Magazine , Moevir Paris Magazine and have worked in the film and television industry ,I still work closely with stylists and music artists that wear my jewellery for special featured occasions and enjoy the creative challenge of making bespoke pieces at the drop of a hat that I have to turn around quickly.

Leaving Brixton after 13yrs I wanted to have more of a purpose and joined the CALAT team in September 2022 and share what I know with learners that want to learn new skills in Jewellery making and Craft making, the results have been great as I meet new learners , get to play , have fun and be creative in a safe space .

Picture of Kate Purcell - Yoga Tutor

Kate Purcell - Yoga Tutor

Kate teaches yoga, meditation, mindfulness and relaxation. She has practiced yoga for over 20 years. Having seen the positive effect it has had on her life, especially at times of great stress, she qualified as a Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance with the aim of sharing her experience. Her philosophy is that yoga is for everyone and it can be made fully accessible. She believes that the techniques we learn on our mats, can enhance and improve the life we lead off our mats.

She teaches yoga in fitness studios, in corporate settings and privately. She also teaches courses in Further and Adult Education and is committed to outreach yoga – taking yoga into communities where people who thought it wasn’t for them, can try it out in a supportive environment.