Tutors at Sunningwell School of Art

Allyson Austin

Studied Fine Art (BA) at Leicester Polytechnic and L’Ecole des Beaux Arts in Strasbourg, specializing in painting and printmaking.  After gaining a PCGE she taught on foundation courses in Luton and Newbury and completed an MA in Fine Art at Cheltenham, which included a sabbatical in Rome.  A printmaker for almost 30 years, Allyson’s work is primarily concerned with intuitive use of colour and texture to produce large scale works in which to weave a personal narrative.  Commissions include work for Daimler-Chrysler and Fish! Plc.  She exhibits in various galleries in the UK and works from her studio at Kirtlington Park.  www.allyson-austin.co.uk

Allyson has just been appointed as Artistic Director at the Art School.

David Bliss

David Bliss was at Grimsby art school from the age of 16 and went on to gain his degree from Kingston Upon Thames in 1989.  He has painted and drawn almost every day since then. His emphasis when teaching is not to impose a style but to encourage a curiosity through looking. 


Davina Chapman

Graduated from De Montfort University with a B.A.(Hons) degree in Fine Art and a teaching qualification.  She has exhibited work in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.  Davina has many years experience working within the education department of the Museum Service where she facilitates and organizes arts based workshops and activities.

Marcus Hodge

Marcus is an established portrait and equine painter who studied in Spain. He will be joining us in the spring term to teach classical oil painting, suitable for all levels, details of Marcus’s work can be found via this link.

Neil Drury 

For over fifteen years he has worked and exhibited as a painter and printmaker mostly in and around Oxford. Whilst his output is varied in style and medium, his one creative constant is the expressive use of colour. In his teaching at museums, art schools, abroad and at his studio, enjoying and understanding colour is again very much a keynote. A keen interest in art history informs all his work and travel schedules to galleries, museums and exhibitions at home and abroad.

Pam Foley

Pam has been a freelance sculpture for over two decades.  She maintains a sculpture studio practice in Farthinghoe, just outside of Banbury. over 25 years.  Her background is in teaching to children and adults at schools in her native USA (San Francisco and the Bay Area) as well as in the UK.  She is originally from New England USA, but now lives in Jericho, Oxford.  Although her artwork is synthesis of traditional representations depicting the human form, her particular interest is in artefacts and archetypal imagery, and their relevance to contemporary times.  Pam has exhibited, and has work in private collections in the USA, France and in the UK.  She can be contacted at email: pfmail@btinternet.com  and http://www.pamfoley.co.uk

Ron Freeborn 

Studied painting at Maidenhead School of rt/Berkshire College of Art in the 50’s.  Head of Art at St. Birinus and Didcot Girls’ School.
Taught life drawing at St. Mary’s, Wantage and at Sunningwell since 1994.  Run annual courses abroad, mainly Venice over 25 years.  Represented in private collections in all 5 continents and is represented in UK Gov Art Collection.  He has been very involved in Opera/Theatre.

Alison Jones 

Graduated from Camberwell College of Applied Arts, London with a B.A. Hons degree in ceramics. Since then has become a member of the Oxfordshire Craft Guild and has set up her workshop in South Oxfordshire. Alison explores the human form and exhibits figurative drawings, collages and ceramics. Teaches pottery and figurative sculpture courses at Sunningwell and is a tutor in a variety of education establishments, as Artist in Residence and Arts Youth Worker.   http://www.alisonjonesceramics.co.uk

Kate Hammersley

Kate Hammersley MRBS is an artist and sculptor creating work about landscape and change.  Using the environment as her starting point, the process of making and choice of materials are an important part of her work.  She works with a wide range of materials from traditional drawing media and silverpoint to found objects and experimental media.

Kate has a BA (First Class Hons.) and MA in Art and Art History.  Since being selected to take part in Sotheby’s International Young Art programme she has exhibited nationally and internationally at the Elizabeth Foundation New York, the Royal British Society of Sculptors London, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and Maison de l’lnternational Grenoble as well as many other galleries.  A drawing specialist she taught drawing at Savannah College of Art and Design USA and was awarded a Presidential Fellowship.  She has also created drawing workshops for the Royal British Society of Sculptors where she is an elected member.


Graham Hudson

Ashmolean Museum – Discover Ceramics 2019 by Ian Wallman

Graham Hudson studied ceramics at Bath College of H.E. (B.A. Hons.) and Staffordshire University (M.A.). He is a professional member of the Craft Potters Association and has been a ceramics tutor at various art schools, universities and colleges for the last 25 years. He makes functional and decorative terracotta tableware which explore the relationship between materials, process and craftsmanship.


Nena Parkes

Studied Fine Art at Chelsea School of Art and as a graduate teaching fellow on a Fulbright Scholarship at the University of Hartford, Connecticut, USA.  Most of my life I worked as a scenic artist in theatres, films and museums.  With the arrival of my daughter I moved us to the rather remote Greek Island where we lived for many years and made ends meet with teaching art to adults and teenagers.  Back in UK I now have to apply myself to making a living and beginning to paint again.  As a young painter I was rigidly abstract but after a varied life/work experience I have an eclectic approach to my work and a piece will evolve from an image or idea and will be led by materials, location and state of mind.  I like to experiment and work with both abstract and figurative images.

Beth Palmer

Beth Palmer was born in Oxford, grew up in Nigeria and returned to the UK at the age of 16.  She studied Art at Epsom Art College followed by London University, at Whitelands College (part of the Roehampton Institute) where she completed a combined degree in Art and Religious Studies.  She gained an Honours in 1980, specializing in ceramics, and then completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Education.  Beth  has spent much of her spare time in her ceramics workshop concentrating on handbuilt ceramics made in stoneware fired crank and porcelain, many based on the landscapes and colours of West Africa.  Recently she has been working in crank, white earthenware and mixed media, in particular combining handmade paper, textiles, wood and ceramics.

Clova Stuart-Hamilton

After graduating in Fine Art from Oxford University Clova attended the RA Schools gaining a Postgraduate qualification in Painting.  Her own practice, which is under-pinned with drawing and working directly from life, is rooted in this early training.  She has been exhibiting and selling paintings for more than 30 years.  Her work has been shown mostly at galleries in London, including having work accepted for the RBA and NEAC Open Exhibitions, in Oxford and in Southern England.  Here, numerous collectors have discovered her work, although many paintings have found buyers in the US, in Europe and Hong Kong.

Since her obtaining her PGCE at Goldsmiths’ College, Clova has become a very experienced and versatile teacher having worked in a range of contexts including Radley College, where she also taught History of Art;  a previous stint at Sunningwell, OLASS and currently a Short Course Tutor at the Ruskin School of Art.  www.clova-stuart-hamilton.co.uk

Jane Strother

Jane Strother studied painting at Bath Academy of Art and has worked as a painter, illustrator, printmaker and teacher. She works from her studio in Oxford and teaches for a number of organisations around the county.
‘I am a studio painter. I devise and build a final image through many stages and layers of paint. The physicality of the paint is the important ‘surface’ layer. Once the subject is established, the form of the work takes precedent. I am excited by composition, colour proportion and value relationships, the quality of a mark and its location.
Subjects are frequently found at the coast or hill country, the more ‘weather’ the better. I observe, sketch, photograph, reflect, often alone or with a like-minded companion. A lifetime’s enthusiasm for topography, natural habitat and wildlife, particularly botany, suggests the detail in an image.’

Sarah Spackman

Has studied at Byam Shaw and Camberwell School of Art, London, BA(hons) Fine Art.  Since then she has worked full time as an artist and exhibited regularly both here and abroad.  Her work is based on a fundamental belief in the value of drawing and the importance of creating relationships within the pictorial space.  Sarah has become particularly well known for her still-life paintings and works with oil paint, watercolour and mixed media.  She has exhibited with the NEAC and the RBA and has had work selected for the Discerning Eye and the Jerwood Drawing Prize Exhibition.  Her work is in the contemporary art collection of the AIB as well as many private collections.  She exhibits regularly in the UK and is represented by the Sarah Wiseman Gallery, Oxford.   For further details please see her website: http://www.sarahspackman.com/

Sarah Wenden

Gained 1st class honours in Fine Art (Painting) at the Central School of Art & Design and took her M.A. at the Slade.  She was Junior Fellow in Fine Art at Cardiff (S.G.I.H.E.) before becoming the first Artist-in-Residence at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. There she was painting landscape, which has always been her main concern.  She has also participated in residences in Norway and with ‘Art in Situ’ in France.  She has exhibited widely in London, Oxford, France and Germany.  Commissions include work for St Luke’s Hospital, Bradford and Lord Camoys at Stonor Park.  She has taught at several art schools, including The Royal College.  “The practice of drawing is essential in order to sharpen students’ observation and their understanding of visual relationships.  I encourage students to experiment with different media and be adventurous in their approach to painting”. website: http://www.sarahwenden.com/

Anthony Wilder

Gained a BA degree from Bath Academy of Art and a PGCE from the University of Reading.  He taught Art at Theale Green School and then spent thirteen years as Head of Art at Denefield School in Reading.  During this time he enjoyed a sabbatical year painting, part of it in Italy.  Since 1994 he has divided his time between part time teaching and painting.  In 1998 he left school teaching for tutoring in adult education and to continue painting and other business interests.  His painting, which is predominantly in watercolour, is about feelings for particular places.  In November 2006 he published a book on a group of Victorian artists who lived in his home town of Wallingford.  In 2016 he was elected Chairman of Reading Guild of Artists’.  My work can be seen on the Reading Guild of Artists’ website: www.rga-artists.org.uk

Charlotte Houlihan

Working from life, Charlotte creates honest and thoughtful studies of the beauty and expression of the human figure. They are direct, often spontaneous observations of our body language and nature as much as an individual’s form and features, quickly recorded in oil paints or inks.

Following a degree in Furniture and Product Design from Ravensbourne, and alongside a career in design, for fifteen years Charlotte has studied life drawing and painting with RCA fellow Bobby Gill. She tries to bring this diverse experience to her teaching. Sharing practical drawing and observation skills, while equally championing individual expression and exploration.


Jill Colchester

Jill is a practising artist and tutor. Her works are generally based on the figure and the head, which she has been drawing for more than a decade, developing a pared down style of gestural drawing using vital, dynamic minimal lines to catch a pose that is often held only for a few moments.

Her interest in capturing movement has grown since her contemporary dance training as a young woman. Jill initially studied in education and taught in primary schools in London before moving to Oxfordshire where she obtained her BA in Fine Art.

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