Work Experience 2011

Spring Bank Arts Centre


Spring Bank Arts Centre

The chapel of St. James the Less has begun a huge change in the past year, with a £750,000 restoration project taking place, to transform the quiet chapel into a thriving community arts centre.

 

Classical recitals, band performances, art exhibitions, and theatre events – these are just some of the planned events that will light up the interior of the former church, soon a ‘central studio and performance area’. The restoration began in January 2011 and is set to finish by November this year, with an official opening scheduled for early Spring 2012.

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Chafes Solicitors


Chafes Solicitors

Located on Union Road, the New Mills office of Chafes Solicitors is right at the heart of New Mills. Chafes pride themselves on their areas of specialism, their approachability and accessibility to the people in the town of New Mills. We paid them a visit to find out more about their business.


Julia Hibbert, the Marketing Manager, was joined by Michelle Simpson, a family solicitor at Chafes, and we launched right into asking them what attracted them to Chafes in the first place. They responded by giving us two very different answers. Julia explained that although she studied marketing for her degree the law had always appealed to her, and she loved the wide number of departments at Chafes all requiring their own marketing message with an overall cohering group message. Michelle told us that she wanted to work in a smaller, more personal solictors firm and Chafes had been personally recommended to her.

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Tricia is the business, literally!


Tricia DesignsTricia is the business - literally!


On our second day of work experience, we travelled to Bowdon to interview and profile Tricia Harrison, who runs her own design business Tricia Designs. Tricia creates designs that can used on a variety of items - from Christmas cards to wrapping paper, and mugs to stationary sets. We aimed to find out more about her, her business and how she became so successful in developing designs for the textiles industry.

 

We traced Tricia’s love of art back to her childhood in Africa, where she lived until she was 11. It was in Cape Town, aged four years old, when she was ecouraged to take up drawing and painting, and given her first set of oil pastels - by the person drawing her portrait. She remembered asking her mother whether she was any good at drawing, and when told that she did have talent she decided right there that she would pursue a career in art.

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