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.

Tracey has a degree in Performance Arts and is a musician/songwriter who is passionate about the power of music to enrich the lives of children and adults. Tracey has run workshops for children and adults with learning disabilities using music as a tool for communication, expression and exploration, directed a community choir for adults and she also loved forming a choir with children in Romania (when volunteering with Hospices of Hope) which was a lifechanging experience! The innumerable benefits of early exposure to music led her to develop her own music system, TRACEY TUNES for babies and pre-school children through which she runs classes locally. Tracey is mad about knitting and is incredibly excited about being part of the up and coming community music group at Arty Farty Retreat!

Hannah is passionate about the arts and community. She studied Fine Art: Sculpture at Camberwell College of Art (UAL) and has worked in mental health and community for several years as an Art Psychotherapist (HCPC registered). Hannah loves to see people come together through art and music and loves to encourage individuals in their unique identity and expression. She performs locally as a singer songwriter and is excited about starting a community music group at Arty Farty retreat as well as being involved with the art workshops. She has 2 young daughters and a whippet who can be seen zooming around the ridgeway most days! 


Michelle initially trained in Fashion, Textiles and Embroidery at the Northern School of Art, before moving to London and working for many years as a creative in broadcast television. She’s now returned to her first love of drawing and painting. She have sold work in the UK and as far afield as New York and Canada. Michelle’s favourite mediums are pen, ink and watercolour, but also loves collage, print and anything to do with textiles and pattern.

Michelle is passionate about sharing the benefits of Art as a calming and mindful practice and enjoys running student-led sessions and believes that anyone can draw and paint, regardless of age, education or experience. 


Katie has a background creating children’s books and spent 10 happy years working as a illustrator and designer for Usborne Publishing in London. Since then she has found herself rather busy being full-time Mum to three mischievous children and one rather mischievous Ragdoll cat. 

Katie loves drawing, painting and craft in all its forms and is excited to get her hands messy again working with Arty Farty


Carrie has always been a creative and artistic person. Choosing to focus that university gaining 2:1 BA honours in Digital Film and Screen Arts, from the University of the Creative Arts. Her specialises in not just film, but photography and different types of digital art. Her more recent focus has been on expanding her range of skills and learning how to crochet and sew. 

Carrie has a history of the working with young children and teenagers. It brings her joy to see the artistic skills and personal style grow and change. 

Cheryl has always loved art and creativity. At school her passion was graphics and typography. She has a BSc(Hons) in psychology and is a qualified primary school teacher.

More recently she has turned her attention to ceramics- or as she prefers to call it ‘playing with clay’. Cheryl is more than happy to help and guide others with their potty creations!


I am a local single mum to my beautiful daughter who inspires me every day. I have a BSC in media production and technology and have always loved to be creative. I have a passion for photography, music, theatre & arts and reading-to name but a few. I enjoy running local storytime and craft workshops for children, running a bookclub and working in the community, its so rewarding.

Nothing gives me more pleasure than seeing the smiles on childrens faces when they are proud of a piece of artwork they have created, and watching childrens faces literally light up during my storytelling and craft workshops is just sheer delight.

Immy has a GCSE in Visual Arts and Design Technology (textiles), and has always been interested in crafts and painting. They are currently studying the International Baccalaureate aspiring to become a Psychologist. Immy loves helping people express themselves through painting and they specialise in creative crafting and landscape painting.
They have run workshops based on fun crafting with children, and love to help them develop their skills and express their identities through art.

Hilary studied fine art when she lived in Australia where she learned a lot about using different materials, but particularly loves the immediacy of drawing. She enjoys being guided by the accidental things that can happen by combining different mediums. Life drawing has always been Hilary’s passion and she loves discovering new ways to approach drawing the human figure, although she says that she’ll never tire of the joy of simply drawing with a small burnt stick! Hilary is delighted to be leading the Thursday life drawing group