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Gayle Calderwood, Visual Arts Tutor

Gayle develops and delivers a programme of art that is responsive to the needs of individuals and groups who access art. Prior to taking the post with Sense Scotland Gayle worked for 8 years in a freelance capacity leading arts projects with a wide variety of organisations including local authorities and a further education college.  During this time Gayle predominantly worked with adults who have complex communication needs and also gained useful experience with other groups including projects with mainstream school children, youth groups and learning support for young homeless people. Gayle has worked with Sense Scotland since April 2005.

James Gow, Visual Arts Facilitator

James is an artist and educator who designs and delivers projects using a process-based approach which leads to the creation of artworks such as site-specific sculptures, and large scale collaborative pieces. With over twelve years experience in arts education and community development, he is passionate about enabling groups to maximize their creative potential. He has experience working within diverse community contexts that include housing associations, schools, outdoor spaces and care homes. James is developing his own arts practice that is primarily concerned with making connections between people, place and ideas. James first worked with Sense Scotland in July 2013 as a volunteer and has been employed as a member of the arts team since January 2014.

Bal Cooke, Music Facilitator

Bal Cooke is a freelance music educator, producer and sound designer. He has worked in recording studios, theatres, schools and prisons. As a producer/sound engineer, he has recorded numerous albums, including 8 for Domino Records. In theatre, he has worked for Vanishing Point, Cumbernauld Theatre, Visible Fictions among others, and is co-artistic director of Tromolo Productions, whose show Biding Time (remix) has just finished a UK tour and is off to the Fringe this summer as part of the Made In Scotland showcase. As a member of A Band Called Quinn, Bal has toured the UK and abroad, and recorded 5 albums. Bal also works in Additional Support Needs schools in North Lanarkshire and has worked with Sense Scotland since 2012.

David McCluskey, Music Tutor

David has been a music tutor with Sense Scotland since September 1999 and is based at Touchbase in Glasgow.  He has successfully developed a whole range of innovative approaches and ideas to enable individuals with disabilities to find alternative ways of communication and self-expression through the powerful medium of music. David was a founder member of the 80’s pop group The Bluebells who enjoyed a string of top twenty hits including the anthem “Young at Heart”, then went on to form the McCluskey Brothers with his brother, Ken, releasing three albums on their own Kingfisher label.  As well as being an active musician in the Scottish music scene David has been involved in community arts projects in Glasgow since 1996. He has an Arts Education diploma and a Diploma in Deafblind Studies.

Jon Reid, Creative Arts Tutor

Jon has been a member of Sense Scotland’s arts team since 2002.  He works with children and adults utilising areas of Drama, Movement and Play to develop communication opportunities.  Following the completion of his degree, Jon worked in acting and directing and has been involved with various projects in Sense Scotland including the direction of the international play “Voyager Princess”, developing the Duke of Edinburgh Award within the organisation and giving training and talks at both national and international levels. Over the last few years the development of Sense Scotland’s drama work has led to acclaimed productions at a number of theatres and at the Edinburgh Fringe. Jon has completed a Masters in Deafblind Studies and BSL Level 2.

James Finlayson, Woodcraft Tutor

James first came into contact with Sense Scotland in 2001 on a second year student placement from North Glasgow College, HND Community Arts course. The placement resulted in a number of opportunities and support to work with Sense Scotland as a sessional artist, resulting in a part time post on the last year of the SAM project, (Sensing Art and Music), a three year project funded by the Scottish Arts Council. The SAM post allowed him to develop practice and professional skill, whilst undertaking a Community Arts degree at Strathclyde University. James now holds the full time post of woodcraft tutor.