Lara Leslie is a videographer and animator with a special interest in stop motion animation. Currently Lara is working on a giant pixilation animation funded by Arts Council England that involves schools and the community in Hastings.

In 2016, with children of her own, Lara set up Press Play Films - a project where children and

young people can learn to be the animators and film makers of tomorrow.  



Anna has worked in mainstream Primary and Secondary school settings providing theraputic art interventions for over 7 years. She trained in Waldorf Education and Art therapy and has a degree in Illustration from Camberwell Art College London. She runs art workshops exploring metaphor through story for both adults and children based on myth and fairytale and is about to be published in a book exploring creative interventions for teens that comes out this summer. 


The Amazing Art Cart is run by Dawn East and a team of illustrators, painters and designers. It’s a versatile mobile art station providing design based creative workshops and events for children. They’ve previously worked with some wonderful brands including: Fortnum & Mason, Hunter Boots, Okido Magazine, The Institute of Imagination and the London Design Festival as well as working with schools and nurseries.


Carla Wright is a visual artist working predominately in sculpture. She runs the studio project Common Clay - a community ceramics studio in Hastings offering an open-access membership for artists, along with a programme of community workshops, beginners classes, and artist residencies. 


Rebecca Ainscough is a local artist and art educator with many years experience working with children, young people and adults. During the festival she will be running a workshop introducing a variety of mark making techniques enabling children to draw and paint the sounds they hear. This project increases listening skills and concentration as well as developing imagination and confidence through the expression of ideas in colour. 


Agata Read is a visual artist and photographer based in St.Leonards-on-Sea. She holds an MA from the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk and is graduating from the Sputnik Mentoring Programme. Sputnik is a international collective, founded in 2006 by documentary photographers from Central and Eastern Europe, whose mentoring programme is currently supported by Fuji Polska.

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