Gayna's cv since 1991 has seen her work extensively in the private and public sectors.
Art History Lecturer / Workshop Leader / Team-building with Art: 2003 - today
Lecture on all periods of History of Art to adults and students of all ages in major public galleries including the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, the Courtauld Institute and the Wallace Collection.
Deliver workshops and courses to universities including Sotheby’s Institute, Central Saint Martins (University of the Arts, NFTS and LFS.
Deliver corporate lectures and run art team-building workshops to a portfolio of private clients including Apple and ExxonMobil.
Specialise in teaching adults to draw who think they absolutely cannot draw.
Initiate and project manage cross-arts events focusing on music and art and create new partnerships between orchestras, musicians, composers and art galleries.
Teach art to students with special needs and learning difficulties as well as primary and secondary school students and families.
On-going gallery work:
2003-today: National Gallery Lecturer / artist - Development, Adult, Schools, Family programmes
2003-2014: Courtauld Gallery Lecturer on the Schools and Family programmes
2010-today: National Portrait Gallery Lecturer / artist on Adult and Teen programmes.
2008-2014: Wallace Collection Lecturer / artist on Adult, Schools and Family programmes
Some of the specialist workshops I have initiated, designed and led in recent years include:
2013: National Gallery: Summer School “Learn to Draw”
I ran the National Gallery’s first Summer School teaching drawing to adults. I pioneered a cross-arts approach incorporating music and literature which culminated in an exhibition in the gallery.
2013, 2010, 2008, 2007: Royal Parks Foundation: “Deckchair Dreams
I worked with groups such as Age UK and the Queen’s Household Cavalry as part of the Royal Parks “Deckchair Dreams” project. In 2010 “Deckchair Dreams” went to Shanghai to be part of Shanghai Expo. Using an interpreter, I worked with Chinese students and elderly adults, the results of which were displayed in the British Pavilion at Shanghai Expo. In 2015 “Deckchair Dreams” hopes to go to New York. Link
2012: Royal Parks Foundation: “Learn to Draw!”
I led a course teaching adults to draw in the new Isis Education Centre in Hyde Park. http://bit.ly/artatisis
2012: Sotheby’s Institute: “Learn to Look! Learn to Draw!”
I ran workshops to teach art history students how to draw and thereby increase their understanding of art.
2012: Apple Europe: “The Art of Team-building”
Gave team-building workshops using art, for the leaders in Apple Europe’s Corporate Human Resources.
2011-2013: ExxonMobil: “The Art of Seeing”
I gave a programme of 9 lectures and practical workshops at their Epsom Headquarters.
2011-2012: AIFS (American International Foreign Students): “The Shock of the New”
I led an art history course to American International students focusing on art of the last 100 years.
2009-2012: “The Art of Seeing” / “Learn to draw”
I initiated and delivered workshops teaching adults who are total beginners how to draw at the National Gallery and the Wallace Collection. The course at the National Gallery has been offered a further 6 times.
2008 - 2010: “Transcriptions”
“Transcriptions” is part of the Central St Martins post-graduate Animation Course which I have led for 3 years at the National Gallery. I also lead workshops for the London Film School, the Royal College and Ravensbourne colleges amongst others. The workshops examine how old master paintings can be used as a source and inspiration for making films and animations. http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/learning/inspired-by-the-collection/2d-animation/
2010: An evening with Charles I and Milton
I led a new form of evening event for the National Gallery which for the first time combined art, music and poetry.
2009-2010: “Performing through Art”
I initiated and project managed “Performing through Art”: a collaboration between professional soloists Joanna Macgregor, Philip Sheppard and Elizabeth Watts and graduate and post-graduate student musicians from all round the UK culminating in a concert in the National Gallery.
2008-9: “Composing through Art”
I initiated and project managed “Composing through Art”: a collaboration between the National Gallery and the London Chamber Orchestra. UK graduate and post-graduate composition students were invited to compose music inspired by a painting culminating in two concerts at St John Smiths Square and the National Gallery.Link
My practice focuses primarily on large drawings and large scale interactive sculptures and installations using a wide range of materials from welded metal to springs and books.
My latest exhibition in April 2014 entitled “The Abyss”, was a project I led with Crisis members featuring a 40’ labryinth and collaborative paintings at The Bermonsey Project. Link
Previous Employment :
1998 – 2000: Art Search Limited - Art Consultant
Initiated new projects totalling £150,000 from the first call to final hanging.
Brought in my own clients who included banks, law firms and insurance companies.
Devised and handled budgets in excess of £40,000 per project.
Sourced new artists and commissioned site specific works.
1996 – 1998: Askonas / Holt Limited - Classical Concert Managers
P.A. and secretary to Artists' Managers working with a wide collection of musicians.
1995: Peter Bell Construction Company - Architects
PA to Managing Director.
1991: Cultural Training Centre of the West Indies, Jamaica
Taught History of Music, class music, piano and flute to all ages from adults to under 5’s.
2000–2003: Middlesex University BA Fine Art (2:1) Specialising in sculpture
1998–2000: Central St Martins School of Art and Design Btec Diploma in Foundation Studies (part-time)
1992: Cambridge University Downing College: BA Classics (deferred due to illness)*
Instruments - piano (grade 8), flute
Composition – I compose in various forms including setting part of Browning's Pied Piper of Hamelin.
Secretarial Typing 70wpm
Computer Windows, Microsoft Office, Excel, Powerpoint, Photoshop
Other Clean Driving Licence / clean Motorbike Licence
Travel: Europe, Asia, Central America, South America
Sport: Cycling, climbing, running, hill walking, scubadiving, kayaking