1. Tell us a little about what you do, how long have you been doing this and how did you get started?
Hey I’m Casey Bee and I run an arts Community Interest Company (CIC) called Branch & Brush. I’m an art lecturer at a college, but I started this as a side hustle about 3 years ago when I realised that there was distinct lack of local art provision for a lot of the community, especially in the more rural locations.
We offer art and photography clubs and workshops from both the studio in Evegate, as well as popping up around the town centre. Being a CIC we believe in accessible arts for all, and try to keep all our activities as low cost or free wherever possible!
2. Do you have any influences or role models?
I absolutely love what people like Grayson Perry and Noel Fielding have been doing during the lockdowns, to really hammer home that art and creativity can help and does matter.
3. What is your greatest or proudest achievement to date?
When the first lockdown hit a year ago, I managed to get funding for Branch & Brush to offer free weekly zoom art clubs. I had never gone for funding before either!
4. Tell us an interesting fact or funny story about yourself
I am terrified of things that fly - particularly moths and pigeons! Also, during the first lockdown I ran my zoom art club for pretty much the entirety, except for when I locked myself out of my lockdown caravan studio.
5. How can people find out more about what you do?
Facebook and Instagram are the best ways to contact me and to keep an eye on what’s happening!
Casey is crowdfunding at the moment to raise funds to give 20 young people a free 6-week art or photography course. If you would like to support this, please find the details below.