Gwen Turner

C.V. GWEN TURNER: Freelance: Illustrator, Theatre Designer & Teacher
CONTACT: Studio address: The Drawing Room, Panther House, 38 Mount Pleasant, London, WC1 XOAN
Tel: 02085333954 Mob: 07960462412 email: Web:


M.A. (with Distinction) ILLUSTRATION, Camberwell College of Art (Sept ’07-July’09).
P.G.C.E. TEACHING QUALIFICATION placements: Ravensbourne College & Wimbledon school of Art, teaching Theatre Design and Illustration on B.T.E.C. foundation courses (2004-2005).
B.A. HONS DEGREE IN THEATRE DESIGN Nottingham Trent University (1996-1998).
B.T.E.C. NATIONAL DIPLOMA IN ART AND DESIGN University of Hertfordshire (1995-1996).
OTHER DETAILS: D.O.B: 01.06.1976, British, Driving License: Full, CRB, First Aid: Basic, computer literate.

TEACHING: (in chronological order, starting with most recent)

Artist/teacher for a community based textiles/mural company: STITCHES IN TIME, (2008-9).
Workshop leader: day with children from Clacton at The Museum of Childhood: Olympic Posters (Sept’08). Workshop leader for an environmental conference, CREATIVE PARTNERSHIPS, (summer ’08).
Artist-combining art/science (BEACH SCHOOL) CREATIVE PARTNERSHIPS, Clacton (Sept 2007).
Shadow puppetry/animation CREATIVE PARTNERSHIPS (Haven Gateway) primary school (June 2007). Artist for a Greek mask project CREATIVE PARTNERSHIPS, Clacton (Jan 2007).
Short course tutor on costumed figure studies, Wimbledon School of Art (Aug 2006).
Workshop leader, SHAKESPEARE WORKSHOPS (Masks and Puppets) Southwark Playhouse (2004).
Masks and murals/workshop leader, THEATRE ACTIVITY WEEKS The Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith (2003).
Consultant, WRITERS/PRACTITIONERS RETREAT (R.N.T. Connections) Theatre by The Lake, Keswick (‘01).
Season as Designer/scenic artist/youth worker, STAGE DOOR performing arts centre for children U.S.A (2000).


Exhibited Illustrations for a joint show at The Waterloo Gallery, London (March 2008). Exhibited poem, William Blake Birthday book (published) BLAKE HOUSE, South Molton Street (Dec 2008).
Exhibited CACTUS LANTERNS(Eco Design Network) Eco Christmas Fair, 20thcentury theatre (Dec 2008).
Exhibited CACTUS LANTERNS (Eco Design Network) Fashion and Textiles Museum (2007).
Produced 18 CACTUS LANTERNS (R.N.T.Connections) Writers/practitioners retreat Scarborough (2007).
Exhibited CACTUS LANTERNS AND ILLUSTRATIONS The Islington Contemporary Art Fair (2006).
CACTUS LANTERN instillation (R.N.T. Connections) Watford Palace (’08) and Trestle Arts Base (’04).
MURAL PAINTING Company set up with a colleague (2005, private commissions).
CACTUS LANTERN Instillation (R.N.T. Connections) writer’s retreat, Theatre by the Lake, Keswick (‘01).


Designer/puppet maker, THE MIRACLE, Watford palace Youth Theatre (2006).
Designer/set/costume/ maker, BROKENVILLE (Philip Ridley) Watford Palace, The Olivier, R.N.T. (2003).
Designer/set/costume, ILLYRIA (Bryony Lavery) The Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough (2002).
Designer/set/costume/maker, ELECTRIC HALOS The Blue Elephant Theatre, The Cottesloe, R.N.T. (’01).

starting with most recent, 2005)

Designer/scenic painter, THE NUTCRACKER (additions in 2005 to work completed in 2001) Harlow Playhouse.
Designer/set/costume, YOUTH THEATRE SEASON at The Bridewell Theatre (2004).
Designer/set/costume/puppet maker, CREATION AND MIRACLES, Chalkfoot Theatre Company, Margate (2004).
Designer/set/painter, OUR COUNTRY’S GOOD Hertfordshire County Youth Theatre/Watford Palace (2003).
Designer/costume/maker/mentor PUNCHKIN ENCHANTER (& others), London Bubble Theatre Company.
Mask maker, URBAN ACTS (outdoor festival of youth culture) Scarlet Theatre (2002).
Scenic art apprenticeship DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Dominion Theatre, London (1997).


Care Assistant for disabled photographer, with additional family duties/child care (2006-8).
Box Office/Admin, part-time Bridewell Theatre (2002-2004).
One season: Manager for a member’s only Club/Gallery (Pleasance Theatre) Edinburgh Fringe Festival (2001).