Heather Billington

BA, Masters, PGCE, QTS

I have drawn and painted for as long as I can remember. For the last 20 years, I have been teaching art, design and craft to young people and adults of all abilities, both in schools and within art centre venues.

I am passionate about people having the opportunity to be creative through the arts in its broadest sense, whether for enjoyment or wanting to gain accreditation.

After school, I went to art college and specialised in fine art printmaking at Brighton University, gaining my BA (Hons) Degree in the mid-nineties. Five years later, I completed my Master of Arts Degree in fine art at Camberwell College of Arts. After graduating, I gained an artist’s residency in printing and digital arts. I spent a fantastic three years developing my work, sharing my skills and knowledge with adult​ learners and working with local schools.

From here, I decided to take my love of teaching and train as a secondary school teacher. Over the years, I have developed my career both as a teacher and as department head for Creative Arts, working with colleagues and pupils to build engaging curricula across creative subjects.

As well as supporting young people in gaining accredited qualifications, I have always loved designing bespoke courses for adults and young people in digital arts, including photography, filmmaking and digital graphics and illustration.

I was lucky enough to work with a herd of 17 Reindeer and 3 Alpacas on a local farm alongside my teaching. We took the reindeer to local schools and public events during the winter months, where we educated young people and adults about these wonderful animals.

In 2019 I took up Bee Keeping. Along with my husband, I now run our fledgling small business making handcrafted products using beeswax. Our recent move to a smallholding in Scotland will allow us to develop our passion for animals and the environment further.

In my spare time, I practice yoga, Tai Chi and meditation and really value the benefits these bring.

Subjects: Art