Our Project Participants:-

  • Ferndown Upper School
  • Ferndown Middle School
  • Ferndown First School
  • Ferndown Rotary Club
  • Ferndown Guide Unit
  • Ferndown Riffs Youth Club
  • Ferndown Chamber of Commerce

About Us

Art4All in Ferndown is managed by a Creative Working Party made up of Town Councillors and local Residents who meet regularly to plan and co-ordinate individual projects. It is clear there are considerable creative skills and talents in our community that can be marshalled to make a real difference and a number of local organisations, youth groups and schools have been keen to become involved in our Art4All projects.

By drawing together details of existing and planned work and noting all interested groups across Ferndown, a more sustainable long term change can be delivered. As a co-ordinated group, Art4All in Ferndown can:-

  • achieve better publicity
  • attract more community groups, both young and old, to be involved
  • exchange skills and share facilities and materials
  • provide support between projects
  • co-ordinate fundraising
  • provide consistent signage and branding under one campaign name.

We would like to expand membership to include other interested groups. If you would like to register your interest in our work or find out more about our plans and activities, then please get in contact.

Management Team

Gerry Clarke - Chairman and local resident Retired film producer and director, Gerry has spent over 25 years running an International Film and Corporate Communications Company specialising in the training and motivation of employees around the world. During this time, he became aware of the global importance of art and culture on our society and has written and produced a number of programmes featuring sculpture, art and architecture. Today he has the vision to create an innovative new Sculpture Park reflecting our modern everyday lifestyle, as part of the community based Art4All project in Ferndown.

 

Steve Lugg – Community Activist Unlike other members of the committee, Steve has no artistic talent, but is passionate about our community and its people. He says, “We live in a beautiful place and we need to treasure and celebrate it.” He has led town projects including new play facilities on the Heatherlands Estate and the restoration of Harmont Wood. He is currently working on projects to restore the town’s heritage milestones and gaining Fairtrade Town status for Ferndown. Steve is a past Chairman of East Dorset Mencap and past School Governor of three local schools. He is now Chairman of Ferndown in Bloom as well as being both District and Town Councillor for Ferndown Central Ward. Steve has a vision for an exciting and coherent town centre, linking the shopping, sports and green spaces, interlaced with local arts, culture and things to do.

 

John Cullen - ex Ferndown Town Councillor John was a Town Councillor for over 3 years and was Chair of the Environment Committee. He is keen to improve the look of Ferndown and has initiated a number of projects to achieve this. These not only include removing any eyesores, but include projects to bring more colour and interest to the landscape of the Town. John recently designed a stained glass panel that represents the Circle of Life which is incorporated in the front door of his house.

 

Lesley Dedman - ex East Dorset District Councillor Lesley has worked for the community over many years. Twice as Mayor of Ferndown and then as Councillor, Lesley has achieved much for the people of the Town. Successful projects range from the installation of street lighting at Glissons to the introduction of the town's Lengthman, a revival of this ancient service which has such a wonderful effect on the appearance of modern Ferndown. Lesley believes strongly in the ‘broken window theory’, but as well as maintaining practical services to the community, she would like to provide residents with areas of beauty which nourish the spirit. By her participation in Art4All she has already furthered this aim by encouraging ideas such as the installation of the sculpture at the Barrington. Lesley has a particular interest in creating the Ferndown Memorial, inspired by the death on active service of Ferndown boy Lt John Thornton.

 

Jill McKay - Local Artist Jill is a full time professional Artist and Art Tutor. She comes from an artistic background, nearly all her immediate and historic family being artists or musicians. She currently runs her own Art Academy at the Art Trail Centre in Ferndown where she teaches Art. Her artistic flare is very apparent during her lessons which aim to 'fire up' her students and build their confidence and develop their artistic skills.

 

Bryn Elias - Community Arts Officer Brynley Elias was born and brought up in High Wycombe. He obtained a first class degree in Integrated Design and a Masters Degree in Printed Textile Design from The Royal College of Art. Afterwards he produced designs for Mary Quant, Liberty and Jeff Banks. Brynley prefers teaching to designing and has recently moved from his role as Community Arts Officer to Acting Director of Arts at Ferndown Upper School and strongly believes that the talent of the young people should be shown and celebrated in the community.

 

Jean Read - ex Mayor, Ferndown Town Council Jean has been a Town Councillor for Ferndown for 8 years and was Mayor for the year 2010/11. She has been impressed with the achievements of Art4All and was keen get involved. However, Jean is not very arty, her best drawings include stick men, but luckily her creative side is expressed in her gardening skills. She is hoping to be actively involved in the next art project in Ferndown and maybe even design something for the Art Trail.

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