Hi, I’m Kirsten Norbury and I set up ArtStart Art Club because I believe that art inspires, brings us together and makes life better. As a practising artist and mother of two young daughters, I know that art opens children’s eyes to new ways of seeing. I’m also convinced of the benefits of art on health and wellbeing in both children and adults. Engaging in a creative activity reduces stress, just like physical exercise, creative stimulation engages and focuses our minds on the task at hand -- and distracts us from feelings of stress and anxiety.
I grew up in North Wales in a family of printers. From an early age I loved the smell of inks in my grandfather’s printing factory. After completing my Art Foundation Course School of Art, I studied a BA in Fine Art Printmaking at Leeds University. As part of my degree I combined huge six-foot woodcuts with screen prints, relishing the sculptural quality of carved material next to linear prints. I’ve always had an eye for design and print - I worked as a Print Production Manager for London advertising agencies for 15 years.
Living in Lewes has brought me into contact with a wonderful community of artistic people and inspired me to pursue my own passion for portraiture and printmaking. For the past 7 years I’ve helped organise Artists and Makers Fair, a hugely popular contemporary art and craft fair in Lewes Town Hall featuring over 82 local artists. For the past few years I’ve also shown my paintings and prints at the event. Through ArtStart Art Club I hope to inspire the next generation of young artists in Lewes to continue their exploration into art and maybe one day exhibit their own work.
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