Philippa Snell is a multidisciplinary artist creating enigmatic installations, events, workshops and celebrations. Recent creations have included a 12 foot high willow sculpture for the Art and Soul Exhibition at Falmer and in May this year Philippa was the recipient of a bursury to spend a week making art with the legendary John Fox and Sue Gill of Welfare State international / Dead Good Guides. Philippa runs her own wild art courses in woodland spaces around the country and also leads workshops for organisations such as The Children's Art School in Wimbledon and The Inside Out (a charity bringing mindfulness and nature connection to schools). This summer Philippa brought her workshop skills to the Now tent at Wilderness festival and conjured up tree spirits for the Ways With Weirds programme at Port Elliot Festival. Philippa is also very proud to sit on the Education Committee for The Abram Wilson Foundation for the Creative Arts.
Philippa has a background in Drama teaching in London secondary schools. As a teacher, she directed productions involving live music (harmony arrangements of folk songs in particular), physical theatre, mythical storylines and lush visual design. Having taken part in the Shakespeare Schools Festival three times, she developed a passion for making Shakespeare accessible for young people. After eight years of the working in state education, Philippa embarked on a freelance career working as an educational consultant and worksop leader for companies such as Theatre Centre and Told by an Idiot, National Theatre Learning, Lewisham Youth theatre, Creative Futures and inclusive theatre company Chickenshed. Philippa also participated as a researcher, co-creator, performer and musician in the intergenerational community theatre piece From Docks to Desktops for London Bubble Theatre Company.
Philippa discovered Forest School working in a Pupil Referral Unit in Croydon where she was astounded by the positive effect that it had on teenagers with severe anxiety problems. When she discovered the joy of mud sculptures and creating giant puppets in the trees, the desire to bring creative art forms into the woods was born. Since completing her Level 3 Forest School Training, Philippa has been combining her newly discovered knowledge of woodland management, natural history and traditional crafts with her creativity and interest in ceremony and seasonal celebrations. Since moving to Brighton, Philippa has been researching and training in ceremonial skills connected with death and funerals. She being mentored by Rupert Callander of the Green Funeral Company and has trained in home funeral care by Only With Love. Philippa is looking forward to training as a celebrant in February with Sue Gill and Gilly Adams of Dead Good Guides and is part of the Brighton Community Funeral Network.
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