Meet some of the wonderful smARTy pants who share their fabulous skills with us all. We’re proud to have them as part of our Arty Farty Community.

Nell, Creative Director
Nell founded Arty Farty Retreat in 2017.  She holds a Ba in Fine Art:Painting and has worked with the arts in health and social care for over 10 years.  Nell has worked with children and adults in a variety of settings: Hospices; Learning disability centres; Hospitals; After school clubs; Hen parties; Nursing homes; Children’s parties and more.
After moving into the ‘management world’ for the last three years, Nell decided to take the leap and go back to her creative roots. She is a qualified storyteller as well as being trained in leadership development, Psychological Assessment Skills and project management.

Offering informal guitar, bass, singing and performing arts/ film making lessons, Edd is here to help everyone get their inner creative voice out. With over 20+ Years of experience performing nationally in both theatre and music venues his unique and inviting teaching style is perfect for anyone who wants to learn to play a instrument or perform but doesn’t have the confidence to. As well as assisting with Arty Farty Workshops Edds hobbies include performing with local theatre groups as he can often be seen playing the dame at the local pantomime. His happy personality and smiley persona will help increase anyone’s inner confidence.

Emily Mei is a watercolour artist living and working in Tunbridge Wells. She graduated with a degree in History of Art from the Courtauld Institue of Art in 2018. After a foray into the world of marketing, she decided to pursue her passion and now works as a painter and teacher. She exhibits at events across Kent, and you can find her work in galleries in Kent and Hertfordshire. She teaches our regular watercolour classes, and occasional pottery painting.

Graham has a breadth of experience within the performing Arts. This includes being the project lead for groups and projects supporting adults with learning difficulties and/or autism, promoting a co-productive work ethic to build independence and life skills through music, and performing arts.


Vicki Patterson is a self employed artist working near Ashford in Kent and graduated from Cardiff Metropolitan University School of Art, several years ago, with a degree in Illustration. She has worked in education and within the community, as a youth worker, community arts worker and storyteller.  She has lived mainly Devon, having emigrated from Zimbabwe, Africa, as a teenager.  She has traveled the world, and is interested in global culture and ethnography. She is currently involved with Kent Wildlife Trust art projects and local art society workshops.

Cerys started at Arty Farty Retreat as a work experience student some years ago and now loves being able to pass on her talents and skills to others in the studio, she is a painter and illustrator, with a real love of portraits. Cerys creates commissions and her own beautiful work when she’s not at the studio, in her home town of Hastings.

I am a local mum of two who has been working with energy for seven years. I qualified in Usui Reiki Level 2 in 2013 before retraining with Tera-Mai TM in 2017.
Fundamentally Tera-Mai is a frequency of energy that works on the physical, mental, emotional and Karmic layers of the Auric body. Treatments are all about clearing old blocked energy, transmuting stuck emotional residues and grounding the client back in to there body. The Tera-Mai treatment is a powerful therapy which boasts a wide range of benefits such as a space to process in going conflicts, pain management, emotional support, mental clearance, energy boost and relaxation. Tera-Mai is fantastic at supporting anyone regardless of age or background and helps to empower those who are ready to begin their spiritual journey back to themselves and kick-start their transformation.
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