BAMM Forum 2018 Speakers

John Sollinger

Sharing my own path, my techniques and my mosaics

Solly is an artist and educator, based in Ashland, Oregon, USA.  With stained glass pieces chaotically arranged, he produces mosaic wall-hangings that portray plants and fire or water in realistic-to-impressionistic landscapes of Western USA forests.  His techniques developed in isolation, and his visual vocabulary was sculpted by biology. Solly has earned major awards in international, mosaic and all-media competitions. He presents at mosaic conferences and offers workshops at home and overseas.  In USA his mosaics have been featured in popular press, coffee-table books, trade journals, art magazines and advertisements for art organizations and competitions.  His talk will focus on his personal approach and describe his path, techniques and mosaics.


Charlotte Webster

Communication professional and founder of Human Nature

Charlotte Webster is a communications professional with over 13 years experience in building multi media campaigns. She founded the arts organisation Human Nature which has mounted environmental art exhibitions and public arts events in the UK and US including ENDANGERED13 and The Art of Beeing.  She is currently working with urban arts organisation Moniker Culture to support contemporary public art in London. Her work has been supported by a range of philanthropic and private organisations and has featured in national news media and journals.  Charlotte studied Geographical Sciences at University of Bristol and is also a part-time artist.

Communication starts at the idea stage, not when the wall is drying. This talk explores how to make work really resonate - by thinking about communications from the outset of any project. Thinking like a communicator can help to secure partners, funding, and ultimately enable you to have more impact with your audience. Drawing on the example of Human Nature and its public arts projects ENDANGERED13 and The Art of Beeing - funded by multiple private and philanthropic organisations and featured by media worldwide.


BAMM North

Flying to Freedom

Coralie Turpin is a public and community artist who studied for her BA(Hons) in Fine Art Sculpture in Sheffield.  She has over 20 years of experience in making work for exhibitions, commissioned projects for public spaces, private individuals and working with groups to realise their specific ideas and enrich their environments and communities, drawing on industrial processes where necessary.  Coralie teaches mosaic in her studio at Yorkshire Artspace’s Persistence Works in Sheffield. Her current work reflects her fascination with scale, colour, texture, geology, mineral structures and migrating birds. She has two children and enjoys walking in the Peak District.


Jen Watson is a mosaic tutor, artist, teacher, work shop facilitator and art enthusiast, with a studio in Ossett, in Yorkshire (Ossett Arts).  She works and teaches at Ossett Arts but also travels to teach.  She has completed two successful workshops at The Hepworth Wakefield and has set her sights on working with other national galleries across the country.  She feels very fortunate to have been introduced to BAMM through a chance meeting with a fellow mosaicist and has been a member of what she describes as a ‘fantastic association’ for 3 years now.  This will be her first BAMM Forum!


Diana Storey, also based in Sheffield, produces 2-d and 3-d works that are colourful, expansive, textural observations of the world around her, inspired by poetry. She works best early in the morning, using ceramics, jewellery, mirror and figurines to create narrative pieces of art. Diana originally studied history but has been making murals for 20 years, with schools and community groups in the UK and overseas including Oman, Mexico, Buenos Aires and France.  In Sheffield, she specialises in commissions for hairdressers, inspired by Aubrey Beardsley.  She has four inspirational children and enjoys travelling, cycling and salsa dancing with her partner Alan.


Carrie Reichardt


Carrie’s work blurs the boundaries between craft and activism, using the techniques of ceramic and mosaic to create intricate, politicised works of art. Following studies at Kingston University and a 1st class degree in Fine Art from Leeds Metropolitan, she has been involved in international community and public art projects for over two decades. Carrie has designed and consulted on large scale mosaic murals and completed public projects celebrating with local communities in Mexico, Chile, and Argentina.  Her work features regularly in the press and in books. It has included a ceramic installation on the facade of the V&A, where her Tiki Love Truck, was the star exhibit of the acclaimed Disobedient Objects exhibition.

Recently Carrie became the first visual artist in residence at Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Her work intersects craft and activism, using mural, mosaic and screen-printing to forge a pioneering aesthetic. Inspired by the British tradition of subversive ceramics, the art is characteristically colourful, attuned to the tactile as much as the visual, incorporating text to convey a powerful message.  She has created and trademarked the ‘Mad in England’ brand and has been producing a series of subversive souvenirs, which offer a postmodern and humorous comment on kitsch consumerism.

Carrie will discuss the importance of narrative-based art in highlighting individual and collective stories that have otherwise been whitewashed from history, and the powerful role that heritage-based art and objects can play in establishing and maintaining civic agency and identity.


Will Wootton

Bringing the Classical to contemporary mosaics