Visual arts practitioners

Mandy Bangerter – Textile Artist

Mandy BangeterMandy is a textile artist and illustrator whose mixed media images explore how thread, stitch, fabric and found materials can be used to describe surface and place. Mandy loves to share her passion for beautiful fabrics, often recycled, and teaching others to draw with her sewing machine – really, it’s great fun! Working with a variety of materials, including photography, paint and printmaking the possibilities for making images are endless.

Mandy has a degree in Illustration and she taught art and photography in secondary schools before moving to the beautiful Isle of Wight ten years ago. She has led creative workshops for our Time & Tide project and Creative Café.


Sydney Cardew – artist

Sydney CardewA native of the Isle of Wight, Sydney is an illustrator, print-maker and book designer. She received an MA in Fine Art from the Arts University Bournemouth in 2012, producing a series of Artist's books.

Since leaving university she has worked as a freelance illustrator, with stints in education. Much of her recent commercial work focuses on the board games industry.

Though a digital specialist, she has never given up her love of hands-on processes and traditional drawing and painting skills. She is excited to share her skills and passion for the arts.

As well as a visual artist, Sydney is also a poet and performer, with a long background in amateur theatre, starting in childhood.

Sydney delivers arts and poetry workshops for Independent Arts in our Creative Hub in Newport.


Lou Elliott – artist

Lou ElliottHaving recently completed my fine art degree with Winchester School of Art, I’m thrilled to be progressing both my practice and future aspirations with Independent arts. I aim to eventually train as an art therapist and my involvement here will bring exciting and rewarding opportunities to the table. I look forward to delivering workshops again, creating a bubble of creative support and enjoyment through the arts.

I specialise in portraiture, an also rewarding fulfilment of mine that captures sentimental keepsakes of loved people and pets. In my free time I enjoy working with a multitude of mediums and materials, influenced by a place or a feeling within a place. Painting, collage, sculpture and mark making are all expressive mediums that feel really enjoyable to me.

Coming back to the island this year has rekindled my appreciation for our beautiful seascapes and rural walks. West Wight holds the key to my favourite spots, a dog walking and paddling haven. I feel lucky to be endorsed by the visual desires of our surrounding environments, excited to project this into some of my workshops with Independent Arts.


Kirstie Hayler – Ceramics and crafts

Kirstie HaylerKirstie studied painting at Brighton University, and went on to enjoy a career as a photographer and illustrator. She briefly encountered the potter’s wheel many years ago, and moving to the island in 2017, knew that this was exactly what she wanted to do. The downstairs loo was quickly converted into the smallest pottery on the island (and possibly the world) and she has never been more content.

She was delighted to find that there is a real demand and support for hand-made crafts, and so her husband Paul built a larger garden studio for her. It overlooks Firestone Copse which she finds a great inspiration. The couple now often work collaboratively, using ceramics, glass, textiles, leather and wood, under the name ‘Firestone Studios’. Their mission is to design and create aesthetically pleasing and useful products, and well as works of art that make you smile. They use traditional skills and techniques, whilst also innovating new applications of these, to promote British crafts to a wider audience and are advocates of keeping British crafts alive.


Mark Lloyd – Mixed Media and Photography

Mark LloydMark grew up in Leicester, where he went on to work for major advertising and marketing studios as a graphic designer. Mark moved to the Isle of Wight in 2006, and is now working in a freelance capacity.

Island life allows Mark to develop his love of mixed media art and photography, drawing inspiration whilst walking the dog.

Mark's versatility allows him to teach with various organisations, including Independent Arts. He offers a range of design and photography-based sessions, which can really stimulate the creative mind in all of us.


Davina Smith – Art and Craft

Davina SmithI am delighted to be delivering arts and crafts sessions for Independent Arts, as well as reminiscence sessions.

I came down to the island with my husband several years ago, as we moved with his work. We have settled very well on the island and everyone has made us welcome. I undertook my Fine Art Degree in Manchester and Coventry (1978–1981) and have taught in many Adult Education Centres in Manchester and Harrogate. I have joined lots of clubs/groups on the island - I belong to the Freshwater Book Club, I attend a local Pottery Group where I design and make animals out of clay and also many vases decorated with leaves, stems and 'green men'. If I have any spare time, I enjoy walking in the countryside and taking in the fantastic views - my favourite areas for walking are The Needles, Ventnor, Newtown. 

I take many photographs and do much sketching whilst walking and when back home, use these ideas for paintings, etc. I enjoy visiting the theatre and support many Amateur Dramatic performances, which are excellent. Some time in the future, I hope to take part in the Open Studios.


Trudie Wilson – Art and Sculpture

Trudie WilsonTrudie Wilson is an interdisciplinary fine artist specialising in sculpture influenced by palaeontology and nature. She has completed her MA in fine art where she worked between the studio and researching in the landscape and with a local museum. Trudie has previously worked as a disability assistant helping to support other art practitioners: “It is the most rewarding role I have undertaken, I love seeing someone’s ideas come to life, being part of that process is a really unique experience."

Trudie’s art practice is primarily derived from her local environment on the Isle of Wight, where she spends much of her time exploring the coastline and looking for fossils.


Julian Winslow – Photography

Julian Winslow, photographed by Time & Tide participant BillJulian is a freelance photographer/artist based on the Island. He leads photography sessions on our Time & Tide participatory arts project. (This portrait of Julian was taken by Bill, a participant in the project.)

Julian says, "The commercial side of my work is editorial or advertising based much of which is portraiture. My personal work explores time, the moment, memory and perception. I enjoy collaboration and the cross pollination of ideas explored with the creative process."


Polly Zanardi – Visual Art

Polly ZanardiPolly originally gained her degree in Surface Decoration Design but decided to move into illustration to explore her love of drawing and caricature where the humour in everyday life and relationships between people inform her work. Her multi disciplinary background means she has a variety of skills and techniques to utilise within a workshop setting and thoroughly enjoys sharing these with participants across different age groups. After volunteering at a community art class for adults with learning disabilities she became interested in the therapeutic nature of art and is studying for a Foundation in Art Therapy.


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