Our tutors

At Yardley Arts, you will always be taught by a talented, professional artist, who will be accomplished in his or her own right. Through their own experienced teaching methods, our tutors will inspire and encourage you – whatever level you are. Many come from higher education and all are practicing artists in their professional lives. So whether you're interested in drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography or another medium, you know you will be in safe hands.

Clare was unbelievably patient, helpful and inspiring.
— Sculpture course attendee

Clare Abbatt

Sculpture, carving and modelling


Clare is an Associate Member of the Arts Society Northamptonshire. After sculpting alongside family life and part-time teaching for a number of years, Clare studied Fine Art at the University of Northampton. She has a wealth of commissions and exhibitions featuring her portrait sculptures, figurative work and creative collaborations.

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Sara Myers

Sculpture and life drawing


Sarah is a freelance sculptor based in Milton Keynes. Alongside her personal projects and running workshops in sculpture and life drawing, Sarah undertakes commissions for individual clients or and companies.

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Gerald Porter

Watercolours and acrylics


Besides being an artist for over 30 years, Gerald has been the artist on board several vessels sailing the Fjords of Norway and exploring the Mediterranean. Based in Northampton, Gerald works primarily in watercolours but is equally at home with acrylics and pen and wash. He has demonstrated both at home and abroad covering a wide range of subject matter and producing art work prints and a wide variety of art products.

Chris Richbell

Watercolours and acrylics


Chris is a member and regular exhibitor with the Northampton Town and County Art Society and serves on their council. She paints mainly in watercolour or acrylic, and sometimes with mixed media or pastels. She is part of a group of painters from all over the country that annually enjoy painting together in Walberswick on the Suffolk coast. Painting outside whatever the weather, brings a whole new meaning to watercolour! Chris' work has been exhibited in London and nationally, and she has had work accepted by the Royal Academy.

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Polly Parrish

Portraits, oil painting and life drawing


As well as a practising artist (mainly portraiture and life drawing), Polly is one of the founders of Yardley Arts with her husband Richard and course director for the organisation. As a community artist, Polly is very hands on and loves coming up with ideas and connecting people through art. She also helps to run some of our painting, drawing and mixed media classes and workshops, both for adults and for families and children.

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Jane Roberts

Photography and mixed media


Jane is a contemporary artist with an interest in photography and making things. She studied Fine Art at the University of Northampton and on graduating worked as a freelance arts practitioner in Northampton, exhibiting work and organising contemporary art exhibitions in non-gallery spaces. Along with a colleague, she formed a not-for-profit arts organisation delivering community arts workshops and events, encouraging creativity and having fun in a safe, non judgmental environment. Jane is excited about working with others in The Old School Hall in Yardley Hastings and is a director of Yardley Arts.


Tracey Sherwood



Tracey is a Senior Lecturer of Photography at the University of Northampton. She conducts photography workshops and teaches photography commercially. As well as this, Tracey has shot features for numerous magazines and cookbooks, and brings a fresh and sophisticated approach to her work. Her photographs reveal a love for natural light, a passion for good food and a meticulous attention to detail.

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Ink washes


Johan describes herself as a Creative because she loves the idea of 'what happens if?', an approach she uses in all her creative projects. Her preferred mediums are inks. She studied Fine Art at Central St Martins where she went on to sell work in the Highlands. As a tutor, her passion is creating safe spaces to 'Explore our Creative Spirit'. The workshops encourage people, especially those new to producing art work, to 'find out what happens if' we meditate and use 'freeing' exercises plus different mediums and materials? What does happen is exciting, fun and validating.


Beccy Gillatt

Gold and silversmithing


Based in Olney, Beccy teaches a range of different courses to suit all levels and interests in jewellery making. The finished pieces are made using a combination of manual engineering machines and traditional jewellery techniques. A former winner of Goldsmiths Company Young Designer Silversmith Award (2000) and the Future of Design Award for Silversmithing (2001).

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Iain Hodgkinson


Iain is a Northamptonshire artist whose work consists of textural, aesthetic forms both abstract and representational. His current work focuses on his response to landscapes and seascape, creating a response to them through line, mark making and ultimately through printmaking. Ian uses a variety of techniques including collagraphs, etching, lino and woodcuts onto prepared mixed backgrounds.

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Penny German

Oil painting

Penny is an artist based in Northamptonshire. For many years, she specialised in botanical illustration in watercolour, working on projects for the RHS and Oxford University Press. Ten years ago she discovered a love of oil painting and has since been working on capturing the effects of light in still lifes and portraits.

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Sarah Wright


Sarah Wright has over 20 years experience of delivering workshops and classes in basic drawing, mark making, and life drawing. Her teaching focuses on using the five perceptual drawing skills, enabling and preparing you with looking skills, encouraging questioning of what you are seeing, and providing you with a new language and a different approach. She says that drawing provides a framework for looking at something differently, and a space for the subconscious to take time out from the usual and expected.


Interested in running a course at Yardley Arts?

Yardley Arts is keen to expand their network of professional artists and teachers. If you are a  practicing artist with a following, and would be interested in running your own courses at Yardley Arts, please get in touch.