Contributor Biographies

Heather Armstrong

Heather joined Starcatchers after eight years working with young people in Glasgow in some of the most deprived communities in Europe. She believes passionately in the power of the arts to transform lives and tackle inequalities and working with our youngest members of society seems to be the best place to start. As Creative Skills Manager at Starcatchers, a big part of her role is helping people understand how the arts and creativity support child development, deliver Scottish Government outcomes, and make the world a better place.

Carol Dunbar

Carol Dunbar is part of the senior management team of the Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, Orkney with responsibility for ensuring the delivery of a high quality and inclusive education and learning programme, which currently attracts a wide audience of participants ranging from pre-school to post-doctoral.

She has many years’ experience of working in arts education, including community, schools and both FE and HE provision. She has worked at the Pier Arts Centre since 2005 developing educational connections to Orkney’s scattered community, its network of schools and with education institutions both within Orkney as part of the University of the Highlands & Islands and with Scottish and International art schools.

She studied at Edinburgh College of Art, completing her Post Graduate Studies in 1979. She has been a board and panel member of a number of local and national arts organisations, and is currently a board member of Engage and Chair of Soulisquoy Printmakers.

Rachael Rickwood

Rachael joined BALTIC in 2015 as Young People Programme Assistant, working specifically with 14-19 year olds through their ArtMix programme. Before BALTIC Rachael worked as a secondary school art teacher. In 2017 her role changed to Assistant Producer (Children and Young People) and she has since been working on developing the ways BALTIC works with children and young people outside of formal education settings.

Holly Rumble

Holly Rumble is the Public Engagement Coordinator for Tramway in Glasgow. She joined Tramway in 2015 to deliver the learning programme for Turner Prize 2015 and has since developed a programme of contemporary art activity for young children and their families. In 2017, she was awarded a Marsh Award for Excellence in Gallery Education.

As a practicing artist, Holly has presented work across the UK, and internationally, in Finland, Japan, and Hong Kong. Holly graduated from Wimbledon School of Art with a BA in Fine Art, and from Norwich University of the Arts with an MA in Animation and Sound Design.

Lucy Turner

Lucy Turner is the Early Years Coordinator at the Whitworth, Manchester. In 2015 the Whitworth reopened after a £15 million redevelopment and in its opening year won Museum of the Year.

Lucy has worked at the Whitworth for over 5 years and in that time has built up an extensive programme of activity for under 5s and their parents/ carers.

Previously Lucy has worked at BALTIC centre for Contemporary Art as School & Colleges Programmer and as Learning Officer at the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle.

Lucy studied Fine Art: Sculpture & Environmental Art at Glasgow School of Art and has an MA in Fine Art from Manchester School of Art.

Jane Whinnett

Jane Whinnett is head teacher of two local authority nursery schools in Edinburgh. After graduating with a degree in English Language and Literature, she trained as a primary school teacher, later specialising in early years. She has worked in rural and inner-city schools. She has extensive experience of working with young children. She is committed to continuous professional development for all staff working with young children, believing that this is the way to provide high quality experiences for all children. She has supported this through the local authority, initiating innovative initial training for Early Years Practitioners as well those aspiring to leadership roles.

While completing a Diploma in Early Education, she met a Froebelian. After completing a certificate at University of Roehampton, she collaborated with five other nursery heads in Edinburgh to form the Edinburgh Froebel Network to organise conferences to promote practice based on Froebelian principles. They later established a course in Froebel in Childhood Practice at University of Edinburgh. The course is now being delivered for 11 local authorities across Scotland. Jane is a Trustee of the Froebel Trust and chairs the Education Subcommittee.

Having travelled to see practice in the early years internationally, she is well placed to talk about early years pedagogy. Most recently she has been developing Wee Builders with the Education Staff from National Galleries of Scotland.